Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Rock Revival's Top 50 Live Albums of All Time

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Wow, so many to chose from ! Here is our list of the top 50 live albums of all time. There are a few unusual choices, #2, for example, but it is one of the most amazing vocal perfomances ever. There is also some jazz in the mix, #3 is probably my vote for the best jazz ever (except Blackstone legacy by Woody Shaw).

Please make your comments, tell what you think, what i have missed, what you completely disagree with....

1. Jimi Hendrix - Band of Gypsies
2. Aretha Franklin - Amazing Grace
3. Yusef Lateef - Live at Pep's
4. Bob Seger - Live Bullet
5. Rory Gallagher - Irish Tour
6. The Allman Brothers - At Fillmore East
7. Eric Dolphy - At the Five Spot
8. Woodstock
9. Thin Lizzy - Live & Dangerous
10.Johnny Winter - Captured Live
11.James Brown - Live At The Apollo
12.The Who - Live At Leeds
13.Cream - Live Cream Vol. 1
14 Keith Jarrett - The Koln Concert
15.Jerry Lee Lewis - Live At The Star Club
16.Van Morrison - It's Too Late To Stop Now
17.Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison
18.Deep Purple - Made In Japan
19.The Rolling Stones - Get Yer Ya Ya's Out
20.Peter Frampton - Frampton Comes Alive
21.AC/DC - If You Want Blood, You've Got It
22.Bob Marley & The Wailers - Live
23.Elton John - 11.17.70
24.The Grateful Dead - Live Dead
25.The Who - Live at Leeds
26.Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains The Same
27.The Rolling Stones - Love You Live
28.Lynyrd Skynryd - One More For The Road
29.Grand Funk Railroad - Caught in the Act
30.Motorhead - No Sleep Til Hammersmith
31.Neil Young - Live Rust
32.U2 - Under A Blood Red Sky
33.Johnny Cash - At San Quentin
34.Bob Marley - Babylon By Bus
35.ZZ Top Fandango
36.joni Mitchell - Shadows and Light
37.Miles davis - Bitches brew
38.The Doors - Absolutely Live
39.Joe Cocker - Mad Dogs & Englishmen
40.Coltrane, Live at the Village Vanguard
41.Foghat - Live
42.Scorpions - Acoustica
43.Little Feat's Waiting for Columbus
44.The Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks Volume 4
45.Yes - Yessongs
46.Ten Years After - Recorded Live.
47.Pat travers band - Go For What You Know
48.Van Morrison - Live in San Francisco
49.Pat metheny - Travels
50.Queen - Live Killers

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9 comments:

Blak said...

I have to say I think you screwed up the Grand Funk album. Caught in the act was a good album but it never really captured the rawness and exuberance like the "Live Album" of 1970 (5 years earlier). Other than that you've only left out 2 great albums: "Santana - Moonflower" and "Pink Floyd - Delicate sound of thunder or Pulse" which are a couple of my faves but you've managed to catch all my others so I'll let it slide.

Cheers

PS: as my nick 'BlakDog' was named after both a pet and the Zep track you could've rated theirs a little higher than 26th.

Blak said...

Oh and were you referring to the "Deluxe" version of the Who - Live at Leeds? Is this why it came in 12th AND 25th? Once for each disc of the deluxe version?

Cheers
Blakdog

rockandrollguru said...

Here are a few that I would have included:
Joe Walsh: You Can't Argue With a Sick Mind
Dylan and the Band: Before the Flood
The Band: The Last Waltz
Bob Dylan: Rolling Thunder
Gov't Mule: LIve at Roseland
Peter Gabriel: Secret World

partyinpeepsblog@gmail.com said...

no phish?

scott said...

I can't believe you omitted Little Feat's "Waiting for Columbus"! That is a perfect live album, with various and sundry styles, moods and emotions exemplified. Not to mention the incredible rhythm section of Kenny Gradney and Richie Hayward laying it down for the sublime funk of Lowell George, Billy Payne and Paul Barrere. Jeez!

scott said...

My bad. I see Waiting for Columbus near the bottom. Sorry about that.

Anonymous said...

Can't believe you left The Band off the list! In my opinion the greatest live band of all times.

Top 5

1)The Band "Rock of Ages"
2)Bob Dylan "Hard Rain"
3)Dylan and The Band "Before the Flood"
4)Fleetwood Mac "The Dance"
5)Pink Floyd "Pulse"

Anonymous said...

Now you have to go out and buy UFO Strangers In The Night. Listen to that album and you will know what a great live album is.

Anonymous said...

Cannot believe UFO's double live, Strangers in the Night did not make the list. It is simply amazing!