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Audiophile grade live recordings

Discussion in 'Music' started by jasper994, Feb 20, 2005.
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  1. Jasper994 Contributor
    I'm sitting here listening to Sarah McLachlan's Mirrorball album and really love this album not only for the great music but also for the incredible quality of the recording. I'm just wondering what other really high quality live recordings are out there... I guess I'd also like to include recordings that aren't necesarily live but are recorded in concert halls and churches rather than in the studio. So far I have found the following:

    Sarah McLachlan - Mirroball
    Cowboy Junkies - The Trinity Sessions
    Cantus - Let Your Voice Be Heard
    Cantus - Deep River
    Eric Clapton - Unplugged
    Diana Krall - Live in Paris
     
  2. LFF
    Eric Clapton - Unplugged
    Eagles - Hell freezes over
    Any live album by Mercury Living Presence
    ....If I remember any more, I will post them
     
  3. VicAjax Contributor
    Jimmy Smith - Root Down!
     
  4. 3DCadman
    VicAjax:

    You're not foolin' me with your avatar! [​IMG]

    Stereolab: Dots and Loops cover snip! [​IMG]
     
  5. Romanee Contributor
    Alison Krauss + Union Station Live (Hybrid/SACD).

    Wonderful performances by some of the greatest living country/bluegrass performers, superbly captured. Alison has the voice of an angel and it's beautifully presented in perfect balance with the musicians. Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas -- "the greatest dobro player the world has known" as Alison says -- were created to make music together and the engineers have captured every nuance of both, perfectly balanced. Soundstage width and depth, dynamics, timbral correctness and juicy details of the instruments, with great sense of the concert hall's space and ambient audience sounds from all directions -- are all present throughout the 2-CD release. The personalities of Alison and Jerry are also present throughout, which helps make the live performance even more involving. I listen to it often and I still find it thrilling. [​IMG]
     
  6. juneamour
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Jasper994
    I'm sitting here listening to Sarah McLachlan's Mirrorball album and really love this album not only for the great music but also for the incredible quality of the recording. I'm just wondering what other really high quality live recordings are out there... I guess I'd also like to include recordings that aren't necesarily live but are recorded in concert halls and churches rather than in the studio. So far I have found the following:

    Sarah McLachlan - Mirroball
    Cowboy Junkies - The Trinity Sessions
    Cantus - Let Your Voice Be Heard
    Cantus - Deep River
    Eric Clapton - Unplugged
    Diana Krall - Live in Paris




    All albums with Mercury Living Presence and RCA Living Stereo labels.
     
  7. LFF
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by juneamour
    All albums with Mercury Living Presence and RCA Living Stereo labels.



    Not really all of them. Some of them are live recordings but others are not. Check the packaging to make sure they were recorded live.

    However, ALL of them are audiophile quality.
     
  8. 3DCadman
    Béla Fleck & The Flecktones - Live At The Quick

    Victor Wooten's bass sound is amazing.
     
  9. Jasper994 Contributor
    Thanks guys!

    Actually, come to think of it, I do have a couple of Bela Fleck albums...

    I'll check out the allison krauss stuff. [​IMG]
     
  10. soltari1
    for perfect sound quality how bout:
    phish - a live one
    bela fleck and the flecktones - live art
    dave matthews band - live at red rocks
    dave matthews and tim reynolds - live at luther college
    grateful dead - live dead, the closing of winterland
    galactic - we love em tonight (live at tipatina's)
    al di meola, paco de lucia, john mclaughlin - friday night in san francisico
    allman brothers band - live at fillmore east (remastered)

    for just great performances:
    bob dylan- bootleg series 4,5
    bruce springsteen - live 1975-1985
    phish - live phish series
     
  11. Aman
    Yes - Yessongs was also a great experience as far as recording goes for a live performance.
     
  12. VicAjax Contributor
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by 3DCadman
    VicAjax:

    You're not foolin' me with your avatar! [​IMG]

    Stereolab: Dots and Loops cover snip! [​IMG]




    stereowho? dots and whats? [​IMG]
     
  13. philodox Contributor
    I don't know if they are necissarily 'audiophile grade', but I really like 'The Pixies - Live at the BBC' and 'Rage against the Machine - Live & Rare'. [​IMG]

    EDIT: Portishead - Roseland NYC Live' is great too. [​IMG]
     
  14. Bunnyears Contributor
    BBC recordings of Roslyn Tureck and the Carnegie Hall recordings of Rudolph Serkin, the Pollini/Abbado Beethoven Concertos, just for starters. In the world of classical music there are so many audiophile quality recordings of live concerts, that it would just fill pages on this website. [​IMG]
     
  15. Bunnyears Contributor
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by LFF
    Not really all of them. Some of them are live recordings but others are not. Check the packaging to make sure they were recorded live.

    However, ALL of them are audiophile quality.




    Excuse me, but all music is recorded "live." The question is whether they are recorded at concerts or recitals. I've never heard of music recorded except from a live performance, who would record a recording? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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