SURVEY SAYS: What's Your Favorite "Live" Album?

February 17, 2011 ( - Of late I have been taking a musical trip down memory lane with a live album by a group I hadn’t heard in years.   
This week, I asked readers to share their favorite “live” album. 

There were a lot of good selections – but these are the ones cited most often: 

Live at Fillmore East by the Allman Brothers Band. 

Frampton Comes Alive (editor’s note: if you liked the original, try Frampton Comes Alive II or Live in Detroit!) 

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band: Live Bullet  

The Concert in Central Park – Simon & Garfunkel 

The Who “Live At Leeds” (Deluxe Edition) 

Neil Diamond/ a tie/ Hot August Night and Love at the Greek 


Journey – Captured  

But this week’s Bonus Survey Says Editor’s Choice goes to the reader who said “I have musical ADD.  My music collection is approaching 60,000 songs (most obtained legally) and more than fill my three iPods.  The answer to the questions is    no wait, its … now I’m listening to …” 

Thanks to everyone who participated in our survey!

And here’s the rest of the reader list:

East Ashville Hardware (David Wilcox)

Gosh, I've heard only a few, and I like The Eagles (presumably “Hell Freezes Over”, though it could also be “Eagles Live”).

AC/DC (Editor’s Note: there are a LOT of live AC/DC albums)

Blues Traveler Live from the Fall

Bruce Springsteen - Live 1975 - 1985

"Mad Dogs and Englishmen" -- Joe Cocker

Yessongs (by Yes)

Jimi Hendrix - Band of Gypsies

Deja Vu...Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

"Waiting For Columbus" by Little Feat

No favorite "live" album.  I guess the song I always liked "live" was Folsom Prison Blues, by Johnny Cash.

Elton John (there are four, but live in Australia tends to be played most)

The Kingston Trio at the Hungry i

Pink Floyd Delicate Sound of Thunder

Clapton's Unplugged. 

Courage & Patience & Grit, By Great Big Sea

Here at last...Bee Gees...Live. 1977.

Maze Live in New Orleans

Grand Fund Railroad - the 3-D album that came out around 1977 (Editor’s Note: probably “Caught in the Act, issued in 1975).

Without a doubt..... James Taylor (Live)

Rattle and Hum by U2

Paul Simon's "Concert in the Park" (Central Park)

Canadian Brass Live

"One More from the Road" by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Harry Chapin - Live Stories

Ellington at Newport

"Grant Street" by Sonny Landreth

Crosby Stills Nash & Young - 4 Way Street

King's X - Live all over the place

Back in the U.S. - Paul McCartney

Journey-Live in Manila


There is a tie: original Broadway cast recording of "Pippin" and the original Broadway cast recording of "Hair"

Kenny Chesney Live

That would be any live Grateful Dead Show...

The Last Waltz

Rolling Stones Get Your Ya Yas Out

Cheap Trick - Live at Budokan

Jimmy Buffett - Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays.

Live at the Copa with Paul Anka

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

Fleetwood Mac

A Bruce Springsteen bootleg live I have. Much better then the "live" albums they make.

That is easy... Styx Grand Illusion album... even my kids love the album (well now C/D)... trascends generations!!

The Dan Band

It's gotta be Rush -- from the days before they started making the Top 40 charts.  Their live rendition of the "2112" anthem is fabulous!  (At least it was when I was 13 and getting stoned to it!)