The Allman Brothers "Live at the Filmore East" MFSL Gold Disc
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Grateful Dead - Dozin' At The Knick
Grateful Dead - Nightfall of Diamonds
Dave Matthews Band - Live At Red Rocks
Dave Matthews/Tim Reynolds - Live At Luther College
Allison Krauss + Union Station - Live
Allman Brothers Band - Fillmore recordings
good call on One From The Vault. Best of the 3 Vault releases so far, both in sonics and visuals. IMHO
I love good live performances. Here are some of my favorites:
I have not liked any other PB records that I've heard, but Companion is one of my ABSOLUTE favorite records. This is an inspired performance and a very good recording.
Eva Cassidy-Live at Blues Alley
Already mentioned above
BoDeans-Joe Dirt Car
A very good live rock show by a hard working touring band
Indigo Girls-1200 Curfews
Nice Doulbe Album. A compilation from many different live sources. Most of it is well recorded and Amy and Emily are really great performers. This was recorded several years ago before "the Girls" became political. I haven't heard a good Indigo Girls record since 1200 Curfews.
Little Feat-Waiting for Columbus
Hot Tuna - "And Furthurmore"
The Other Ones - "Only the Strange Remain"
These are both done in HDCD and sound incredible - staging, bass extension, vocal clarity are all *excellent*. As a bonus, you can find them pretty cheap (< $10) on the internet if you don't mind used media. If you haven't heard an HDCD-encoded disk, you oughta...
In the good old days an artist's live recordings almost never sounded as good as his or her studio records. Brand X Livestock was a big exception. Some live instrumental rock recordings have succeeded in ratcheting up the ante a few notches. Massacre/Meltdown, Jonas Hellborg/Personae, Zony Mash/Live in Seattle and Harriet Tubman/Prototype come to mind.
In recent years, there's been an explosion of stunningly realistic live jazz recordings in the racks... a few highly deluxe examples:
Bluiett Baritone Nation/Libation...
Yannick Rieu/Sweet Geom
Lounge Lizards/Live in Berlin (Vol.1&2)
Charlie Haden/Montreal Tapes (all are excellent)
Tony Oxley/Floating Phantoms
Rich Halley/Live at Beanbenders
Ellery Eskelin/One Great Day
Archie Shepp-Roswell Rudd/Live at the Village Vanguard
I had the chance to listen and compare carefully the 1977 and the 1997 LP's versions of Jazz at the Pawnshop.
There are significant differencies between them. I think I prefer the original Swedish pressing than the 1997 german one. I would like to have other advises about it. I also try to find more informations about what did exactly the sound engineer Wilfried Zahn when remastering this new issue.
Oh, there have been some truly great ones mentioned. Just a few more:
Commander Cody - "Live from Armadillo Headquarters"
J. Giels Band - "Live - Full House"
Neil Diamond - "Hot August Night" (only ND worth owning)
Marlena Shaw - "Tokyo Live"
Stan Getz - "Gold"
Art Pepper - anything live is dynamite
Bob Seeger - "Live Bullet"
Weather Report - "8:30"
Yes - Yessongs
Guess Who - "Live at the Paramount" (A must for GW lovers - the CD version has bonus tracks but the LP sounds better, though rare)
Twl, what year is the "Livestock" recording. I haven't listened to Brand X in twenty years, but loved the stuff when Phil Collins was drumming. As far as live recordings go, I have a couple newer DVD concerts that are excellent: Bonnie Raitt's "Road Tested" and Peter Gabriel's "Secret World Live" (which features incredible singing from Paula Cole). Oh, and also Neil Young's "Silver and Gold".
4yanx is correct- Brand X's Livestock LP was recorded in two parts- London 8/76 at Ronnie Scotts and 8/77 at the Hammersmith Oden and the Marguee Club. Phil Collins plays drums on three of the five tracks.
Twl is correct about the awesome part.
Mahalo for reminding me to dust it off and give it a spin.
Live at Leeds is a great performance, but I don't think it was ever a great recording.
I have the MFSL CD of Live at the Regal and it sounds pretty good, especially for the time (1964?)
Check out Van Morrison "It's Too Late to Stop Now" - great performance and it sounds fantastic, much better than a recording of the time has a right to (1973 I think).
Other favorite live albums of mine (if you're into rock), though these are not necessarily the best sounding:
Deep Purple - Made in Japan
Jethro Tull - Bursting Out
Thin Lizzy - Live and Dangerous
Steve Hillage - Live Herald
UFO - Strangers in the Night