I agree. But then I bought Green Days "Bullet in a Bible" and got use to the screaming audience, heck sometimes I forget that there is even an audience
I think people like the "Live" CD's because it makes them feel as if they are part of the concert.
Bullet in a Bible is also a documentary/concert DVD, so it doesn't count as a live CD (although it does include a bonus CD of the concert). I also have The Complex Rock Tour. I don't care, I like both, as sometimes artists riff and have fun with the live versions of their songs (watch Bullet, they go from King for a Day to Shout to Monty Python, back to Shout, then back to King for a Day)
Personally, i'm not crazy about live albums, unless it's new songs. Most of the time, live songs don't sound nearly as good as they do recorded.
Exception: The Corrs - Live In Dublin
Most are new songs (cover songs) and as they never sing them other than on that cd, I like them, even more so because they sound good singing with Bono. I just wish it was on dvd. It was aired once on tv, and that's it. The cd is hard to find now, so i'm glad I have it.
Press today is so concerned with cool vs. not cool that they're starting to forget good vs. bad. I'm not sure I'll ever be "cool", but I will always tirelessly strive to be "great". - Josh Groban
I usually love live albums, but it can depend on the band. Artists like Bruce Springsteen, The Who and Led Zeppelin were amazing live, but most modern artists don't jam as much so they're often better on the studio albums.
I hope I'm not bursting anyone's bubble here, but I know for a fact that in the past, at least, "official" live album recordings are "corrected" and "sweetened" to at least some extent before they are released, to make them sound as good as possible...
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
I love them, as long as they're done right... where you can't hear the audience screming throughour or singing EVERY line.
Marc Broussard is a great example of this - he sells a live recording of every (or almost every) show. They duplicate them then and there so you go home with a copy of that night's show. And they do a great business. and it sounds great.
Good morning, son
In twenty years from now
Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
And I can tell you 'bout today
And how I picked you up and everything changed
It was pain
Sunny days and rain
I knew you'd feel the same things...