That's my top two. Sam Cooke and NoTBiTH. Especially the second disc. Good fucking god... When I first heard that and watched Rome '80 on youtube, my life completely changed.
The Allman Brothers Live at Fillmore East is a close second for me.
Really, any correct answer to this question probably needs to be a '70s album.
If they ever officially released it, D'Angelo's 2000 set in Stockholm Sweden would be my no-brainer number one. As it stands, that is my favorite bootleg. 11+ minute Left and Right workout, 20 minute Jonz in my Bonz.
Not a best, but one of my favorites:
Obligatory honorable mention:
I'm not big on Daft Punk's studio albums but I love this.
Another honorable mention, Springsteen and an ace E Street lineup validating their hype to a skeptical British press in 1975, fully exhumed in all its ridiculous-hatted glory in 2005:
Bad Brains' The Youth Are Getting Restless live album is pretty sick, with a cool Day Tripper/ She's a Rainbow cover (though not their best)
I was re-listening to And All That Could Have Been recently, and holy hell that's a great live album. Song selection, sequence, sound quality, and most of all the actual performances/interpretations of the songs played are all so amazing. i like a lot of the versions on this album more than the studio versions. The Pretty Hate Machine and Broken material in particular just so much meaner and fuller with that live band.
Why did it take me so long to listen to Big Black? After all the acknowledgements Bmack gives them..
Songs About Fucking is great. Uncomfortable, raw, and loud in the best ways possible. (Holy shit, Fish Fry.)
I intend on curating a Late 90s/Early 00s Vocal Trance Pop and Euro thread
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The topic was great live albums, not favorite albums of all time, or stuff you regularly listen to. But if liking "Whipping Post" makes me a cracker in the suburbs, so be it.
I am always shocked when Randy even talks about music so i wouldnt really put too thought into randys comments on any music topics
Seriously though, the subject of live albums came up and your first two hits were The Allman Bros. and Skynyrd. I like Simple Man as much as the next guy, but this is some serious white boy shit.
James Brown Live at the Apollo should be add to our list.
I love Frampton Comes Alive as far as live albums go. The Yeasayer live album that came out a couple years ago is also very good. It captures their sound really well which is where the band excels imo.
Another great James Brown live record - Love Power Peace Live At the Olympia, Paris, 1971
Wilco - Kicking Television
NOFX - I Heard They Suck Live
Pink Floyd - Pulse, Is There Anybody Out There?
THE WHO - LIVE AT LEEDS
How about.... Family Values Tour 97? That was the first live album I accepted back in middle school, and it's still pretty cool thinking back on it.
The right answer for James Brown is Sex Machine: Live 1970