Undoubtedly one of the first the comes to mind is Graham Parker Live! Alone in America.
Simple (Basically Graham and a guitar on stage) and very powerful music. Ive had this disc for years and can always listen to it! Id put it in as one of the best live recording of all time without a doubt!
One of my favorites has always been The Eagles - "Hell Freezes Over"
I really like live recordings! Something about nowhere to hide.......
Right now, I really like Eva Cassidy's "Live at Blues Alley". A simply stunning vocal performance!
Patricia Barber's "Companion" is really nice. Both the PB and EC disk give you that "you are there" feeling.
To understand The Indigo Girl's, I suggest their live "2000 Curfews" 2-disk set. Nice!! It puts me back in the front row every time I listen to it.
Of course there are the old classics like Little Feats "Waiting for Columbus". How disappointing to find out years later that it was "doctored up" significantly in the studio.
Don't know the album they originally came from, but there are some live cuts on Willie Nelsons "Revolutions of time" compilation that I think are outstanding. Of course, you might need to be a Willie fan to enjoy them!
Some albums that I've always liked.... Streetheart-''Live After Dark'', and BB King- "Live at Cook County Jail''. Also Thin Lizzy ''Live and Dangerous'',and Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington ""Ella and Duke At the Cote D'azur''
My favorites are Neil Diamond: Hot August Night (remastered), Peter Frampton: Frampton Comes Alive (SACD), and Fletwood Mac: Live. For visual and sound quality it is Eagles: Hell Freezes Over Live
Bob Seger "Live Bullet" Sonics suck but, it's peformance is still tops!
Waiting for Columbus, Little Feat
Fillmore East, The Bros
Last Waltz, Band
The Who - Live at Leeds
Hendrix - Winterland & Monterey
Van Morrison - Too Late To Stop Now
Nirvana - Unplugged
B.B. King - Regal
Neil Young - Live Rust
Otis Redding - Europe
Dire Straits. Sonically, the best live album I have ever heard and the songs are all incredibly performed.
Cream -- Wheels of Fire (live album)
Allman Bros -- Live at the Filmore East
"Bravo Brubeck" recorded live in Mexico.
The most recent live album i've been impressed with is dave matthew's band 'live in central park'. these 3 discs really seem to capture the magic of that evening. they just have a great 'live' feel to them, that some live discs lack...
I like my live recordings to have an element of rawness and improvisation.
Allman Bros... "Live at Filmore East" (I love improvisation and no other rock band has ever done that better than the Brother's, especially with Duane... incidently I saw them live last year and it was by far the best show I've seen in years... they still got it)
Johnny Cash... "Folsom Prison Blues"
Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes... "Live at the Creek"
Eva Cassidy... "Live at Blues Alley".
My all time favorite is a live bootleg Grateful Dead recording at Cornell University in 1977. This recording really captures their "wall of sound" they had during that time and their improvisational prowess which makes their live stuff so great. I am by no means a Dead Head... but when you listen to their good live recordings it is obvious that Jerry Garcia is a stone cold genious.
Greatful Dead - Reckoning also released as For the Faithful.
Diana Krall - Live in Paris
One recently released and just totally shocked me is by pianist Michel Camilo, "Live at the Blue Note". I was at the used cd store, rifling thru the bins and noticed this one because it is on Telarc. After further examination, it is also processed in DSD. I sampled it at the store with headphones and as soon as playback started, I jumped startled as I thought someone was sneaking up behind me in the store but it was actually the MC introducing the band on the disc. The "air", the width and especially depth of soundstage on this disc is uncanny and mind boggling! Even though this is not my favorite style of jazz music, I bought it because I figured that if it sounded soo amazing through the the poor quality equipment used and abused to sample discs in a pre-owned cd store, then it would provide nirvana and extascy when played back on my high resolution system...and boy was I right on...it has earned benchmark status as a demo disc of the thousand+ that I own and I don't mean one cut of the whole 2 cd set...the whole thing is killer!!! Check it out..you'll be soo glad you did...Jeff
Minor correction to Lokie: The Dead were no longer using the Wall of Sound PA in 1977. At the time of that deservedly-famous Cornell show, they were playing through the reinforcement system operated by Bill Graham's FM Productions. If your tape is off the board, as opposed to an audience recording, it doesn't really matter.
Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men- "Out in California"
Also the Dick's Picks series is outstanding from top to bottom and is a fabulous musical and historical feast for anyone who loves live music, the Grateful Dead, or both.
Natalie Merchant - Live in concert
Portishead - Live: Roseland NYC
There are several great jazz albums that were recorded at the Village Vanguard. John Coltrane's, Bill Evans', and Sonny Rollins' recordings there are especially recommended.
Bonnie Raitt "Road Tested". She has an amazingly tight band, and the woman can flat-out deliver the goods. Outstanding performance and exceptional production. A must have, in my opinion.
Since no one else has mentioned it Peter Gabriel "Plays Live" is a great live recording. This was my introduction to his music and I've played it far more than other CD/LP in my collection.
Lokie: The wall of sound had been retired by the 5/8/77 Dead show you speak of. The 2nd set is especially amazing for that period. Surprising that Dick's Picks hasn't issued this show.
Pmotz, Peter Gabriel is great live! When I read "Peter", I also thought of another one: Any Peter Frampton fans out there?
Sorry Drubin . I see you already set the record straight.
Bob Dylan Royal Albert Hall 1966:
The acoustic 1st set is pure beauty. Just young Bob his guitar and harmonica.
Gentleman, I stand corrected. Frankly, I didn't know this show was famous. A friend gave me this cd and I've loved it for years. Thanks for the info..
Neil Peart AWESOME DRUMMER!
Good sound. Excellent songs.
Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson at their BEST!
Harry Belafonte: Live at Carnegie Hall
Jazz at the Pawnshop
Allison Krauss Live with Union Station
Three Dog Night Live at the Forum
The Bodean's - Joe's Dirt Road
Waltersalas, I've heard a lot about the Village Vanguard as far as a jazz venue, are the performances recorded there usually of high quality, music/sound wise?
My favorites are:
1) Lou Reed - Rock'n Roll Animal
2) Climax Blues Band - FM Live
3) Marshall Tucker Band - Where We All Belong (only disc 2 is live)
4) Mountain - Twin Peaks
5) Grateful Dead - Reckoning
6) Allman Bros. - At Fillmore East
1&2 were recorded at the same venue - Howard Stein's Academy of Music NYC.
Having a bit of inside info, the reason 5/8/77 hasn't been released as a Dick's Pick is that they try to shy away from shows that have really high quality recording already in circulation. That being said, they'll eventually get around to releasing just about everything givben enough time.
One current fav is Peter Gabriel "Secret World Live" DVD (10-yr-old concert released in 2003). Also comes on CD, so I'm not cheating too much. Paula Cole helps make it memorable, as do top-notch renderings of Solsbury Hill, Come Talk to Me, Steam, Don't Give Up, etc.
I own a number of these recordings, so the only one I'll add to the list is Simon & Garfunkle's "Concert In Central Park". The album has some great music, and is exceptionally well recorded for a live, open-air concert.
I remember reading a huge thread about that 5/8/77 show saying how it never happened. The argument was that it was too perfect in both performance and sound quality and was merely a compilation of different songs from other shows. It was pretty entertaining, but when you listen to the show you can tell that every track has the same sound and couldn't possibly come from different recordings from different venues.
A classic, The Rolling Stones 'Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out'
"Bless it's Pointed Little Head" - Jefferson Airplane
'Specially like Donovan's "Fat Angel" -very peaceful.
Bauhaus - 'The Sky's Gone Out', Double Album with extra live album , (Press The Eject And Give Me The Tape)-Label:Beggars Banquet. It's got 'The Spy In The Cab','Kick In The Eye', Stigmata Martyr' and 'Bela Lugosi Is Dead (UNDEAD)'. It's the kind of music that keeps me together!
A few of my favs:
Sam Cooke Live at the Harlem Square Club
Alison Krauss/Union Station Live
Roger Waters' The Wall Live in Berlin
King Curtis Live at the Fillmore West
Live Stock by Roy Buchanan
If you like Dave Brubeck you have to own Bravo Brubeck, there is something very engaging about his music and this is a terrific performance with very nice song selections.
I too very much like Eva Cassidy's Live at Blues Alley and her amazing voice.. but just prefer the style of Brubeck so I list it first.
A few that weren't mentioned
John Hiatt "Hiatt comes alive at Budokan" a great rocking version of some of his best songs. Great rock.
Doc Watson "Doc and the Boys" and Doc & Merle Watson "Live and picking" a two-fer CD which will recharge your musical batteries.
Bill Evans "Waltz for Debby" part of the Village Vanguard live series.
Townes Van Zandt "Live at the Old Quarter" my first introduction to how a great songwriter can hold an audience
Richard Thompson "Small Town Romance" only accoustic though, and his live electric is the best.
I can't say any is best but depending on the mood they are great.
Speaking of Brubeck, my favorite live LP is We're All Together Again For The First Time.
This LP was recorded in 1972 in Germany and the drum solo by Alan Dawson on Take Five is one of my favorites of them all.
The audience enthusiasm is excellent on the selections on side two.
I also like Live at Blues Alley;
Jimi Hendrix: Live at Winterland
Ray Brown: Summer Wind
Stanley Clark & Billy Cobham: Live at the Greek
Patricia Barber: Companion
Nils Lofgren- "Acoustic Live" ** keith don't go **
Done in 1998 The Right Stuff Label. Should be in any audophile library.
Here's 2 in the same vein: Smokin at The Fillmore by Humble Pie and what is probably the best selling live album ever the now dated "Frampton Comes Alive". You may be reluctant to admit it now but you bought it and loved it when it came out.
Some good suggestions, but I am surprised that no one has mentioned Eric Clapton, Unplugged. Great performance, and wonderful recording.