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Live versions that are better than the studio?

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by smoothrecluse, May 12, 2020.

  1. cyclopean

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    the 1999 live bauhaus album is as good if not better than their studio work. i really like the texture of peter murphy's voice later in life. that album isn't a bad place to start with bauhaus.

    most punk, metal, and hardcore is better live than recorded, but those bands often aren't in situations where decent sounding live records get made. it's not uncommon to see a band live that just destroys everything in it's path, be excited about them, and grab the 7" before you leave the show, and when you put the record on the next day it's just a little bit deflating because it's not the raw mayhem you saw the night before.

    i also once got really pumped on a super noisy band and when i got the record home, it turns out part of the noise i saw was a broken pa system, because the next time i went back to that warehouse space every band sounded like that and they were all bands i was familiar with that don't usually sound so blown out.
     
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    dance craze, the two tone ska movie:

    most of these songs are as good or better than the studio versions. also, holy ****, just look at the raw energy coming off the specials when they're playing.

     
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    Basically any live version of the Who's "Eminence Front" is better than the studio version.
     
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    Chose this because any live version is better than the studio album and... it features the band members that recorded it...


    But... My favourite live version is...

    Doyle, Snowy and Andy... What's not to like :cool:
     
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    The unreleased soundboard tapes of John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra jamming in their live shows are phenomenal. The solos are extended jams showing the musicians virtuousity at their best. The studio releases just don't capture that energy. These soundboard shows are all over the internet for sampling.
     
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    Side one of that album is one of my all time favs - Rock And Roll, Celebration Day, SRTS, Rain Song. All are better than the studio recordings in my mind, though lots of folks don’t agree the album is that good (including Jimmy Page).
     
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    Agreed, one of THE BEST live albums ever.
     
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    Nothing much to add; y'all seem to have it covered.
    I. Love. Live.
    Had occasion to hire a singer ten years ago. Guy showed up with a CD of songs that he did (by the original artists) and they were all live versions. Hired him on the spot.
     
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    I pretty much prefer all live versions to studio. I'm hard pressed to think of a song that I don't.
     
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    Boy I don't know how much pop, country or rock that is actually truly live without some studio overdubbing and such.
     
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    All six sides...

    865dfc3aa69041c1f1cd68fbbaed09bc.560x560x1.jpg
     
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    When I started taking guitar serious I heard this album, and it helped me understand what was going on with guitar in terms of chord progressions and such. Before hearing this it was hard to understand what people like Hendrix were doing because of all the effects and out of this world timbres. I based all other Ramones albums off this one and it stayed my favorite.
     
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    Deep Purple in Japan. This live performance beats anything they’ve done in a studio. By far. And as we all know, they have done some pretty good stuff in studios.
     
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    Especially Midnight Rambler! That was the first thing I thought of when I saw the thread title.


    Edit: Fiesta Red beat me to it!


     
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    Put simply, because I've not heard their albums and while this isn't "audience" live, I still say it counts.

     
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    Etta James version of "Baby, What You Want Me To Do"


     
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    Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds ‘Live at Luther College’

    Probably my favorite live recording. Just two Martin acoustics. Great sound quality and playing.
     
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    yeah I heard it before I heard The Yes Album... EVERY track from the studio-bound, small-room-sound Yes Album pales before the mighty roar of the Yessongs versions.
     
  20. Charlie Bernstein

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    Yup. That was one of the first ones I thought of. Good-time bad-boy music for the whole family.
     
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