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Topic: Greatest Prog Rock Live Albums
Posted By: Frets N Worries
Subject: Greatest Prog Rock Live Albums
Date Posted: September 07 2023 at 18:08
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Hm, Yesshows ABOVE Yessongs?


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Posted By: Hrychu
Date Posted: September 07 2023 at 18:41
I have tons of favorites but this time I'm gonna pick Morsefest 2014. Great setlist, amazing lineup of musicians both band members and guest stars. Brilliant showcase of Neal's and others' multi-instrumentalist skills. All of this and more beautifully recorded and mixed with seamless overdubs. B)


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Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: September 07 2023 at 21:44
link doesn't work for me

On the question, a lot of people prefer Yesshows because it has an 'improved' version of Gates, while Yessongs is just a compilation album mostly with little added to the original versions.

Best live prog rock albums? (those asterixed are DVD's but in some cases are available as stand alone albums as well)
ELP - WBMFTTSTNE
Roxy Music - Viva Roxy Music
Pink Floyd - Pompei*
Yes - Yes Symphonic*
Tull - Nothing Is Easy: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970*
Led Zep - How The West Was Won
Camel - Gods Of Light
Genesis - Live In London 1980*
Marillion - Live At Loreley*
IQ - The Wake (live)

admitedly Floyd has no audience but its still a live performance so I count it!


Posted By: cstack3
Date Posted: September 07 2023 at 22:46
I enjoy live King Crimson, and it always blew me away to learn that large parts of "Starless and Bible Black" were recorded live, and then mixed down in the studio!  From DGM Live:

Released in March 1974, the bulk of Starless And Bible Black is a live album with all traces of the audience skilfully removed. Coming between the startling inventions of Larks’ Tongues In Aspic, and the far-reaching repercussions of Red, Starless And Bible Black is a powerful and experimental album mingling live recordings with stand-alone studio tracks. Brimming with a confidence borne out of the band’s increasing mastery of the concert platform as a basis for inspired improvisations, the sparse, pastoral beauty of Trio, the impressionistic, sombre moods of the title track, and the complex, cross-picking rhythmic brilliance of Fracture all stand testimony to the musical ESP that existed between Cross, Fripp, Wetton and Bruford. A classic and compelling blast of King Crimson as you’re likely to hear.
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Posted By: Cristi
Date Posted: September 08 2023 at 02:54
Originally posted by Frets N Worries Frets N Worries wrote:

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Hm, Yesshows ABOVE Yessongs?

the link does not work for me. Confused


Posted By: Octopus II
Date Posted: September 08 2023 at 03:07
Review] Genesis: Live (1973) - Progrography


Posted By: Logan
Date Posted: September 08 2023 at 04:29
The https://digitaldreamdoor.com/mobile/rock/albums-progressive-rock-live.html url in the OP works fine if you just copy paste it, but it turned into this as a link: https://digitaldreamdoor.com/mobile/rock/albums-progressive-rock-live.htmlhttps:/digitaldreamdoor.com/mobile/rock/albums-progressive-rock-live.html

Try this link:: https://digitaldreamdoor.com/mobile/rock/albums-progressive-rock-live.html" rel="nofollow - https://digitaldreamdoor.com/mobile/rock/albums-progressive-rock-live.html

Anyway, according to my tastes and collections the rankings would be very different. I would put Magma and Tangerine Dream lives higher.

What struck me of the top 100 was Depeche Mode's 101 at 75. Not because I would expect a 101 inside a top 100 rather than just out of it, that's the album title, but because I thought of it as more SynthPop/ New Romantic than what I would put under the Prog label. Can't say I have listened to much of it, but it stuck out.

I wonder how many people contributed to the list?


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Posted By: Mormegil
Date Posted: September 08 2023 at 05:04


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Posted By: Cristi
Date Posted: September 08 2023 at 05:04
^ thanks for the link
Nice to see Savatage and Marillion in there, I didn't expect it. Tongue


Posted By: moshkito
Date Posted: September 08 2023 at 06:23
Hi,

I like Amon Duul 2's LIVE IN LONDON ... as the one live concert of theirs that is monumental, considering the difficulty in their music at the time, and how they responded. Rehearsed and ready for London. Probably the only time in their life that they rehearsed a concert and were ready to play.  Other later concerts of the band had a feeling of disjointed and not ready to be where they were, or they simply did not feel inspired to play right and well. The Italian concert in 2010 (I think it was) seems to be fairly good, but compared to the actual stuff on the albums, it really could have used another rehearsal or two. Aside from Cris Karrer having sound issues, of course!

PF's Live in Pompeii is very good and it shows in the film ... but no "audience" takes away an element of the performance, and there appears to be cuts in between suggesting that these were not the "same day/night" at all.

Nektar's two well known live albums showed how great the band were ... that we don't talk about. "Live in NY" and "Sunday Night at the Roundhouse" showed that this band was for real in concert and that they gave it all, just like they did in the albums. It's a shame they are not listed. "Sounds Like This" is a LIVE album if EVER there was one, but I'm not sure it will be thought as that in the long run!

Le Orme's "In Concerto" is really good. And deserving a mention.

I would love to see Tangerine Dream added here as their concert series with the ladies, is fantastic and has produced many outstanding shows. Let Edgar whip that piano into shape!!!!!! Tangerine Dream - Poland (don't forget it was freezing for everyone, not enough electricity to heat the place up and the equipment according to the book!)

Klaus Schulze, though not exactly prog rock, also deserves a mention, since his work is always right up front and impossible to duplicate the regular albums. He was "always" live and this is something that we can not quite see. His series with Lisa are totally out of this world though I'm not sure this will be ever recognized, since they don't quite fit here, but the guts it takes to do what they did ... is phenomenal and one of the greatest achievements of the rock era, something that came from rock music ... the beauty and possibility of the live material, even when not exactly pre-thought or designed.

ELP - Pictures at an Exhibition
Magma - Live at Reims 1976
Gong - Live, etc (though the Floating Anarchy is the best ever)
Frank Zappa - Roxy & Elsewhere
Caravan - And the Symphonia ... is one of the best live orchestra albums ever.
Hawkwind - Space Ritual
Grobschnitt - Solar Music Live (specially the remastered series)
Guru Guru -- The early tapes stuff is fantastic trip stuff. Essen 1970 is out there!



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Posted By: moshkito
Date Posted: September 08 2023 at 06:51
Hi,

In the old days of the late 60's and early 70's it was the advent of the bootlegs that told you how good, or bad, a band was in concert. The best seller of them all was Bob Dylan, and it was a series of tapes that had different lyrics for many songs, that was interesting. The other great seller was Led Zeppelin, that showed what a magnificent band they were for about 4 to 5 years ... their "Live on Blueberry Hill" boot is excellent as are the series of albums around Bonzo's birthday party around LA as far as I know ... some of which Jimmy has updated (and changed badly!!!!) in "How The West Was Won" ... even the concert film they did was not even close or as tight as these early boots showed, which helped LZ become the hottest act on stage for several years.

The Rolling Stones, were not very good in concert, and I walked out of a show ... too loud, and out of tune, it seemed. I guess you could say it was "rock'n'roll" in that it was good one night and bad the next and then half way the next night! Not for me ... ciao baby!

The other massive bootleg was the LET IT BE stuff from the Beatles, of which there were at least 10 different bootlegs showing different material than what ended up on the album, and some fun stuff along the way, that was "hidden" for a long time by EMI ... to keep the Beatles legacy clean and special. Some of the material in the Beatles Christmas Shows is actually a part of this scam, since in some places it does/says things that could be considered inappropriate. I have not seen the Peter Jackson special, though I would think that the special might have some of this fun stuff from the bootlegs and allow the members to be themselves as the bootlegs did so well.

Frank Zappa had a lot of boots from many of his California shows. They showed, right at the start, that this was not a fool around band ... it was serious.

The greatest seller of bootlegs, however, was The Grateful Dead, and though it is thought that they were not "great" all the time, the way that their folks went after so many of these shows to the point that the band opened up their SOUND BOARD to anyone that wanted to record anything. Even if the material is not fantastic or great, it is unlikely and unreal to think that there was nothing of interest in the material ... and how so many fans trade the stuff STILL into this day! To the point that this list is almost ridiculous without The Grateful Dead.




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Posted By: progaardvark
Date Posted: September 08 2023 at 07:10
One of these days I'm going to spend some time deep-diving into my live album collection. I've never really evaluated it to determine which is the greatest in my collection, but growing up in the 1980s I played Seconds Out and Three Sides Live more than any other live album I owned. Whether or not either of them is the greatest prog rock live album, they were at least my favorites during an impressionable time of my life. So, there's that.

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Posted By: essexboyinwales
Date Posted: September 08 2023 at 09:41
There are soooooo many lists to debate on that site!😳🤣

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Posted By: JD
Date Posted: September 08 2023 at 09:49
ELP - WBMFTTSTNE

I would also suggest ...
PFM - COOK


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Posted By: Grumpyprogfan
Date Posted: September 08 2023 at 09:57
Well, the top ten includes two from Rush, Dixie Dregs, Zappa, and Dream Theater. Nice list in my eyes.


Posted By: Nogbad_The_Bad
Date Posted: September 08 2023 at 11:52
Henry Cow - Concerts
Hawkwind - Space Ritual
King Crimson - Great Deceiver
Magma - Hhai
Deep Purple - Made In Japan


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Posted By: Jackal3000
Date Posted: September 08 2023 at 13:43
You think that list is in any particular order?


Posted By: Cristi
Date Posted: September 08 2023 at 13:56
Originally posted by Jackal3000 Jackal3000 wrote:

You think that list is in any particular order?

I don't think so... 


Posted By: Grumpyprogfan
Date Posted: September 08 2023 at 14:08
^Yes it is in order, but the last update was 2017.


Posted By: mellotronwave
Date Posted: September 08 2023 at 15:15
In no special order, no box set issued 20 , 30 or 40 years later, no hard rock ( DP, LZ, UH, ..) juste prog
Genesis Live
Genesis Seconds Out
PFM Cook
Grobschnitt : Solar Music Live
Yes : Yessongs (not yesshows :-)
BJH : Live (1974)
Zappa in NY
Zappa Roxy and elsewhere
Jeff Beck and The Jan Hammer Goup
Magma Live (aka Hhai)
King Crimson : USA
ELP : Welcome back
Caravan and The New symphony
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Posted By: Hercules
Date Posted: September 09 2023 at 05:47
In no particular order, and sticking to one per band:
Renaissance - Live at Carnegie Hall
BJH - BJH Live
Camel - A Live Record
Wishbone Ash - Live Dates
Gentle Giant - Playing the Fool
Rush - Exit Stage Left
IQ - Subterranea Live
Marillion - Real to Reel
Genesis - Seconds Out



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Posted By: Lewian
Date Posted: September 09 2023 at 06:13
Live albums are hard to cover by a list these days as so many shows have been published, but most of these were only bought by the most committed fans of the band. I see a distinction between "big" live albums (mostly from the past) which were put out by bands pretty much like a regular release and appreciated by many, and the releases just targeted at a small audience that were put out because you can do that cheaply even if only a few people buy it. Still some of these can be quite good.

Of course it isn't black and white like that and what I just write will not allow for a sharp classification, still Renaissance Live at Carnegie Hall is a mightily good album and has 266 ratings on PA whereas Day of the Dreamer has 15 and I've never heard of "King Biscuit Flower Hour", which I don't even find on PA, but this is highest on the list followed by Day of the Dreamer, whereas Carnegie Hall isn't on there. Weird! (Obviously the two listed ones may be great, what do I know?)

For Tangerine Dream on the other hand they just list "regular" live albums, chances are they didn't even know that Ricochet is live (seen as better than Poland, Encore, and Logos by maybe most), and of course TD has hundreds of "fan-targeted" live albums, but the list makers apparently don't know them and for Renaissance they do.

I shouldn't be very suspicious of nationalism but it also jumps at me that great German live albums such as Grobschnitt - Solar Music Live, Kraan Live, Hoelderlin Live Traumstadt are missing.

But then, as I wrote, putting together a meaningful live albums list is super hard, they can try, I can disagree, but I guess not much harm is done...


Posted By: moshkito
Date Posted: September 09 2023 at 06:14
Originally posted by Hercules Hercules wrote:

In no particular order, and sticking to one per band:
Renaissance - Live at Carnegie Hall
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Hi,

This one deserves a mention just by the ending of one piece ... where your ears get blown out ... even DD (never Deputy Dan!) got wow'd by it and surprised.


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Posted By: Cristi
Date Posted: September 09 2023 at 06:15
^ I thought we were supposed to comment on the list in the original post. Confused


Posted By: Lewian
Date Posted: September 09 2023 at 06:21
Originally posted by Hercules Hercules wrote:


Camel - A Live Record

Not sure whether we're supposed to discuss specific albums here. This one has some stellar material (the Never Let Go version is one of the best things I have heard), but it is also somewhat disjointed, putting together stuff from different years with different formations in a not necessarily optimal way. It's not like a concert experience from start to finish (and generally doesn't win much from playing it "in order"), so I would probably rate it quite a bit lower than most of its parts separately.


Posted By: Lewian
Date Posted: September 09 2023 at 06:23
Originally posted by Hercules Hercules wrote:


Gentle Giant - Playing the Fool

The highest ranked GG album is also "King Biscuit Flower Hour" and Playing the Fool isn't there... maybe I just don't get the joke!?


Posted By: Lewian
Date Posted: September 09 2023 at 06:24
Originally posted by Cristi Cristi wrote:

^ I thought we were supposed to comment on the list in the original post. Confused

There isn't much of a specification of what "we were supposed to do" but discussing good live albums is probably not the worst thing that can be done with such a thread. Smile


Posted By: Cristi
Date Posted: September 09 2023 at 06:26
Originally posted by Lewian Lewian wrote:

Originally posted by Cristi Cristi wrote:

^ I thought we were supposed to comment on the list in the original post. Confused

There isn't much of a specification of what "we were supposed to do" but discussing good live albums is probably not the worst thing that can be done with such a thread. Smile

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Here is the working link nevertheless Smile
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Posted By: someone_else
Date Posted: September 09 2023 at 07:33
Yes - Yessongs
Rush - Exit ... Stage Left
Gentle Giant - Playing the Fool
Pink Floyd - Live at Pompeii
Kansas - Two for the Show
Peter Gabriel - Plays Live
Discipline - This One's for England
Van der Graaf Generator - Recorded Live in Concert at Metropolis Studios, London



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Posted By: Logan
Date Posted: September 09 2023 at 11:01
I already commented on seeing Depeche Mode's 101 at 75 on that progressive rock list which stood out not so much because I would expect 101 to not be in a top 100 but instead just outside of it (101 is just the album name), but because I would not expect to find it in a Prog list of albums. That said, Björk is on my list (due to her being in PA), and I would not expect that many to associate her with Prog.

Lists are a dime a dozen, and I commonly take issue with lists that claim to be the greatest representatives, and I don't find that list compelling (thoughts on the list are of interest to me). For a list itself, I am more interested to see my fellow poster's lists as I care about what individual think. I don't know who made that list in the OP, how many contributed, the methodology... If not based on personal tastes, then I would rather a more meta list. Problem is, not everyone agrees on what is progressive rock and a site like PA does not label by the album, so the results could be better if drawing from various sources.

I have more Magma lives than any other band, lots, but here is a more general list of my favourites.

Some ones in PA that I like that spring to mind.

Area - Are(A)zione (1975)
Björk - Livebox (2003), Homogenic Live (2004), Post Live (2004), Vespertine Live (2004)
Cardiacs - All That Glitters Is a Mares Nest (1995), Cardiacs Live (1998)
Ciśnienie - Brass Album (2022), JazzArt Underground (2019)
Miles Davis - Live-Evil (1971), Pangaea (1975), Agharta (1975), Dark Magus (1977)
Electric Masada - At the Mountains of Madness (2005)
Anna von Hausswolff - Live at Montreux Jazz Festival (2022)
Hawkwind - Space Ritual (1973)
Henry Cow - Concerts (1976)
Kraan - Live (1975)
Magma - Rétrospective Vol. 1 & 2 (1981), Live Hhaï (1975), Concert 1976 - Opéra de Reims (released in 2000), Theusz Hamtaahk Trilogie (2001) etc.
Pink Floyd - the live album of Ummagumma (1969)
Swans - Omniscience (1992), Deliquescence (2017), Swans Are Dead (1998)
Tangerine Dream - Ricochet (1975), Encore (1977)
Robert Wyatt and Friends - Theatre Royal Drury Lane 8th September 1974 (released in 2005)

Out of PA and not really relevant , but mentioning because I love Portishead:
Portishead - Roseland NYC Live (1998)

If Portishead released on album their live performances of their album Third, then that would be more relevant as that has Krautrock, Post Rock, experimental rock and prog folk qualities.

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Posted By: Nogbad_The_Bad
Date Posted: September 09 2023 at 11:39
Originally posted by Logan Logan wrote:


Cardiacs - All That Glitters Is a Mares Nest (1995)
Electric Masada - At the Mountains of Madness (2005)
Anna von Hausswolff - Live at Montreux Jazz Festival (2022)
Hawkwind - Space Ritual (1973)
Henry Cow - Concerts (1976)
Magma - Theusz Hamtaahk Trilogie (2001) 
Pink Floyd - the live album of Ummagumma (1969)
Tangerine Dream - Ricochet (1975)

Add King Crimson - Great Deceiver and that would essentially be my list.


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Posted By: The Dark Elf
Date Posted: September 09 2023 at 12:33
Procol Harum - Live: In Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Jethro Tull - Nothing Is Easy: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival
Genesis - Seconds Out
Deep Purple - Made in Japan
ELP - Welcome Back My Friends to the Show that Never Ends
Frank Zappa - You Can't Do that on Stage Anymore, Vol. 2 (The Helsinki Tapes)


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Posted By: Dellinger
Date Posted: September 09 2023 at 20:10
I'm not sure which I would consider the best live album. Even though I love them, I usually find them lacking something... specially if I want the classics in the 70's. They don't have the whole concert, or they don't have the best line-up, or whatever. Yet, if only Pink Floyd's Animals tour had been properly recorded and released, the complete show, that would surely have become (for me at least) the ultimate live album.


Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: September 09 2023 at 22:23
Originally posted by Cristi Cristi wrote:

Originally posted by Lewian Lewian wrote:

Originally posted by Cristi Cristi wrote:

^ I thought we were supposed to comment on the list in the original post. Confused

There isn't much of a specification of what "we were supposed to do" but discussing good live albums is probably not the worst thing that can be done with such a thread. Smile

True
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pleased to see Different Stages at the top even if I managed to forget it in my list. Always like 90's Rush so I like to hear the mix of music across their (at the time) 3 decades of excellence. You get the 78 Hammy Odeon as a bonus disc as well. All very nice.

ELP at No2 with Pictures At An Exhibition is quite ballsy considering it was just an encore performance. Personally as a fan I find it a bit anaemic and lacking any real fun. Very clinical, a criticism that was levelled at ELP and is fully evident here. Lyceum 1970 was more gritty and too my taste, I also much prefer the triple album and Mar Y Sol 1972 as far as ELP live goes.

On the theme of being too clinical I actively dislike Seconds Out with a passion. For me it's totally dull.

A lot of my selections didn't make the list but then some of them are DVD's rather than live albums.

Also I presume Led Zep would have had at least 2 entries if they were counted as a prog band (clearly not in this case).




Posted By: Lewian
Date Posted: September 10 2023 at 02:54
Apparently "King Biscuit Flower Hour" was a radio show and they also produced a good number of live albums of bands, probably what they had played on the show. Both Gentle Giant and Renaissance have that album listed highest in this list (both inexplicably without having their most well known, and actually great, live albums listed). The Renaissance one isn't even listed on PA.

Has anybody here heard these albums or at least one of them? Are they as good as the list suggests?


Posted By: omphaloskepsis
Date Posted: September 10 2023 at 03:53
You guys named bunches of superb live albums.  I'd like to add one to the list.
SBB- Karlstad Live


Posted By: Dapper~Blueberries
Date Posted: September 21 2023 at 08:58
My favorite is Two For The Show by Kansas, but recently I have also been listening to King Crimson's Night Watch. Some stellar stuff from their best, imo, era

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Posted By: terramystic
Date Posted: September 27 2023 at 15:05
Rush - Exit... Stage Left
Kansas - Two for the Show
Dream Theater - Live at the Marquee
Angra - Holy Live
Mike Oldfield - Live at Montreux (DVD)
Vlatko Stefanovski & Miroslav Tadić - Live at Belgrade
Renaissance - Live at Carnegie Hall


Posted By: Hector Enrique
Date Posted: September 27 2023 at 16:15
Yes - Yessongs
E,L&P - Welcome back my friends....
Dream Theater - Live Scenes from New York
Kansas - Two for the Show
Rush - Exit... Stage Left







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Posted By: moshkito
Date Posted: September 27 2023 at 17:24
Originally posted by Dellinger Dellinger wrote:

I'm not sure which I would consider the best live album. Even though I love them, I usually find them lacking something... specially if I want the classics in the 70's. They don't have the whole concert, or they don't have the best line-up, or whatever. Yet, if only Pink Floyd's Animals tour had been properly recorded and released, the complete show, that would surely have become (for me at least) the ultimate live album.

Hi,

It sure made for an excellent set of bootlegs ... complete with raging RW, too!

It was a very good show for sure! And I think it was better than the DSOTM show.


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Posted By: Jacob Schoolcraft
Date Posted: September 28 2023 at 16:09
Gentle Giant- Playing The Fool
I really like this album...but sometimes the production sounds a little muddy...but I can't resist it!!

Camel- A Live Record
The Snow Goose is excellent and it's a special moment in time with David Bedford conducting the orchestra.

Guru, Guru- Live 78'
The playing is outstanding and several of the instrumentals are reminiscent of the German band Passport.

Univers Zero- Live..

Steve Hackett- Live Archive 70s, 80s, 90s

Hawkwind- Live Chronicles
The 2 cd set in the fat jewel case.Michael Moorcock is not edited out.





Posted By: presdoug
Date Posted: September 28 2023 at 18:08
Triumvirat-Live at Ultrasonics Studios, Hempstead, New York, October 1st, 1974-if I had a time machine, this would be my first stop. Triumvirat's first appearance in North America, and the band were firing on all six cylinders that night. It features a song from the as yet unrecorded Spartacus album, and the two complete suites from the then fairly newly released Illusions On A Double Dimple record.


Posted By: cstack3
Date Posted: September 28 2023 at 18:22
Honorable mentions: 

a)  Genesis - Live (released July 1973) - the Canadian band "Musical Box" recreates this LP right down to every detail on the cover photo!!  Long one of my favorites, I love the cheering when they open with "Watcher"!  

b)   King Crimson - Earthbound - According to its listing on Amazon:

Earthbound, originally released in 1972, was one of the earliest (if not the first) “official bootleg” released by a major rock band, consisting of a series of deliberately lo-fi live recordings of King Crimson’s Islands era line-up on tour in the USA. When issued, because of its mid-price it was excluded from the main album charts in the UK but topped the mid-price charts rubbing shoulders with Jim Reeves & Mantovani. Atlantic in the USA didn’t even bother to release it. By then, the band had broken up & the label had already been alerted to the likelihood of a new King Crimson line-up promised for later in the year. Like the later live album, USA, Earthbound remained unavailable in the early CD era, with both finally being released in 2002 on CD. Ironically this non-availability served to enhance interest in the album while DGM’s live releases made fans aware that there was a larger story to be told of this line-up’s history. When Robert Fripp was asked to guest on the second Grinderman project, Nick Cave noted: “I wanted to work with Robert Fripp because he has done some of the most uniquely unsettling guitar work I have ever heard along with some of the most delicate and finessed” explained Cave. “I grew up listening to a lot of the King Crimson stuff. The vinyl copy of the phenomenal live album Earthbound, is one of my most treasured possessions.”

The new version of Earthbound features an expanded version of the original album on CD & DVD. As a series of stereo only/low-fi recordings, a 5.1 edition was neither possible nor appropriate. However, also included on the DVD of this release is the full performance from Summit Studios, captured on the same US tour in 1972, appearing in both new stereo & quadraphonic mixes, providing the only live surround recordings of this line-up. This release also features 15 minutes of material not included on the original mail order only CD of Summit studios as issued by DGM in 2000. The DVD also features the “Schizoid Men” sequence from the Ladies of the Road live album & a transfer of a 1972 vinyl edition of the Earthbound LP.



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Posted By: AFlowerKingCrimson
Date Posted: September 28 2023 at 20:50
Earlier I was listening to Exit...Stage Left by Rush which I finally got on cd. I think I actually prefer ATWAS to it because it just captures them at a much more raw stage in their development and there doesn't seem to be as much editing and adding of stuff. Plus I think it sounds better but I haven't listened to that first one in a while.


Posted By: Jacob Schoolcraft
Date Posted: September 30 2023 at 16:55
Originally posted by presdoug presdoug wrote:

Triumvirat-Live at Ultrasonics Studios, Hempstead, New York, October 1st, 1974-if I had a time machine, this would be my first stop. Triumvirat's first appearance in North America, and the band were firing on all six cylinders that night. It features a song from the as yet unrecorded Spartacus album, and the two complete suites from the then fairly newly released Illusions On A Double Dimple record.


Do you have this on cd? This must be excellent!!! I will look for it on YouTube.


Posted By: Jacob Schoolcraft
Date Posted: September 30 2023 at 16:58
Originally posted by AFlowerKingCrimson AFlowerKingCrimson wrote:

Earlier I was listening to Exit...Stage Left by Rush which I finally got on cd. I think I actually prefer ATWAS to it because it just captures them at a much more raw stage in their development and there doesn't seem to be as much editing and adding of stuff. Plus I think it sounds better but I haven't listened to that first one in a while.



Yes that's interesting.


Posted By: presdoug
Date Posted: September 30 2023 at 18:23
Originally posted by Jacob Schoolcraft Jacob Schoolcraft wrote:

Originally posted by presdoug presdoug wrote:

Triumvirat-Live at Ultrasonics Studios, Hempstead, New York, October 1st, 1974-if I had a time machine, this would be my first stop. Triumvirat's first appearance in North America, and the band were firing on all six cylinders that night. It features a song from the as yet unrecorded Spartacus album, and the two complete suites from the then fairly newly released Illusions On A Double Dimple record.


Do you have this on cd? This must be excellent!!! I will look for it on YouTube.
   

Yes, it is on youtube; just type in Triumvirat and Ultrasonics and you will get it....I have it on cd, on a Japanese label called Highland Project, the best sounding of the issues of this recording...


Posted By: Frets N Worries
Date Posted: September 30 2023 at 19:12
If King Crimson had recorded a very nice double or triple Live LP (back in the 70s), it would've been amazing

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Posted By: Nogbad_The_Bad
Date Posted: September 30 2023 at 19:27
Originally posted by Frets N Worries Frets N Worries wrote:

If King Crimson had recorded a very nice double or triple Live LP (back in the 70s), it would've been amazing


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Posted By: Frets N Worries
Date Posted: September 30 2023 at 19:36
^I should do more research LOL

Spotify has that listed as 2021


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Posted By: Jacob Schoolcraft
Date Posted: September 30 2023 at 20:14
Originally posted by presdoug presdoug wrote:

Originally posted by Jacob Schoolcraft Jacob Schoolcraft wrote:

Originally posted by presdoug presdoug wrote:

Triumvirat-Live at Ultrasonics Studios, Hempstead, New York, October 1st, 1974-if I had a time machine, this would be my first stop. Triumvirat's first appearance in North America, and the band were firing on all six cylinders that night. It features a song from the as yet unrecorded Spartacus album, and the two complete suites from the then fairly newly released Illusions On A Double Dimple record.


Do you have this on cd? This must be excellent!!! I will look for it on YouTube.
   

Yes, it is on youtube; just type in Triumvirat and Ultrasonics and you will get it....I have it on cd, on a Japanese label called Highland Project, the best sounding of the issues of this recording...





That's rare!! Really a treat to hear about this!!


Posted By: cstack3
Date Posted: September 30 2023 at 20:23
Originally posted by Frets N Worries Frets N Worries wrote:

If King Crimson had recorded a very nice double or triple Live LP (back in the 70s), it would've been amazing

Most of "Starless and Bible Black" gives you an idea of how amazing! 

I would like this one!  

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Posted By: LearsFool
Date Posted: October 01 2023 at 01:02
Original linked list is a solid collection of live prog, even has some fairly obscure groups mentioned. Perhaps could have benefited from limiting the number of records per big name group, choosing the cream of the popular crop and having more room for leftfield picks.

A bunch of great choices in this thread too. I'll have to add what I consider to be a candidate not just for best prog live LP but best live LP period: the original Hungarian language version of Omega's Elo Omega Kisstadion '79


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Posted By: Hector Enrique
Date Posted: October 01 2023 at 02:14
Yes - Yessongs (Unbeatable)
E,L&P - WBmFttStNE... (Also unbeatable...)
Kansas - Two for The Show (Excellent performance of the studio versions)
Dream Theater - Live Scenes Fron New York (The Americans' best album "Metropolis Part 2 - Scenes from a Memory", brilliantly executed)
Rush - Exit...Stage Left (brilliant) / A Show of Hands (Despite belonging to the 3rd stage, it is an underrated album in my opinion)
Camel - A Live Record (Instrumentally impeccable, let's skip the vocal parts....)



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Posted By: ThamesRoyal
Date Posted: October 13 2023 at 02:08
Live & Dangerous - Thin Lizzy
Twelfth Night - Live and Let Live
Yes - Symphonic Live
King Crimson - Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind
Dave Gilmour - Live in Gdansk
Big Big Train - Empire
Tangerine Dream - Ricochet (though not entirely live)
Tangerine Dream - Dominion Concert 1982 (off the Pilots of Purple Twilight box set).  Actual concert, not to be confused with Logos, which was a studio release.  I was at the concert, very special then and gladly now on the highly recommended PoPT box set.


Posted By: BrufordFreak
Date Posted: October 13 2023 at 05:51
I think many DVDs of live concerts should be in the running here: Steven Wilson Anesthetize, Anekdoten Waking the Dead, Ulver Live at the Norwegian National Opera, Pink Floyd P.U.L.S.E., The Cure Trilogy, Iona Live in London, Ólaffur Arnalds' Live from Hafursey, so many of Steve Hackett's concerts, and many more offer great video recordings are worthy of this "live concert music" list.



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Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: October 13 2023 at 06:53
I listen to Big Big Train - From Stone and Steel a lot. It's not strictly a live album (no audience) but instead was 'live' at Peter Gabriel's new world studios. It's what got me into the band and has definitive versions of Judas Unrepentant, Master James Of St George, The Underfall Yard, Victorian Brickwork and The First Rebreather (IMO). You can get it as an MP3 or even better still the Blu Ray.


Posted By: moshkito
Date Posted: October 15 2023 at 21:13
Originally posted by Frets N Worries Frets N Worries wrote:

If King Crimson had recorded a very nice double or triple Live LP (back in the 70s), it would've been amazing

Hi,

In my book, this would have been nice, but I think that Mr. Fripp was fighting too many bootlegs at the time, which showed what a hot band it was, specially with BB and JW. In my book, that made KC one of the things that should NEVER be missed, and I regret not seeing them until I got a chance in Seattle with the 3 drummers ... what a treat ... felt like not a single beat was missed!

Since then, though, Mr. Fripp has just about released most of it, and it has made the bootlegs obsolete, but the quality of the work shines so much better live with the real folks ... that you will regret if you don't catch it ... as my friend said on the way ... "that gives a new meaning to what music is!"... 

I don't remember which boots I heard, but they were sensational, even if the quality was low, but the energy of the show ... was ... I don't think there are/were enough words to describe it, and I can only hope that Mr. Fripp has released many of these. I sure would like to hear that one again! I think it was a "RED" tour.


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Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: October 15 2023 at 22:40
^ There is a Road To Red box sets with about 24 CD's. It takes pride of place on my coffee table but I struggled to get through all of it. BTW the 3 drummers live show is the best thing I've ever seen bar the Yes Symphonic shows 20+ years ago.


Posted By: Mellotron Storm
Date Posted: April 15 2024 at 08:08
This topic has finally motivated me to at least try to get a list of my favourite live albums together. been doing that over the last several days. Too much fun. Thankfully when I did my "best of" sub genre lists I include live albums. I'm at around 50 so I need to either narrow it down or come back with ones not mentioned yet.
Soft Machine and King Crimson have the most of my favourite live records.

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Posted By: Woon Deadn
Date Posted: April 15 2024 at 16:35
GG's "Playing The Fool", indeed.

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Posted By: Mellotron Storm
Date Posted: April 15 2024 at 17:08
Here's six:
Sonar- Live At Moods To hear these guys pull this music off live is pretty cool.
Univers Zero- Relaps Four killer live tracks from the '84 to '86 period.
Gila- Night Works As good as the debut and of that dark and heavy style
Soft machine- Noisette Lyn Dobson adds so much
Radio Massacre International- Knutsford In May You like guitar and mellotron?
Hawkwind- Spaced Out In London with Arthur Brown on vocals

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Posted By: Moyan
Date Posted: April 15 2024 at 21:35
This thread contains mentions of many excellent albums. As my contribution, I would want to honourably mention Gong's "Gong est mort, vive Gong!" since, in my opinion, it is one of the best, if underappreciated, live albums ever. 
In 1975, the instrumentalists around Pierre Moerlen and Didier Malherbe prevailed against Daevid Allen and Gilli Smyth, which freed the Gong style from the experimental approach of its spacey psychedelia and changed it towards rather straightforward jazz-rock. Gong founders Allen and Smyth left the band that same year, and "Shamal" was recorded without them. 
However, they apparently did not settle the dispute. In May 1977, Gong gave a reunion concert with the classic "You" line-up, which was recorded and released as a double LP that same year. 
The reunion didn't last long. Steve Hillage devoted himself entirely to his (great) solo career. Allen and Smyth teamed up with the hippy free rockers Here & Now as Planet Gong, and Pierre Moerlen founded his own jazz-rock version of Gong, i.e., Pierre Moerlen's Gong.

"Gong est mort, vive Gong!" (1977), but once again offers the true Gong, with tracks that come from the LPs "Camembert Electrique" to "You," but mainly from the Radio Gnome Invisible trilogy. Reference is therefore made to the respective rezis. As is usually the case on live recordings, the music here comes across as a bit rougher but also more upbeat than on the studio versions. In any case, the band had fun playing the old numbers again and was in a great mood that evening. You can hear grandiose yet crazy space rock here, which always puts you in a good mood. 









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