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

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

Made In Japan - Deep Purple

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.

The best

Should be #1

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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."

Live Bootleg - Aerosmith

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.

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

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.

Kick ass live chip away the stone and draw the line

One More From the Road - Lynyrd Skynyrd

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

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 - 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.

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

World Wide Live - Scorpions

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

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

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

Randy kills it on this album

The Song Remains the Same - Led Zeppelin
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

Best album ever

Love this album

S&M - Metallica

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

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

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

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.

Foghat Live

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!

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!

On Stage - Rainbow

This album is amazing, every song is outstanding capturing two of the greatest musicians ever at their finest. The songs absolutely come to life and top the studio recordings

Under a Blood Red Sky - U2
MTV Unplugged - Nirvana

Where did you sleep last night?

The Last Stand - Cold Chisel
The Bootleg Series, Volume 4: Live 1966: The “Royal Albert Hall” Concert - Bob Dylan
At Folsom Prison - Johnny Cash

Best live country album ever!

Live at the Rainbow '74 - Queen
Strangers in the Night - UFO

The best live album you never heard. Few bands sound better live. These guys were about to become huge - like Bad Company and Foreigner.

UFO at their absolute best.

...tell me about it.

Alchemy Live - Dire Straits
Live at River Plate - AC/DC
Live at Reading - Nirvana
Jimi Plays Monterey - Jimi Hendrix
The Last Waltz - The Band With Friends
Sam Cooke - Live at Harlem Square Club, 1963
Yessongs - Yes



Live at Monterey - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Live - Blind Guardian
Live: Right Here, Right Now - Van Halen

Sammy Hagar on vocals love the live acoustic version of Give to Live

Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite - Elvis Presley

The resurrected King in top form before his sad demise/premature end. His voice is incredible and he COMMANDS the stage. Many of the folks on this list would not be here if it weren't for Elvis.

Concert for George - Various Artists
Unplugged - Alice In Chains

Better then Nirvana unplugged

Live In New York City - John Lennon
Live and Dangerous - Thin Lizzy

71? It should be number one. Nobody ever topped Thin Lizzy.

This album made a Thin Lizzy fan out of me. 'enough said.

Live Era: '87-'93 - Guns N' Roses
Live Bullet - Bob Seger

You don't just get great get a tiny piece of his soul! Excellent recording, great depth!

Love this album.

Like KISS Alive, this offers definitive versions of Bob's earlier songs, including Rambling Gambling Man, Turn the Page, and Katmandu.

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