While I'm not a big "live" album fan, I do really like both of Jackson Browne's "Solo Acoustic" sets.
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Zeppelin's much-maligned "The Song Remains the Same," one of the most self-indulgent live albums ever, even more so on the re-issue from a few years back, is also an absolutely fabulous recording of a great rock and roll band at the top of its game. I won't claim that I spin it often, but when I'm in the mood for all the endless jams that marked Zep during this period, it really is a ton of fun. And the re-issue sounds great, too.
Most will say any one of the following (and they'd be right):
Allmans at the Fillmore
Stones Get Yer Ya Ya's Out
Who Live at Leeds
I absolutely love 3 GD selections... Live Dead, Skull and Roses and Europe 72. All spectacular.
My sleepers are Uriah Heep Live (2 LP set from 1973, I believe) and David Live, Bowie's first live set, which most will tell you sucks. They'd be wrong.
great choices so far. Lindisfarne, I really like your sleepers Uriah Heep and David Live. David Sandborn on David Live adds a nice element. I would add Yessongs (still my favorite Yes album) and Roxy Music Live from 2001. My sleeper is Rare Earth Live from the early 70's. Hard to find, but one of the best.
Robin Trower "Live"
Gentle Giant "Playing the Fool"
ditto on Little Feat "Columbus"
ditto Santana "Lotus"
where-as I love YES, generally, "YESSONGS" has to be one of the worst sounding live albums of all time... sounds like a 4-track cassette with bad tape and lots of limiting. Having said that, Steve Howe's performance on "Yours is no Disgrace" and the electric version of "Roundabout" are rip-roaring make-me-feel-18-again performances.
Hey how about Bob Marley's "Babylon by Bus" UK pressing with BIG bust a gut bass.
I just counted and I own 491 Live albums on CD - that means the success rate is pretty low given the following list of exemplars.....
Renaissance - Live at Carnegie Hall - easily my favourite live album. Fantastic performance and audio (especially the latest Eroc mastered one)
Be Bop Deluxe - Live! In the Air Age
Deep Purple - Concerto for Group and Orchestra
Deep Purple - Made in Japan
Flower Kings - Alive on Planet Earth
Dan Fogelberg - Greetings from the West
Frumpy - Live (Crap sound, great performance)
Grand Funk - Live (the most exciting live album I've heard)
Hendrix - Band of Gypsys
Jethro Tull - Bursting Out
Jethro Tull - A Little Light Music
Jethro Tull - Carnegie Hall (from the 25th anniv' box set)
Loreena McKennitt - (any and all LM live albums are excellent)
Sarah McLachlan - Mirrorball
Odin - SWF Session (stunning album)
Pink Floyd - Pompeii (only on DVD or bootleg CD)
Pink Floyd - Pulse
Pink Floyd - KQED (boot)
Pink Floyd - DSOM Experience Edition
Porcupine Tree - Coma Divine (SE)
Renaissance - At the Royal Albert Hall (aka King Biscuit Hour)
Richard Shindell - Live at the Chandler Music Hall
Bruce Springsteen - Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, 1975 (from BTR 30th box)
Stream of Passion - Live in the Real World
Traffic - Welcome to the Canteen
Wicked Minds - Live at Burg Herzberg
Wishbone Ash - Live in Chicago
So many in jazz that it's impossible to short list.
Who- Live at Leeds
Stones- Ya Yas
The Dead- Any, esp. Filmore West '69
Hendrix- Most, esp. Winterland LP box
Faces- Five Guys Walk into a Bar...
Neil-Any, esp. Rust Never Sleeps
Lou Reed- Live in Italy(w/Robert Quine)
Dave Davies-Rock Bottom Live at the Bottom Line
Richard Thompson-Austin City Limits
Brian Wilson-Live at the Roxy
Alice in Chains- Unplugged
Foo Fighters- Skin and Bones
Richard Barone-Cool Blue Halo (at the Bottom Line)
Here's some stuff that has not been mentioned: Go to Archive.org and look for Steve Kimock at Chester's. Here's a link to a great-sounding concert:
Also, The Mermen at Maritime Hall:
The Live Music Archive is an *incredible* resource of absolutely FREE live music. I have been downloading from this site for years and have always been pleased with the music and sound quality...
Bruce Hornsby Here Come the Nosiemakers
Tommy Emmanuel LiveOne
Robben Ford and the Blue Line The Authorized Bootleg
Jesse Winchester Live From Mountain Stage
Darrell Scott, Danny Thompson and Kenny Malone Live in NC
Rhonda Vincent and the Rage Ragin' Live
Steve Goodman The Easter Tapes
Steve Goodman Live Wire
Steve Goodman No Big Surprise
New Grass Revival Live