Today’s installment of Tune in Tuesday features six live albums. The live album is always a risky proposition but when it is good, it is oh, so good.
So, let me regale you with the melodious sounds of live music.
Astral Weeks: Live at the Hollywood Bowl
This was an amazing studio album and only gets better with the live element. Van is in fine form vocally and the musicians are incredible. If you are fan of Van the Man, than you need to check this out. If you are not a fan you need to get checked out.
Live From Mars
If you are going to own one Ben Harper album, this is the one. A great cross section of his material, a high energy set, and a few incredible cover tunes (Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing”, Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”, and the Verve’s “The Drugs Don’t Work”). All of this jam packed into a double CD with 25 tracks.
Brothers of a Feather
Chris & Rich Robinson
The brotherly duo behind the greatness of the Black Crowes perform as dueling guitarists while showcasing songs from their respective solo careers as well as songs from the Crowes catalog. Stand out tracks on this album are “Thorn In My Pride”, “My Heart’s Been Killing Me”, and “Someday Past Sunset”.
Undone: A Musical Tribute to Robert Earl Keen
Wade Bowen, Reckless Kelly, Cody Canada, Walt Wilkins, Chris Knight, Randy Rogers, Roger Creagar, Max Stallings, Cory Morrow, Jason Boland, and Robert Earl himself appear on this album. If you have any understanding or appreciation for the greatness of Robert Earl Keen, then this album is for you. Not a bad set on the whole album.
Alice In Chains
This album never gets old and the songs never get bad. This was, in my opinion, one of, if not, the best MTV unplugged shows. Layne’s vocals are just as tortured and haunting as the first time I listened to this album. Stand out tracks “Would”, “Angry Chair ”,“ Nutshell” and every other song on the album.
Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium
Rage Against the Machine
This is the last thing that was done before the breakup of the band in 2000 and the release was delayed three years due to the breakup and subsequent formation of Audioslave. The performance is energetic and embodies all that was great about this band. The mix and sound quality is not the greatest but still well worth the listen. This performance was also available as a DVD.
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