What Are The Best Blues Rock Live Albums?

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

but it doesn’t include any of those acts. I have separate readers polls for:

Led Zeppelin are definitely blues rock rather than blues, so are Cream and prime time Rolling Stones.

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.

What Are The FIVE Best Blues Rock Live Albums? (Click on the links to go to the reviews)

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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

The Allman Brothers band At Fillmore East

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.

Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsys

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.

Jimi Hendrix Live at the Fillmore East

In Third Place Rory Gallagher With Irish Tour ’74

Rory Gallagher 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

The Rolling Stones Get Yer Ya Ya's 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.

Led Zeppelin How The West Was Won

Led Zeppelin The Song Remains The Same

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

Jimi Hendrix Live At Monterey

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.

Humble Pie Performance Rockin The Fillmore

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.

The Rolling Stones Brussels Affair

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

Derek And The Dominos Live At The Fillmore

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.

Bubbling Under

Just outside the top ten were Waiting For Columbus, One More From The Road and It’s Too Late To Stop Now.

A Recap Of The Top Ten Best Blues Rock Albums (From The Polls To October 2014)

  1. Live At The Fillmore by the Allman Brothers Band
  2. Band Of Gypsys Live At The Fillmore by Jimi Hendrix
  3. Irish Tour by Rory Gallagher
  4. Get Yer Ya Yas Out by the Rolling Stones
  5. How The West Was Won by Led Zeppelin
  6. The Song Remains The Same by Led Zeppelin
  7. Live At Monterey by Jimi Hendrix
  8. Performance: Rockin The Fillmore by Humble Pie
  9. Brussels Affair by The Rolling Stones
  10. 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.

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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

By group

You can see the complete list at Live Album Polls.

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