Favorite Live Concert Recordings


What are your favorite live concert recordings.  Among my favorites are:

Leonard Cohen, Live in London
Tony Bennet, Live at Carnegie Hall
Simon & Garfunkel in Central Park NYC
Jackson Brown, Running on Empty
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Spoonful from Cream's Wheels of Fire. Some of the fiercest, most inspired solos Clapton ever wrought. The band rocks, but most of all it rolls.
The Tubes, What Do You Want From Live.
Little Feat, Waiting for Columbus
Return to Forever, Returns
Any FZ live album.
Allman Bros, At the Fillmore East. 
Humble Pie - Fillmore East
Allman Brothers- Fillmore East
Derek and The Domino’s- Fillmore East


Trilogy - Chick Corea Trio ( Christian McBride on double bass and Brian Blade on drums).  Three CD set.  Really great recording.  Big soundstage and imaging.  On the other extreme, Frank Zappa with Captain Beefheart on Bongo Fury.  
Genesis - Second's Out with Three Sides Live running close behind
Pink Floyd - Pulse
U2 - Popmart (Made my own version of the Mexico City broadcast)

The resent half-speed mastered vinyl version of Second's out is a winner on my system. Also has the best version of Supper's Ready.

Cinema Show is also wonderful on this release. 


In no particular order -

Eric Clapton - Unplugged
Eagles - Unplugged Second Night
Deep Purple - Made in Japan
Simon and Garfunkel - The Concert in CP
Nirvana - Unplugged
Peter Frampton - Frampton Comes Alive

  • Renaissance-live at Carnegie Hall
  • Little Feat-Waiting for Columbus 
  • Pink Floyd-The delicate sound of Thunder
  • Peter Gabriel-Plays Live
  • Dire Straits-Alchemy Live
  • Neil Young-live at Massey Hall 1971
  • Bob Seeger and the Silver Bullet Band-Live

Just to name a few
Jewel from her 2004 instant live shows. My favorite is from the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA.
These immediately come to mind (not ranked) . . .  

Bill Evans Trio: Vanguard recordings 
Miles Davis Quintet: My Funny Valentine
Sarah Vaughan: Live in Tokyo
Betty Carter: The Audience With Betty Carter
Allman Brothers: Live at Fillmore East, Eat A Peach 
Otis Rush: So Many Roads
Santana: Lotus
Dan Hicks: Where's the Money? 
Hendrix: Band of Gypsys
Laura Nyro: Season of Lights
Neil Young: Live at Massey Hall
The Band: Rock of Ages
G. Dead: Skull and Roses, Europe '72
Dire Straits: Live at the BBC
The Who: Live at Leeds
Free: Free Live! 
Little Feat: Waiting for Columbus
Ry Cooder: Showtime
Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac: Boston 
Stan Getz: Live in Paris
John Coltrane: Live at Birdland, Afro Blue Impressions
T. Monk: Misterioso, Thelonious in Action
Hal Galper Quintet: Reach Out
Michel Petrucciani: Solo Live in Germany
Oregon: In Concert
Woody Shaw: Live in Bremen 1983, In My Own Sweet Way
Bobby Hutcherson: Live at Montreux
Mike Bloomfield: Live at Fillmore West, My Labors
Muddy Waters: Fathers and Sons
Taj Mahal: The Real Thing
Ronnie Earl: Blues Guitar Virtuoso Live in Europe

Any YESSONGS fans out there?
Never a great recording to begin with, but the music is unbeatable.

Other than that... Peter Gabriel-Plays Live.
A few not yet mentioned:

Bob Dylan/The Band: Rock Of Ages. By the way, The Band's Rock Of Ages---a 2-LP set---is available in expanded form as the 4 CD/1 DVD set entitled Live At The Academy Of Music 1971. 
 
Martin Mull & His Fabulous Furniture: In Your Living Room.

Buck Owens And His Buckaroos: Carnegie Hall Concert.

Emmylou Harris And The Nash Ramblers: At The Ryman. 
To add a few not mentioned
J Geils Band Full House
George Harrison Live in Japan
Rolling Stones Get your Ya Yas Out
Alice In Chains - MTV Unplugged
Blue Oyster Cult - On Your Feet or On Your Knees
Deep Purple - Made In Japan
Willie Nelson - Willie and Family Live
Jimmy Smith - Fourmost Return
Talking Heads - The Name of This Band is Talking Heads
Eric Clapton - Just One Night
David Bromberg - How Late Ya'll Play Til (second disc)
Alison Krauss + Union Station Live
Lou Rawls- LiveAnd many of the others already mentioned