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Best Live Albums & Opinions on Leonard Cohen

With the summer concert season approaching Jim and Greg name the best live albums of all time. They also take a look at Leonard Cohen's latest concert record, Leonard Cohen: Live in London.

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After much controversy, Oklahoma has finally declared a new state song: "Do You Realize??" by The Flaming Lips. The native sons have always been proud Sooners, but their politics often go against the state's grain. After the people and the Senate approved this choice, conservatives in the House rejected the song. Despite this, Governor Brad Henry has signed an executive order naming“Do You Realize??”the official state rock song. Sometimes democracy does pay off.

It's easy to assume that rock stars are immune to the current economic crisis, but a recent UK survey shows that artists there have taken some big hits. Elton John's personal wealth fell by more than 25%. So the "Rocket Man" is going to have to get by on merely $256.8 million. Paul McCartney's wealth fell 12% bringing his fortune to only $88 million. And Mick Jagger fared even worse. He took a 16% hit and now only has $278 million to live off of. Jim and Greg hope these musicians know how to make Ramen.

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Live Albums

The concept of a Live Album is a controversial one for many rock fans. Some see these releases as merely filler between proper new albums. And some see these records as a way to experience a specific musical moment again. For Jim and Greg, the following are great albums because they either bring something new to an artist's work, or capture a time worth remembering. As you gear up for the summer concert season, enjoy the following live albums:

reviewLive In LondonLive in London available on iTunes

Leonard Cohen Live in London

74 year-old rock poet Leonard Cohen has gone out on his first tour in 15 years. He's also released a concert album Live in London. Jim thinks the record is one of those rare live gems that's more than just a souvenir. He found most of his studio albums overdone and really appreciates hearing this authentic performance. Jim gives this live album an enthusiastic Buy It rating. Greg has a few reservations about this record, including some of the instrumentation and backing vocals. But, for one stop Leonard Cohen shopping, this is a great pick. He also gives Live in London a Buy It.

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Featured Songs

  1. The Flaming Lips,“Do You Realize??”Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, Warner Bros., 2002
  2. Elton John, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, MCA, 1973
  3. Peter Frampton, Do You Feel Like We Do, Frampton Comes Alive, A&M, 1976
  4. Bill Withers, Use Me, Live at Carnegie Hall, Sussex, 1972
  5. James Brown and The Famous Flames, Medley: I Found Someone, Why Do You Do Me, I Want You So Bad, Live at the Apollo, King, 1963
  6. Ani DiFranco, Every State Line, Living in Clip, Righteous Babe, 1997
  7. Johnny Cash, Folsom Prison Blues, At Folsom Prison, Columbia, 1968
  8. MC5, Rocket Reducer No 62, Kick Out The Jams, Elektra, 1969
  9. The Who, Young Man Blues, Live at Leeds, Geffen, 1970
  10. Bob Dylan, Like A Rolling Stone, The Royal Albert Hall Concert, Columbia, 1966
  11. The Velvet Underground, What Goes On, 1969: Velvet Underground Live, Vol. 1, Mercury, 1969
  12. X-Ray Spex, Oh Bondage, up Yours!, Live at the Roxy Club, Receiver Records Limited, 1991
  13. Radiohead, Idioteque, I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings, Parlophone, 2001
  14. Nirvana, Where Did You Sleep Last Night, MTV Unplugged in New York, DGC, 1994
  15. Jethro Tull, Too Old to Rock N' Roll, Bursting Out: Jethro Tull Live, Chrysalis, 1978
  16. Leonard Cohen, Hallelujah, Live in London, Columbia, 2009
  17. Leonard Cohen, Bird On The Wire, Live in London, Columbia, 2009
  18. Sean Kingston, Fire Burning, Tomorrow, Epic, 2009
  19. Abba, Ring Ring, Ring Ring, Polydor, 1973
  20. Aphex Twin, Crying In Your Face, Analord 04, Rephlex, 2005
  21. The Cure, Killing An Arab, Boys Don't Cry, PVC, 1980

Footnotes

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