Best Live Album Ever

Obviously, I wouldn’t have started the thread if I didn’t already know the answer, but I thought I’d share it with those of you who might not have gained enlightenment:

Mad Dogs and Englishmen starring Joe Cocker – but with an amazing band put together by Leon Russell and Chris Stainton, featuring the rhythm section that would move on to Derek and the Dominoes. You’ve got seriously kick-ass rock ‘n’ roll, a blues medley that would shut Kelly Ripa up for a minute, and a beautiful (yes, beautiful) duet by Joe Cocker and Leon Russell of “Girl from the North Country.” They don’t remember all the words? So what.

Most of all, you’ve got the best dance song ever, “Feelin’ Alright.”

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I’m not a big fan of Nirvana but their unplugged [live] album has some gems on it and I would bet that it is among the top selling live albums of all time.

Allman Brothers at Fillmore East

No contest:Live At Leeds

** Keys To Ascension** by YES. Hands down.

Stellar performances coupled with excellent digital mixing. There is none finer.


J. Geils Band…Full House

Had to jump back in and give everyone a chuckle. Since I was there on that fateful night: Frampton Comes Alive. (“Hello, San Fransisco…!”)

I’m a big fan of the Canadian band Moxy Fruvous’s Live Noise. It’s a combination of new stuff, old stuff, redone old stuff, and funny talk-bits inbetween songs. The swearing Oscar the Grouch impression is beautiful!

A second for Allman Brothers Live at Fillmore East.

U2’s Rattle and Hum is a mix of live and studio…does it still count?

Bob Seger’s Live Bullet

Allman Brothers- Fillmore once again
Galactic- We Love 'Em Tonight
Phish- A Live One

Actually, it’s a tie between Neil Young’s Live Rust and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s One More From the Road.

Grateful Dead – Live Dead
Bob Dylan – Live 1966
Pink Floyd – Live at Pompeii (video, if that counts)

Without a Net, The Grateful Dead

Joni Mitchell - Hissing of Summer Lawns
Carole King - Tapestry
Steely Dan - Aja

Little Feat - Waiting for Columbus

Travels - Pat Metheny Group

KISS Alive, followed closely by Cheap Trick At Budokan.

B’Boom, by King Crimson
Yessongs by Yes

Prog and proud