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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 14 2017 at 16:20
Colosseum Live is the obvious one - absolutely flattens anything else they put out. Peter Hammill's Skeletons of Songs bootleg is probably my favourite thing of his, though many of the studio albums are magnificent. I feel ELP's Welcome Back My Friends is arguably more consistent than any of the studio output. Nic Jones' live compilation thingummy Game Set Match comes very highly recommended for anyone with an interest in British folk.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 14 2017 at 21:19
After reading many opinions, I have been reminded of two live albums that I do think are the best those bands have released: "Live at Carnegie Hall" by Renaissance, and "Made in Japan" by Deep Purple.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 14 2017 at 22:02
Wishbone Ash Live Dates
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 16 2017 at 18:45
Originally posted by Dellinger Dellinger wrote:

After reading many opinions, I have been reminded of two live albums that I do think are the best those bands have released: "Live at Carnegie Hall" by Renaissance, and "Made in Japan" by Deep Purple.

Agree on both. (When I started this I knew there are actually quite a number of them but I needed some reminders. Now I wonder whether bands for which a live album is my favourite are actually the majority, at least out of those who have a proper live album.)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 17 2017 at 05:11
I can't think of any prog examples but for me "Live and Dangerous" and "Strangers in the Night" are better than the equivalent studio albums.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 17 2017 at 15:35
Originally posted by TGM: Orb TGM: Orb wrote:

Colosseum Live is the obvious one - absolutely flattens anything else they put out. Peter Hammill's Skeletons of Songs bootleg is probably my favourite thing of his, though many of the studio albums are magnificent. I feel ELP's Welcome Back My Friends is arguably more consistent than any of the studio output. Nic Jones' live compilation thingummy Game Set Match comes very highly recommended for anyone with an interest in British folk.

as an ELP fan I would certainly concur. You get BSS without BTB and a kick arse version of Tarkus with extended synth freak out section. The version of Hoedown is also the best I've heard by them (and I've heard a lot!)

Perhaps another one that springs to mind is Procol Harum - Live with the Edmonton Symphony (I've probably got that title completely wrong but you know the one I mean)

The appeal of a good live album is getting all the best stuff in one place and having that extra tingly live experience to go with it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 17 2017 at 16:00
Brand X - Livestock
Allman Brothers - Fillmore East
Be Bop Deluxe - Live in the Air Age
Free - Live
Santana - Lotus
Tim Buckley - Dream Letter
Van Morrison - It's Too Late to Stop
Funkadelic - Live, Meadowbrook
Rory Gallagher - Irish Tour 74

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 18 2017 at 20:05
Originally posted by presdoug presdoug wrote:

Triumvirat with "The Road To Nowhere", a Japanese remastering of the bootleg of their North American debut concert live at the Ultrasonic Studios, Oct. 1st, 1974.
I'd also like to add

Colosseum Live

Nektar Complete Live In New York 1974

Wishbone Ash Live Dates
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 19 2017 at 08:50
I can't think of even one to be honest. Some that come close:

Genesis Live
Made In Japan (Deep Purple)
Uriah Heep Live
On Your Feet Or On Your Knees (BOC)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 19 2017 at 08:52
Little Feat - Waiting for Columbus
Grateful Dead - Live/Dead
Grobschnitt - Solar Music Live
Wishbone Ash - Live Dates 2
Porcupine Tree - Coma Divine
Camel - A Live Record
Quicksilver Messenger Service - Happy Trails
Janis Joplin Big Brother & th Holding Co. - Cheap Thrills
Allman Brothers Band - At Fillmore East
Renaissance - Live at Carnegie Hall
801 - Live
Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More From the Road
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 19 2017 at 21:44
Fusion bands tend to be better live.  It depends then on how much the band is prepared to depart from the original.  If they just play by the book, there is not much you can get from the live release that you won't on the studio album.  An exception to this would be Dream Theater's Live at the Marquee for me.  They don't change things much, but perform with a ferocity not obtained on the studio recordings which makes it a win.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 20 2017 at 01:40
Kraan - Live
Grobschnitt - Solar Music live
ABB - Fillmore East
Pat Travers Band - Go For What You know (when does this album get expanded to a double)
Rory Gallagher - Irish Tour 74
Deep Purple - Made in Europe (when does this album get expanded to a double)
Floyd At Pompeii is definitely very close to being my fave as well.
 
... and more that I can't think of as of now
 
Live and double live albums were usually where I started discovering bands, and sometimes the only album I ever owned from them
Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad Nogbad_The_Bad wrote:

Caravan's Live At Fairfield 74 deserves a shout out.
 
Not really an historically released album (tough it did get a French-only release in 79 as a Best Of Live)
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 20 2017 at 02:01
^ Kraan - Live ‘75 is close as it gets within Prog. Nice choice Hughes.
Otherwise, Double Dose by HOT TUNA, and Live Dead by THE GRATEFUL DEAD are definitive.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 20 2017 at 03:19
A Show of Hands by Rush still is my favorite Rush album. Maybe because itīs the first Rush album I ever heard and made me fell in love with the band.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 20 2017 at 21:13
Originally posted by Sean Trane Sean Trane wrote:

Kraan - Live
Grobschnitt - Solar Music live
ABB - Fillmore East
Pat Travers Band - Go For What You know (when does this album get expanded to a double)
Rory Gallagher - Irish Tour 74
Deep Purple - Made in Europe (when does this album get expanded to a double)
Floyd At Pompeii is definitely very close to being my fave as well.
 
... and more that I can't think of as of now
 
Live and double live albums were usually where I started discovering bands, and sometimes the only album I ever owned from them
Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad Nogbad_The_Bad wrote:

Caravan's Live At Fairfield 74 deserves a shout out.

 
Not really an historically released album (tough it did get a French-only release in 79 as a Best Of Live)
 
 


For me, their masterpiece run of albums would go "Live at Pompeii", "Dark Side of the Moon", "Wish you were Here", and "Animals".
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 20 2017 at 21:18
Grobshnitt with Solar Music Live. 

Maybe, just maybe The Allman Brothers Band with At Fillmore East and The Grateful Dead with Live/Dead.

That's all. I'm not huge on live albums.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 04 2017 at 21:56
I am not a fan of live albums in general, but this topic hits home in that Anekdoten's Waking the Dead (Live in Japan 2005) and Grobschnitt's Solar Musik - Live happen to be my favorite albums by those two bands.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 05 2017 at 05:41
ELP's Welcome Back My Friends
Yessongs
Symphonic Yes
Eloy - Reincarnation on Stage
Genesis Live
Genesis Seconds Out
Deep Purple Made in Japan
Metallica S & M
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 17 2017 at 08:04
In addition to my previous post:

The Tubes - What Do You Want From Live
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 15 2017 at 12:59
Originally posted by Dellinger Dellinger wrote:

After reading many opinions, I have been reminded of two live albums that I do think are the best those bands have released: "Live at Carnegie Hall" by Renaissance, and "Made in Japan" by Deep Purple.
I agree.

I will add Barclay James Harvest - Live and Camel - A Live Record. There is also Thin Lizzy - Live and Dangerous to think about (despite the overdubs).

I love many of the live albums listed, but if the criteria is that the live album tops everything a band did studio-wise, Argus still tops Live Dates, Close to the Edge beats Yessongs, Pictures is just beaten by later albums etc. An honourable mention for All the World's a Stage - Rush - which trumped all the earlier studio albums, but the studio albums that followed were never surpassed by Exit... A Show of Hands etc.
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