Britain woke up to the news on Monday 11 January 2016 that David Bowie died of liver cancer in New York the night before, 10 January 2016. This was just two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his final studio album Black Star.
I’d been a fan from my teenage years in the 1970s and at one stage, he was perhaps my favourite artist or band.
This news sent me scurrying back to his classic live albums from his prime time in the 1970s that I’d strangely been ignoring for too long:
The Rolling Stones have moved from offering historic downloads from their own website to putting CDs and DVDs on commercial sites like Amazon.
And Queen delighted their fans with the 1974 concerts at The Rainbow. Hopefully this means that we’ll see albums from the A Night At The Opera and A Day At The Races tours as well.
Of course some groups remain stubborn like The Who who need to get passed their obsession with 1970, and Led Zeppelin.
The Live Albums Released In 2014
I’ve pulled this list together by trying to get Amazon.com to show me the recent live albums and going through the first 50 pages. It’s not ideal because I realised that it missed several highly regarded live albums released in 2014 that I own.
Raul Malo Around the WorldLucero Live From Atlanta
Jenni Rivera 1969 – Siempre, En Vivo Desde Monterrey Parte 2
Phil Ochs Live Again
Mary Fahl Live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House
Roy Buchanan Shredding the Blues: Live At My Father’s Place
Ahmad Jamal and Yusef Lateef Live at the Olympia – June 27, 2012
Scott Hamilton – Live at Smalls
Johnny Clegg Best Live & Unplugged at the Baxter Theatre, Cape Town
Grateful Dead Dick’s Picks Vol. 15 Raceway Park, Englishtown, NJ 9/3/77
Marc Ribot Live at the Village Vanguard
Evereadys Finally Live
Paul Bley Play Blue, Oslo Concert
Redemption Live From the Pit
Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot At The Symphony
Scott Healy With The Eastman Chamber Jazz Orchestra Live at Kilbourn Hall
The Jeff Healey Band Live at The Horseshoe
Michael Chapman Live At Folk Cotttage, Cornwall 1967
Status Quo The Frantic Four’s Final Fling – Live at Dublin 02 Arena
Steve Rothery Live in Rome
Grateful Dead Dick’s Picks Vol. 16 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA 11/8/69
Keith Getty & Kristyn Live at the Gospel Coalition CD
Andrea Motis Live at Jamboree
Bud Powell Live at the Blue Note Cafe Paris 1961
I’ve watched Bob Dylan and Neil Young get to grips with the classic live recordings from their glorious early years. Even the Rolling Stones have done it a bit with the excellent Brussels Affair receiving an official release through their website.
I’d almost given upon Bruce Springsteen doing the same but it looks as if there is hope for some of those vintage concerts from the 1970s to appear.
Starting off with the 2014 shows and one from 2012 (you need to go back much further), we have action at live.brucespringsteen.net
I think its concerts from the 1978 Darkness tour that I want most of all like the heavily bootlegged concert at Passaic, NJ but with a great sound quality. Things sounded good on the official release 1975 – 85 so I’m very hopeful..