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post #31 of 98
-Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live (Legacy Edition)

"Everything, everything, everything gonna be alright this morning..."

-Bob Marley & The Wailers Live at The Roxy
(With an epic "Get Up Stand Up , No More Trouble , War" medley)
post #32 of 98
Thread Starter 
who is this nils lofrgren?

My guess is that he's a swede, right?
and the name should be nils löfgren?

have read some posts recommending him, but before head-fi I've never heard of him. Who is he and what genre?
post #33 of 98
He's a guitarist for the E Street Band as well as a solo artist......He's part Swedish and part Italian and born in Chicago.
post #34 of 98
Thread Starter 
found out that he wasn't a swede and it should be lofgren..

Tho looks like a very swedish name, especially if you change the o to a ö
post #35 of 98
Thanks for the Nils Lofgren recommendation.

My fav live albums:
Paco De Lucia etc. - Friday Night In San Francisco
Frank Sinatra - The Summit in Concert
Portishead - Roseland NYC
The Who Live
Alice in Chains - Unplugged
Metallica - S&M
Eric Clapton - Unplugged
Korn - Unplugged
Nirvana - Unplugged
Comeback Kid - Through The Noise
Between the Buried and Me - Colors Live
post #36 of 98
James Brown -- Live at the Apollo. From the legendary Harlem theater, with Brown in top form, fronting a mercilessly tight band, with an ecstatic audience in the palm of his hand.

Allman Brothers -- Live at the Fillmore. If you want just one Allmans record, this is it. Sound is good to excellent, and the entire band is on fire throughout, especially D. Betts and D. Allman. Standouts include "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed," "Statesboro Blues," "One Way Out," and, of course, "Whipping Post."

The Who -- Live at Leeds. Great from start to finish. Includes their crushing cover of "Summertime Blues." More noise than four people should be realistically able to produce without help.

B.B. King -- Live at the Regal. If you can find a copy of the MFSL Gold Edition CD, you are in for a treat. King at his absolute onstage peak. A textbook intro to his uber-influential guitar style, and a great showcase for his alternately gruff and liquid-smooth vocals. Features a big, horn-driven band.

The Clash -- From Here to Eternity. Performances culled from throughout the original lineup's career. Turn it up and try to avoid crashing into the furniture.

The Rolling Stones -- Get Yer Ya Yas Out. Before they became t-shirt and beer salesmen, the Stones were an amazing live act. Audience highlight: a female fan shouts "Paint it black, you devil."

Canonball Adderly -- Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! Live at 'The Club.' Maybe the definitive soul-jazz band, featuring Adderly's alto, his brother Nat on cornet, and the recently deceased Joe Zawinul on piano. The highlight is Zawinul's composition "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy," which is perfect from Adderly's spoken intro all the way to the final measure. A triumph of soulful ensemble grooves, focused, concise solos, and just plain magic.
post #37 of 98
Go to Archive.org there are tons of Jamband live downloads mp3 and flac lossless files both audience tapes and soundboard-free..... pretty cool.
Favorite how is it even possible to choose-How the west is won-Zepplin currently or the new Grateful Dead release Rockin the Cradle--Egypt 78. I am currently listening to Where the Light is, someone mentioned earlier. Allman Bros from above. A lot out there to choose from that's for sure.
post #38 of 98
Way old but also way good: Clifford Jordan - Live at Ethell's.
post #39 of 98
Originally Posted by rlmacklin View Post
Alison Krauss & Union Station - "Live"
double SACD is reference quality
I don't use SACD, but I think the standard CD is reference quality as well. It is one of the first few albums I play to try new gear.
post #40 of 98
Originally Posted by jegarn View Post
who is this nils lofrgren?

My guess is that he's a swede, right?
and the name should be nils löfgren?

have read some posts recommending him, but before head-fi I've never heard of him. Who is he and what genre?
Its Lofgren, and you find alll the information you need in the link below.
Google is helpful you know.

Nils Lofgren - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Nils Lofgren is an American rock music singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Famous as a solo artist, he is also a long-time member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band as well as a former member of Crazy Horse.
Lofgren was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1951 to Swedish/Italian parents
post #41 of 98
Originally Posted by dallan View Post
Go to Archive.org there are tons of Jamband live downloads mp3 and flac lossless files both audience tapes and soundboard-free..... pretty cool.
I second this excellent suggestion. Sound quality varies widely (these are amateur recordings, after all), but most are good and some are REALLY good. And virtually all of the shows can be streamed, so that you can get an idea of the quality of the performance and recording before committing to a download. As dallan points out, the selection is enormous (Last I looked, 5,926 recordings of Dead shows alone).

These are completely guilt-free, legal downloads; the site will not post anything unless they have recieved explicit permission from the band involved. Here's a link to the list of bands available at archive.org/audio.

Head-fiers will also like that many of the recordists list their equipment, in much the same way that many around here do in their sigs. A great way to figure out how to get results for people interested in gettting into recording shows.

I also want to add one more to the albums listed in my previous post on this thread:

Eva Cassidy -- Live at Blues Alley. One of the greatest debut albums of any kind, this set will introduce you to one of the most criminally overlooked artists in the history of the music business. Eva applies her bell-clear voice to a dizzying variety of material, from jazz ("Dancing Cheek to Cheek") to folk ("Tall Trees in Georgia") to standards ("What a Wonderful World") to funky rock ("Take Me to the River"). Her definitive cover of Sting's "Fields of Gold" shreds the original and will bring tears to your eyes. Her crack band goes toe-to-toe with her throughout, anticipating her every move and supporting her flawlessly.

Most artists would fall flat on their faces covering very familiar material like that on Live at Blues Alley, but Cassidy's stunning voice and vivid musical personality allow her to make these songs her own. Her excellent electric and acoustic guitar playing don't hurt, either.


Just got through listening to Bob Marley and the Wailers Live! for the first time in a long time. What a monster. The sound is great (maybe a little too much crowd enthusiasm), Marley is in great voice, and the Wailers...wail. Not just one of my favorite live albums; one of my favorite albums, period.
post #42 of 98
Originally Posted by LFF View Post
Tool - Salival Live
Eric Clapton - Unplugged
KORN - Unplugged
Nirvana - Unplugged
Eagles - Hell Freezes Over
Diana Krall - Live in Paris
Haven't heard the Tool album, but ditto on everything else.
post #43 of 98
Dire Straits - Alchemy
Roger Waters - The Wall
post #44 of 98
Originally Posted by tongson View Post
Alice in Chains - Unplugged
Man, it took until post 35? Great show, great sound. Salival is also great.

Archive.org is cool. Check out some Howie Day - I have a couple that sound very good. I saw him open for Tori Amos and his older live stuff is much more interesting than his albums.
post #45 of 98
Oh man! After Browsing through the whole thread, I noticed that no one has mentioned Deep Purple's Live in Japan remaster. It's said to be one of the best live rock-recordings. Not Hifi but amazing playing! Before this I didn't even like deep purple that much..
This is third.

2nd place goes to Todd Rundgren's Utopia - Utopia. Damn it sounds harsh (warning, not hi-fi). This is mainly because it was originally mastered on vinyl, and the last song is over 30min long, so you can imagine what comes out of it when compressed to one side
No one has been able to have made a proper master of it. Sounds decent on LP with grado rs2s
For anyone that likes progressive rock'n'roll, this is a must. I know Rundgren is known for deedeedum pop music. But a group of one guitar player, bass player, drummer and THREE guys playing keyboards. Ooh the Moog sounds on this one nnnggghh..!

1st place: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention - Roxy and Elsewhere. Damn where to start
Skilled players, awesome songs, great humour, guitar solos, two drummers (Chester Thompson / Ralph Humphrey), Ruth Underwood... It's all there. Zappa's greatest group of all time..
Another must for prog-diggers.. You're not one if you don't know about it.

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