What are the very best blues rock live albums ever? Please vote in my poll and we’ll find out.
What Is Blues Rock?
Until you try to define the boundaries of a category like this, you don’t realise how hard it is to say Yes to one live act but No to another. There are a lot of grey areas.For me blues rock lies in the middle of
- electric blues albums by BB King, Albert Collins and Muddy Waters
- hard rock of Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and The Who
but it doesn’t include any of those acts. I have separate readers polls for:
The Greatest Blues Rock Live Albums Ever
Let’s have a look at who I’ve nominated and if I’ve missed an important blues rock live album out, please let me know by leaving a comment.
You can vote for up to FIVE of your favourites.
My Thoughts On The Results Of The Poll To Find The Best Blues Rock Live Albums – October 2014
First I’m delighted with how many people have cast their votes. It’s over 180 people so far which means these results should be a valid and reliable pointer to great blues rock albums.
I’ve asked blues rock fans to select five albums. It’s tough to narrow down the choice that much but I want to find the albums people think are the very best.
In 1st Position – The Allman Brothers Live At The Fillmore
With recommendations from 43% of the voters, Live At The Fillmore is the clear front runner of this poll. It’s regarded as a classic live album and it’s also doing very well in the poll to find the best Southern rock live albums.
Hendrix and Band Of Gypsys Is Second
The original six song Band Of Gypsys album is well known.
You may not know that it’s been extended to sixteen songs recorded on those nights when 1969 turned into 1970 and called Live At The Fillmore. I think it’s made a great album even better. Together they’ve been recommended by 27% of the voters.
In Third Place Rory Gallagher With Irish Tour ’74
I’m delighted to see Rory Gallagher so high up this list with the excellent Irish Tour album. This has received recommendations from 25% of the voters.
This has also been recently extended to give you the option of getting the Dublin, Cork and Belfast performances.
In Fourth Place Are The Rolling Stones With Get Yer Ya Yas Out
With recommendations from 24%, we have the Stones moving into the Mick Taylor era with Get Yer Ya Yas Out.
It’s another album that’s been extended with a few extra songs by The Rolling Stones and the support sets from BB King and Ike & Tina Turner.
Led Zeppelin Are Fifth And Sixth
How The West Was Won and The Song Remains The Same have split the Led Zep fans with recommendations from 23% and 22% respectively. The extra tracks have improved what I originally thought was a disappointing album from Zeppelin when The Song Remains The Same first came out.
Personally I prefer the 1971 concert captured on the BBC Sessions album. It’s less bloated and they were previewing songs from Led Zep 4. It seems strange to think of a time when no one knew Stairway To Heaven.
Early Hendrix Is Seventh
Live At Monterey is a classic from 1967 as America learnt to love Hendrix. It was recommended by 17% of the voters and, if I was forced to choose, I prefer this to the Band Of Gypsys concerts.
Humble Pie Are Pipped In Eighth Place
One vote behind and still with 17% of the votes comes Performance: Rockin The Fillmore by Humble Pie.
Steve Marriott and Peter Frampton have a lot of fun on this album.
It’s No Longer A Bootleg And It’s The Ninth Highest Place
The Rolling Stones have released an authorised digital copy of the fantastic Brussels Affair from 1973 with Mick Taylor stealing the show although it veers more towards hard rock than blues rock. It was recommended by 14% of voters.
I’d love to hear some more concert recordings from the Sticky Fingers and Exile On main Street tours.
At Last Eric Clapton Appears But In Just Tenth Position
Duane Allman didn’t tour with Derek And The Dominos but Live At The Fillmore is still a terrific blues rock album. It was recommended by 13% of the voters.
A Recap Of The Top Ten Best Blues Rock Albums (From The Polls To October 2014)
- Live At The Fillmore by the Allman Brothers Band
- Band Of Gypsys Live At The Fillmore by Jimi Hendrix
- Irish Tour by Rory Gallagher
- Get Yer Ya Yas Out by the Rolling Stones
- How The West Was Won by Led Zeppelin
- The Song Remains The Same by Led Zeppelin
- Live At Monterey by Jimi Hendrix
- Performance: Rockin The Fillmore by Humble Pie
- Brussels Affair by The Rolling Stones
- Live At The Fillmore by Derek And The Dominos
I think that’s a very good top ten and of course you can see more results (and more up-to-date) on the actual poll.
I wonder how it will change when the number of voters doubles.
Do You Agree With The Results So Far?
Let me know if you think my readers are getting it right. If not, why not?
You’d also better vote.
The Other Best Live Album Polls
If you’re a fan of blues rock, you may also want to vote in the following polls (or just check out the results but I’d prefer you to vote as well. The more readers who take part, the better the results)
By music genre
- Blues Live Albums
- Boogie Rock Albums
- Classic Rock Live Albums
- Heavy Metal & Hard Rock Live Albums
- San Francisco/ Psychedelic Albums
- Southern Rock Live Albums
- Joe Bonamassa albums
- Eric Clapton albums
- Rory Gallagher albums
- Jimi Hendrix albums
- Janis Joplin albums
- Led Zeppelin albums
- Van Morrison albums
- The Rolling Stones albums
- Robin Trower albums
You can see the complete list at Live Album Polls.