Experiencing live concert events is not an easy thing in this day and age. Between the collective costs of attending (I.E. pricey tickets, gas, souvenirs, possible lodging, food & drink, etc.), perhaps the general lack of time to attend depending on circumstances, or maybe the very fact that audiences’ favorite acts didn’t include certain cities on their tours, there is a lot that plays into the inability to attend live events. Keeping this in mind, not all hope is lost, thanks to all of the live recordings released each year by so many acts. Some are released as full bundle packages while others are released just as DVDs or Blu-rays. Some are even released solely on CD. Regardless of the platforms, the availability of so many live recordings is unquestionably important for audiences. Staying on that topic, the live CDs made available are worth noting in their own right. That is the the case regardless of whether or not said CDs are bundled with DVD or Blu-ray counterparts. That is because, again, even if the CDs come alongside a live audio visual component, that audio only component can and does oftentimes, translate differently than DVD and Blu-ray recordings. Keeping this in mind, Phil’s Picks is offering a list of the year’s top new live CDs.
Included in this year’s list are standalone CD recordings and CDs included as part of bundles. The titles featured in this year’s list include live recordings from Curtis Knight, Jon Cleary, Alter Bridge, The Dead Daisies and many others. Simply put, they run the gamut from one genre to another across the musical universe. Topping this year’s list is Dagger Records and Experience Hendrix, LLC’s new Jimi Hendrix recording Curtis Knight featuring Jimi Hendrix Live at George’s Club 20 1965 & 1966. This live recording features performances by Hendrix well before he became an international superstar — performances that showed his talent even then. Also included in this year’s list are recordings from Foghat, Alter Bridge, Armored Saint and others. As is the case with every Phil’s Picks year-ender, this list features the top 10 best new titles plus five additional honorable mention titles for a total of 15 titles. Staying on that note, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 New Live CDs.
PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW LIVE CDs
- Curtis Knight feat. Jimi Hendrix — Live at George’s Club 20 1965 & 1966
- Alter Bridge — Live at The 02 & Rarities
- Jon Cleary — Live at the Chickie Wah Wah
- Foghat — Live at The Belly Up
- Between The Buried and Me — Coma Ecliptic Live
- Armored Saint — Carpe Noctum
- Slipknot — Day of the Gusano
- Black Sabbath — The End
- The Rolling Stones — Live at The Fonda Theatre 2015
- The Who — Live at the Isle of Wight 2014
- Jeff Beck — Live at the Hollywood Bowl
- The Winery Dogs — Dog Years Live in Santiago & Beyond 2013 – 2016
- Def Leppard — …And There Will Be A Next Time
- Joe Bonamassa — Live at Carnegie Hall
- Fates Warning — Awaken The Guardian Live
That’s it for this list, but not for the live recordings lists. Still on tap in this category is the year’s top new live DVDs and BDs as well as the year’s top new live recordings overall. Before getting there though, there is at least one last list in the form of the year’s top new albums overall. That one’s coming soon, so stay tuned.
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