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Two artists come under this banner for me, Joe Satriani and Neo prog rockers Pendragon.
I probably have about two thirds of Satch’s studio albums, there are great tracks, OK tracks and ones I’m not so keen on. They are mostly good, but for me his music absolutely comes alive with his live albums, two in particular, Live in San Francisco and Live in Montreal. The music has so much energy and power, and Joe really knows how to control a very loud high gain guitar. When I dig one of these albums out it stays in the car for weeks at a time.
Likewise with Pendragon. As a small independent band their early albums lacked production polish, but after 40 years they have a lot of gems in their catalogue. They were a slightly timid band live in the 80, but now singer/guitarist Nick Barrett is a seasoned pro, and once again, their last couple of live albums are brimming with scintillating solos. Prog isn’t everone’s cup of tea but it is mine, and Pendragon live would probably be the music I would listen to by choice as I shuffle off this mortal coil.
Any bands you prefer live?