I've seen a few bands that are absolutely spectacular (or there about) live, so i've gone off to get the album, and found it really boring..
Also visa versa, i've heard a mediocre recording, then seen them live and been blown away..
I'm a Kiss fan. There i said it. The albums are pretty rubbish, boring and lifeless. But the show is pure energy and entertainment. I'm not sure i really consider them to be a band, more just an entertainment act. I will always go to see the show as it is amazing, but i can't really listen to their music.
Saw Ricky Warwick and the Fighting Hearts at one of the HRHs, had an amazing show, great songs, really had a great time even through i'd never heard any of the music. Bought an album, recognised the songs, but was severely underwhelmed.
I've seen the Quireboys so many times, and will always go if they nearby. Never a boring gig, different levels of lyric coherency depending on how much Spike has had to drink, but always great. On album, they are pretty boring.. Spikes vocals are really bad..
There are probably others, but these are the ones i always think of as being disappointing on cd.
Anyone else know great live bands that albums don't do justice?