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Top Live Albums by gtroda (2018)

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I love listening to live albums. To me there is something special about a group of people on stage, performing the music with just the instruments in their hands, and interacting with a crowd. A lot of times I prefer listening to live versions of songs over studio songs. And most of my favorite artists have a reputation of being a solid live act.

However, the ranking of live albums proves to be trickier than ranking studio albums. A band running through the hits with little variation on the studio version doesn't really do much. A good live album needs more than that. Things like crowd interaction, jamming or improvising, reinterpreting a song, and solid cover tunes are all key ingredients.

I've attempted to list here some of the live albums that I particularly enjoy listening to. This is a personal list and may not always line up with what are considered the classic live albums.

Chart updated: 04/23/2018 17:45 (Created: 05/02/2013 07:50). Chart size: 100 albums.

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The Agora, Cleveland 1978United States Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
The bootleg recordings of this show were often touted as one of the best ever among collectors. In 2014 Bruce gave fans a Christmas present by releasing an official recording of the show. I will admit that it is hard to be objective when listening to this album as it has been held in such high regard for so long. It is a full length official recording of a show from what is often sited as the best tour by my favorite artist. Therefore I have no choice but to put it at the top of this chart. Amazingly, I actually think my bootlegs of the Passaic, NJ and San Francisco shows from this tour are even better than this one.
(First added to chart: 06/27/2017)
Year of Release:2014Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 2014:285Rank Score:99
Rank in 2010s2,537Overall Rank:13,432
Average Rating:  72/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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2. New entry

At Folsom PrisonUnited States Johnny Cash
Year of Release:1968Appears in:602 charts
Rank in 1968:9Rank Score:10,981
Rank in 1960s42Overall Rank:256
Average Rating:  83/100 (798 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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3. (2) Down1

Hammersmith Odeon London '75United States Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
This is a full concert recording of Bruce's first show in Europe. He played with a fire like is career was on the line. If this were released in 1976 it'd be considered iconic, but alas it was released much later.
(First added to chart: 07/03/2013)
Year of Release:2006Appears in:32 charts
Rank in 2006:81Rank Score:541
Rank in 2000s771Overall Rank:3,509
Average Rating:  81/100 (77 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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4. (3) Down1

At Fillmore EastUnited States The Allman Brothers Band
The original lineup at the peak of their powers. It is an absolute tragedy that Duane was taken away before it was a success. The live version of Whipping Post is THE standard for live jams.
(First added to chart: 07/03/2013)
Year of Release:1971Appears in:417 charts
Rank in 1971:16Rank Score:8,749
Rank in 1970s88Overall Rank:328
Average Rating:  81/100 (587 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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5. (4) Down1

Madison Square Garden, New York City 07/01/2000United States Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

(First added to chart: 04/23/2018)
Year of Release:2017Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 2017:355Rank Score:55
Rank in 2010s4,361Overall Rank:21,019
Average Rating:  70/100 (7 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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6. (5) Down1

Made In JapanUnited Kingdom Deep Purple
The best versions of the best songs by the band are here on this album. Many surpass the quality of the studio counterparts.
(First added to chart: 05/02/2014)
Year of Release:1972Appears in:198 charts
Rank in 1972:18Rank Score:3,391
Rank in 1970s176Overall Rank:756
Average Rating:  81/100 (330 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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7. (6) Down1

At Newport 1960United States Muddy Waters

(First added to chart: 04/23/2018)
Year of Release:1960Appears in:96 charts
Rank in 1960:11Rank Score:469
Rank in 1960s293Overall Rank:3,895
Average Rating:  77/100 (104 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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8. New entry

Elvis (NBC TV Special)United States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1968Appears in:43 charts
Rank in 1968:55Rank Score:431
Rank in 1960s308Overall Rank:4,167
Average Rating:  74/100 (53 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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9. (7) Down2

Zoo TV LiveIreland U2
The Zoo TV tour was an ambitious multi-media experience like nothing that had come before it. And it was a killer rock concert. It probably also gets bonus sentimental points from me because the first concert I went too was on this tour.
(First added to chart: 06/20/2016)
Year of Release:2006Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 2006:694Rank Score:38
Rank in 2000s6,398Overall Rank:25,175
Average Rating:  74/100 (22 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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10. (8) Down2

Dissident / Live In AtlantaUnited States Pearl Jam
The band played passionate versions of most of their first two albums and previewed a few songs from their third album at this show. Too bad it was released as a three disc box set that was sold as an import in the US so it cost over 50 bucks to get a copy (and they edited out a few of the songs). The show was broadcast on radio so there are high quality bootlegs of the full show.
(First added to chart: 07/08/2013)
Year of Release:1994Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1994:516Rank Score:31
Rank in 1990s5,172Overall Rank:27,071
Average Rating:  74/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Top Live Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 7 7%
1970s 9 9%
1980s 5 5%
1990s 11 11%
2000s 25 25%
2010s 43 43%
Artist Albums %


Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band 19 19%
Pearl Jam 7 7%
Dave Matthews Band 7 7%
The Allman Brothers Band 5 5%
U2 5 5%
The Rolling Stones 5 5%
Gov't Mule 4 4%
Show all
Country Albums %


United States 72 72%
United Kingdom 18 18%
Ireland 5 5%
Mixed Nationality 3 3%
Canada 2 2%

Top Live Albums chart changes

Biggest fallers
fallers Down 2 from 7th to 9th
Zoo TV Live
by U2
fallers Down 2 from 8th to 10th
Dissident / Live In Atlanta
by Pearl Jam
fallers Down 2 from 9th to 11th
Live... With A Little Help From Our Friends
by Gov't Mule
New entries
newentries At Folsom Prison
by Johnny Cash
newentries Elvis (NBC TV Special)
by Elvis Presley
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