The Best Live Albums Ever

Today I purchased 2 live album on iTunes. I have lately been really getting into live albums. You can always get a really good feel for a band if you can listen to them live I’ve always thought. Unfortunately, I don’t get out to too many shows lately so live albums I guess are the best backup.

Anyway, so Dave did himself a list of favorite live albums a few days ago so here is mine (no particular order, just as I thought of them):

1. DescendentsLiveage
Released in 1987 by SST Records.
It was recorded in the spring and summer of 1987 during their FinALL tour.
Band lineup:
Milo Aukerman – vocals; Karl Alvarez – bass; Stephen Egerton – guitar; Bill Stevenson – drums.
Tracks: 18 on the LP version/20 on the CD version.
Highlights:
“Silly Girl” “Coolidge” “Weinerschnitzel” “I Don’t Want to Grow Up” “Wendy” “Get the Time” “Suburban Home” “Hope” “Sour Grapes” and “Clean Sheets”

2. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band-Live 1975-85
Released in November 1986 by Columbia Records.
Produced by Jon Landau, Chuck Plotkin, and Bruce Springsteen.
It was recorded at various concerts between 1975 and 1985.
Band lineup:
Bruce Springsteen – vocals, guitar; Roy Bittan – piano; Clarence Clemons – saxophone; Danny Federici – organ; Nils Lofgren – guitar; Patti Scialfa – keyboards; Garry Tallen – bass; Steve Van Zandt – guitar; Max Weinberg – drums.
Tracks: 40
Highlights:
“Fire” “Hungry Heart” “Because the Night” “Born in the USA” “The River” “I’m on Fire” “Born to Run” “Thunder Road” and “This Land is Your Land”

3. Social Distortion-Live at the Roxy
Released in June 1998 by Time Bomb Recordings.
Recorded in April 1998.
Band lineup:
Mike Ness – vocals, guitar; Dennis Danell – guitar; John Maurer – bass; Chuck Biscuits – drums.
Tracks: 18
Highlights:
“Bad Luck” “Under My Thumb” “Prison Bound” “The Creeps” “Let It Be Me” “Cold Feelings” “I Was Wrong” “Telling Them” and “Ring of Fire”

4. Dropkick Murphys-Live on St Patricks Day
Released in September 2002 by Hellcat Records.
Produced by Paul Kolderie.
Band lineup:
Al Barr – vocals; Ken Casey – bass; Matt Kelly – drums; James Lynch – guitar; Marc Orrell – guitar, accordion; Ryan Foltz – mandolin, dulcimer; Spicy McHaggis – bagpipes.
Tracks: 26
Highlights:
“For Boston” “Boys on the Docks” “Road of the Righteous” “Rocky Road to Dublin” “Finnegan’s Wake” “Gang’s All Here” “The Gauntlet” “Fortunate Son” “Amazing Grace” and “Dirty Water”

5. U2-U2 Go Home: Live from Slane Castle
Released in November 2003 by Island/Interscope.
Recorded in September 2001 at Slane Castle in County Meath, Ireland.
Produced by Ned O’Hanlon.
Band lineup (duh):
Bono – vocals; Adam Clayton – bass; The Edge – guitar; Larry Mullen Jr – drums.
Tracks: 20
Highlights:
“Elevation” “Beautiful Day” “New Years Day” “Sunday Bloody Sunday” “Wake Up Dead Man” “Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of” “Angel of Harlem” “Desire” “Where the Streets Have No Name” “Pride” “Bullet the Blue Sky” “Walk On” and “Mysterious Ways”

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