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The great live albums from 1973-1977 that changed history...

Perhaps many will have a question: why exactly this period - 1973-1977? It's simple: it is this period that is considered to be "golden", speaking of live albums... Let's make sure of it!

7 live albums from 1973-1977 that changed history...

Today we will focus on the period 1973-1977. This period can rightly be called "golden" in the history of bands such as Kiss, Led Zeppelin, Status Quo...

Want to know the secret to the perfect live album? Then we give the floor to the legendary guitarist of Guns N' Roses, Slash:

“First of all, a live album must be live. It should be honest, sincere… It should be mixed well, but not too much – otherwise you can lose its main ingredient… Sincere feelings and energy are what really matters for any live recording. The listener should capture the nature of the album. He needs to convey all this crazy energy that breaks out during the concert ... "

Well, all the listed qualities are inherent in the albums, which will be discussed today!

Best Live Albums 1973-1977…

Perhaps many will have a question: why exactly this period - 1973-1977? It's simple: it is this period that is considered to be "golden", speaking of live albums ... Let's make sure of this!

Hawkwind - Space Ritual (1973)

Hawkwind - Space Ritual (1973)
Hawkwind - Space Ritual (1973)

Space Ritual is a double live album by the British rock band Hawkwind, recorded in December 1972 and released by United Artists in May 1973. The record got its “cosmic” name for a reason: when listening to the album, you literally take you to some strange, spacious environment full of possibilities…

Usually, Hawkwind strived for the maximum purity of sound ... But not in the case of Space Ritual. There is a rough live sound here! The very sound that makes the listener feel all the magnificence of the concert: a hypnotic show with wonderful sounds, flashes and hum of guitars...

Rory Gallagher - The Irish Tour '74 (1974)

Rory Gallagher - The Irish Tour '74 (1974)
Rory Gallagher - The Irish Tour '74 (1974)

The Irish Tour '74 is a live album by Rory Gallagher recorded during a tour of Ireland in January 1974.

Blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa once said:

“The Irish Tour '74 is exactly the album that introduced me to the work of Rory Gallagher… I was about 14 years old and I was looking through my father’s albums… And as soon as I heard this, I thought: “Wow! Now I'm hooked on this guy for life…” I was struck by the album cover, the American version, where Rory in a flannel shirt, overgrown hair… He was simply the best guitarist, singer and songwriter. It was an insane combination of talent and work ethic. I never met him, but only by his music I felt that I know everything about him ... This is uncompromising!

Yes, Rory Gallagher's The Irish Tour '74 album is truly magical... But you know what's the hardest part about editing live recordings? While sanding the bumps, you might not notice how you start grinding magic...

Kiss Alive! (1975)

Kiss Alive! (1975)
Kiss Alive! (1975)

Despite all the respect for this group, it is worth noting that the first three studio albums of Kiss are far from perfect ... Yes, great songs were written! But the band clearly lacked production... And with the help of Alive!, Kiss showed themselves in their element! Even today, after so many years, the album exudes authority and aggression... It is imbued with an all-consuming, all-American self-confidence.

Gene Simmons: “All we had was ourselves. The label was on the verge of bankruptcy, because all the money was invested in the Johnny Carson album ... Then we decided to drop caution: “If this is the end, we will leave. Let's go on fire…” I don't think we cared at all. We just connected with what we knew best: ourselves!”

Peter Frampton - Frampton Comes Alive! (1976)

Peter Frampton - Frampton Comes Alive! (1976)
Peter Frampton - Frampton Comes Alive! (1976)

In mid-1975, former Humble Pie guitarist Peter Frampton boldly established himself as a successful solo artist. Throughout the year Frampton Comes Alive! broke all known sales records, turning Peter into one of rock's greatest stars!

Prior to this, most live albums were just the fingerprints of an artist performing their most popular songs... But you can't really say the same about Frampton Comes Alive! The release stayed in the top 40 of America for almost 2 years!

The Stooges - Metallic K.O. (1976)

The Stooges - Metallic K.O. (1976)
The Stooges - Metallic K.O. (1976)

Never before have the performer and audience worked so hard. Metallic KO is considered not only one of the greatest, but also one of the most virtuoso live albums in the history of music!

You may not see firecrackers and broken glass, but you can easily visualize Iggy half naked and bleeding...

Metallic KO is an epic live album. Epic, if only because it reminds you that rock and roll is much more than just music ...

Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains the Same (1976)

Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains the Same (1976)
Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains the Same (1976)

The Song Remains the Same is one of the most powerful live albums in the history of rock music... Rumor has it that Led Zeppelin borrowed a lot from what was before... But even so: it's worth giving credit, because they managed to bring the source material to a completely another level!

Jimmy Page has always been a genuine original in his own right! But all this amazing chemistry that reigned in the group turned blues compositions into something grandiose! Something the world obviously didn't expect to hear...

Status Quo Live! (1977)

Status Quo Live! (1977)
Status Quo Live! (1977)

When Status Quo decided to record a live album in 1976, their next decision was obvious: the band went to the port town of Glasgow! Recording took place at the historic Apollo Theatre, with the help of the Rolling Stones mobile studio.

“The amenities at the Apollo were by no means perfect. Acoustics, frankly, was "no"! The stage was unusually high, causing dizziness in Rossi ... "- later recalled the band's bassist, Alan Lancaster.

Actually, it was precisely this atmosphere that was felt on the finished album.

According to Rick Parfitt, no overdubs were made to the recording:

"It doesn't matter if it's a little frayed around the edges"... That's how we like it!"

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