My aim with the Best Live Albums blog was simple…
To help you to enjoy the best live music recorded anywhere by anyone.
I’ve since expanded that to include the best studio albums too. See why I changed direction.
My tastes are wide and my opinions will sometimes surprise you.
There are three elements to the Best Live Albums blog:
- Best Live & Studio Album Polls where the results are created by readers like you. I set out to give everyone a chance to express their opinion by voting in polls for their favourite live and studio albums. I’m really pleased that is exactly what is happening.
Best Live Albums Polls By Music Genre – this is the best way to find albums you will like.
The polls with the most votes are:
best hard rock and heavy metal live albums.
best blues rock live albums.
best classic rock live albums.
best progressive rock live albums.
Most of the other genre polls have received good support but please VOTE yourself as well as taking advantage of the results so far.
Over time, I will be creating genre specific studio album polls.
Best Live & Studio Albums Polls By Group or Artist
These group or artist polls are also very well supported – Rolling Stones, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin and Queen live albums.
Some other artists have released a large number of live albums and finding the best two or three is a real challenge for casual fans unless they use the collective wisdom of the Best Live Albums blog readers e.g. The Allman Brothers Band, Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, King Crimson, Dave Matthews Band, Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker,
There are many more polls and you can see the complete list of best live album polls. Some of them are new and won’t have any or many votes.
To see the overall results, I have combined all the genre polls to create The 106 Best Live Albums Ever Recorded & Released. (This was based on the albums that had received 15 or more recommendations/votes.)
I introduced studio album polls for major artists a long time ago but they are much less promoted than the live album polls.
I’m intending to create artist guides that will help bring everything together. I’m starting with my favourite artists and bands.
- Live Album Reviews – read what I think about the live albums and tell me if I’m right or wrong. I also pull in the opinion of reviewers at Amazon by using a special app.
By genre – Classic rock, heavy metal, blues rock and the blues, progressive rock, punk & new wave, soul, funk, singer-songwriter, jazz and many others.
By decade – 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s
By artist – The Rolling Stones, The Who, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, James Brown and many more.
You can expect some surprises because I think my favourite is one that I’m virtually certain you’ve never heard unless you know about the great Jess Roden.
- Lists Of The Best Live Albums Ever – I’ve summarised the published lists I’ve seen of the greatest live albums.
If you want to read my latest reviews and news about great live albums, please start with the Blog & Latest News.
The Best Live Album Blog Is Always Developing
My passion for recorded live music is strong and this blog will grow. I’m following the Wikipedia model of creating pages and adding more information to them later.
But I can’t do it without you. Please vote in the polls, comment on the reviews and share your opinions about the live albums and make your own recommendations.
Important – please vote in the polls. They rely on people just like you expressing their opinion of what they believe the best live albums are. Let’s be honest, the critics often get it wrong and so do the album charts.
I much prefer Graham Parker’s Live In San Francisco 1979 and Bill Nelson Live In Concert At Metropolis Studio 2011 to Frampton Comes Alive or Kiss Alive. The sales statistics and critics say different.
That’s what this blog is all about.
A chance for live music fans like you and me to share our opinions.
I want to know what you think are the best live albums ever recorded.