Live CDs Did A Lot To Help Audiences Get Their Concert Fixes In 2021

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As December (and the year) continues to wind down, Phil’s Picks is far from winding down.  There is still much more to share from Phil’s Picks in the final weeks of this year, including today’s year-ender list, that of the year’s top new live CDs.  In years past, Phil’s Picks has had an abundance of live material, including live DVDs and BDs, but this year, offerings from that field were far slimmer, likely due to the ongoing pandemic.  On the opposite side though, there were plenty of live CDs released this year.  Audiences across the spectrum got live material to enjoy this year.  The metal masses got new live material from the likes of Destruction, Motorhead, and TesseracT.  Jazz fans got new live content from the likes of Doug MacDonald, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Jazz at Lincoln Center Sextet.  Rock audiences got new content from the likes of The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Foghat.  Even reggae fans got a little something new from a “live” recording from Bob Marley.  Simply put, 2021 was still a good year for new live music releases, if only on CD.  To that end, Phil’s Picks is offering once again this year, the Top 10 New Live CDs.

As with each and every list presented by Phil’s Picks, the list also features five additional honorable mention titles, bringing the total to 15.  Every single act and title listed here is deserving of its own applause, being that enjoyable.  There is no bad release.  Without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks’ 2021 Top 10 New Live CDs list.

PHIL’S PICKS’ 2021 TOP 10 NEW LIVE RECORDINGS

1. TesseracT – P O R T A L S

2. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Live at Knebworth

3. Harold Mabern – Mabern Plays Coltrane

4. Destruction – Live Attack

5. Motorhead – Louder Than NoiseLive in Berlin

6. The Allman Brothers Band – Down in Texas ‘71

7. Bob Marley – The Capitol Session ‘73

8. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Sextet – The Democracy Suite

9. Doug MacDonald – Live in Hawaii

10. Foghat – 8 Days on the Road

11. Eric Clapton – The Lady in the Balcony

12. The Hawkins – Live in the Woods

13. The Philadelphia Orchestra – Blue Symphony No. 2

14. Harold Land – Westward Bound

15. Enrico Rava – Edizione Speciale

That’s it for this list.  Again, there is no bad recording here.  Each act and title deserves its own share of praise and applause.  With this list done, this year’s music year-ender lists drops now to only three – the year’s top new rock, hard rock/metal, and overall albums.  From there, the attention will turn from music to TV and movies.  Stay tuned!

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