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Cheap Trick's live version was better than the studio version. What other tracks were better live than in studio?

by Anonymousreply 10804/05/2013

Queen - We Will Rock You Queen - Radio Gaga

Audience participation really enhanced the songs.

by Anonymousreply 102/02/2013

Snow by RHCP - live is fantastic.

by Anonymousreply 202/02/2013

The Libertines entire setlist was easily 10x better live than on the albums and EPs. The band and its following were suited to live performances.

by Anonymousreply 302/02/2013

Frampton's "Baby I love your way."

by Anonymousreply 402/02/2013

An amendm to my r3. The link includes commentary from one of musics finest specimens, Libertines co-frontman Carl Barat, who by his own admission would make the ideal Dorian Gray. Also the Libertines' ode to Soho, which if you aren't familiar is the gay district of London, called The Boy Looked at Johnny.

by Anonymousreply 502/02/2013

I'm far from a live music aficionado, but every Talking Heads song was better live than on record

by Anonymousreply 602/02/2013

Paul McCartney - Coming Up

by Anonymousreply 702/02/2013

The video to "Control" by Janet Jackson was a "live" concert scenario and sounded tons better than the canned studio version on the album.

by Anonymousreply 802/02/2013

Alanis Morrissette used to do a slow, ballad-y version of "You Oughta Know" in concert that was just as good.

by Anonymousreply 902/02/2013

Thanks R7 I had totally forgotten that song!

by Anonymousreply 1002/02/2013

"Surrender" also by Cheap Trick

(Well, anything Live at Budokan).

by Anonymousreply 1102/02/2013

Rock N Roll All Nite

by Anonymousreply 1202/02/2013

"Lola" - The Kinks

by Anonymousreply 1302/02/2013

Ted Nugent's "Double Live Gonzo"

All the live tracks sound better than the studio versions.

The album went 3x Platinum.

by Anonymousreply 1402/02/2013

"Frampton Comes Alive" owns this thread.

by Anonymousreply 1502/02/2013

Dave Matthews ants marching

by Anonymousreply 1602/02/2013

Um, fuck Ted Nugent.

by Anonymousreply 1702/02/2013

All the songs on Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's 4 Way Street ("Ohio", "Chicago"' "Our House", etc.).

by Anonymousreply 1802/02/2013

"(Then Came the) Last Days of May" by Blue Oyster Cult. Awesome atmospheric studio version, but kicked into overdrive on their first live album.

by Anonymousreply 1902/02/2013

No Quarter by Led Zeppelin. The version on "The Song Remains The Same" soundtrack is even better than the "Houses of the Holy" version.

by Anonymousreply 2002/02/2013

Foghat's Slow Ride, better on FOGHAT LIVE!

by Anonymousreply 2102/02/2013

Every song on Deep Purple's Made In Japan live album was better than its studio counterpart.

by Anonymousreply 2202/02/2013

Lola by The Kinks...

by Anonymousreply 2302/02/2013

Everything Counts - Depeche Mode

by Anonymousreply 2402/02/2013

Nights on Broadway - Bee Gees

by Anonymousreply 2502/02/2013

"Victim Of Changes"; "The Ripper"; "Diamonds & Rust" & "Sinner" by Judas Priest

by Anonymousreply 2602/02/2013

The National Anthem by Beyonce. She blews everyone else away. Perfect vocal performance at the Innauguration.

by Anonymousreply 2702/02/2013

"Edge of the Universe" - BEE GEES. Possibly their best song, made even better on "Here at Last, Bee Gees Live". I agree with R25 about "Nights on Broadway" too.

by Anonymousreply 2802/02/2013

'Faith', The Cure

'Radioactivity', Kraftwerk

'Down In The Park', Gary Numan

'The Family and the Fishing Net', and, 'Lay Your Hands On Me', Peter Gabriel

by Anonymousreply 2902/02/2013

Deuce, Strutter, Black Diamond, Rock And Roll All Nite, Cold Gin, Hotter Than Hell, Let Me Go Rock 'n' Roll, She, C'Mon And Love Me. All better on KISS' Alive! album than in their original versions.

by Anonymousreply 3002/02/2013

Frankenstein by Edgar Winter Group. Already a phenomenal song, it was propulsed into another galaxy live. Specifically on "The Midnight Special" in 1973. They blew it into fucking orbit.

by Anonymousreply 3102/02/2013

Puppy Love by Donny Osmond

Paper Roses by Marie Osmond

by Anonymousreply 3202/02/2013

Let Me Entertain You - Queen.

by Anonymousreply 3302/02/2013

Fire / Ohio Players (Midnt. Special)

Love Rollercoaster / Ohio Players (Midnt. Special)

Do You Feel Like We Do / Peter Frampton (Frampton Comes Alive)

Show Me The Way / Peter Frampton (Frampton Comes Alive)

Walk This Way / Aerosmith (Live Bootleg)

Sunday Bloody Sunday / U2 (Under A Blood Red Sky)

Turbo Lover / Judas Priest (Priest...Live!)

by Anonymousreply 3402/02/2013

Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley

by Anonymousreply 3502/02/2013

(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman by The Kinks

by Anonymousreply 3602/02/2013

Just to interject - I am so, so fucking jealous of all of you, who've seen some of this music live. So sad, to think that I will never see the Bee Gees live - or Yes - or Edgar Winter Group - or Gabriel's Genesis -

by Anonymousreply 3702/02/2013

About A Girl / Aneurysm --- Nirvana

Happiness in Slavery --- Nine Inch Nails

Mystic Rhythms --- Rush

by Anonymousreply 3802/02/2013

No Woman No Cry / Bob Marley

Much of Paul Simon's flawless Graceland album had even more interesting vocals and flourishes during the live Sounth African concert

Heart's recent live version of Stairway to Heaven was IMO better than the original by LZ, but maybe I think that only because of so much radio exposure to the original over the years.

by Anonymousreply 3902/02/2013

Tiger Man, Baby What You Want Me To Do, Are You Lonesome Tonight, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Trying To Get To You, One Night - Elvis Presley on his 1968 NBC TV Special. He took those classics to heaven and back. Not to mention how fucking sexy he looked in that black leather.

by Anonymousreply 4002/02/2013

"MIDNIGHT RAMBLER" by the Rolling Stones

by Anonymousreply 4102/02/2013

As much as I love the studio versions, I think "Whole Lotta Rosie", "Let There Be Rock", "Riff Raff", "High Voltage" and "Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be" are better on AC/DC's first live album, "If You Want Blood, You've Got It". That album... what a smoldering chunk of rock 'n' roll.

by Anonymousreply 4202/02/2013

Michael Jackson performing 'Billie Jean' live on the Motown 25th Anniversary Special in 1983. His voice was stronger than on the studio version and HE MOONWALKED while keeping in perfect pitch. Amazing.

by Anonymousreply 4302/02/2013

Barbra Streisand's People, Evergreen, The Way We Were and Happy Days Are Here Again. Even more fabulous live.

R43, I don't mean to rain on your parade, honey. But that Motown performance by Michael Jackson was canned. He lip-synched, sugar. Go back and watch it on YouTube, hon. I think your memory is playing tricks on you. He was talented, but he did not sing live that night.

by Anonymousreply 4402/02/2013

"Doctor, Doctor" by UFO. The 1974 studio version was great. The 1979 live version on Strangers In The Night was magical!

by Anonymousreply 4502/02/2013

R7 is absolutely right about Coming Up. I remember the first time I heard it was when my parents, brothers and I flew to England for my Grandmother's funeral. The studio version was a massive hit in England and I thought it was an irritating song. I came back to the States and radio in the U.S. was promoting the B-Side, the live version. I liked that. A much better song live.

by Anonymousreply 4602/02/2013

Israel / Melt! / Spellbound

by Anonymousreply 4702/02/2013

Bad by U2 at Live Aid in 1985. Transcendent and beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 4802/02/2013

Hey R33 how about Somebody to love live at the Bowl '82? Or White Queen, Hammersmith '75.

by Anonymousreply 4902/02/2013

Back in the day, I saw Peter Gabriel in concert a couple of times and his singing of "In Your Eyes" was always very moving.

by Anonymousreply 5002/02/2013

U2's live version of BAD on Wide Awake in America has an emotional energy to it that the album version doesn't have. It's incredible.

Also U2's Party Girl (from Red Rocks, 1983) is great live but the studio version is awful.

I've seen Cheap Trick live about 20 times, even now they are still awesome live - see them if they tour!

by Anonymousreply 5102/02/2013

Rush "2112 Overture/The Temples of Syrinx"

by Anonymousreply 5202/02/2013

Rush's "Red Sector A" too. Even better live.

by Anonymousreply 5302/02/2013

REO Speedwagon's 157 Riverside Avenue from their '77 double disk You Get What You Play For album.

by Anonymousreply 5402/02/2013

157 1980 version

by Anonymousreply 5502/02/2013

REO's Riding The Storm Out. The studio version with Michael Murphy sucks. Kevin Cronin took the song into a whole new place.

by Anonymousreply 5602/03/2013

U2's "Live at Red Rock" the few tracks of theirs that I really liked.

by Anonymousreply 5702/03/2013

I just wanted to interject that MTV's "Unplugged" often had the worse of the worst versions of many songs. Eric Clapton's "Layla" just sucked.

by Anonymousreply 5802/03/2013

R44 is correct.

by Anonymousreply 5902/03/2013

He could have made his point without the "honeys," "hons," and "sugars."

by Anonymousreply 6002/03/2013

The Foghat Live album is good if you're into Foghat.

by Anonymousreply 6102/03/2013

How Great Thou Art - Elvis Presley

by Anonymousreply 6202/03/2013

"A Sort Of Homecoming", also by U2

"Turn The Page", Bob Seger.

by Anonymousreply 6302/03/2013

"Mythical Kings and Iguanas" - Dory Previn

by Anonymousreply 6402/03/2013

Pretty much anything by Pat Benatar.

by Anonymousreply 6502/05/2013

What's with all the gays liking that overrated shit band U2?

by Anonymousreply 6602/05/2013

Yes, R61 & R62. Great choices!

by Anonymousreply 6702/05/2013

All of the hits on "3 Dog Night Captured Live at The Forum" rock harder than the album versions. One of the best live albums ever.

by Anonymousreply 6802/05/2013

R60 - Yes, hon. I could have made the point without the extra spice, but that's just the way I roll, sweetie. Take care, babycakes!

by Anonymousreply 6902/05/2013

Rime of the Ancient Mariner -- Iron Maiden

by Anonymousreply 7002/05/2013

"Hurt" by Elvis Presley. The 1976 studio version was operatic and beautiful, but in some of his last concerts in 1977, the song was even more emotional, poignant and powerful. Say what you will about the King, but the man was a fucking powerhouse live. I also agree with the previous posters about the '68 Comeback Special, How Great Thou Art and Suspicious Minds. Live, they were entirely different (and superior) beasts!

by Anonymousreply 7102/05/2013

Baby...I want you to want me

The way that I want you

Ohh ohh ohh If you'd only let it be

by Anonymousreply 7202/05/2013

I love Elvis but I had never heard of the song 'Hurt' before, R71. I just went on YouTube and was blown away by it. My new favorite song of all-time. Thank you. LoL.

by Anonymousreply 7302/05/2013

WHIPPING POST by Allman Brothers. Better on the Fillmore live album.

by Anonymousreply 7402/05/2013

"God of Thunder" by KISS. The original version on the "Destroyer" album is kinda wimpy. The version on "Alive II" is metallic and scorching hot.

by Anonymousreply 7502/05/2013

I agree with Suspicious Minds by Elvis. Especially the version on his first live album, 'In Person at the International Hotel'. That version is the best ever recorded of that classic track. Amazing.

by Anonymousreply 7602/05/2013

I don't think Elvis ever recorded a studio version of "An American Trilogy" but that live track is absolutely one of the hottest live songs ever put to tape.

by Anonymousreply 7702/05/2013

R72, Uh, no. No that one. LOL.

by Anonymousreply 7802/05/2013

Like A Prayer --- MADONNA

Take Me Home --- CHER

You Don't Bring Me Flowers --- BABS (better live without that Neil Diamond hack).

New York, New York --- LIZA (best song ever)

Mahogany --- DIANA ROSS

Born This Way --- GAGA

Somewhere Over The Rainbow --- JUDY

by Anonymousreply 7902/05/2013

BURN - Deep Purple

MISTREATED - Deep Purple

by Anonymousreply 8002/05/2013

I always loved the live version of Robin Trower's 'Daydream' on his Robin Trower Live! album. Pure beauty.

by Anonymousreply 8102/05/2013

R28 and r25 "Here at Last...BeeGees Live" is one of my all time faves. Awesome, recorded live at the LA Forum I think during the '76 tour. Edge of the Universe is great, Nights on B, the oldies medley is stunning. Down the Road rocks as hard as anything from that era. A fantastic band captured at their peak.

by Anonymousreply 8202/05/2013

R82 Absolutely one of the best live albums ever recorded. Never mentioned in 'best live albums of all-time' lists, but it should be. In my teens, I was a huge Zeppelin/Sabbath fan, but I wore that live Bee Gees album out. Fuck what any of my friends thought! That album fucking rocked.

by Anonymousreply 8302/05/2013

"The Jack" - AC/DC. The live version on "If You Want Blood" owns the studio version a million times over. Raw and sleazy!

by Anonymousreply 8402/05/2013

"This is for you, Daddy."

Or, at least, the Stevie, her producers, and the radio stations like that one.

by Anonymousreply 8502/05/2013

"Here at Last, Bee Gees Live" was my favorite 8-track back in the Summer of '77. I remember evenings of cruising the strip in my '77 Firebird while cranking that son of a bitch to the maximum, with my best friends (most of whom are long-gone). You Should Be Dancing, Jive Talkin', Down The Road, Edge Of The Universe, The Hits Medley, Boogie Child, Nights on Broadway, Wind Of Change. God damn, what a fucking album. That was the shit. Just before the Bee Gees went massive with Saturday Night Fever!

by Anonymousreply 8602/05/2013

anything by Stevie Wonder

by Anonymousreply 8702/05/2013

David Bowie's - Heroes

by Anonymousreply 8802/05/2013

Inside Looking Out - GRAND FUNK RAILROAD


Shock Me - KISS

We Will Rock You - QUEEN (The fast version that kicked off the Live Killers album was so bad ass).

Crazy On You - HEART

Child In Time - DEEP PURPLE

by Anonymousreply 8902/07/2013

Another great song on 'Here at Last...Bee Gees Live' was 'Can't Keep a Good Man Down'. It was an 'okay' song on the 'Children of the World' album, but it was balls out rockin' on 'Here at Last...'

by Anonymousreply 9002/07/2013

"The Rain Song" by Led Zeppelin

by Anonymousreply 9102/07/2013

The entire "At Budokan" album by Cheap Trick. That entire album is incendiary. The songs sizzle with frentic energy and the momentum never lets up. My favorite cruisin' album in the summer of '79.

by Anonymousreply 9203/21/2013

I saw Stevie Wonder live and didn't enjoy it.

by Anonymousreply 9303/22/2013

Songs from party bands like the B-52's always feel better at a concert where you shake your ass with others while the song is performed on stage.

by Anonymousreply 9403/22/2013

If I only had a nickle for every time I've said that...

by Anonymousreply 9503/22/2013

"Lights Out", "Love To Love", "Natural Thing", and "Rock Bottom" by U.F.O. - Those songs just cut to the bone on their 1979 live album, "Strangers In The Night." Scorching hot!

I always preferred the live version of Heart's "Crazy On You" to the studio version. Both are great, but the live version kicks a little more ass.

by Anonymousreply 9603/23/2013

Holy fuck, r81. I didn't think anyone would even remember who Robin Trower is.

Robben Ford is another great guitarist at his best live. Gary Clark, jr, too.

Anything by Faith No More, especially this.

by Anonymousreply 9703/23/2013

R42/R96 Hey, Joe in Dallas, you have great taste. You listed my two favorite live albums of all-time: AC/DC's "If You Want Blood, You've Got It" and UFO's "Strangers In The Night." I spent many late-'70s nights jamming those two albums. Maybe it's a Texas thing, LOL. I grew up near San Antonio and that's where I got into that stuff.

For those who mentioned Robin Trower, I salute you. He was one of my favorites as a kid. My older brother (RIP, 1959-1979) was a huge fan of his and used to play his 8-track tapes in his car. I get chills every time I hear "Bridge of Sighs." I love that live version of "Daydream" that R81 mentioned. That was my brother's favorite song.

by Anonymousreply 9803/23/2013

I always liked "Walk This Way", "Sweet Emotion", "Sight For Sore Eyes" and "Lord Of The Thighs" better in their live versions on Aerosmith's 1978 album, "Live Bootleg."

by Anonymousreply 9903/23/2013

"Midnight Rambler" by The Rolling Stones.

by Anonymousreply 10003/24/2013

Prince - most songs as good or better live, but esp. Days of Wild and Sexy MF are enhanced by an audience.

Elvis - Trying To Get To You and the slower version of Hound Dog

George Michael - Star People unplugged version

Bette Midler - most songs as good or better live

by Anonymousreply 10103/24/2013

Sara from Fleetwood Mac is, in my opinion of course, much better than the recorded (edited) version on Tusk. The Tusk version is just too precious and syrupy. Stevie Nicks writes like a junior high school poetess anyway, but it just seems way too dreamy even for a fan like me.

The live version has some more guts to it, probably thanks to Lindsey Buckingham's guitar and the very good rhythm section. Her vibrato was used to good effect, although lowered a bit. Interesting how it was already starting to break down between '75 and '79. It's a little long, but then again the album version suffered from the same and was chopped several times until they reached the version that made it to vinyl.

by Anonymousreply 10203/24/2013

Jefferson Airplane's Won't You Try/Saturday Afternoon --- brilliant live, so-so studio version & David Bowie's Moonage Daydream.

by Anonymousreply 10303/24/2013

"Detroit Rock City/King Of The Night Time World" by KISS, on "Alive II." The songs just pulsed with energy and really kicked the album off with a bang!

"Slow Ride" by Foghat, on "Foghat Live!" The original version kicked ass, but the live version kicked it into overdrive.

"Big Eyes" by Cheap Trick, on "At Budokan." The "In Color" version was good, but live it was a completely different animal.

"You Should Be Dancing" by Bee Gees, on "Here At Last...Bee Gees Live." The original is on e of the greatest songs ever, but the live version was even more frenetic.

"Lola" by The Kinks, on "One For The Road." The original was bad-ass, but the live version "goes to 11."

by Anonymousreply 10403/26/2013

Aqua's "Barbie Girl" is much better in its live version.

by Anonymousreply 10503/26/2013

I see the mentions of Kiss. To me, their studio albums were kind of so-so, but their live albums ("Alive!" and "Alive II") rocked with a passion and immediacy not heard on their studio albums. I really loved those first two "Alive" albums. Huge part of my teen years...

by Anonymousreply 10603/26/2013

"Astronomy" by Blue Oyster Cult on "Some Enchanted Evening" (1978). Scorching hot and beautiful!

by Anonymousreply 10704/05/2013

Just Can't Get Enough by Depeche Mode

by Anonymousreply 10804/05/2013
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