The Woodstock Experience by Sly & The Family Stone was recorded in August 1969 at the world famous Woodstock festival.
I don’t understand the marketing but this is a two CD set. The first CD is the studio version of the Stand album, the second is the Woodstock recording. There is a series of these Woodstock albums including Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin and Johnny Winter.
It’s taken us a long time to get a live Sly & The Family Stone album because this was first released in 2009.
Sly & The Family Stone The Woodstock Experience – Overall rating 27/30
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Tokyo Live is a live recording of Al Green performing in Japan in June 1978. It his only mainstream live soul album.
If you want more Al Green, there is the Gospel Concert recording but reviews aren’t encouraging. Sound quality appears to be the problem but I haven’t heard it myself.
Tokyo Live is excellent.
Al Green Tokyo Live – Overall Rating 26/30
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I’ve just heard that as part of the plans to mark the 25th anniversary of release of Bad by Michael Jackson, there will be a live album included on his July 1988 concert from Wembley Stadium in London.
This should be interesting. I was at Aintree in Liverpool, along with about 125,000 other people in September 1988 to see the final European concert of the Bad tour.
Unfortunately we got stuck on the motorway for about four albums and got there much later than intended. Margaret couldn’t see anything and I didn’t see much.
The set list for this part of the tour was: Continue reading Michael Jackson Bad Tour 1988
Curtis Live is the first live album by Curtis Mayfield after leaving the Impressions and was recorded in January 1971.
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The original James Brown album, Live At The Apollo is one of the most famous and often regarded as one of the best live albums ever. It was recorded in 1962 and released in 1963.
It’s very, very good but I don’t think it quite lives up to its outstanding reputation.
Let me explain why.
James Brown Live At The Apollo 1962 Overall Rating 27/30
My aim is simple… to find out what readers think are the best live soul albums ever.
Have Your Say: What Are The Best Live Soul Albums Ever?
Will it be James Brown Live At The Apollo 1962, Otis Redding Live In Europe or Sam Cooke Live At The Harlem Square Club or a less well known live soul classic (click to read my reviews).
At this stage I should point out that I’ve got separate polls for the best funk live album and the best disco live album.
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Sam Cooke’s live recording, Live At The Harlem Square Club 1963 is a classic from the early days of soul. Incredibly it stayed in the vaults for over twenty years before it was first released in 1985.
Originally a gospel star with the Soul Stirrers, Sam Cooke was a pioneer in both soul and cross-over pop at a time when the civil rights movement was growing.
Sam Cooke Live At The Harlem Square 1963 – Overall Rating = 28/30
Early versions of this album were called One Night Stand – Live At The Harlem Square Club.
Set List – 8/10 Rating
The set list is short but what’s on it is gold. Continue reading Sam Cooke Live At The Harlem Square Club 1963