Favorite sounding live albums.

John Parks

John Parks

Audioholic Chief
I heard the live version first so the studio version just didn't sound as good. Just listening to it put me in a cabin high in the mountains with a big snowstorm on the way. Those were the days.
Agreed - the live version is all I remember. Kind of like these:
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John Parks

John Parks

Audioholic Chief
And now for something completely different!
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Joe Jackson's Big World is one of my favorite "live" albums and it sounds fantastic (Jackson is a stickler about recording quality and most of his stuff sounds excellent). "Live" is in quotation marks as when this was released, it was, in essence, a studio album with all new material, that happened to be recorded in front of a live audience. The end product is the best of both (big) worlds: studio quality and live energy. The liner notes on how it was recorded are very interesting.
 
Bucknekked

Bucknekked

Audioholic Field Marshall
Speaking of good sounding live albums, I have a multi-ch DTS disc of the Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East....but believe it's on a cd judging by the file size and that I can rip it with EAC.
The Fillmore East album is one of my favorites. When I vacuum the house, that wonderful weekly chore, I put on my earphones to drown out the vacuum and I almost always crank up the Allman Brothers, or REO, or Tom Petty. Its a ritual at this point. But it keeps those old albums in service.

The rip of the How the West was Won ended up an MP4 by format choice. The process uses tools that give a choice of output formats. I just usually choose that because it plays everywhere. And I didn't expect it to be just an audio output. I suppose its similar to the DVD-A stuff: great sound effort with nothing to look at. I can live with it because the sound is pretty stinkin' good. So many of the 1970's live recordings start getting way too bright or brittle when you crank 'em up. Ear fatigue sets in pretty quick. I assume that's an artifact of how they were mixed and put together or the style of the times. This one however stays between the lines even at a pretty high volume. No fatigue so far. Not an easy thing to do. I give Jimmy Page lots of props for figuring out how to do it that way
 
Bucknekked

Bucknekked

Audioholic Field Marshall
Been listening to Larry Carlton & Robben Ford - Unplugged a lot lately, very nice stuff.
Larry Carlton can play that guitar. I have a couple of his studio albums. Love em.
Pretty good for a guy nobody has ever heard of.
 
lovinthehd

lovinthehd

Seriously, I have no life.
Larry Carlton can play that guitar. I have a couple of his studio albums. Love em.
Pretty good for a guy nobody has ever heard of.
He's likely been on enough studio sessions to the point where people may not have heard of him but likely have heard him.....
 
lovinthehd

lovinthehd

Seriously, I have no life.
The Fillmore East album is one of my favorites. When I vacuum the house, that wonderful weekly chore, I put on my earphones to drown out the vacuum and I almost always crank up the Allman Brothers, or REO, or Tom Petty. Its a ritual at this point. But it keeps those old albums in service.

The rip of the How the West was Won ended up an MP4 by format choice. The process uses tools that give a choice of output formats. I just usually choose that because it plays everywhere. And I didn't expect it to be just an audio output. I suppose its similar to the DVD-A stuff: great sound effort with nothing to look at. I can live with it because the sound is pretty stinkin' good. So many of the 1970's live recordings start getting way too bright or brittle when you crank 'em up. Ear fatigue sets in pretty quick. I assume that's an artifact of how they were mixed and put together or the style of the times. This one however stays between the lines even at a pretty high volume. No fatigue so far. Not an easy thing to do. I give Jimmy Page lots of props for figuring out how to do it that way
Nothing against Jimmy, but I do wonder what Steven Wilson might have been able to do with it :)
 
KEW

KEW

Audioholic Overlord
It may have been mentioned previously, but live albums by Genesis (especially "Seconds Out"", but not so much their very early Genesis "Live" which was pushed on them by the record label) always impressed me that I generally liked it better than the studio versions of the same songs!
Most notable is the quality of the bass!
Here is an example (although subject to the lossy format):
 
cornemuse

cornemuse

Junior Audioholic
Dont know which (live or not) album it was on but the live 'Midnite Ride' version by the Doors is gotta be right up there near the very top.
 

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