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rubberdingyrapids
06-08-2015, 01:01 PM
ive never been a big rolling stones fan, but find listening to their live stuff weirdly enjoyable (i think its from first hearing midnight rambler on one of their greatest hits comps)

talking heads - never really been that into the albums beyond the singles, but a youtube video of one of their 1980 shows has made me think maybe i should (though still, life is too short)

live albums can also help you bypass certain period specific production things you might dislike. (prince was also just quite different live, much less controlled, and generally funkier)

any other good live album recommendations? hip hop has never worked for me actually witnessing it live (barring a few acts), but there are some live recordings i like listening to. then again i often think concerts arent really about listening (youre better off listening to a recording of it for that), just about experiencing, or seeing, getting a feel of them in a communal sense.

Leo
06-08-2015, 01:41 PM
the first things that come to mind are loud rock bands. johnny thunders was often too stoned to perform but when he was on, he was 100x better than his mostly terribly produced studio albums. the heartbreakers "live at max's kansas city" is a really good live rock albums.

another one is motorhead's "no sleep till hammersmith". if you think "ace of spades" is the perfect mental rock song (and it probably is), the show-opening live version will rip the top of your head off, awesome sound and power.

yo la tengo albums are filled with harmless indie pop, but live they often add in 10-minute feedback-laden jams, ira kaplan is actually a guitar hero under that mild facade. and of course, deadheads will say the only way to listen to the dead is on live recordings.

i guess the best live performers are the ones who take it someplace else (a departure from their studio recordings), or in the case of motorhead, take it to the extreme. ramones "it's alive" is a really good live record but it's essentially just the ramones doing what they do.

CrowleyHead
06-08-2015, 01:44 PM
the first things that come to mind are loud rock bands. johnny thunders was often too stoned to perform but when he was on, he was 100x better than his mostly terribly produced studio albums. the heartbreakers "live at max's kansas city" is a really good live rock albums.

There's a live bootleg of the NY Dolls jamming on "Pirate Love" by Thunders, and the keys are mixed way too high, the vocals sound like a cross between a bird and a harmonica waffling, and you can smell the dopesick on the lot of them, but jfc its a raw jam.

trza
06-08-2015, 03:54 PM
you can look up studio versions of the songs from frampton comes alive and wonder why the guy ever got signed or even booked for concerts without the live album.

droid
06-08-2015, 04:33 PM
Not much of a fan, but the Thin Lizzy Live Lp is generally regarded to be their best - ironic considering the vocals and most of the guitars were rerecorded or overdubbed in the studio.

rubberdingyrapids
06-08-2015, 04:45 PM
in a way, and i like a lot of james brown records, but he is better live, and much more fun to listen to. def not an album artist really IMO except for the live stuff (and there im thinking less of the apollo albums than love power peace).

Leo
06-08-2015, 04:47 PM
Not much of a fan, but the Thin Lizzy Live Lp is generally regarded to be their best - ironic considering the vocals and most of the guitars were rerecorded or overdubbed in the studio.

same with "kiss alive"...a classic live record that's many times better than their cheaply produced first three studio albums, but it's sort of cheating because apparently they dubbed in so much crowd cheering to make it sound more exciting, and at various points in following years both peter criss and producer eddie kramer have said the only original live instrument was the drum tracks.

i'm just realizing i know far too much about 70s/80s commercial rock bands.

benw
09-08-2015, 09:56 PM
talking heads - never really been that into the albums beyond the singles, but a youtube video of one of their 1980 shows has made me think maybe i should (though still, life is too short)



link?

rubberdingyrapids
10-08-2015, 10:33 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-_PC6TlIhs

this channel has lots of good live shows