Are these the best live albums of all time?
Uproxx has compiled a list of the 50 best live albums of all time.
Here are the albums that made the top 10:
- Bob Dylan's The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966, The 'Royal Albert Hall' Concert
- Sam Cooke's Live At The Harlem Square Club, 1963
- The Who's Live at Leeds
- The Grateful Dead's Sunshine Daydream [Veneta, OR, 8/27/72]
- Keith Jarrett's The Köln Concert
- Nirvana's MTV Unplugged in New York
- The Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense
- The Band's The Last Waltz"
- The Allman Brothers' At Fillmore East
- Donny Hathaway's Live
Before criticizing the list, keep in mind that the creator came up with guidelines which disqualified certain albums:
- "Only one album per artist. I’m doing this in the interest of including as many different artists as possible, even if punishes those with multiple classic live albums, including the Grateful Dead, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, and Nina Simone."
- "No 'half-live" albums. I refer to albums that include both studio cuts and live recordings, like Pink Floyd’s Ummagumma, U2’s Rattle & Hum, Willie Nelson’s Honeysuckle Rose, The Byrds’ Untitled, The Kinks’s Everybody’s In Show-Biz, and Cream’s Wheels Of Fire."
- "No egregiously overdubbed live albums. (This means you, Kiss’ Alive.)"
- "No bootlegs. If it’s not officially released, it wasn’t considered for this list. (Trust me, it gets complicated otherwise.)"
- "No 'bonus disc' live albums included on the umpteenth “special” edition of a classic album. (Even when they’re great, including these would make this process really complicated.)
- "No Frampton Comes Alive. (Pretty good album but still.)"
The creator also laments the fact that Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Live!, Santana’s Lotus, Queen’s Live Killers, Iron Maiden’s Live After Death, AC/DC’s If You Want Blood You Got It, and Bob Seger’s Live Bullet, among others, did not make the list.
You can find the complete list here.