So marks the beginning of Five Iron Frenzy's Proof That The Youth Are Revolting, their first live album. Live albums give a band the ability to not only produce an album without writing new material, but showcase their talents live. Five Iron Frenzy is a band that has done two live albums, the aforementioned and their The End Is Here album which recorded their final show ever.
Many live albums have been done in the past that showcase a band's live skills. Thursday, The Get Up Kids, and The Juliana Theory are all bands that have done the live album. We at Absolutepunk.net would like to know--What live albums are your favorite? Have you ever heard a bad live album?
Some bands now with the new technology available have recorded instead of live albums, live DVDs. What are some of the strongest and weakest live DVDs you've seen?
What are your thoughts between the two? Would you rather have a live album or a live DVD?
For the second part of this question, we ask you to hypothesize on what you want. Many bands break up before their time, before people get the opportunity to see them live, and often a live album could have captured the experience as much as possible for those people but there are no albums around for that. Which band would you like to see record a live album? It doesn't have to be a band that is broken up, but include bands that have broken up into consideration. Why do you think this band would make for a good live album? Would a live DVD be better?
That Juliana Theory disc is a lot of fun. Really enjoy it.
Anyways, as far as the DVD vs CD argument... Really, I'd like to have a combo, if given the option. If choosing one, though, I'd rather just have the CD. I don't really find it all that appealing to watch a show at home, when I could go out and see one. There are some performances that are exceptions, though.
As far as favorites... The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show will always hold a dear place in my heart. The upcoming Daft Punk one is going to be incredible too, though.
I really don't like live albums. The only ones i like is where they take their songs and make drastic changes to them, for example Mars Volta's Scabdates. Otherwise I would always choose a studio version over a live version
Live at Starland Ballroom is excellent. It shows that Claudio does some crazy-ass guitarwork live... and the sounds aren't just studio produced. Aside from playing behind the back, he also talks into his guitar pickups. Total domination.
My one beef with many live albums is many of them tend to edit and widdle (whiddle?) the show down. For example, I believe there's about 5 or 6 songs missing from the Milton Keynes set(s) from Green Day's Bullet in a Bible. Now, I know that most people aren't going to know shit like that, but it's still vexing.
That said, I have over 50 live Green Day bootlegs and they are just as fun to listen to live.
My favorite live album is the Cabaret of Desire import by Placebo. They constantly refine their songs and this acoustic set showcases their ability to do that perfectly. The sound quality is absolutely top notch to the point where I almost felt as I was hearing a re-tooled Placebo album