Post by Fetty Mercury on Jan 22, 2017 21:18:14 GMT
Like best vocal performances live, but a whole concert.
What concerts do you think they were at their finest the whole show? Vocally.
For some singers: Freddie Mercury: Newcastle 12/4/1979 (His best. Voice is pretty much flawless and in glorious range. Songs such as Somebody to Love, Save Me, Don't Stop me Now, Spread Your Wings, '39, Liar, We Will Rock You and Bohemian Rhapsody are among the best versions.) Live Aid 7/13/1985 (Only five songs but Radio Ga Ga, Hammer To Fall, and We Are the Champions are among his best live performances ever. Voice is clean and powerful, and he has no trouble hitting the notes). Other of his best: Newcastle 12/3/1979 (Almost as good as the night after. Superb shape throughout, among the best performances of Save Me, Spread Your Wings, Don't Stop Me Now, and '39, and Somebody To Love is IMO his best performance ever) Stockholm 4/12/1978 (A fantastic NOTW show. Voice is clean and fresh. Versions of Somebody To Love, Spread Your Wings, It's Late, and especially We Are the Champions are among the best) Copenhagen 4/13/1978 (Just as good if not better. Among the best versions of Spread Your Wings, It's Late, White Man, and We Are The Champions). Oakland 7/14/1980 (His best Game tour show. Nails tracks like Let Me Entertain You, Need Your Loving Tonight, Play the Game, and Death on Two Legs) Edinburgh 6/1/1982 (Top-notch Hot Space concert with an incredible Somebody To Love) Sun City 10/19/1984 (The best Works Tour show, sings great versions of most songs especially Bohemian Rhapsody, Seven Seas of Rhye, and the Improv) Leiden 6/11/1986 (His best Magic Tour concert. His voice is insanely powerful and controlled throughout, singing among the best versions of A Kind of Magic, Bohemian Rhapsody, and One Vision)
Frank Sinatra Royal Festival Hall, 1962 - The best of the three concerts released from his stripped down 1962 World Tour. Frank was in wonderful voice and the set list is full of gems rarely done elsewhere on the tour, including a fantastic, haunting guitar-only "Night and Day." Hollywood Palace, 1965 - Unfortunately, this 1965 television appearance has yet to be released officially, which is a shame because it is a gem of a show. Once again, Frank is in masterful voice, and the Basie Band gives it a very relaxed vibe with several rare arrangements never performed live, including a slow burning "The Gal that Got Away / It Never Entered My Mind" and an amped up take of "Too Marvelous for Words." The Retirement Concert - In 1971, Frank Sinatra marked his ultimately short lived retirement concert with a show in Los Angeles that left his fans wanting more. Unlike the largely by the numbers, lacklustre Royal Festival Hall Show that was released from November of 1970, Frank brought his A-game to this show, nailing notes effortlessly and singing with fire and passion. The performance linked is the closing number, "Angel Eyes," which ends with the line "'Scuse me, while I disappear," as Frank fades into darkness. A powerful moment. Radio City Music Hall, 1978 - Amazingly, another terrific concert that has never been officially released, and has only been available on a surprisingly decent audience tape. 1978 was the year Frank had fully recovered from his post-retirement era boon, as he was doing his best live singing since the late 1960s'. His voice was smooth and clear, and he was pulling out songs he had never done or hadn't in years. The link here is the third ever live version of "New York, New York," and I'm also linking two bonus songs: a great performance of "The Tender Trap" and a truly rare gem, the Elton John-Bernie Taupin composition "Remember", which was slated for Trilogy: Past, Present, Future but never released. The Concert for the Americas, 1982 - My favorite Frank concert, a truly magnificent evening with a great set list, a top form Frank and an all around beautiful atmosphere thanks to the outdoor setting of the Altos De Chavon amphitheater. From start to finish, the show is filled with highlights, but his solo acoustic performance with Tony Motolla on "Send in the Clowns" is 'stop you in your tracks' haunting.
Prince Capitol Theatre, 1981 - The most famous pre-Purple Rain era show, this is Prince at his leanest and hungriest, burning up the stage on songs like "Head" and "Do Me, Baby" with a ferocity that would soon dissipate once he achieved megastardom. First Avenue, 1983 - AKA the Purple Rain show. This show marked a massive turning point for Prince, as it was here he debuted some of the most seminal songs of his career: "Let's Go Crazy," "I Would Die 4 U," "Baby, I'm a Star," and "Purple Rain," all of which wound up being the versions on the movie and the album. Other highlights include a sexy "Automatic" and an aching cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of U." Coachella, 2008 - Arguably Prince's best known live show, the Coachella show as a whole is like a two-hour microcosm of everything that made Prince such a special artist: there's his fiery guitar playing ("Cream," "U Got the Look," "Shhh!," "Anotherloverholenyohead / Rock Lobster"), fantastic vocal performances ("Purple Rain," "Little Red Corvette") and some well chosen covers ("Come Together," in a medley with "7"). That said, there's one performance that highlights all of these elements at once, and it's a performance that has long held an almost mythical status among fans: his surprising and haunting cover of Radiohead's "Creep."
Billy Joel Wembley Stadium, 1984 - This is Billy at his absolute peak vocally. He could do insane runs and melismatic singing (see "Leave a Tender Moment Alone" or "The Longest Time") that he rarely attempted before, and had no trouble matching or beating his studio performances. His tone had a beefiness to it that gave more power to his voice than it had previously. Just a great concert and vocal display from start to finish.
Elton John Edinburgh, 1976 - Elton's first official solo show captures him in great voice. This was just before Blue Moves performed somewhat disappointingly and Elton's coming out as bisexual, both of which hurt him commercially for quite some time, so in many ways this is the last time we hear Elton at the height of his 1970s' peak. Vocally, he is outstanding throughout the show, with the intimacy of the performance really highlighting how strong his voice had gotten since his first record. Highlights include "Someone Saved My Life Tonight," "Sweet Painted Lady," and "Tonight." Rainbow Theatre, 1977 - Done months after the Edinburgh concert, this time with Ray Cooper, accompanying him in the second half, the mood of this show is decidedly different and much heavier. The set list now includes songs like "Idol" and the Madman Across the Water finale "Goodbye," and Elton's mood is decidedly less jovial than at the Edinburgh show. Once again, he is excellent voice, especially on the gorgeous "Cage the Songbird" and a haunting "Ticking." Wembley Stadium, 1984 - Elton's 1984 tour is largely regarded as one of his best tours, mainly due to the high energy and Elton's voice, which had fully matured into a very rich, warm instrument. His falsetto is on brilliant display on "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and "One More Arrow," while "Blue Eyes" shows off the strength he has now gained in his lower register. Top shelf version of "Rocket Man" and "Bennie and the Jets" also make this a must-hear. MTV Unplugged, 1990 - Elton's best post-surgery performance. He's in great voice here, as he often is during his solo shows. The highlights here are a lengthy gospel tinged rendition of "Sad Songs" and an excellent "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me," which features a very nice workout for Elton's falsetto and low range at the end.
Bruce Springsteen Roxy Theatre, 1978 - The peak of Bruce's unrefined raw belting from the Darkness Tour. Outstanding versions of "Badlands," "Darkness on the Edge of Town," and "For You," among others. Los Angeles Sports Arena, 1981 (A Night for the Vietnam Veteran) - This benefit concert features some of the most powerful emotional singing of Bruce's career, as his longtime involvement with veterans' charities began this night after Bruce first met Ron Kovic of Born on the 4th of July fame. Moved to tears by the many wounded and forgotten veterans in the crowd, The Boss turns in devastating performances of "Who'll Stop the Rain," "Trapped," and "Prove It All Night," among others. Stockholm, 1988 - This radio broadcast from the Tunnel of Love tour is the best quality recording of Bruce at his all around peak vocally. His signature husky belting is far more polished and controlled than on the Darkness tour, and he is able to sustain demanding fifth octave passages incredibly well ("Boom Boom"). Christic Institute, 1990 - Those who know the personal events in Bruce's life leading up to these shows need no introduction as to why they were so powerful and special, and I won't waste much time here explaining it to those who don't. Basically, both shows are emotional roller coasters, as Bruce gives his most emotionally naked performances of his career, revealing a vulnerability to his image that had only reared its head selectively over the years. "Real World" from the first show is largely considered his best live vocal performances, and "My Father's House" and "Brilliant Disguise" both take on haunting new layers given the personal nature of these shows.
Chester Bennington: Houston & Irving, 2-3/8/2003 (live in Texas) - Chester's voice in the golden era, screaming is really powerful (the bridge of "Faint" is impressive), singing is powerful too, always raspy voice though. This concert contains without any doubt the best version of "A Place for My Head". Rock am Ring, 2004 - Probably Chester at his best here, powerful is even more than 2003 era, screaming everything with the most powerful possibile sounds pretty easy for him here. Songs are really better than the studio versions. Rock am Ring, 2007 - A video with the full performance don't exist; in this concert the decline of the power in his voice is evident, the songs are anyway sung with a good amount of power, the screaming can't be called screaming, is like a really raspy voice, this concert contains the BEST version of "Faint", the clean C♯5s (with a brief E5) at the end of the song are something unrepeatable for him in a Linkin Park's concert. London 2011 (Itunes Festival) - In that concert you can easily hear like Chester's voice has changed in the years, his voice is always clean (but not flat like in many concerts after 2011) , raspy is hardly present. Probably the best concert after the Minutes to Midnight era, his voice sounds really good, screaming is still somewhat intact, this concert contains also a really nice cover of "Rolling in the Deep" by "Adele".
Paul Stanley Donington 1988 - Paul's signature over-the-top vocal acrobatics have never been better than at this show. About 85 % of the concert is sung in the fifth octave. Just listen to "Strutter." Sao Paolo 1994 - Paul toned down the over singing by the early 1990s' but he was still in top form throughout the decade. This show features one of his best live performances, an absolutely insane take on "Heaven's on Fire." MTV Unplugged, 1995 - Obviously the "I Still Love You" performance here takes the cake, but Paul is on fire throughout the whole show whenever he takes the mic. Tokyo, Japan, 2001 - Vocally, the Farewell Tour's 2000-01 leg was a real high-water mark for Paul's singing, as the more refined technique he used for his stint in The Phantom of the Opera carried onto the stage with KISS, resulting in some of his best live singing ever. One Live Kiss, 2006 - Paul's 2006 Live To Win solo tour was the list time he was in truly great voice, and the dvd from the tour is a great keepsake.
Chris Cornell Rhino Records, 1989 - An explosive early show from the band just before they really blew up. Cornell is beastly on "Beyond the Wheel." Motorvision, 1992 - Cornell in all his glory. Explosive singing throughout, including a "Slaves and Bulldozers" that will have you peeling yourself off the wall. Sweden, 2006 - A precursor to the many great acoustic shows of the last five years. 2005-09 was not a great period overall for Cornell's singing, but he's wonderful throughout this broadcast.
Elvis Presley Pearl Harbor, 1961 - The King's last concert for eight years, during which he became stuck in a rut of increasingly awful shlock-fests passed off as musicals. 1960-61 was a fantastic period for The King vocally, with songs like "It's Now or Never" and "Surrender" showcasing his newfound, operatic power and how his singing had matured since the days of "Hound Dog." Las Vegas, 1969 - Elvis's return engagement to the stage in Vegas was a no holds barred rock and soul assault that capitalized on the raw energy and newfound vitality of the 1968 comeback special. This was The King in his prime vocally, and he sounds especially vibrant on new singles like "Suspicious Minds" and "In the Ghetto." Las Vegas, 1970 - Specifically, the 2/23/70 engagement closer. The last time Elvis sang older songs like "Love Me" and "Hound Dog" with any real involvement, as well as blistering performances of "One Night," "True Love Travels on a Gravel Road," and the first ever 1970s' performance of "It's Now Or Never" (linked, as I could not find the whole show). Las Vegas, 1972 - Probably my favorite post-1970 Elvis live show. 1972 as a whole was a marked improvement over 1971, with The King in much stronger voice and performing several legendary shows throughout the spring, culminating in his legendary Madison Square Garden engagement. The first show of the year, however, is still my pick for the best, as Elvis is not yet bored with the relative staidness of the set, and puts real energy into then-new live cuts such as the first ever "You Gave Me a Mountain," "An American Trilogy," and a beefy, amped up "A Big Hunk O'Love" that he sings in a fashion not dissimilar to the savage style of the '68 special. Pittsburgh, 1976 - By 1976, The King was well into the downward spiral that ultimately resulted in his death, but he got one last spark of life at the very end of the year, with several shows at the end of December that found him in strong voice and with a renewed sense of energy. The last show on the last day of the year was the best of them, and no performance stands out more than a powerful, on the fly piano only "Rags to Riches."