Best Live Rock Albums

Live rock albums that capture the essence of the original studio recordings with the added power of a live show, and which has stood the test of time.

The Top Ten

Absolutely Live - Rod Stewart Absolutely Live - Rod Stewart Product Image

At this concert Rod brought Tina Turner back in to the limelights.

Made In Japan - Deep Purple Made In Japan - Deep Purple Product Image

The best live album of the 70s from the best band live of the 70s.

As a live album, this one's in a class by itself.

Live at Leeds - The Who Live at Leeds - The Who Product Image

If you want the full experience, you should listen to the Super Deluxe edition! It's a must-listen, regardless if you're a fan of classic rock or not!

No contest, one of the best live albums ever recorded, never mind rock albums.

Only 22? This is by far the best live rock album ever made!

Only No. 3? How can anything be better than this?

Live After Death - Iron Maiden Live After Death - Iron Maiden Product Image
Unleashed In the East - Judas Priest Unleashed In the East - Judas Priest Product Image

Simply the greatest live album by the greatest band. No competition

Celebration Day - Led Zeppelin Celebration Day - Led Zeppelin Product Image

A 2007 reunion concert that shows three of the four original members (Jason Bonham taking the place of his late father) in tighter form than on their 70's heyday live recordings.

All living members of Led Zeppelin unite for one epic show with Jason Bonham (John Bonham's son.) on drums. It really was a celebration day.

I got this up to 1st place! YAY!

Double Live Gonzo - Ted Nugent Double Live Gonzo - Ted Nugent Product Image

The most fun you'll have without actually going to a rock concert. If this album doesn't get your blood boiling, you're probably dead.

Captures the Motor City Madman at his finest. His guitar playing is amazing! He can go from loud and fast, to bluesy, to very melodic. I have never heard sounds come from a guitar like those on Hibernation. Great White Buffalo will give you goose bumps. Classics like Motor City Madhouse, Stranglehold, Cat Scratch Fever, etc.

A truly amazing live album that captures the craze of 70s' rock music

Alive! - Kiss Alive! - Kiss Product Image

Actually offers the definitive versions of the best of KISS' first three studio albums, including Rock and Roll All Night. Many of today's rock guitar gods cut their teeth on this album trying to copy every lick; every Ace Frehley lead. You could hand this album to Martians and explain that "this IS rock and roll."

This is the album that saved kiss when they were broke and ready to call it quits, should be number one

Live Bootleg - Aerosmith Live Bootleg - Aerosmith Product Image

Back when Aerosmith could plug in, turn it up to 11, and rock out. Hits like Dream On, Sweet Emotion, Walk This Way, Back in the Saddle, etc.

This album captures the sounds of an actual live concert, mistakes and all and every song kicks ass!

Aerosmith is one of those rare bands that actually sounds better live. At least they did back in the 70's...and on this album.

Kick ass live chip away the stone and draw the line

One More From the Road - Lynyrd Skynyrd One More From the Road - Lynyrd Skynyrd Product Image

Try to listen to Freebird on this album without playing air guitar. It can't be done.

A 13 minute version of Free Bird, hello!

The Contenders

Captured - Journey Captured - Journey Product Image

Yes, Journey. They were an amazing live band. Awesome musicians playing the hits like Lovin' Touching' Squeezin' and Anyway You Want It and allowed a little more freedom here to jam like on songs like Walks Like a Lady and Dixie Highway. Steve Perry's voice is just as amazing here as on the studio albums too. Listen to his voice leading up to the Do You Recall guitar solo, and in the background of the Wheel in the Sky guitar solo. Otherworldly!

Oh yes, Steve Perry is one of the several singers who often sounded even better live.

Live / Dead - Grateful Dead Live / Dead - Grateful Dead Product Image
Live - Barclay James Harvest Live - Barclay James Harvest Product Image

Fantastic band, great set. So underrated all excellent mucisians and songwriters with three great vocalists.

Summer Soldier/Medicine Man is my favourite "side" of Vinyl!

Raw, progressive, melodic... just excellent. Long before they became a little syrupy.

World Wide Live - Scorpions World Wide Live - Scorpions Product Image

One of the best live rock albums ever. The version of Big City Nights on this album is BETTER than the recorded version. The rest of the double vinyl album is just as incredible.

Pulse - Pink Floyd Pulse - Pink Floyd Product Image

My goodness! This is too horribly low! This has to be higher! It's maybe the embodiment of all Pink Floyd! From Piper all the way to Division Bell!

How the West Was Won - Led Zeppelin How the West Was Won - Led Zeppelin Product Image

An incredible live album that shows the greatest rock band ever at the height of their live powers. All four members were at the top of their game and in perfect sync. Should be much higher.

Ozzy Osbourne - Randy Rhoads Tribute Ozzy Osbourne - Randy Rhoads Tribute Product Image

Randy kills it on this album

The Song Remains the Same - Led Zeppelin The Song Remains the Same - Led Zeppelin Product Image
MTV Unplugged - Eric Clapton MTV Unplugged - Eric Clapton Product Image

This album is one of the main reasons I believe he's the one of the greatest guitarists to ever live so I'll say what I said there - I honestly can't believe this isn't number one on the list. This album and really all of Clapton's music is so personal to me and so many millions of people in this world who've been inspired to pick up a guitar because of him. I remember never particularly liking the guitar as an instrument, whether it was to play with or to listen to, but this alubm and his "A Benefit For The Crossroads Centre In Antigua 1999 Live At Madison Square Garden Concert" changed everything for me. From Layla to Old Love, Tears In Heaven to Before You Accuse Me, even though he wrote them such a long time ago, you can hear the emotion and sadness going through every word and every note he plays on his guitar. Although he did sing Tears In Heaven for the album just a year after son passed, it was the most raw and emotional song you'll ever here. Honestly that's the ...more

Best album ever

Love this album

S&M - Metallica S&M - Metallica Product Image

WHY IN THE HECK IS THIS SO LOW ON THE LIST! This has got to be one of the best live albums ever. Not just rock but period! The way the sound just fills the stadium is awesome. This is such a great way that metallica changed up their sound and gave us something unique is in my mind unparalleled.

Peter Frampton - Frampton Comes Alive Peter Frampton - Frampton Comes Alive Product Image

Definitive versions of many of his earlier songs, many which became massive hits like Show Me the Way, Baby I Love Your Way, and Do You Feel Like We Do (stoke up those Zippos! ). Great guitar too.

8? This list is an insult

Imaginations Through the Looking Glass - Blind Guardian
At Fillmore East - The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East - The Allman Brothers Band Product Image

If this is not in your top three you don't know music.

Get Yer Ya Yas Out - Rolling Stones Get Yer Ya Yas Out - Rolling Stones Product Image

Captures their then lead guitarist Mick Taylor in all his melodic, six string glory. Let's be honest, most consider the Mick Taylor period to be the Stones' best.

Foghat Live Foghat Live Product Image

The very best live album for me...When it came out I think in 77 it was being played everywhere...Foghat put this album out at the right time because Slow Ride was still being played on Rock n roll fm stations every day and the live version of I just want to make love to you was a hit again...If anyone has ever been to a Foghat live show in the 1970s will tell you that that album is as close as it gets to being there...FIVE STARS!

Only a single live album when everyone was putting out double live albums, but it doesn't matter because what it makes up for in length, it makes up for in energy. High octane versions of Fool For the City, Slow Ride, I Just Want to Make Love to You, a well as other boogie-woogie foot stompers. Crank it up!

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