Best Live Rock Albums

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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

1 Absolutely Live - Rod Stewart

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

2 Made In Japan - Deep Purple

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

3 Live at Leeds - The Who

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

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

Are you kidding me? How is this so low

4 Celebration Day - Led Zeppelin

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. - CharlieBrown

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.

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5 Live After Death - Iron Maiden
6 Unleashed In the East - Judas Priest
7 Double Live Gonzo - Ted Nugent

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. - CharlieBrown

8 Live - Barclay James Harvest

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

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

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9 Alive! - Kiss

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." - CharlieBrown

10 Live Bootleg - Aerosmith

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. - CharlieBrown

The Newcomers

? Live / Dead - Grateful Dead
? Live at Monterey - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

The Contenders

11 Captured - Journey

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! - CharlieBrown

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

12 One More From the Road - Lynyrd Skynyrd

A 13 minute version of Free Bird, hello! - CharlieBrown

13 MTV Unplugged - Eric Clapton

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 - guyritchi

Best album ever

Love this album

14 World Wide Live - Scorpions
15 The Song Remains the Same - Led Zeppelin
16 Ozzy Osbourne - Randy Rhoads Tribute

Randy kills it on this album - Sabbath

17 Pulse - Pink Floyd

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! - higgsboson2142

18 S&M - Metallica
19 Imaginations Through the Looking Glass - Blind Guardian Imaginations Through the Looking Glass - Blind Guardian
20 Get Yer Ya Yas Out - Rolling Stones

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.

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Top Remixes (8)

1. Made In Japan - Deep Purple
2. Live After Death - Iron Maiden
3. Imaginations Through the Looking Glass - Blind Guardian
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1. Made In Japan - Deep Purple
2. Live at Leeds - The Who
3. Live at Monterey - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
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1. Made In Japan - Deep Purple
2. The Song Remains the Same - Led Zeppelin
3. Pulse - Pink Floyd
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