Some classic 1970s live albums were released as very short summaries of a concert (The Who Live At Leeds) and have subsequently been reissued with the entire performance.
Others remain largely unloved by the artists and record companies.
Other seventies live albums fuelled the fire that rock had got too big for its own boots – triple live albums like Yessongs and Welcome Back My Friends and over the top performances like Rick Wakeman’s Journey To The Centre Of The Earth. When ELP toured with a live orchestra to promote the Works album, it nearly broke them.
The 1970s provide the very heart of the Best Live Albums Blog and it coincided with my time as a teenager discovering a passion for music that has stayed strong ever since. Ha my Mum thought I’d grow out of this “noisy nonsense”. No chance!
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
Maybe I’m Amazed
Live And Let Die
Magneto And Titanium Man
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
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.
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.
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.
Another set of videos from Pete Pardo from the Sea of Tranquility website, this time looking at the hard rock band Thin Lizzy.
A fantastic band in the 70s and 80s and of course they have produced one of the greatest live albums ever released in Live And Dangerous. Two other live albums, UK Tour 1975 and Life Live also deserve plenty of attention and go backwards and forwards in time from L&D.
We’ve had a stack of live albums from their various revivals but we’re short of that blockbuster they must have in the can from the mid 1970s. The best of the post 1970 live albums by The Who is The Blues To The Bush, in my opinion.