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16th Mar 11, 4:04 AM
I absolutely adore live albums, I think being able to perform live is the true measure of a band and find the experience much more engaging.
So what Live Albums do we like, that is if we like them at all? I know some prefer the clean sound of a studio album though I think Live album's have a special energy that is otherwise lacking.
Anyway, 3 Live Albums I'd reccommend.
Muse - HAARP Live at Wembley
I really don't care if you like Muse or not, this is an incredible album and probably the best performance the new Wembley stadium has seen. Of Particular note are the opening Knights of Cydonia and New Born.
Pendulum - Live at Brixton academy
Pendulum always sound different when they play live as opposed to Studio. if you like Electronic music I'd reccommend this. I think Pendulum is already pretty popular here so it shouldn't take more to make you listen.
Green Day - Bullet in a Bible
This is the recording of a Concert from Green Day's American idiot tour. It has titles from the seemingly political Holiday to the ludicrous King for a Day (Which has quite a bit of Billy Joe's arse out) . They've also just released *Awesome as Fuck* which I'm listening to now and promises to be just as good.
What live albums does RN like?
(Fanboying over now)
16th Mar 11, 5:37 AM
The Black Crowes with Jimmy Page - Live From the Greek
What do you get when you mix the skill of a legendary guitarist with the raw energy and power the Black Crowes? A two hour masterpiece that unfortunately, (due to contractual difficulties cut out all of the Crowes original material) seems a little scattered.
Flogging Molly - Live From the Greek (See a pattern here...)
This high energy live album features a strong showing of all their more popular songs. The quality of the recording is superb, to the point where Dave King references a helicopter flying over and you can't even hear it.
16th Mar 11, 5:41 AM
REM - Live at the Olympia is a storming live album, loooooads of songs, and particulaly stomping versions of lots of their earlier stuff. Though maybe too long to be digestible in a single sitting
Radiohead - I Might be Wrong Live Recordings - more hit and miss and short, but some good versions of tracks, particularly Spinning Plates and I Might be Wrong
16th Mar 11, 11:24 AM
I've been meaning to pick up the AC/DC Live album or a while now. Other than that, I haven't got any 'live albums' in my collection which is a shame really. The Pendulum one sounds interesting though, I've recently been getting into them so I might take a look at that one too.
17th Mar 11, 8:27 AM
santana and miles davis....rare live album but excellent
hawkwind, space ritual...back when they were good n i had hair
njoi, live in manchester....not so ole favourite ravey gravey stuff
17th Mar 11, 1:54 PM
Pendulum's Live at Brixton Academy is phenominal. I would have put that up too :D
I really like Linkin Parks Live CD's (Live in Texas and Road to Revolution) - both are great in the their own ways, and Road to Revolution makes a lot of the Minutes to Midnight songs pretty good :p There intro's/outros to some of their songs are also just great when they play live (No more sorrow and Bleed it out specifically)
Daft Punk - Alive 2007. Who doesnt love Daft Punk? And its just a live album of their songs remixed together :o (One more time/Aerodynamic = <3 )
20th Mar 11, 3:44 PM
Pink Floyd - P*U*L*S*E
Sitting absolutely chilled out with surround sound watching all the crazy lights they have on stage is just amazing. All the songs are far better than there studio counterparts and the atmosphere is astounding whether you are watching it or just listening. :)
Agreed on Bullet In A Bible as well. One of my favorite live recordings when I was younger.
21st Mar 11, 11:27 AM
I'm not sure it actually available in any record catalogues but i'm currently hooked on a live recording with Lou Reed and the Tots from the 1972 Transformer tour. It was for a "Saturday Night In Concert" radio broadcast from the Ultrasonic Recording Studio in New York. I can find it on Spotify so it seems likely it's been released as a disc. Either way, that show makes me so very sad i wasn't around for Lou Reed's prime.. they play the best stuff from both Velvet Underground and Lou Reeds early solo career, the band is not as raw as the velvets but not as boring as later backing musicians. A good listen if you can find it.
 Actually when it comes to live albums i would say Jazz is the genre with the biggest abundance of good live stuff. Two quick ones: Duke Ellington and his orchestra at Newport 1956 and Dizzy Gillespie at Newport 1957. Again.. i wish i was around back in those days. I have to visit Newport jazz festival some day.
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