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  posted on 8/13/2008 at 08:55 AM
This is the music blogger at Yahoo! I know that one should take these lists at face value, but this is awful, as is the rest of his writing. How do people GET these jobs?

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The Top 25 All-Time Best Rock Live Albums
Posted Fri Aug 8, 2008 2:04pm PDT by Rob O'Connor in List Of The Day
I’m told John Mayer has a new live album and Sheryl Crow a new live DVD. If history repeats itself, the Rolling Stones and the Who will each issue three live albums within the next 10 years and Pearl Jam, Tori Amos and all jam bands worldwide will issue several hundred live collections for our amusement. Nothing says entertainment like the sound of a thousand hands clapping--out of time.

Oddly, however, rock 'n’ roll doesn't yield many great live albums. You’d think for a music known for its visceral impact that it would benefit from the live treatment. Yet, most of rock’s finest moments have come from studio albums where each note has been carefully redone. Just compare it to jazz where for years it was all about the performance. If I was doing a list of the best live jazz albums, I’d have a headache on my hands. Most studio albums were cut live. And then there are those legends like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and Kenny G (no, no, just kidding, take your blood pressure medicine, old jazzman, I’m not completely senile) who have boxed sets of what was really just a weekend gig. But that’s the best way to experience jazz. As overdose.

But Hendrix aside, rock--and we use the term to include a folkie like Tim Hardin, a doomsayer like Nico and a country guy by the name of Johnny Cash--has been best left to the bootleggers who--since they issue anything and everything--have given us some of the best performances worth saving, as any Rolling Stones fan can tell you. Bob Dylan finally got around to acknowledging this and while Columbia Records / Sony isn’t the quickest to issue old live tapes, they at least have gotten around to opening their vaults and sharing at a faster clip than Neil Young, who is finally showing signs of reissue life.

That said, Merle Haggard’s Okie From Muskogee and Cheap Trick’s At Budokan belong on this list, but 25 is 25. As does Tim Buckley’s Dream Letter, but the hour is getting late.

Let us go then, you and I:

25) At The Fillmore East--The Allman Brothers Band
24) The Homecoming Concert--Tim Hardin
23) Behind The Iron Curtain--Nico
22) Stand In The Fire--Warren Zevon
21) Live At The Harlem Square Club, 1963--Sam Cooke
20) At Folsom Prison--Johnny Cash
19) Take No Prisoners--Lou Reed
18) Hammersmith Odeon, London ’75--Bruce Springsteen
17) The Name Of This Band Is…--Talking Heads
16) Metallic K.O.--Iggy And The Stooges
15) Live At The Old Quarter--Townes Van Zandt
14) Live At Leeds--The Who
13) 390 Degrees Of Simulated Stereo--Pere Ubu
12) Running On Empty--Jackson Browne
11) BBC Sessions--Led Zeppelin
10) Kick Out the Jams--MC5
9) The Bootleg Series, Volume 4: Bob Dylan, Live 1966 The “Royal Albert Hall” Concert--Bob Dylan
8) Absolutely Live--The Doors
7) Live At The Star Club, Hamburg--Jerry Lee Lewis
6) It’s Alive--The Ramones
5) Radio One--Jimi Hendrix Experience
4) Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out--The Rolling Stones
3) Live At The El Mocambo--Elvis Costello And The Attractions
2) Live Rust--Neil Young & Crazy Horse
1) Live At The Apollo--James Brown

http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/listoftheday/83319/the-top-25-all-time-bes t-rock-live-albums




While some of these choices are no-brainers, this is an art-rock loving Rolling Stone critic wannabe list. Perfectly awful. Elvis Costello. You have to be freakin' kidding me. When I was younger he was the one that all the art student snobs listened to, telling everyone else that they just "didn't get it."

[Edited on 8/13/2008 by Bhawk]

 
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  posted on 8/13/2008 at 09:04 AM
What a moron.

 

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  posted on 8/13/2008 at 09:08 AM
That list is impressive...good company.

 

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  posted on 8/13/2008 at 09:10 AM
Where's Frampton ?

 

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  posted on 8/13/2008 at 09:12 AM
The only one (not listed btw) really bad that comes to mind is the early Rolling Stones album called Got Live If You Want It. We used to call it the screams album because that's all that you'd hear.

LATFE?? puhleeeeeese!
Get Yer Ya Yas Out?? Puhleeeeeese!

[Edited on 8/13/2008 by goldtopper]

 

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  posted on 8/13/2008 at 09:15 AM
The list was backwards, LAFE should be first.

Remind me to cancel my subscription...............

 

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  posted on 8/13/2008 at 09:24 AM
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The only one (not listed btw) really bad that comes to mind is the early Rolling Stones album called Got Live If You Want It. We used to call it the screams album because that's all that you'd hear.

LATFE?? puhleeeeeese!
Get Yer Ya Yas Out?? Puhleeeeeese!

[Edited on 8/13/2008 by goldtopper]


I agree...sadly, the list is the particular writer's list of best 25 live albums ever. I'm the one calling it the worst "best" list.

 

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  posted on 8/13/2008 at 10:42 AM
Does Led Zeppelins "BBC Sessions" Even count as a live album? he obviously hasnt listened to "How the west was won"

 

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  posted on 8/13/2008 at 10:54 AM
I'm confused worst/best??? Best/worst??? Why do people feel the need to employ idiots to generate response instead of trying for integrity??? Hey Goldtopper I kind of liked "Got Live If You Want It" ... wait a minute I'm thinking "Love You Live." Forgive me. I always dug the version of "Can't Always Get What You Want" on "Love You Live."

 

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  posted on 8/13/2008 at 11:17 AM
I can understand Live At The Apollo-James Brown being the best Live LP,great record...but......NO Rockin' The Fillmore-Humble Pie????

 

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  posted on 8/13/2008 at 11:35 AM
No "Band of Gypsys" ??? Incredible..

 

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  posted on 8/13/2008 at 11:35 AM
Several great live LPs were left off of this list. The early to mid '70s were a great era for live LPs and the ABB showed everybody how to do it.

Live at the Regal -B.B. King
Full House - J. Geils Band
Drippin' Wet - Wet Willie
Europe '72 - Grateful Dead
Live at the Armadillo World Hqs - Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airman
Leon Russell Live - Leon Russell
Derek and the Dominos Live at the Fillmore - Derek and the Dominos
Concert for Bangelidish - George Harrison
Waiting for Columbus - Little Feat
Johnny Winter And Live - Johnny Winter
Roadwork - Edgar Winter's White Trash

and the list goes on and on.

[Edited on 8/13/2008 by sibwlkr]

 

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  posted on 8/13/2008 at 11:41 AM
These lists are usually bad,but any LIVE list that puts AFE at #25,and doesn't even include Waiting For Columbus is a total joke.

 

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  posted on 8/13/2008 at 11:43 AM
I think a number of folks have misunderstood the combination of the thread title and Bhawk's intent.

The writer of the article has put together his "Best Live Album" list, and Bhawk is saying this is the "worst" best live album list he's seen.

[Edited on 8/13/2008 by TopDroog]

 

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  posted on 8/13/2008 at 11:51 AM
I've never seen such an all encompassing case of dyslexia and pure ignorance as exhibited by the cretin that composed this list.(By the way I heard that the author's favorite live album of all time is Lawrence Welk live at CBGB's

 

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  posted on 8/13/2008 at 12:00 PM
Everybody has different tastes, I love Black Oak Arkansas Raunch n Roll Live but everyone else I know (except Old Dirt Road!) hates it. Also Bob Seger's Live Bullet is one of my top 10 live albums, again, most people I know do not like it. It is hard to believe that LF Waiting For Columbus is not on there. That is my favorite live album of all of them.

 

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  posted on 8/13/2008 at 12:05 PM
Also no Deep Purple- Made in Japan.

 

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  posted on 8/13/2008 at 12:09 PM
Talking Heads, ok. But it should be Stop Making Sense.

 

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  posted on 8/13/2008 at 01:26 PM
Jon, Frampton Comes Alive wasn't 'live', I don't think.

No Uriah Heep?

Bhawk was just passing the list along, Bhawk knows his music.

 

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Everybody has different tastes, I love Black Oak Arkansas Raunch n Roll Live but everyone else I know (except Old Dirt Road!) hates it. Also Bob Seger's Live Bullet is one of my top 10 live albums, again, most people I know do not like it. It is hard to believe that LF Waiting For Columbus is not on there. That is my favorite live album of all of them.









"Everybody has different tastes, I love Black Oak Arkansas Raunch n Roll Live "

you beat me,LOL....I was just going to post Raunch n' Roll...trust me ( no offense to ODR),you'll never find a bigger BOA fan than I.



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  posted on 8/13/2008 at 01:55 PM
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Also no Deep Purple- Made in Japan.


Second ya there Ron.

Led Zepp - Song Remains the Same is in my top ten as well.

Oh yeah and Stompin Tom Live at the Horseshoe

 

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  posted on 8/13/2008 at 02:07 PM
Speaking of good live LPs...am I the only one that has Climax Blues Band FM Live ???
That LP is one sweet son of a gun.

 

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  posted on 8/13/2008 at 02:11 PM
No Rory Gallagher?!?

 

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  posted on 8/13/2008 at 02:12 PM
No Cream Live (Wheels Of Fire)

No Deep Purple(Made in Japan)

No Ten years After LATFE

No Rory???

Never mind this guy is a obvious idiot...must be one of the ones who makes the rock and roll hall of fame list too...

[Edited on 8/13/2008 by Rydethwind]

 

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  posted on 8/13/2008 at 02:45 PM
You know, if you flip the list right side up...

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1 Live At The Apollo--James Brown
2 Live Rust--Neil Young & Crazy Horse
3 Live At The El Mocambo--Elvis Costello And The Attractions
4 Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out--The Rolling Stones
5 Radio One--Jimi Hendrix Experience
6 It’s Alive--The Ramones
7 Live At The Star Club, Hamburg--Jerry Lee Lewis
8 Absolutely Live--The Doors
9 The Bootleg Series, Volume 4: Bob Dylan, Live 1966 The “Royal Albert Hall” Concert--Bob Dylan
10 Kick Out the Jams--MC5
11 BBC Sessions--Led Zeppelin
12 Running On Empty--Jackson Browne
13 390 Degrees Of Simulated Stereo--Pere Ubu
14 Live At Leeds--The Who
15 Live At The Old Quarter--Townes Van Zandt
16 Metallic K.O.--Iggy And The Stooges
17 The Name Of This Band Is…--Talking Heads
18 Hammersmith Odeon, London ’75--Bruce Springsteen
19 Take No Prisoners--Lou Reed
20 At Folsom Prison--Johnny Cash
21 Live At The Harlem Square Club, 1963--Sam Cooke
22 Stand In The Fire--Warren Zevon
23 Behind The Iron Curtain--Nico
24 The Homecoming Concert--Tim Hardin
25 At The Fillmore East--The Allman Brothers Band



...it looks even more ridiculous.

 
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