Originally Posted by dallan
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.