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Rolling Stone's 50 Greatest Live Albums of All Time

You wanted the best and you got it!
It's impossible to capture the frenzy of a live show on record, but it's not for lack of trying. Here are 50 of the best attempts from Jimi's historic Monterey Pop guitar incineration to less than 200 people crammed into Abbey Road for Fela Kuti and Ginger Baker; from Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison to Cheap Trick at Budokan. We tried to avoid albums that are mostly overdubs (see Neil Young's Rust Never Sleeps) or completely fake (the nonetheless essential Cheap Thrills from Big Brother and the Holding Company) and focused on groundbreaking moments, career-making albums and epic jams.

BY ROLLING STONE April 29, 2015
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James Brown Live at the Apollo
James Brown Live at the Apollo
2
Allman Brothers Band- At Fillmore East
Allman Brothers Band- At Fillmore East
3
At Folsom Prison (Johnny Cash, 1968)
At Folsom Prison (Johnny Cash, 1968)
4
Live at Leeds
Live at Leeds
5
B.B. King- Live at the Regal
B.B. King- Live at the Regal
6
Kiss - Alive!
Kiss - Alive!
7
Grateful Dead- Live Dead
Grateful Dead- Live Dead
8
MC5 - Kick Out the Jams
MC5 - Kick Out the Jams
9
The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Live 1966 the "Royal Albert Hall" Concert
The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Live 1966 the "Royal Albert Hall" Concert
10
Nirvana - MTV Unplugged in New York
Nirvana - MTV Unplugged in New York
11
Talking Heads- Stop Making Sense
Talking Heads- Stop Making Sense
12
Muddy Waters at Newport 1960
Muddy Waters at Newport 1960
13
Cheap Trick at Budokan
Cheap Trick at Budokan
14
Sam Cooke - Live at the Harlem Square Club
Sam Cooke - Live at the Harlem Square Club
15
John Coltrane, 'Live! at the Village Vanguard'
John Coltrane, 'Live! at the Village Vanguard'
16
Jerry Lee Lewis - Live at the Star Club Hamburg
Jerry Lee Lewis - Live at the Star Club Hamburg
17
Rolling Stones - Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out
Rolling Stones - Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out
18
Jimi Hendrix, 'Jimi Plays Monterey'
Jimi Hendrix, 'Jimi Plays Monterey'
19
Grateful Dead, 'Europe '72'
Grateful Dead, 'Europe '72'
20
Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band Live 1975 - '85
Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band Live 1975 - '85
21
Miles Davis, 'The Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel 1965'
Miles Davis, 'The Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel 1965'
22
The Band, 'Rock of Ages' (1972)
The Band, 'Rock of Ages' (1972)
23
Led Zeppelin, 'How the West Was Won'
Led Zeppelin, 'How the West Was Won'
24
The Quintet, 'Jazz at Massey Hall' (1953)
The Quintet, 'Jazz at Massey Hall' (1953)
25
Ellington at Newport '56- Duke Ellington
Ellington at Newport '56- Duke Ellington
26
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, 'Live Bullet' (1976)
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, 'Live Bullet' (1976)
27
Bill Withers, 'Live at Carnegie Hall' (1973)
Bill Withers, 'Live at Carnegie Hall' (1973)
28
Ramones : It's Alive
Ramones : It's Alive
29
Frank Zappa and the Mothers, 'Roxy & Elsewhere' (1974)
Frank Zappa and the Mothers, 'Roxy & Elsewhere' (1974)
30
Iggy and the Stooges, 'Metallic K.O.' (1976)
Iggy and the Stooges, 'Metallic K.O.' (1976)
31
Keith Jarrett - The Köln Concert
Keith Jarrett - The Köln Concert
32
Deep Purple - Made in Japan
Deep Purple - Made in Japan
33
Fela Kuti Live!1971
Fela Kuti Live!1971
34
Bob Marley and the Wailers - Live!
Bob Marley and the Wailers - Live!
35
Aretha Franklin, 'Live at Fillmore West' (1971)
Aretha Franklin, 'Live at Fillmore West' (1971)
36
Frank Sinatra, 'Sinatra at the Sands' (1963)
Frank Sinatra, 'Sinatra at the Sands' (1963)
37
Neil Young Time Fades Away
Neil Young Time Fades Away
38
The Velvet Underground, '1969: Velvet Underground Live With Lou Reed'
The Velvet Underground, '1969: Velvet Underground Live With Lou Reed'
39
Miles of Aisles
Miles of Aisles
40
B.B. King Live in Cook County Jail
B.B. King Live in Cook County Jail
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