Experiencing a live performance of one’s favorite act(s) is a very special event. That is because it serves to help fans and their favorite acts connect in a way that taking in said acts’ studio releases just can’t. What’s more attending live concerts isn’t always easy or inexpensive. Between the cost of tickets, food, souvenirs, gas, and lodging, attending concerts can cost almost as much as a used car sometimes, depending on the act. In other cases, one’s favorite acts might never even come near one’s town. So what is a person to do to experience one’s favorite acts? The answer is simple: the live recording. That brings us to the topic of today’s “Best Of” list.
Today, Phil’s Picks presents its list of the year’s Top 10 New Live CDs. Everyone should understand this is distinguished from the year’s top new live DVDs and BDs. That’s because some recordings come only on CD while others are only presented on the latter format. Others are also presented in both formats both separate of one another and collectively. The recordings included in this list include both standalone CDs and CDs included in complete DVD/BD/CD sets. One of the standalone live CDs included in this list is ZZ Top’s new live recording Greatest Hits Live. The Outlaws’ Legacy Live is another of those standalone CD recordings. Joe Bonamassa also has a new live recording in the form of Live at the Greek Theatre that is available on separate CD, DVD, and BD platforms. It’s on this list, too. Suffice it to say, there’s a healthy mix of new live titles here both in terms of genre and platform. So, enough rambling. Presented here for you is Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New Live CDs.
It should be noted here again that the list includes the Phil’s Picks Top 10 new Live CDs as well as five additional honorable mention titles for a total of 15 recordings.
PHIL’S PICKS 2016 TOP 10 NEW LIVE CDs
- Santana – IV Live at the House of Blues Las Vegas
- ZZ Top – Greatest Hits Live
- Judas Priest – Battle Cry
- KISS – KISS Rocks Vegas
- Joe Bonamassa – Live at the Greek Theatre
- The Outlaws – Legacy Live
- The Rolling Stones – Havana Moon
- Motley Crue – The End: Live in Los Angeles
- Saxon – Feel Your Power
- Imagine Dragons – Smoke + Mirrors Live
- Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression
- Ayreon – The Theater Equation
- Pete Townshend’s Deep End – Face The Face
- Wacken 2015 – 26 Years Louder Than Hell
- Leprous – Live at Rockefeller Center
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