List your favourite live recording

I realized that I do not have a serious collection of live recordings, which is a shame, so please list your favourites. So I can do some shopping…

My favourite for now:
Michael Landau live 2006.

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Puh - with that question I just realized that most all of my favorite albums are not live recordings… Anyhow, here a list of some of my long-time favs:

  • Bob Marley - Babylon by Bus
  • AC/DC - If You Want Blood You’ve Got It (Live)
  • Fat Freddy’s Drop - Live At Roundhouse
  • Mother’s Finest - Mother’s Finest Live
  • Deep Purple - Made In Japan
  • Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
  • Frank Zappa - Roxy & Elsewhere
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Peter Gabriel “Plays Live” has been been a favorite ever since I bought it over 30 years ago (!).


A couple that come to mind, mainly because I’ve recently spun them:

Miles Davis - The Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel
Jill Scott - Experience Jill Scott

Here are my some of faves, in no particular order

  • Allman Bros - Live at Fillmore East
  • Grateful Dead - Dicks Picks Vol 15 - Englishtown NJ 1977
  • Little Feat - Waiting for Columbus
  • Grateful Dead - Sunshine Daydream
  • Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
  • Grateful Dead - Europe '72 (the entire box set)

That’s a start. I know there are many more.


Drum Duet by Genesis on The Way We Walk Vol 2
Cowboy Junkies The Trinity Session.

He’s so great live. Saw him on the So tour. One concert I’ll never forget.

  • Bill Evans: Sunday at the Village Vanguard
  • John Abercrombie / Marc Johnson / Peter Erskine
  • Mariss Jansons / RCO: Shostakovich Symphony No. 7 ‘Leningrad’
  • Pat Metheny: Trio → Live
  • Peter Gabriel: Live in Athens
  • Simple Minds: Live in the City of Light

Alison Krauss + Union Station - Live

Jimmy Smith Live! Root Down


+1 on Alison Krauss. Great performance. Great recording.

Some more Live Faves

  • CSNY - 4-Way Street
  • JGB - Jerry Garcia Band
  • Johnny Cash - Live at San Quentin (much prefer this to Folsom)

The best live recording is “Live at Sluggs’” by Music, Inc. on Strata East Records ! The personnel are : Charles Tolliver, Stanley Cowell, Jimmy Hopps, and Cecil McBee !

Simon & Garfunkel, particularly ‘Live from New York City 1967” and “Live 1969”, fantastic
Pink Floyd - “Pulse”
Eagles - “Hell Freezes Over”

“Live Bullet” - Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band.

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Oh, I forgot
Dave Brubeck - At Carnegie Hall
Most amazing album - excellent recording, too.

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