One way to tell how good a band really is is to see them live. If you can’t do that, then it is to listen to one of their live albums. If they can capture what they have done in the studio and bring it to the stage or even take it up a notch, then you have a solid band. Growing up, I was never in to live albums. It was all studio albums for me. One day, that changed and live albums became the thing.
Now, I tend to be gravitating to the live albums and trying the get them on vinyl or even CD if that is all I can get. I figured we would go through what Live albums I have in my collection, then with the ones I am trying to get, my Top 5 Favorites and lastly let you weigh in on which ones I have to get my hands on as I am sure there are some I am not aware are great and I should go grab.
We will kick it off with the Hottest Band in the Land…KISS!! It was the Kiss Alive albums that did it for me. These things are great. I have 4 of them…Kiss Alive!, Kiss Alive II, Kiss Alive III and Kiss Unplugged. They did get original with their names as you can tell.
But that is not all, I also have a ton of Kiss Bootlegs as you have seen through my Kiss Bootleg Series…
And don’t think everything I have is Kiss or Bootlegs…far from it. Okay, there are some more bootlegs. I have one from Generation X, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and Whitesnake…but that is all, I swear…at least on vinyl and for now…
Do you want to see the rest? Well, of course you do or you wouldn’t be here. There are quite a few so we will go in somewhat of an order even though I might have gotten things out of place a little. Here we have The Alarm, Cheap Trick and a couple of David Bowie Live albums. Three of these are fairly new Record Store Day releases and of course you know the ‘at Budokan’ from Cheap Trick. Who doesn’t? Seriously, who doesn’t because you are missing out.
Some of mine you might be surprised I have and I will admit I am as well. Especially the two Elvis Presley ones I picked up in a collection I bought…and I think the Eagles Live was in that same collection. The Duran Duran was all me when I was out and about at some antique mall. I figured, why not!
And then we have John Corabi doing the 1994 Motley Crue album called ‘Motley Crue’ in its entirety. Hell if Crue won’t do it, why not Corabi, plus this was the only way to get this album on vinyl since Crue basically ignores it. The other two, Johnny Cash & Janis Joplin, I picked up in yet another collection I bought. A couple nice ones.
And they keep coming. The Mother’s Finest Live was one that is in the Original Box of vinyl that I found that actually helped start the Turntables & Vinyl series some three years ago. The Neil Diamond ‘Hot August Night’ is actually quite good both performance and quality. And then I hav two Needtobreathe Live albums which I adore.
Next up some solid rocking live shows. Ozzy’s Speak of the Devil and one of the highest selling Live albums ever, ‘Frampton Comes Alive!’. I think everybody owns that one. Then Queen’s ‘Live Killers’ and one I bought in the 80’s Scorpions ‘World Wide Live’. The first live album I ever bought with my money I believe.
Next up is the Stone Temple Pilots ‘Live 2018′. I have both the 96% speed original version released on Record Store Day and the one they sent to fix the speed issue. I also have another live album from the 80’s I bought, Styx “Caught in the Act’. Another great one. The U2 one was found in a collection I bought and then the Wild Feathers was from Record Store Day (just missed out as one of my favorites).
And bringing up the rear are some I have been listening to lately for the David Coverdale series posts (okay not Made in Japan since he wasn’t in the band then). And the ZZ Top Fandago one I can’t remember where I found that one. Oh well.
I almost forgot, there is a crate over in the side of my office from a pretty beat up collection I obtained that I haven’t gone through and cleaned up yet. There were a handful of live albums in that one. The only one I am interested in really is the Humble Pie one. Although who doesn’t love Sonny & Cher.
WHAT DO I STILL WANT:
Those are all the ones I have on vinyl. There are still a bunch I would like to get and are on my short list to obtain. They are as follows:
- Billy Idol – BFI Live
- The Allman Brothers – At Fillmore East
- The Who – Live at Leeds
- Thin Lizzy – Live and Dangerous
- Ted Nugent – Double Live Gonzo
- UFO – Strangers in the Night
MY TOP 5 FAVORITES:
So, what are my Top 5 Favorites on the vinyl that I do own. It was easier than I thought to decide as I always come back to these…
- Kiss – Kiss Alive!: The first live album I heard as a child thanks to my big brothers. This was the coolest thing ever when you are like 6-8 years old. I still think it is the coolest.
- David Bowie – Cracked Actor: I bought this a couple years ago at a Record Store Day event and I fell in love with it pretty quick. Bowie in his prime, early on. The band was tight and Bowie sounded great. I can’t get enough of this one.
- Scorpions – World Wide Live: This is the 2nd live album I ever bought and again, I still love this one too. It was the heyday of the Scorpions in America and it had all the songs I loved and it sounded sensational. The 80’s were not big with live albums so it was cool to have this one.
- Deep Purple – Made in Japan: This was the only Deep Purple I had for years and years. It was all I needed until now that I have gone and explored them deeper. Now I have more, but this is still great. 2 LPs over only 7 songs…now that is some jamming baby!!
- Needtobreathe – Live from the Woods at Fontanel: These guys are currently one of my favorite bands and this live album brought me back to when I saw them live. I have seen them 3 times and I love each and every time. The sound as good here as the records, but they explore the songs a little more and they enery is always high and the crowd is always in to it. Great stuff.
WHAT AM I MISSING?
Now it is your turn. Comment below and tell me what Live albums I still need in my collection that are essential.
Thanks for stopping by. And do I know, I left off all the live CDs I have which are probably a similar number to above and the Live DVDs which is really just a handful. Maybe I will explore those someday, but today it was just the vinyl. Have a great day!