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With regards to his opening paragraph, I couldn't disagree more.
Only five good live albums? Ever?
Don't be silly.
...If You Want Blood You've Got It, but aside from that he's probably about right. Most live albums are pretty pointless.
but yeah, there aren't many.
initially assumed this was a bump from 2007 or something.
Also can't believe Pop Will Eat Itself at Weird's Bar and Grill didn't make his top five.
Still got that on cassette somewhere. Definitely my favourite live album of 1993.
Jazz, funk, soul - the numbers breach triple figures.
I can think of dozens.
Then I can think of hundreds
Even so, there are many, many, many, MANY "good" live albums.
Here's Rolling Stones list of the 50 greatest: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/50-greatest-live-albums-of-all-time
Here's a recent DiS thread in which we discuss many more: http://drownedinsound.com/community/boards/music/4459536
Of course, they're just the official ones. When you factor bootlegs into the equation, things go mental.
Feel free to immediately discredit every single one of those listed. But in recent years, I've found myself listening to more live albums - whether official or bootlegged - than studio albums.
Also, "struggling"? With what, exactly?
in listening to a live album tbf
even if I went to the show
it's 2 discs and it's fucking perfect. That's a blinding live album.
Then you've got that Blink 182 live album which is obviously the best thing ever.
Most live albums are good for maybe a very rare song or a particular performance of that song (for me it's often that the song is played faster that matters), but as a whole they tend to be a lame experience.
One great example is Thunder Down Under by Hot Snakes, but that's a live radio session and when you're as 'clean' a band as that live and studio aren't really much different.