Live albums, eh. As artists become increasingly reliant on their live shows to bring in the cash a live album is the next best thing for hard up music fans who miss out thanks to rapidly increasing ticket prices and “secondary market entrepreneurs”.
But they’re tricky purchases even for the committed music fan. For every Nirvana Unplugged or The Who Live at Leeds there’s Having Fun With Elvis on Stage (just the talky bits from Elvis at various concerts… as an album) or Vanilla Ice Extremely Live.
So, given the clanger to classic ratio is so tight, which live albums are worth listening to? Step forward RC regular and live album connoisseur Lyndon, who will takeover our March night to delight you with his choices.
Eagle err… eared listeners to our January radio show on BCB will have heard a handful of Lyndon’s choices already but for those who missed out let’s hand over to the man himself. Lighters at the ready…
Famously described (by me) as “dense jazz-cement”, Canada’s finest are arguably the godfathers of math rock. This double album finds them on a 1991 tour of Europe and the UK, breaking a guitarist on the way (if the sleeve notes are to be believed). A ferocious, blistering and intensely human experience
If you’ve not heard Neko Case live, you’ve not really heard her at all – you would not believe such a big, brass bell of a voice could from such a tiny human. Astonishingly, this almost captures that. Recorded in 2004, this is the drummer from the New Pornographers on the cusp of finding her own sound.
I don’t really know what to say about Tom Waits. If you don’t know him, I’d probably find a less challenging calling card if I were you. Still, what a thing though, what a thing. Terrifying and tender and probably forty a day. Recorded across the world in 2009
I couldn’t afford a ticket for their 2012/2013 world tour (and they played Leeds, damn it) – they weren’t really expensive, I was just skint. This almost makes up for it. And I didn’t have to listen people talking over the quiet bits like on the Reinhold Messner tour. As the man says, if you can’t draw a crowd, draw dicks on the wall.
Still killing it after all these years, PE recorded this greatest hits gig in a (sold out) venue holding only 125 in 2014. In Chiswick. Even if you are as rich as Croesus, that’s no guarantee that you’d have got in. They’re harder than you think…
Recorded with the BBC Philharmonic for 6 Music, in Salford in 2014, tickets were distributed by lottery. He shies away from the squelchy electronica of his catalogue for this and really makes use of the orchestra. And his voice is like chocolate. Really bitter chocolate that feels betrayed by your inconstancy.
Lyndon will be choosing particular sides of each album but we have three and a half hours so there will be plenty of time for your own free play choices. So dig out your live albums, b-side, flexis, etc and form an orderly queue.
We’ll be at the Kirkgate Centre in Shipley from 8pm. A cash and card bar is available and we’ll rustle up some of Bradford’s finest pakoras too. Get there early to guarantee your spot in the mosh pit.