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Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Top 50 Live Albums of All Time

On March 9, 2010, I posted a list of the top 20 live albums of all time on the DMDB Facebook page. I expanded the list to a top 50 a and have since updated it several times on the DMDB blog. The list was compiled by aggregating 38 lists (see resources at bottom of page) focused specifically on the best live albums of all time. Here are the results:
1. James Brown Live at the Apollo, Vol. 1 (1962)
2. The Allman Brothers At Fillmore East (1971)
3. Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison (1968)
4. Nirvana MTV Unplugged in New York (1993)
5. Peter Frampton Frampton Comes Alive! (1975)
6. Eric Clapton Unplugged (1992)
7. The Who Live at Leeds (1970)
8. The MC5 Kick Out the Jams (1968)
9. B.B. King Live at the Regal (1964)
10. Grateful Dead Live/Dead (1969)
11. Johnny Cash At San Quentin (1969)
12. U2 Rattle and Hum (studio/live, 1988)
13. Bob Marley Live! (At the Lyceum) (1975)
14. Kiss Alive! (1975)
15. The Rolling Stones Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out (1969)
16. Judy Garland Judy at Carnegie Hall (1961)
17. Deep Purple Made in Japan (1972)
18. Talking Heads Stop Making Sense (1983)
19. Cheap Trick At Budokan (1978)
20. Bob Dylan The Royal Albert Hall Concert – The Bootleg Series Volume 4 (1966)
21. U2 Under a Blood Red Sky (1983)
22. Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsys/Live at Fillmore East (1970)
23. Jackson Browne Running on Empty (1977)
24. Muddy Waters At Newport (1960)
25. Bruce Springsteen Live 1975/1985 (1985)
26. Benny Goodman Complete Legendary 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert (1938)
27. Cream Wheels of Fire (live/studio, 1968)
28. Motorhead No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith (1981)
29. Eagles Hell Freezes Over (1994)
30. Garth Brooks Double Live (1998)
31. various artists Woodstock (1969)
32. The Band The Last Waltz (1976)
33. Thin Lizzy Live and Dangerous (1977)
34. Sam Cooke Live at the Harlem Square Club (1963)
35. Erroll Garner Concert by the Sea (1955)
36. Duke Ellington At Newport (1956)
37. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 4 Way Street (1970)
38. Quicksilver Messenger Service Happy Trails (1969)
39. Little Feat Waiting for Columbus (1978)
40. Jerry Lee Lewis Live at the Star Club, Hamburg (1964)
41. Led Zeppelin How the West Was Won (1972)
42. James Brown Sex Machine (1970)
43. Bill Evans Trio Waltz for Debby (1961)
44. Neil Young Live Rust (1979)
45. Bill Evans Trio Sunday at the Village Vanguard (1961)
46. Luciano Pavarotti/Placido Domingo/Jose Carreras: The Three Tenors in Concert/Mehta (1990)
47. Simon & Garfunkel The Concert in Central Park (1981)
48. Van Morrison It’s Too Late to Stop Now (1974)
49. The Quintet (Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, & Max Roach) Jazz at Massey Hall (1953)
50. George Harrison et al The Concert for Bangladesh (1971)

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