Live Version Becomes the Definitive Version

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by SteveMac, Jun 14, 2018.

  1. SteveMac

    SteveMac Forum Resident Thread Starter

    So in a short span today listening to the radio I heard the live version of McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed" (from Wings Over America) and KISS' "Rock n Roll All Nite" (THE live album :)), and thought how those live versions seem to have replaced the studio tracks as the kind-of the definitive version, at least played on the radio/streaming (I know people may disagree).

    Then I thought about the live version of U2's "Bad" on Wide Awake in America, which I think not only is much better than the studio track, but is THE definitive live version of that song (again, you may disagree). If you haven't heard it, it's a fortuante snapshot of musical history -- and I'm not even near being a big U2 fan; just a powerful performance.

    In any event, what are your thoughts not only about the above songs but are there others where it seems the live version has become the one most played or recognized? And how about the entire Frampton Comes Alive album :D?
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  2. Aftermath

    Aftermath Senior Member

    Agreed about U2 - Bad

    I'll go with the live version of Young Man Blues by the Who.
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  3. lightbulb

    lightbulb Not the Brightest of the Bunch

    Smogville CA USA
    Cheap Trick’s live version of:
    I Want You To Want Me”
    from their Budokan album is the definitive version.
  4. egebamyasi

    egebamyasi Forum Resident

    Worcester, MA
    Turn The Page - Bob Seger
  5. pdenny

    pdenny Blow up your TV

  6. ProfBoz

    ProfBoz Forum Resident

    Memphis, TN, USA
    Cheap Trick, "I Want You To Want Me."
    Peter Frampton, "Do You Feel LIke We Do," "Show Me The Way," and "Baby I Love Your Way."
  7. gitters

    gitters Forum Resident

    Yup, I agree with McCartney, Kiss and Frampton. Sometimes the studio versions pale in comparison, if the live version was your introduction to the song.
    l'll add:
    I Want You to Want Me by Cheap Trick
    Ridin' the Storm Out by REO Speedwagon.
  8. ProfBoz

    ProfBoz Forum Resident

    Memphis, TN, USA
    Be Bop Deluxe, "Adventures in a Yorkshire Landscape."
  9. George Co-Stanza

    George Co-Stanza Forum Resident

    Judas Priest - Victim of Changes
  10. bvb1123

    bvb1123 Rock and Roll Martian

    Cincinnati Ohio
    One might consider Lynyrd Skynyrd's live "Freebird" to be definitive. It's the only version that's been played on the radio around here (Cincinnati Ohio) for forever.
  11. applebonkerz

    applebonkerz Forum Resident

    I totally reject the McCartney reference, the studio version is superior in every possible way.

    For the sake of this thread, The Who - Summertime Blues - Live at Leeds.
  12. rcb30

    rcb30 Fender Rhodesian

    Richmond, VA
    (What song is it you wann hear? ...)

    McCartney - “Coming Up”
    Bob Seger - “Travelin’ Man > Beautiful Loser”
  13. Ken E.

    Ken E. Forum Resident

    New Providence NJ
    Most if not all the tracks on "Waiting for Columbus".
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  14. Bigbudukks

    Bigbudukks Older, but no wiser.

    Gaithersburg, MD
    The Allman Brothers Band "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed", "Whipping Post", "One Way Out" from the Fillmore album
    The Who "A Quick One (While He's Away)" from The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus.

    I only remember hearing A Quick One on the radio once when I was growing up but when I hear the album "The Kids Are Alright" I though, "Wow! Now THAT"S how you play rock and roll!".
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  15. eatthecheese

    eatthecheese Forum Resident

    New York
    Jane Says from Kettle Whistle seems to have become the preferred version over the years

    Frampton Do You Feel Like I Do, Show Me The Way, Baby I Love Your Way (Frampton Comes Alive)

    Cream Crossroads (Wheels Of Fire)

    Fleetwood Mac Silver Springs (The Dance)

    Bob Marley No Woman No Cry (Live At The Lyceum)
  16. lemonade kid

    lemonade kid Forever Changing

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  17. tim_neely

    tim_neely Forum Hall Of Fame

    Central VA
    "She's Got a Way" by Billy Joel
    "No Woman No Cry" by Bob Marley and the Wailers
    "Fingertips, Pt. 2" by Little Stevie Wonder
    "Midnight Rambler" by the Rolling Stones
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  18. Mark B.

    Mark B. Forum Resident

    Concord, NC
    Lou Reed - Intro/Sweet Jane from RnR Animal
    Billy Joel - I prefer almost everything on Songs From The Attic to their studio counterparts
    Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Hoedown from Welcome Back My Friends
  19. SteveMac

    SteveMac Forum Resident Thread Starter

    OP here. I agree with Summertime Blues, but every facet of Maybe I'm Amazed is better live on WOA, particularly the lead guitar work.
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  20. Remurmur

    Remurmur Music is THE BEST!

    Rory Gallagher- A Million Miles Away (Irish Tour 74)
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  21. raimiz1991inc

    raimiz1991inc Forum Resident

    La Paz, Bolivia

    Genesis - Supper's Ready [Live at the Rainbow 1973]
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  22. mmars982

    mmars982 Forum Resident

    Pittsburgh, PA
    I completely agree with you on McCartney, but I would have to concede that the live Wings version is the only one that gets any airplay. I don't think I've ever actually heard the studio version on the radio.
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  23. Dante Fontana

    Dante Fontana Forum Resident

    Can't say it is considered the definitive version in popular opinion, but the live at the Hollywood High version of Elvis Costello's Alison should be.
  24. tim_neely

    tim_neely Forum Hall Of Fame

    Central VA
    "About a Girl" by Nirvana (MTV Unplugged version)
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    Scope J Forum Resident


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