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This probably won't win me any friends, but...Cream.I assume they must have been brilliant live, from their reputation - although I'm far too young to have seen them. For many years I've had 'Strange Brew - The Very Best Of Cream' and like most of it, but even on that there are a couple of duff tracks. I found Disraeli Gears in a charity shop a couple of weeks ago... and it's going back. Apart from the four tracks that are on Strange Brew (and one of those is a slightly duff one, SWLABR), the rest of it is total drivel - it sounds like a band trying to come up with something worth recording, failing and releasing the result anyway.
I always think that a lot of the artists and bands who gigged and gigged for years before getting a record deal are never so great in the studio. Gary Clark Jr has already been mentioned and he is dreadful in the studio but amazing live. Like two different people. Its like they can't perform without an audience to bounce off. To be honest quite a lot of the bands I like are much better live or rather I enjoy them live more. In fact I'm a fan of live albums for this reason. Stevie Ray Vaughan's recorded output left a lot to be desired but live he was amazing. Modern blues player like Schofield, Trucks, Laurence Jones, KWS are much better live. I often think artists should gig the new material and then go straight in to record it. I'm more a fan of Joe Bonamassa live (but not at £100) than his polished records. I might blame Kevin Shirley for that, every instrument on every album sounds the damn same In fact Bonamassa sounds better on his Instagram videos than his records. Then again so does Greg Koch.
UFO and Thin Lizzy.
Both best known for classic live albums which sound way, way better than the studio versions of those songs (even if there's debate about how live the live stuff actually is).
Both also had a severe lack of good material outside their better known songs. Some killer, lots of filler.
I saw the Alarm a week or two ago. Never really been into them, but I went with a friend who is a huge fan. Definitely better live than the studio stuff.
They had Then Jerico supporting them. Their frontman pranced onto the stage at the beginning of their set and fell over. Seriously funny. No-one had posted in on Youtube when I looked though.
The Beatles? Nah, not fair. When they played live, they couldn’t be heard. The concert on the roof was pretty awesome.