ARTICLE: 50 Great Live Albums For Easing Yourself Back Into The World

Andy360

Active Member
If I’m in the right mood its hard to top Miles Davis Bitches Brew Live

Warning for the uninitiated - not background music!

Mind blowing next level playing from a jazz super group at the Isle of Wight in front of 600,000 hippies and a setting sun. Still sounds ahead of the times 50 years after the event.

 
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Mercurial

Active Member
One of the greatest live albums ever was Van Morrison's "It's Too Late To Stop Now". Any list omitting this cannot be taken seriously. Harsh but true.
But Van is such a miserable old git, that's why it was probably forgotten about.
Put him and Leonard Cohen in a room together and it would be a race to get to the valium first.
 

LX200GPS

Member
But Van is such a miserable old git, that's why it was probably forgotten about.
Put him and Leonard Cohen in a room together and it would be a race to get to the valium first.
Very true but surely it's the music that counts? Oh, and I wouldn't agree it's been forgotten about.

Lots of love for it here.
 
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popelife

Active Member
Stage is worth it just for that version of Breaking Glass. I remember recording that off the radio as a kid and listening to it over, and over, and over. (The "radio" was my dad's Revox B760 tuner... I'll never forget that either)
 

gibbsy

Moderator
But Van is such a miserable old git, that's why it was probably forgotten about.
Put him and Leonard Cohen in a room together and it would be a race to get to the valium first.
What does that say about me. I like the both of them.
 

Markee

Well-known Member
I’d like to propose Level 42 - A Physical Presence as a superb live album.

One of the best live bands you can still see on tour.
 

crashcris

Member
Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii (the 5.1 version released a couple of years ago is even more spectacular) is my all time favourite.
Kate Bush . Before the Dawn live, I'm surprised the most eagerly awaited and talked about set of concerts after 34 years of no live shows didn't make your list. It's sublime.
 

DJNomad

Active Member
Good list, thank you. There's a lot for me to check out.

I know you already have U2 on it, I would also suggest Rattle and Hum.

Simple Minds - Live in the City of Light, great performances of Promised You A Miracle, Alive and Kicking and Don't You Forget About Me.

INXS - Live Baby Live - the band were on top form for this Wembley show.

This list has a big Prince-sized hole in it. The upcoming September release of the Sign O' The Times Super Deluxe box set is going to include a 1987 New Years Eve live show. I mention this because I believe it is the only time Prince was on stage with Miles Davis. The set will also include the studio track Can I Play With U? featuring Miles. There is an unreleased album Prince recorded with Miles that this track was from.

For now, I recommend the One Night Alone 2 disc set for the guitar solo on Anna Stesia alone and the One Night Alone... The Aftershow for the guitar solo on Joy In Repetition. These highlight how good a live musician Prince was.
 

radfords

Novice Member
My favourites

Zappa Roxy & Elsewhere
Ry Cooder Showtime
Wynton Marsalis Live at the Village Vanguard or House Of Tribes
B B King Live At Cook County Jail
Isaac Hayes Live at the Sahara Tahoe
 

Joe C

Well-known Member
Pearl Jam - Live at Benaroya Hall is probably my go to live album. It’s so exquisitely recorded in such a perfect venue, and hearing so many of their songs in a mostly acoustic manner is superb. I upgraded my hi-fi recently, and have thoroughly enjoyed listening to it again.

I’m lucky enough to have got it on vinyl from the fan club back in the day for something like £30 - cheapest one on discogs at the mo is over £2k
 

rpr

Active Member
There are too many Joe Bonamassa live albums, however his Live At The Royal Albert Hall is I think worthy of this list.
 

setthecontrols

Standard Member
Some great albums listed here - bringing back some fond memories!
My favourite live (double) album though has to be "Colosseum Live" from 1971 - it's prog/rock/jazz/blues for those that don't know them. In particular "Lost Angeles", with Dave Clemson's guitar solo, is outstanding. Just played it the other day on my old vinyl copy - only to find the gatefold sleeve starting to fall apart a bit, well it is getting on in years.
 

Canti1982

Active Member
Looks like you have inspired Steve :D
 

sebbykin

Distinguished Member
Velvet Underground Live 1969.

For the true experience play the vinyl :)

 

gibbsy

Moderator
Dire Straits - On the Night, picked up this CD yesterday for 50p. :)
You were overcharged by 49p. Where do you pick up these bargains, my local charity shops are full of Spice Girls and Daniel O'Donnell albums.
 

RugbyAl

Well-known Member
Tom Petty's Live Anthology followed by Dire Straits Alchemy for me.
Tom Petty's offering is a 4 cd box set of hgh quality recordings of awesome songs. When I put disc 1 on, I end up listening to all 4.
 

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