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    The Quietus give their top 40 live albums here:

    (Alan Freeman voice) And straight in a number 34!

    1. Electric Masada - Live At The Mountains Of Madness
    2. Siouxsie And The Banshees - Nocturne
    3. Neil Diamond - Hot August Nights
    4. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Live At Montreux
    5. The Cramps – Smell Of Female
    6. The Velvet Underground - 1969: The Velvet Underground Live with Lou Reed
    7. Ramones – It's Alive!
    8. Spiritualized – Royal Albert Hall October 10 1997
    9. Judas Priest - Unleashed In The East
    10. Fela Ransome-Kuti And The Africa '70 With Ginger Baker – Live!
    11. Björk - Live Box
    12. Talk Talk - London 1986
    13. Donny Hathaway - Live
    14. Cardiacs - All That Glitters Is A Mare's Nest
    15. Depeche Mode - 101
    16. Fields Of The Nephilim - Earth Inferno
    17. Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
    18. Curtis Mayfield - Curtis/Live!
    19. Tim Buckley - Dream Letter: Live In London
    20. Albert Ayler - Live In Greenwich Village - The Complete Impulse Recordings
    21. Wilco - Kicking Television: Live In Chicago
    22. Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Live Rust
    23. Hawkwind - The Space Ritual Alive In Liverpool And London
    24. The Fall - Totale's Turns (It's Now Or Never)
    25. Dr Feelgood - Stupidity
    26. Coil - ...And The Ambulance Died In His Arms
    27. Sepultura - Under A Pale Grey Sky
    28. James Brown - Sex Machine
    29. Sunn O))) - Domkirke
    30. Miles Davis - Agharta
    31. Throbbing Gristle - Heathen Earth
    32. Moritz Von Oswald Trio - Live In New York
    33. Arab Strap - Mad For Sadness
    34. Wire - Document & Eyewitness
    35. Iron Maiden - Live After Death
    36. Ayers, Cale, Eno, Nico - June 1, 1974
    37. Carter Tutti Void - Transverse
    38. David Bowie - Stage
    39. Iggy And The Stooges - Metallic K.O.
    40. Diamanda Galas - Vena Cava
    I'd take issues with 7 and 17 being really eligible - 17 is notorious for the amount of studio overdubbing it (allegedly) had on it - and when I was at a Punk Aid weekend a few years back, Marky Ramone gave a talk about "It's Alive" - saying that the only true live aspect of the album was his drums!!!!!
    #17 - hopefully they meant the expanded reissue, not the original. I was overjoyed when the reissue came out - they stripped out everything that made the original so tedious to listen to (notably the heavy-handed drum machines, e.g. Making Flippy Floppy).
    I'm not *that* wild about live albums really. I'll buy some but I find I don't listen to them that much. That said I'm surprised that Absolutely Live – The Doors isn't there. That's got to be one of THE great live LP’s IMO and is probably my fave live set alongside Totale's Turns and VU 69.

    It makes a change not seeing The Who's Live At Leeds there though. I don't mind it but I've never really been able to understand what all the fuss was about tbh.
    I think live albums are completely valid if they offer another view to the artist. To that end here's my choices in no rank or specific order:
    Fripp and Eno - Olympia,Paris 28/5/75
    Genesis -Live
    Peter Hammill - Pno, Gtr, Vox Box (7CD)
    King Crimson - The Night Watch
    Magma - Hhai-Live
    801 - 801 live
    Matching Mole - Smoke Signals
    Curtis Mayfield - Live
    ProjeKct 2 - Live Groove
    Soft Machine - Live at Henie Onsted, Oslo
    Talking Heads - The Name of this band is...
    Television - Blow Up
    Bill Withers - Live at Carnegie Hall
    Alice Coltrane - Transfiguration
    John Coltrane - Complete live at the Village Vanguard (4CD)
    Miles Davis - Complete Cellar Door Sessions (6CD)
    Miles Davis - Aghartha
    Miles Davis - Pangaea
    Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - En Concert en Paris (5CD)
    Remembers Shakti - s/t
    Fela Kuti - Live with Ginger Baker

    Don't even get me started on classical and Indian classical music. Loads of live stuff there.
    Here's a few of my favs:

    The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper
    Jimi Hendrix Experience - Albert Hall London Feb 24 1969
    Playn Jayne - Friday the 13th at the Marquee club
    MC5 - Kick Out the Jams
    Motorhead - No sleep till Hammersmith
    Weld - Neil Young any1? Takes some beating!
    Some of mine...
    SPK - Last Attempt At Paradise
    ACR - Graveyard & Ballroom (Live side)
    Kiss - Alive
    Psychic TV - N.Y.Scum
    Bowie - David Live
    Television - Blow Up
    Television Live at The Old Waldorf knocks seven bells out of Blow Up, and out of most of the live albums on that list.
    I would supplement The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads for Stop Making Sense any day, personally. I can't argue with ...And The Ambulance Died In His Arms, though; the full version of "Triple Sons and the One You Bury" is worth the price of admission alone.

    @1231742: N.Y. Scum is an incredibly bizarre and fascinating little album. Not one for the uninitiated (given the period), but sick fun all around.
    'Marky Ramone gave a talk about "It's Alive" - saying that the only true live aspect of the album was his drums'

    Marky wasn't even on that album ... ! Regardless of any studio tinkering, it still sounds fantastic and one of the very few live albums to make you feel that you're 'there'. Maybe Marky was getting confused with Loco Live, which some commentators blame him for making too drum-oriented ... still, it's passable, given that Johnny was into his 'let's ruin everything by playing far too fast' period at this point. Thankfully even Johnny couldn't quite destroy their legacy.