Greatest Live Albums by daftpunter (2019)

Since the 5th grade, when I convinced my mom to buy me an album with a bunch of cartoon characters singing songs about cold gin and rock 'n' rollin' all night, I've been in love with live albums. I didn't go to concerts until after high school (my first being Queen with Billy Squire at the old Philly Spectrum in 1981) so my connection with live music was in an album format. My favorite band being the Who I can kick myself for never seeing them with the original lineup. Just this year my brother was kind enough to buy me a tremendous birthday present, my first Who concert in Atlantic City. Old men CAN kick ass. This is my take on the best the live format has to offer. It's not quite to 100 yet, but I'm sure we'll get it there. The top 20 have some semblance of order. The remainder will need tweaking. Offer your advice. I never own enough live music. And yes, someday I may find a Dead Dick's Pick's that I may actually list (editors note: Found it. see entry 11). Maybe even a Pearl Jam?

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Jam bands suck. Except this one. The Georgia show could also go in this slot with Mountain Jam that has Edgar Winter playing...but this is just on fire from minute one. Duane Allman was a God. He MADE Layla and other assorted Love songs the great document it was. Here he proves that he and his brother were part of the greatest live act ever. Editorial note: So where is the logic of "click it or ticket" when you can jump on a HOG and propel yourself through space on a motorized slingshot on the very same road? Death by cycle. A crying shame. [First added to this chart: 05/17/2013]
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1971
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Ok. Should be number one. Don't push me. It'll get there. [First added to this chart: 05/17/2013]
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1970
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3,125
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I don't think they've ever released a live album with John Cale in the band. A shame. If they were this good with Yule, can you imagine how good they were with the original four? [First added to this chart: 05/17/2013]
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1974
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511
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Jerry Lee likes to pick up teenagers. But instead of a 13 year cousin he picks this backing band and probably had them out of breath before he got halfway through the set. Killer! [First added to this chart: 05/17/2013]
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1964
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633
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Ah yes. the first live album with Mick Taylor. Still playing the blues. Still rocking harder and campier then anyone before or since. [First added to this chart: 05/17/2013]
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1970
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772
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So...if you buy the DVD you get to hear the whole concert. So, like, every album on the planet gets expanded but this one? WTF? [First added to this chart: 05/17/2013]
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1975
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794
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Hey, I've got good idea. Let's sing a song about how bad the prison is, then once I've got the inmates all riled up, play it again. Yeah, that's the ticket! [First added to this chart: 05/17/2013]
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1969
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985
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Out of print. Seriously? Who would take this out of print? Morons. [First added to this chart: 05/17/2013]
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1977
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69
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The first 90 seconds of "Smoke on the Water" would make this a top ten. [First added to this chart: 05/17/2013]
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1972
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2,096
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Amazing how this starts out as geek rock and works it's way to stadium pros. The first half is revelatory. A great band that didn't know it yet. Isn't that when they're all the best? [First added to this chart: 05/17/2013]
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1982
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Total albums: 93. Page 1 of 10

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Greatest Live Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 2 2%
1960s 11 12%
1970s 39 42%
1980s 20 22%
1990s 7 8%
2000s 10 11%
2010s 4 4%
2020s 0 0%
Country Albums %


United States 56 60%
United Kingdom 22 24%
Canada 5 5%
Mixed Nationality 4 4%
Australia 3 3%
Jamaica 2 2%
Ireland 1 1%
Compilation? Albums %
No 89 96%
Yes 4 4%
Live? Albums %
No 19 20%
Yes 74 80%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 90 97%
Yes 3 3%

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One of the best charts I've ever seen on BEA, and certainly, without doubt, the best LIVE chart I've seen! Only thing is, I'm incredibly surprised that you had Johnny Cash's 'Live at San Quentin' so far up above 'Live at Folsom Prison'. Most would consider it vice-versa with 'Folsom' even going as far as to be considered Johnny's overall BEST album. But hey, if 'San Quentin's' the one for you, who am I to argue with that, right? 5 Stars!
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