Back in the 1970s, before such things became the province of newspaper giveaways and bonus digital releases, the live album was a rite of passage.
For some (think: Kiss, Cheap Trick, Bob Seger), they were a launchpad towards stardom. For others (Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy), the live album was an exclamation point on stardom already established. And for others – we're looking at you, Peter Frampton – they so defined an artist that everything that followed seemed somehow meek by comparison.
When they really work, the live album captures music at its fiery, uplifting unpredictable best. Sometimes slick, sometimes ragged, frequently bolstered by the presence of an audience that's as much a part of the recording as the music, they've become strangely unfashionable over the years. But for for pure, unparalleled excitement, the live album deserves its place in history.
We're compiling a feature on rock's best live albums, and we's like your help. We've got a bunch listed below – we're not pretending for a moment it's comprehensive – and you can pick as many as you like before hitting the 'Vote' button. We've also left a space at the bottom if you'd like to add something we've missed (please use the format band name: artist name).
distantre: Hello Everyone and Happy Spring if it has reached where you live yet.
May 11, 2021 16:53:18 GMT
steelmonkey: Spring has sprung in California...or, at least, here in the land of two seasons, 'not rainy season' has begun.
May 15, 2021 20:48:54 GMT
steelmonkey: 'Walk Into Light' cued up as my headphone delivered soundtrack for bike ride home on empty streets at 3:00AM after 10 hour shift ends in 5 more hours.. True reward.
May 17, 2021 4:30:04 GMT
maddogfagin: safe journey Bernie
May 19, 2021 6:30:59 GMT
nonrabbit: Long shifts Bernie....my thoughts to you! X
May 22, 2021 17:35:32 GMT
Equus: It is cold in Denmark... Please help! Burn all the plastic you can... Global warming now!!
May 23, 2021 9:36:20 GMT
Jack -A- Lynn: In Greece, it is sunny and warm! Smelling flowers in the air, tonight is going to be a sweet night!
May 26, 2021 17:26:40 GMT
Jack -A- Lynn: Hello tull fans,also hello to my friend acreman (if you read us)
May 26, 2021 17:27:54 GMT