Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The worst live albums

At the beginning of Live album week I asked what you favorite live album was. Now I was wondering what are some the worst live albums you have heard?

I will say......

Guns -n- Roses-Live Era
It's recorded over a long period of time so you would think they would have chosen some good versions. Yet many of the songs sound worse or less exciting than the studio versions. I had trouble making it through the whole thing.

Van Halen-Right here, right now
The Live without a net video from 86 was good. When I saw them in 88 they were good. So why then does their double live disc from 91 sound like a bunch of tired old men going through the motions?

Iron Maiden-A real live one
Maiden set a high standard with Live after death. So they should have known better then to try to pass off a live album with poor sound quality and some average performances. The follow-up "A real dead one" was better.

So what are your picks for worst live albums?

3 Comments:

Blogger The Mule said...

A personal "least-favorite" is Marillion's The Thieving Magpie double live album from 1988. The band had split with Fish already, so receiving such a soulless, lifeless memento in the wake of that personally embittering experience was a real slap in the face.

12:41 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

I forgot Venom's Live in concert. There was some talk that it was not live, but I don't know. It's largely a bad recording with many songs lacking any energy. Then each member does a solo. One of the keys to solos is "If you can't play that well then do not attempt a solo". The bass solo sounds Cronos threw his bass down the steps and just recording the resulting sounds.

7:52 AM  
Blogger Ben Heller said...

Blue Oyster Cult - Some Enchanted Evening

4:33 AM  

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