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Some of your favorite live recordings?
#341652 03/11/11 04:39 AM
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I'm sure this topic has been covered here somewhere, but what are some of your all time favorite live recordings?

I just got Little Feat's Waiting For Columbus cd. I had heard a good bit of it when I was a punk ass kid growing up since everybody had a copy. And even though I always kinda dug their sound, at that time, it was way too southern rock sounding and un-hip for me to want it.

Boy was I an idiot... because it's one of the greatest live albums ever!

A few more of my faves are Zappa's Roxy And Elsewhere, Genesis' Live and Seconds Out, Blue Oyster Cult's On Your Feet Or On Your Knees and Phish's A Live One.

I think I have more live jazz recordings than rock or pop albums.

With the exception of Frank Zappa, who had a million great "live" albums. grin

Any more recommendations?


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audiosavant #341655 03/11/11 04:46 AM
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A Live One is one of the great official releases. I assume we're talking about those, rather than shows downloaded from tapers or ETree.

People are right to recommend Dave and Tim at Radio City as an amazing recording, but I actually found the setlist to be kind of weak. Music-wise I still prefer the original release from Luther College.

Call me crazy but I still get a kick out of the Metallica concert with an orchestra.

But my all time favorite is the Grateful Dead live at the Fillmore box set from 1969. Something about the bluesier PigPen era just gets me. Always has.

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Dave B #341658 03/11/11 04:49 AM
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audiosavant #341659 03/11/11 04:52 AM
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Loreena McKennitt, Nights from the Alhambra.

Frampton Comes Alive.

Led Zep, How the West Was Won/The Song Remains the Same.

The Band, Last Waltz.

Neil Young, Live Rust.....


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As far as live recordings, I think I prefer concert DVDs, or better yet, concert Blu-rays, to anything else. I have some live CDs I'll listen to on occasion, like Rasputina's A Radical Recital, but mostly if I want to try to experience the "live" performance at home, I want the visual aspect of it as well.

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I agree with CV, my fav DVD is the Eagles Farewell tour - Melbourne and for BR it is David Gilmore - Remember That Night.


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jakewash #341667 03/11/11 06:06 AM
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I agree about live dvds. That's one of my favorite things about HT!

And all of your suggestions I've heard and seen.

The Last Waltz is one of the greatest "band" films ever. Of course it helps that Martin Scorcese directed it!

I think the Yes' Symphonic dvd is one of the most impressive concert dvds you'll ever see, performance and sound quality-wise.

And King Crimson's live dvds will spoil you forever. And knock your head off! grin

Anyone see any Radiohead dvds? I might be interested in that. Although I don't think I've liked much of anything after OK Computer. Those first three albums are the best of their work imho.


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audiosavant #341668 03/11/11 07:08 AM
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As far as concert DVDs, my go-to ones are Tori Amos's Welcome to Sunny Florida, Guster's Guster On Ice: Live From Portland Maine, Rodrigo y Gabriela's Live in Japan, Björk's Vespertine Live at Royal Opera House, and Green Day's Bullet in a Bible. On Blu-ray, the only one I really love so far is Regina Spektor's Live in London, for obvious reasons. I hope a lot more artists start releasing concert Blu-rays.

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I must have watched the Rush: Grace Under Pressure tour video (on VHS!) dozens of times in high school. It holds up well. My current favorite concert of theirs is R30.

Another favorite is Oasis, There and Then (DVD). It catches them at their peak in 1995-1996, playing football stadiums, with tens of thousands of fans singing along. Really makes you feel like you're there. Really improved my enjoyment of "Live Forever". Crank up the bass!


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