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    The phrase 'it never fails me' used by belowpar in the post above is so appropriate......'Its too late' remains not only my favourite live album but easily one of my favourite albums 'full stop'.......since the age of 15 when I first heard it all the way through my life.....The recent release of additional recordings from the same tour only underlined how good that band (and Morrison himself)were!
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    Miles Davis - At the Plugged Nickel
    Leon Russell - Leon Live
    CSN&Y - Four Way Street
    Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane - At Carnegie Hall
    Bill Evans Trio - Sunday Night at the Village Vanguard

    Probably others, but these come to mind quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim prideaux View Post
    The phrase 'it never fails me' used by belowpar in the post above is so appropriate......'Its too late' remains not only my favourite live album but easily one of my favourite albums 'full stop'.......since the age of 15 when I first heard it all the way through my life.....The recent release of additional recordings from the same tour only underlined how good that band (and Morrison himself)were!
    aaaahh yess. I have 11 bootlegs fomr the 71 to 74 period when he was putting that band and set together. Whole sections of call and response would be moved from one song to another "As they say in France....France!" etc. And then it all came together, a string section was added and for once he allowed a real producer to work on pulling the 4 sources together. (although I think it worked better as a 4 side LP than a 2 side CD) Its wonderful to have the cleaned up alternatives released.

    The interaction between Van, the band and the audience was amazing and here they do something I've never heard from any other Rock act. (and its not done like this on any of the other CD's or bootlegs)



    After that he sort of disapeared for a couple of years and I've not found him as interesting since.
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    Road Tapes # 1
    Zappa

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    Reminded how wonderful the Caledonian Soul Orchestra was, the thought seized me--how wonderful it would have been for Amy Winehouse to have had access to an equally inspired/inspiring ensemble. Apples and oranges maybe, but she was not well-served by her backing group, and was too uncertain in her own judgment (in so many things) to have recognized this or acted upon it.

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    ELP - Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends...Ladies and Gentlemen
    Genesis - Seconds Out
    The Enid - Live at Hammersmith 1&2 (although 'Wild Thing' from the Stonehenge Free Festival 1984 is something extra special)
    Steve Hackett - Genesis Revisited, Live at the RAH
    There may come a time when Youtube won't let us do this...

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    Such a tough one as there are so many from the 70s and 80s but here goes.

    UFO - Strangers in the Night (the most criminally underrated bad of all time and teh greatest live album of all time, IMO)
    Scorpions - Tokyo Tapes (better than all the studio versions, especially In Trance and We'll Burn the Sky)
    Humble Pie - Rockin the Fillmore (Four Day Creep - yeah!)
    Ted Nugent - Double Live Gonzo (Wang Dand Sweet Poontang and Stranglehold are awesome)
    Neil Young - Live Rust (the electric sides are wonderful)
    Johnny Winter - Live And (what a band Winter had back then!)
    Thin Lizzy - Live and Dangerous (yeah I know it was overdubbed to death but it's still amazing)
    AC/DC - If You Want Blood (back when Bon was in the band before that cloth-capped idiot)
    MC5 - Kick OUt the Jams (I know that spoken intro by heart)
    Rory Gallagher - Stagestruck (Rory at his rocking best)
    Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More From the Road (Workin for the MCA is a great album opener).
    Black Oak Arkansas - Raunch n Roll (Hot Rod is worth it alone)
    Robin Trower - Live (Too Rolling Stoned / Daydream / Rock Me Baby is the best side of a live album I own)
    Wishbone Ash - Live Dates 2 ( FUBB - OMG)
    Man - Maximum Darkness (Welsh Classic)
    Judas Priest - Unleashed in the East (Priest at the top of their game - the tour I first saw them)
    Golden Earring - Live (Vanilla Queen and Mad Love's Comin - joyful)
    Wet Willie - West Coast Live (Cost me an arm and a leg on import but worth it just for Lucy was in Trouble)
    Frank Zappa - The Best Band you Never Heard in your Life (Ring of Fire always brings a smile to my face)
    Various - Volunteer Jam IV (Dobie Gray's The Night They Drove old Dixie Down smashes the Band version)
    Aerosmith - Live Bootleg (Rough, raw and real Aerosmith before they churned out all that shite in from the 90s to the present day)

    Might have left a few out but hey..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange Magic View Post
    Reminded how wonderful the Caledonian Soul Orchestra was, the thought seized me--how wonderful it would have been for Amy Winehouse to have had access to an equally inspired/inspiring ensemble. Apples and oranges maybe, but she was not well-served by her backing group, and was too uncertain in her own judgment (in so many things) to have recognized this or acted upon it.
    They existed under that name (or similar) for about 2 years. The second year the string section was added. There's supposed to be a bootleg with their 40 min warm up to the main act on it. How I'd love to get a copy of that.

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    I don't often like live albums for rock because they usually just play the songs the same as on the album, with lower quality recording and audience noise. I do like Baby Snakes by Frank Zappa though. I think it has some songs that aren't on any other releases though, like "Punky's Whips" which is one of my favorite songs of his.

    I like more live jazz albums such as Waltz for Debby and Sunday at the Village Vanguard by Bill Evans, and We Like It Here by Snarky Puppy which contains the classic "Lingus" which has the most insane synth solo I've ever heard.

    Going into the avant-garde, I also like live albums for experimental music because it's usually new improvisation. My favorite is What Is Not True by :zoviet*france:
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