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The Greatest Live Album Of All Time?

Posted on: January 20, 2009 9:27 am
Edited on: January 21, 2009 9:00 pm

-OK...  After enjoying my retirement for a while, I've decided to join the latest musical blog fray.  It's for several reasons-  1) I noticed that on Cleve's blog, several posters raised the question of legitmacy regarding having live albums included there  2) I'd actually been thinking of this as a future blog topic for some time now, and 3) I think I have the time to deal with it, especially since work has settled down some for me, and I doubt that this one will get the kind of crazy response that my earlier "Greatest Guitarist" blog did.  So, I put it to the CBS Community-  what do you think are the greatest live albums of all time?

-Here are the rules, and I'm going to be pretty liberal here-

  1. I realize that the line between a "live" and "studio" album can sometimes be blurred.  So, even tho it might cause me to have to do some digging with respect to entries I'm not familiar with, the requirement is thus- a minimum of 50% live content before I consider an album to be "live".
  2. There were also questions on Cleve's blog regarding genre.  I personally don't care if it's rock, jazz, German industrial death metal, or Klingon Blood Opera, so long as #1 is met.  A fan of Nana Mouskouri?  Now's your chance to be heard!
  3. Nationality or dates don't matter.  It could have been recorded by aliens in 2000 BC, so long as I can find some record of it. 
  4. I also realize that there aren't nearly so many live albums out there as studio releases, so if you can't think of many, that's fine.  All I ask for is a minumum of one entry, and a maximum of 10.  Should be pretty easy...
  5. This is a few days late, but I felt that perhaps I should articulate the point- Live albums of or including "various artists" are perfectly fine.  Therefore so are albums like Woodstock, or The Band's The Last Waltz, respectively.
  6. And finally, everyone's tastes need to be shown due respect and consideration, even if you might personally think they bite.  I'll personally and promptly remove any entries that violate this rule- let's keep this thing fun.

-OK, let's hear it-  what are the best live albums of all time?

-Thanks for your participation!  Voting for the preiminaries will end on Sunday, February 1st, at midnight, EST.



Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2009 5:01 pm

The Greatest Live Album Of All Time?

I have 3 words... Rush in Rio! Cannot be beat! Combine great guitar play with incredible drumming and this is what you get! Niel Pert is the king! I can't imagine anyone thinking any other live album could possibly be better! It blows my mind!

Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2009 12:59 pm

The Greatest Live Album Of All Time?

I know it is late But I want you to know my favorite is STOP MAKING SENSE by The Talking Heads.Excellent album.

Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2009 4:39 pm

The Greatest Live Album Of All Time?

I know this may seem like a different genre from the other albums that were listed but my favorite live album is Billy Talent II by Billy Talent. Most people haven't heard of them but they are AWESOME!!!

Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2009 4:46 pm

The Greatest Live Album Of All Time?

The Last Waltz-The Band

it has everybody, and i mean everybody on it.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2009 11:48 pm

The Greatest Live Album Of All Time?

Has not yet been released . Due in stores on March 2nd 2009 . Phish - The Clifford Ball ! Take my word for it . You like live music - pick this up . Was there in person and have owned a copy since . Phish at their phinest from Plattsburgh Air Force Base !996 August two days 75,000 and 3 sets each day . Can't wait . Also coming with it is dvd footage . Have been waiting almost 13 years for this .

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2009 6:47 pm

The Greatest Live Album Of All Time?

UFO - Strangers in the Night


Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2009 10:59 pm

The Greatest Live Album Of All Time?

Love You Live

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2009 3:48 am

The Greatest Live Album Of All Time?

-Thanks Cleve, Teg, & LD!

-Alrighty folks, voting for the preliminary round is now CLOSED.

-I'll now do the tally and get the brackets up ASAP.

-A big thanks to all who've particiapted to this point!!  There were about 130 different live albums named. 

-Remember that not having participated in the preliminary round does NOT exclude you from the run-off!Wink

-Thanks again, everyone!!


Since: Jan 26, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2009 4:18 pm

The Greatest Live Album Of All Time?

Frampton Comes Alive - Peter Frampton

And for those country fans - Gotta be Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2009 10:18 am

The Greatest Live Album Of All Time?

Okay heres my list

Alive - Kiss

Alive II - Kiss

Alive III - Kiss

All The World A Stage - Rush

Live Killers - Quueen

Keeper Of The Seven Key: Legacy - Helloween

Pack Up The Plantation - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Live - AC/DC

World Wide Live - Scorpions

Tribute - Ozzy Osbourne (with Randy Rhodes)

Speak At The Devil - Ozzy Osbourne

Priest Live - Judas Priest

Live After Death - Iron Maiden

Swallow This Live - Poison

Live In Texas - Linkin Park

Live In The Raw - W.A.S.P.

The Murderess Metal Road Show - Lizzy Borden

Live Bullet - Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet band

 That should do for starters........


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