Originally Posted by EVOLghost
need more flawless performances....ones where the song cannot simply be replaced by the studio recordings...
All time best? Hands down JAMES BROWN Please Please Please
on the Teenage Music Awards International 1964.. This show speaks for itself. It is the official climax of American music. There was never anything more all encompassing before, and nothing so resonating since.
Definitely have to include Grateful Dead live February 18, 1978
as released on Dicks Picks XVIII. The Dead never translated well into the studio, but the electric force of this performance is the epitome of all vibez Dead.
Jimi Hendrix Woodstock 1968. specifically at Villa Nova Junction
I know, its cliched. But it really was Jimi's best performance. He had a complete band which he only experimented with briefly for a year, he had the buzz of anticipation of a new project and sound, he had the unprecedented crowd, and above all else, his natural charm and stage persona perfectly shined through.
Bob Marley Live at the Rainbow
This is everything Bob Marley and the Wailers were. The dynamism, the energy, the sense of immediacy.
Sonic Youth Schizophrenia
from 1991: The Year That Punk Broke..
This song isn't half as good as this particular live version. My soul burns whenever I hear that tom-rolling breakdown midway towards the bridge.
Raphael Saadiq Live at the Artists Den
This is the most authentic mo-town revival, everybody born after 1980 should watch this show to catch what that vibe was all about. Too much soul, too much fun, perfectly crafted stage show and performance with that old school choreographed back up singers on point.
Prince's Superbowl Halftime Show
The all-time best guitar solo in high heels AND Purple Rain live in the driving rain? Mystical performance!!