Friday, May 27, 2011

Live from Route 1, it's the Friday Question!

There's a different vibe to a live recording. The crowd noise often acts as an additional instrument, and musical artists often rework their songs in a concert setting, providing a fresh take on old favorites.
This week, ROUTE 1 readers share their selections by answering the following FRIDAY QUESTION:
"What is your favorite live album or live version of a song?"
RICK T. -- Mel Tillis Live in Birmingham AL. He recorded it around 1970 and had his early Honky Tonk hits on it, plus a few Mel stories.
ANNIKA H. -- "Never Say Never!"
KERI M. -- "America" by Josh Groban.
STEVE M. -- The Who "Live at Leeds."
JIM S. -- Showing my age, "Frampton Comes Alive!" is a classic. I also recently bought an LP (yes, an LP) "Fleetwood Mac: Live" which is very good. It was recorded between 1977-1980. I saw the group perform in Madison around that time. Stevie Nicks was mesmerizing as she floated around the stage.
KERSTIN H. -- "Live at Sin-é" by Jeff Buckley.
JOHN S. -- Nirvana on "MTV Unplugged."
-- The bonus disc accompanying the remastered version of Queen's "A Day at the Races" includes a live version of "Somebody to Love." Recorded at the Milton Keynes Bowl in June 1982, this song is transformed in the concert setting, as Freddie Mercury and the lads give it an almost-strictly soulful gospel reading. I have many favorite live albums, but this version of "Somebody to Love" is my current favorite live version of a song.


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