As was tradition at my now defunct website and subsequent move to here, I will present a weekly pick of six songs or albums. Why six? I don’t know.
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Back in the Stoned Seventies, bands had a strict process. One or two years (but mostly one) in the studio, then tour in support. Bands still do this, but it is the era of the mega concert.
Bands releasing albums is in decline, too. I am as guilty as anybody of just streaming playlists. In fact, the only time I listen to albums is when I play vinyl, getting in touch with those bands from the analog age again
The seventies gave you a lot of opportunities to see your favorites and usually for not a lot of money. The arena rock of the decade played out in smoke filled coliseums around the country.
I spent many a night contributing to that smoke, jamming to some great band. I proudly subscribed to the sex, drugs, and rock & roll lifestyle.
Now, in fairness, the drugs part of that equation often drowned out memories of the rock & roll. Sometimes the sex, too. Fortunately, the live album was always out there, whether from the record companies or bootlegged.
It didn’t replace those nights when you saw a show that was perfect. It did conjure those memories. It does for me. I still attend a lot of concerts and I have seen shows that were amazing. However, nothing will ever replace those smoke filled arenas of my misspent youth.
Without further ado, here are six stellar examples of seventies arena rock presented in no particular order.Continue reading “Friday Pick Six – best live rock albums of the 70s”