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Live Recordings: How To Protect Yourself In The “Grey” Market

If you look at Amazon or iTunes, you’ll see a lot of live recordings by bands and it’s now hard to distinguish between:

  1. Official live albums approved and released by the artist and their record company.
  2. Third party recordings where royalties are paid to the artists for performance and songwriting. (I’m thinking of the BBC and Rockpalast recordings here).
  3. Grey market live recordings which are legal in Europe because of the copyright laws only protect music for 25 years unless it’s been officially released. (I’m not a legal expert but this is my understanding).

With category 1, you should expect excellent recordings, both in performance and sound quality. Of course, this doesn’t always apply as live recordings have been abused as a way to fulfil contractual obligations. Continue reading Live Recordings: How To Protect Yourself In The “Grey” Market

The Best Live Albums By 147 Groups And Artists

I thought it would be interesting to produce a post that summarises what I recommend as the best ONE live album per group or artist.

This covers rock, pop, blues, soul & funk, reggae, folk, country and jazz.

This is going to be controversial in places and will involve some hard choices. Other times, the answer is pretty obvious because a group has released an absolute classic that stands head and shoulders above anything else they’ve done.

Sometimes I’ve gone with my personal opinion when I have strong views on the merits of albums, other times, I’ve bowed to the wisdom shown in my readers polls.

In nearly all occasions, the band or artist will have more than one live album to consider but occasionally, there is just one that I think is much to important to ignore. For example, if I take two personal favourites of mine The Cate Brothers Live isn’t included but Wings Over America will be. I’ll do my best to explain why.

I’ve numbered the albums so that I can keep changing the title of the article but the albums are listed in alphabetical order of the artist or band. To save confusion over whether Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band should be under S for Springsteen or B for Bruce, or the Steve Miller Band should be under S or M, I’ve opted to go with the first name featured, unless it is The… so The Who are under W.

I don’t think it’s spoiling the surprise if I say that many of the choices come from the 1970s, the decade where live albums became an essential part of the catalogue.

I was adding the albums too slowly so I’ve started listing them and will come back later to add in explanations for the choice and album covers. Please bear with me.

The Best Live Albums By The Groups And Artists

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Live Albums Played In May 2019

This month I’m expecting to have quite a variety of different genres to feature. I loved the variety I rediscovered last month.

Blues Rock

  • Roger Chapman Live Opera House, Newcastle 2002

Classic Rock & Pop

  • Ian Hunter Welcome To The Club
  • Ian Hunter Strings Attached
  • Ian Hunter Live In The UK 2010
  • Paul McCartney Paul Plays The Beatles Songs Live
  • David Bowie David Live
  • David Bowie Nassau Coloseum 1976
  • David Bowie A Reality Tour
  • Bob Seger Live Bullet
  • Bruce Springsteen Hammersmith Odeon, London 1975
  • Sad Cafe Sad Cafe Live
  • Martin Turner New Live Dates
  • Billy Joel 12 Gardens Live

Folk Rock

  • Martin Stephenson Live At Newcastle City Hall

Hard Rock

  • Aerosmith A Little South of Sanity

Psychedelic Rock

  • Love The Forever Changes Concert

Pub Rock

  • Graham Parker Live In San Francisco 1976


  • Big Twist Live From Chicago
  • Southside Johnny 1978: Live In Boston
  • Southside Johnny From Southside To Tyneside
  • Ike & Tina Turner What You See is What You Get

Singer Songwriter

  • Van Morrison Live At the Grand Opera House, Belfast
  • Van Morrison It’s Too Late To Stop Now
  • Van Morrison It’s Too Late To Stop Now Vol 2, 3 & 4
  • Van Morrison A Night In San Francisco
  • Van Morrison Live At Montreux 1997 (with The Healing game Deluxe Edition)
  • Van Morrison Live In Austin, Texas 2006
  • Bob Dylan Live 1975
  • Bob Dylan Hard Rain
  • John Stewart The Phoenix Concert
  • Randy Newman Live In London
  • Paul Simon Concert In The Park
  • Paul Simon Live In New York
  • Paul Simon Rhymin’ Simon
  • Paul Simon Live In Hyde Park
  • Al Stewart Rhymes In Rooms
  • Al Stewart Time Passages Live
  • Al Stewart Live/Indian Summer
  • Neil Young Live Rust


  • Maze Live In New Orleans

Southern Rock

  • Cate Brothers Cate Brothers Live

Paul McCartney & Wings – What Pete Pardo Thinks?

Another video from Pete Pardo of the Sea Of Tranquility website, this time looking at Paul McCartney and Wings and his ten favourite songs.

This band has a terrific live album in Wings Over America as it chronicled the tour to promote Wings At The Speed Of Sound in 1976.

My Ten Favourite Wings Songs

These aren’t in order of preference but the order they appear on Wings Over America. Unlike Pete, I don’t seem to want to rank these great songs.

  • Venus & Mars/Rock Show
  • Jet
  • Medicine Jar
  • Maybe I’m Amazed
  • Live And Let Die
  • Magneto And Titanium Man
  • My Love
  • Silly Love Songs
  • Beware My Love
  • Band on the Run

I you haven’t heard the album and you like classic rock, I urge you to give it a listen. Unlike Pete, I haven’t made a distinction between Paul McCartney’s solo albums after The Beatles split and the Wings albums so I am including Maybe I’m Amazed

Pete Pardo Top Ten Songs By Paul McCartney and Wings

The Rolling Stones – What Pete Pardo Thinks

I’ve been sharing videos by Pete Pardo from the Sea of Tranquility website. Here is what he has to say about The Rolling Stones.

Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out is often considered to be one of the very best blues rock live albums. Even better as far as I’m concerned is The Brussels Affair. The Stones really should have released this majestic slice of Mick Taylor inspired rock back in the early 1970s.

Here are Pete’s videos.

Top 10 Songs: The Rolling Stones

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Classic Tracks On Live Albums

Pete Pardo from the Sea of Tranquility website picks his favourite 20 tracks from live albums. He is joined by Dan Brown who shares his own favourite tracks along with some interesting facts.

This focuses mainly on classic hard rock and classic rock so you’ll hear mention of acts like Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.His guest has more wide-ranging tastes.

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Live Albums I Played In April 2019

I’m bringing into April a desire to hear more hard rock. It will be interesting to see how long it lasts.

As it turns out, the month ended with a very diverse collection of albums played.

Hard Rock

  • Thin Lizzy UK Tour ’75
  • Thin Lizzy Life Live
  • Thin Lizzy Live And Dangerous
  • Bachman & Turner Live At The Roseland Ballroom
  • Deep Purple Live at Montreux 2011
  • Deep Purple Live At The Olympia
  • Hanoi Rocks All Those Wasted Years
  • Led Zeppelin Celebration Day
  • Bad Company In Concert: Merchants of Cool
  • Whitesnake Live .. In the Heart of the City
  • Uriah Heep Live
  • Humble Pie Rockin’ The Fillmore
  • Blue Oyster Cult On Your Feet Or On Your Knees
  • Blue Oyster Cult Some Enchanted Evening
  • Blue Oyster Cult Extraterrestrial Live
  • Scorpions Tokyo Tapes
  • Rory Gallagher Stage Struck
  • Golden Earring Golden Earring Live
  • UFO Strangers In The Night
  • The Who Live At Leeds
  • The Who Young Vic Theatre 1971
  • Aerosmith A Little South of Sanity
  • Lou Reed Rock and Roll Animal

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Bachman Turner Overdrive – What Does Pete Pardo Think

I’ve been featuring the videos from Pete Pardo from the Sea of Tranquility website and here are his thoughts about Bachman Turner Overdive.

BTO never released a classic live album in the 1970s, which I think is a shame. They are an under-rated band, especially in the UK where the success of their single You Ain’t Seen Nuthin’ Yet overshadows everything else they’ve done.

I will point to the 2012 Bachman & Turner live album, Live At The Roseland Ballroom which is excellent in terms of songs selected, performance and sound quality.

Here is Pete…

Top 10 Songs: Bachman-Turner Overdrive Continue reading Bachman Turner Overdrive – What Does Pete Pardo Think

Whitesnake – The Thoughts of Pete Parlo

More videos from Pete Parlo from the Sea of Tranquility website, this time his love of Deep Purple is carried over into Whitesnake.

I’ve blown hot and cold on Whitesnake ever since they were formed. I like Deep Purple Mark 3 and 4 a lot but by the time Coverdale formed his new band in 1978, bluesy hard rock was unfashionable and, whilst they had a few catchy hits over the years, the did go very “hair metal” at one stage.

Pete is much more of a fan and I’ve since learnt that his favourite song ever is by Whitesnake. Continue reading Whitesnake – The Thoughts of Pete Parlo

Deep Purple -The Thoughts of Pete Pardo

Pete Pardo (from the Sea of Tranquility website) loves Deep Purple. They are his all-time favourite band and the Mark 2 version of the band are responsible for possibly the greatest hard rock live album ever recorded in Made in Japan.

If you ever think that live albums have not-so-good versions of the studio songs, think again. There is no comparison between the four songs on this album from Machine Head to how they sounded live in the era of Mark 2 Deep Purple. Better? “Not ‘arf!”

Don’t think all you need to hear from Deep Purple happened between 1970 and 1973 either. Deep Purple marks 3 and 4 also had plenty to offer fans of hard rock and the revival band is also highly skilled, even if they don’t have the same flair to go away from the studio albums.

Here are a series of his videos on Deep Purple. Continue reading Deep Purple -The Thoughts of Pete Pardo