Wednesday, May 21, 2014

GREATEST LIVE ALBUMS OF ROCK AND ROLL (Pt. I)

THE GREATEST LIVE 
ALBUMS OF ROCK AND ROLL
(Pt. I)
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By the late '70s, nearly every major
rock act was jumping onto the
live album bandwagon. In fact, it
practically had become an industry
requirement. And some artists met
with better results than others.
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Live albums — you can't even count 'em all! Any major classic rock act worth its weight in Viagra or Geritol has released at least one. While efforts by such superstars as Rod Stewart, The Eagles, Styx, The Doobie Brothers, Simon and Garfunkel, Journey, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Supertramp have offered adequate representations of their concert performances, live recordings from such biggies as Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and The Who have been epic disasters.

However, in this first installment of my new three-part series, I will revisit and celebrate the cream of the crop — the Top Ten definitive double-live rock albums of all time. So break out those Bics, 'cuz here we go!
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 10
TED NUGENT
(1978)

After years of non-stop touring with The Amboy Dukes,
"Uncle Ted" finally struck out on his own in '75. And in
the process, he struck gold with his self-titled solo debut.
By '78, Nugent was as hot as his Second Amendment-
protected pistol. So, that's how you refer to girls from
West Tennessee — Uh, YIKES!
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9
NAZARETH
(1981)

This Scottish powerhouse hit pay dirt briefly
in 1975 with the iconic Hair of the Dog LP.
Recorded during the band's headlining glory
days, It's Snaz was the perfect showcase in
which finally to "close the deal." It didn't.
However, it remains one of the best live
rock albums ever. Now you're messin' with a...
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 8
THE OUTLAWS
(1978)

Possessing brilliant harmonies and tasty,
triple-layered chicken pickin', Tampa's
own "Florida Guitar Army" had much
more to offer than most of its southern-
fried contemporaries. This two-record
set achieved "Gold" status and boasts
blistering versions of "Hurry Sundown,"
"There Goes Another Love Song" and
an epic-length, 20+ minute rendition
of "Green Grass and High Tides."
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7
REO SPEEDWAGON
(1977)

During the early and mid '70s, REO built its
audience the old fashioned way — on tour. 
However, the band had yet to  capture its
live energy and magic on record — that is
until 1977, when this turbo-charged live
set brought the Illinois-based act platinum
results. In sum, two words: "Golden Country!"
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 6
PAUL McCARTNEY
AND WINGS 
(1976)

In 1976, Wings was arguably the hottest act on
the planet. This colossal three-record set delivers
the best from Wings' four consecutive #1 albums
as well as an array of Beatles treasures. Features
the Top Ten hit, "Maybe I'm Amazed."
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 5
FLEETWOOD MAC
(1997)

After a decade-long break, the classic "Mighty
Mac" line-up reunited and reclaimed its chart-
busting crown in short order. Recorded live in
front of an adoring So-Cal audience, the band
was in top form and the songs sparkle like never
before. Offering more than a  mere nostalgia trip,
even new material including "Temporary One"
and "Bleed to Love Her" shine brightly.
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 4
LYNYRD SKYNYRD
(1976)

Despite the dopey jokes and mind-numbing
monotony of its over-played staples, the fact
is, Lynyrd Skynyrd was a savage rock band
— especially on stage. This record proves it.
Forget the standards. Just soak in the raw power
of "Saturday Night Special," "Needle and the
Spoon" and "Whiskey Rock-a-Roller." 'Nuff said!
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 3
THE
ALLMAN BROTHERS
BAND
(1971)

Although KISS has been given (too) much
of the credit for igniting the live album craze,
be sure that the Allman Brothers lit that fuse
long before the "masked messiahs." Four
sides and seven songs worth of pure passion.
"Oh Lord, I feel like I'm dying!"
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 2
PETER FRAMPTON
(1976)

If there was ever a musician who was an
honorary member of San Francisco's
society — Mr. Peter Frampton! 
From that iconic Jerry Pompili intro
to the final wah-wah of "Do You Feel
Like We Do," this landmark multi-
million seller made Frampton an instant
household name and remains as fresh-
sounding as when it arrived in stores in '76.
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1
BOB SEGER
(1976)

Recorded live in Dee-troit — before he became
an "over-night" sensation. Although "Turn the
Page" has become the acknowledged "darling" of
FM radio programmers, "Nutbush City Limits,"
"Ramblin' Gamblin' Man," "Katmandu," "Get
Out of Denver" and "Let it Rock" are the true
gems. This is THE ultimate live rock and roll
album ever — bar none!
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There ya go, kids. You're now permitted to walk about the cabin freely. You're also welcome to discuss this among yourselves, and by all means, you're certainly welcome to post your comments below. Get ready — Part Two of this three-part series is on the way — stand by! (Pt. II / Pt. III)

-Christopher Long
(May 2014)
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1 comment:

  1. No love for Live after Death by Iron Maiden? Granted its a metal record, but you have Judas Priest on another post. Other than that omission, great post!

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