Welcome to Top 5 Records! The weekly show-and-tell online hangout where we discuss our love of music and our “Top 5 Records” for particular occasions.
Whether we’re at the decks DJing a set at the party, manning the tape deck while driving on a cross-country road trip, commiserating with sad songs over a broken heart, or stranded on a lonely with nothing but music, each scenario calls for a different essential Top 5 records for THAT moment. What are your Top 5 Records for….?
Our theme for Volume 8 is “THEY’RE LIVE!!!” – Live albums released as such! Whether it’s the buzz of the amps, the roar of the crowd, the chatter among the bandmates, or the electrifying energy and spontaneous interactions of the entire event, a recording of a band’s live performance can often outshine a studio album of the same songs. Let’s go on an immersive musical journey of LIVE recordings that resonate loudest in our souls.
Brian’s Top 5 (link):
- ‘”At Folsom Prison” (Jan 13, 1968) – Johnny Cash
- “Live/Dead” (January 26, February 27, March 2, 1969) – Johnny Cash
- “At Fillmore East” (March 12–13, 1971) – The Allman Brothers Band
- “Bob Marley and the Wailers, ‘Live!’” (July 17th and 18th, 1975) – Bob Marley and the Wailers
- “Nirvana, ‘MTV Unplugged in New York’” (November 18, 1993) – Nirvana
Bemsha’s Top 5 (link):
- Historical Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival (1970) – Otis Redding / The Jimi Hendrix Experience
- The Wooden Glass Recorded Live featuring Billy Wooten (1972) – The Wooden Glass feat. Billy Wooten
- The Koln Concert (1975) – Keith Jarrett
- Stage (1978) – David Bowie
- American Utopia (2020) – David Byrne