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Old 12-04-2011, 05:08 AM   #1
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CRF2 Best Live Albums of All Time Results!!!

OK, all the votes have been counted. We had a total of 28 lists and 540 votes cast.

You can see everyone’s lists here: https://crf2.com/showthread.php?t=38940

There were a few major surprises for me...

And here we go the top 25 live albums of all time according to CRF2….

#25

Neil Young – Live at Massey Hall 1971
434 points, 4 lists

#24

Ozzy Osbourne – Tribute
508.5 points, 5 lists

#23

Kiss – Alive!
510.5 points, 5 lists

#22

Bob Dylan – Live 1975, Rolling Thunder Revue
512 points, 5 lists

#21

Nirvana – MTV Unplugged in New York
600 points, 6 lists

#20

Paul McCartney & Wings – Wings Over America
608 points, 6 lists

#19

Bob Dylan – Live 1966
610 points, 6 lists

#18

Rory Gallagher – Irish Tour ‘74
611.5 points, 6 lists

#17

Little Feat – Waiting for Columbus
619 points, 6 lists

#16

Led Zeppelin – The Song Remains the Same
621.5 points, 6 lists

#15

Yes – Yessongs
659.5 points, 7 lists

#14

Led Zeppelin – BBC Sessions
683 points, 7 lists

#13

Thin Lizzy – Live & Dangerous
701 points, 7 lists

#12

Johnny Cash – At Folsom Prison
702 points, 7 lists

#11

Various Artists – Woodstock
714.5 points, 7 lists
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Old 12-04-2011, 05:09 AM   #2
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Re: CRF2 Best Live Albums of All Time Results!!!

#10

Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Live Rust
803.5 points, 8 lists

#9

The Band – The Last Waltz
808.5 points, 8 points

#8

Led Zeppelin – How the West Was Won
809.5 points, 8 lists

#7

Cheap Trick – At Budokan
881.5 points, 9 lists

#6

Jimi Hendrix – Band of Gypsys
1015.5 points, 10 lists

#5


The Rolling Stones – Get Your Ya’s Ya’s Out
1062 points, 11 lists

#4

Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More From the Road
1086 points, 11 lists

#3

Deep Purple – Made in Japan
1129.5 points, 11 lists

#2

The Allman Brothers Band – At Fillmore East
1522 points, 15 lists
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Old 12-04-2011, 05:10 AM   #3
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And the clear winner...

#1

The Who – Live at Leeds
1974.5 points, 19 lists
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Great list! bobbyg29 thank you very much for your hard work.
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I own 9 of 'em. I've never even heard of #25 :)
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I own 9 of 'em. I've never even heard of #25 :)
It's a pretty new release. Intimate 1971 concert where Neil expertly fiddles with most of Harvest's material before the album even came out. Pretty solid set, they considered tapping it to release the material live ala Time Fades Away and Rust Never Sleeps.

I go more for 1968 Live at Canterbury House. Unbelievably candid little show where the typically unyielding Neil is so loose that he acts the audience for suggestions (something that would probably never.... ever happen again! ahaha). Is Massey Hall a better performance? Yeah, probably. But I think Canterbury House is a more interesting and unique document in the Neil canon. He goes off on some gorgeous little instrumental tangents, probably as Crazy Horse-esque as Neil gets acoustically outside of something like the '94 Bridge School show (with Crazy Horse). They're both essential for fans of early acoustic Neil though.
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Good list, but Woodstock? It seems out of place here.
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Ive got 14 of the 25, pretty good list, shows the diversity (sort of) of the fourm
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Good list, but Woodstock? It seems out of place here.
why is that because its several artists?
Woodstock has Jimi, The Who, Neil Young all artists that are on the list. Let alone several other classic rock bands.

good list nice job bobby
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I own 9 of 'em. I've never even heard of #25 :)
It's a pretty new release. Intimate 1971 concert where Neil expertly fiddles with most of Harvest's material before the album even came out. Pretty solid set, they considered tapping it to release the material live ala Time Fades Away and Rust Never Sleeps.

I go more for 1968 Live at Canterbury House. Unbelievably candid little show where the typically unyielding Neil is so loose that he acts the audience for suggestions (something that would probably never.... ever happen again! ahaha). Is Massey Hall a better performance? Yeah, probably. But I think Canterbury House is a more interesting and unique document in the Neil canon. He goes off on some gorgeous little instrumental tangents, probably as Crazy Horse-esque as Neil gets acoustically outside of something like the '94 Bridge School show (with Crazy Horse). They're both essential for fans of early acoustic Neil though.
I picked Massey Hall as my#1 overall live album so here are a few of my thoughts...

-In picking my favourite live album one of the main factors I used in deciding was to think which show would I have liked have been at most. Massey Hall is in my hometown and is an incredible place for a a concert so that was part of my decision. But it also never ceases to amaze me how absurd that show was. 3 songs into the set Neil says "I am going to play mostly new songs tonight". And, of course, he doesn't just mean songs off his new album..he means songs he just wrote and no-one has heard yet. In response you get a somewhat tentative applause from the audience...that is until plays new songs like Old Man and Heart of Gold It was just a show that captured an artist absolutely bursting at the seams with creativity...as he says during the show: "I have written all these new songs and I can't think of anything else to do with them then play them."

Of course, I love Cantebury House too. As Deja mentions it is really a side of Neil you would never see again. He was so unsure of himself, just beginning on his solo career he had so many people tell him he would fail. Along with asking for requests he complains that all his songs are "too sad". Listening to this, knowing what he was about to become as an artist, is really quite an amazing experience. I agree the instrumental parts during his stage banter are incredible too...at one point during the show he accidentally discovers the riff for "Winterlong" and says something "ooh I like that".
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The two most surprising things on the list to me are Lynyrd Skynyrd at #4 and Deep Purple #3. I had though both of those were artists that, outside of a small number of obvious fans, did not have a ton of respect of this board....at least not enough to have them finish ahead of The Stones, Zeppelin (obviously a case of splitting votes), Jimi, Neil, etc...
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I own 9 of 'em. I've never even heard of #25 :)
It's a pretty new release. Intimate 1971 concert where Neil expertly fiddles with most of Harvest's material before the album even came out. Pretty solid set, they considered tapping it to release the material live ala Time Fades Away and Rust Never Sleeps.

I go more for 1968 Live at Canterbury House. Unbelievably candid little show where the typically unyielding Neil is so loose that he acts the audience for suggestions (something that would probably never.... ever happen again! ahaha). Is Massey Hall a better performance? Yeah, probably. But I think Canterbury House is a more interesting and unique document in the Neil canon. He goes off on some gorgeous little instrumental tangents, probably as Crazy Horse-esque as Neil gets acoustically outside of something like the '94 Bridge School show (with Crazy Horse). They're both essential for fans of early acoustic Neil though.
I picked Massey Hall as my#1 overall live album so here are a few of my thoughts...

-In picking my favourite live album one of the main factors I used in deciding was to think which show would I have liked have been at most. Massey Hall is in my hometown and is an incredible place for a a concert so that was part of my decision. But it also never ceases to amaze me how absurd that show was. 3 songs into the set Neil says "I am going to play mostly new songs tonight". And, of course, he doesn't just mean songs off his new album..he means songs he just wrote and no-one has heard yet. In response you get a somewhat tentative applause from the audience...that is until plays new songs like Old Man and Heart of Gold It was just a show that captured an artist absolutely bursting at the seams with creativity...as he says during the show: "I have written all these new songs and I can't think of anything else to do with them then play them."

Of course, I love Cantebury House too. As Deja mentions it is really a side of Neil you would never see again. He was so unsure of himself, just beginning on his solo career he had so many people tell him he would fail. Along with asking for requests he complains that all his songs are "too sad". Listening to this, knowing what he was about to become as an artist, is really quite an amazing experience. I agree the instrumental parts during his stage banter are incredible too...at one point during the show he accidentally discovers the riff for "Winterlong" and says something "ooh I like that".
Agreed on both accounts. I have to admit I rarely think of venue with live albums... but if I ever came across a live album from a venue that I know first-hand is a magical place for a concert, that would definitely make it extra-special for me.

Canterbury is special for showcasing the unfettered, emerging Neil. But Massey Hall is equally special for showcasing a once in a lifetime phenomenon for Neil -- here he is playing all his new material just like he always does, but this time it's his most popular material of all-time! Living proof that Neil's being genuine when in the 80s people are yelling for Old Man and he wants to play Around the World, he'll say "first time I played Heart of Gold they were yelling for Now Adays Clancy Can't Even Sing' or things like that. Ahahaha.

It's a great show for capturing what a lot of people consider to be Neil's best material when it was still hungry and it hadn't become a craze yet, something obligatory. If Neil hadn't played a single one of those songs nobody would have even known what incredible music they missed...
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I wonder how many are 100% live? I know the Deep Purple is.
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How do you know this? I'd be willing to bet Allman Brothers Live at the Fillmore is also 100% live, but who can say for sure?
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Not a bad list. Nice job Bobbyg29.
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I wonder how many are 100% live? I know the Deep Purple is.
How do you know this? I'd be willing to bet Allman Brothers Live at the Fillmore is also 100% live, but who can say for sure?
I wouldn't be so sure...I heard one time that most "live" albums have at least a few overdubs and a lot of them have numerous touch ups.
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I wonder how many are 100% live? I know the Deep Purple is.
How do you know this? I'd be willing to bet Allman Brothers Live at the Fillmore is also 100% live, but who can say for sure?
It's just kinda common knowledge around some music forums that I've been reading for yrs. about Made In Japan being 100% live. I guess over the yrs. thru interviews with band members and people involved it's been discussed about it not having any studio tinkering done to it.


Not sure about the Allmans. Ya Yas has been. I think most or many had stuff "touched up" in studio before release. Just goin' on what I remember reading before...FWIW.
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How do you know this? I'd be willing to bet Allman Brothers Live at the Fillmore is also 100% live, but who can say for sure?
I wouldn't be so sure...I heard one time that most "live" albums have at least a few overdubs and a lot of them have numerous touch ups.
Well I'm not sure, that's why I said "who can say for sure?". All I can say is I saw the Allman Brothers live in 1971 with the original lineup a few months after "At Fillmore East" came out, and I didn't hear much that needed fixing.
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