What are the best folk and folk rock live albums? I don’t know but I want to find out.
Some albums will inevitably appear in both categories but I want to keep them down to a minimum. There is also some crossover with my search to find the best pop live albums when we get to Simon & Garfunkel. As I general rule, I’ll only assign an album to two genres which is why their Central Park album is missing from this list. It’s too much in the mainstream.
The same exclusion issue applies to Bob Dylan as he moved from folk to rock and his later albums appear in my search to find the best classic rock live album. I have included his controversial Live 1966 Royal Albert Hall album in this poll because of its historic importance as folk rock emerged from acoustic based folk.
I’m going to try to include British, Irish, American and perhaps other countries ideas on folk in this poll but I don’t want it to branch off into country or more world music style sounds.
When you look at the albums listed in the poll and you realise that some of your favourites are missing and not in the another most likely poll, please tell me. I’ve strayed away from my core knowledge and I’m sure I’m missing some great albums.
The Nominated Albums
There are the usual suspects like early Dylan, Fairport Convention, Richard and Linda Thompson and Steeleye Span.
I’ve included Live In Dublin by Bruce Springsteen and the Seegers Band. If you’ve got a fixed opinion about Springsteen I urge you to listen to the mp3 samples of this exceptional album.
What Are The Best Folk And Folk Rock Live Albums?
My aim is to help you to find the best live albums through readers polls, my own reviews and from bringing in Amazon reviews.
You can see the complete list of readers polls at Live Album Polls.