renounce Posted July 13, 2015 Share Posted July 13, 2015 Let's face it, you just can't beat a great live album. They usually capture the real essence of the band/artist much more successfully than their studio albums and are often a whole lot more exciting and intimate. Like many, I'm always on the look out for killer live music I haven't heard. So I thought I'd post my top 5 in the hope that some of you kind folks may do the same. Would appreciate a short comment on each album as to why you like it so much. Hopefully this will make for a good thread. So...my top 5 (until even better things appear) are; 1) Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains the Same. Why? To my ears, definitive versions of STH, Dazed, The Ocean, and '73 NQ. Sure there were better shows before and after, but I just love the overall feel of these '73 shows at MSG and would take this over How the West Was Won without hesitation. For a long time this was the only live Zep out there, so I was kind of raised on it. 2) Jimi Hendrix - The Jimi Hendrix Concerts. Highlights from many different shows. No slack or sloppy moments but absolutely jaw-dropping from start to finish. Always leaves me thinking 'Just how could anyone possibly play guitar that damned well!' 3) U2 - U22. A fanclub-only release of the best of their 2009-2011 360 tour. Astonishing sound quality and intensity. Well worth seeking out. 4) Neil Young - Unplugged. Perfectly performed and paced set of Neil's quieter side. 5) The Grateful Dead - Sunshine Daydream. Recorded at a festival in Oregon in '72 in 110 degree heat. The whole band just seem to meld into one mesmerizing and fascinating musical unit here. In the right mood, this is one beauty of a journey. Thanks in advance for any of your recommendations. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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