Friday, September 10, 2021

VA - LIVE! Rock (A Butterboy Compilation) CD1+CD2+CD3+CD4



VA - LIVE! Rock (A Butterboy Compilation) CD1+CD2+CD3+CD4

I listen to a lot of music and enjoy every moment. However, the greatest joy is hearing my favorite artists in concert, among others who are there for the same reason. Live music gives you a feeling you just don't get from listening to a studio album. Sometimes you hear your favourite songs and it sounds completely different, live, offering whole new perspective to the music you always listened to. What makes them great is the extra dynamics and energy that a live setting gives to the music and a willingness to go beyond the studio recording into new areas of improvisation. I suspect its the crowd that also adds to the excitement of a live concert performance.  Live concerts are the greatest way to listen to music (for me) . Live music engages listeners to a greater extent than pre-recorded music and that a pre-existing admiration for the performers also leads to higher engagement. Neil Young once said that “live music is better”, and it seems that one in three people agree it’s their number one passion.  The impact that live music has on us is hard to put into words, but I guess, it lies in the way it makes us feel. As the sounds course through your body and you hear the sound clearer than ever before. The feelings live music arouse is the reason we seek it out and gather in droves wherever it is present, from watching a busker on the street corner, visiting your local music venues or travelling hours for a music festival.

Capturing the thrill of a live performance and putting it onto tape is a tricky art. I am not sure why because I have seen many DVD's that capture concert sound wonderfully. Putting to vinyl may be another matter. Many have tried to capture the sounds of a great concert and produce an album that captures that excitement and on the odd occasion there is an live recording that captures this, giving us a tingle of joy reminding us of the feeling we had at that concert.  There are literally thousands of Live recordings in music. To many to represent properly in one series of CD's. Some are of a fantastic quality representing close to how the music was heard in concert at that time. Others are quite dubious (of which some bootleg concerts may fall into that category). So what songs are great to hear live...  I have trolled through my collection and found many Live ROCK performances. Some I remembered well and others I was glad to be reacquainted with. 

Over the next 5 weeks I will present: 

  • 4 x CD's of Single tracks by various rock artists of Live rock. 
  • 4 x CD's of Double tracks by various rock artists of Live rock music
  • 4 x CD's of Live Progressive Rock  Part 1
  • 4 x CD's of Live Progressive Rock  Part 2
  • 4 x CD's of Live Soul and Pop Music.

The feeling of a live concert may be almost impossible to replicate perfectly, but these tracks all exhibit a live feeling and sound reminding us of the times we were exported to another moment in time. Enjoy!



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Track lists


01 Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers It's Good to Be King 12:14

02 Nirvana About a Girl 3:38

03 Neil Young Old Man 4:08

04 Quicksilver Messenger Service The Fool 12:58

05 Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band The River 11:39

06 Van Morrison Slim Slow Slider, I Start Breaking Down 7:44

07 Talking Heads Psycho Killer 4:29

08 Deep Purple Smoke on the Water 7:33

09 Slade Darling Be Home Soon 5:43

10 Swanee Tin Soldier 3:22

11 Humble Pie I Walk on Gilded Splinters 27:33

12 Allman Brothers Band Whipping Post 19:31

13 Doors When the Music's Over 16:16


01 Rolling Stones Midnight Rambler 9:04

02 Peter Frampton Do You Feel Like We Do 13:42

03 Chicago South California Purples 15:34

04 Cream Sunshine of Your Love 7:25

05 Lynard Skynard Free Bird 14:18

06 The Holy Modal Rounders Give Me Your Money 11:28

07 Edgar Winter's White Trash Tobacco Road 17:08

08 Derek and the Dominos Roll it Over 6:44

09 Led Zeppelin Whole Lotta Love 13:52

10 Jethro Tull - Living in the Past 3:27

11 Robin Trower Bridge of Sighs 5:35

12 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Still... You Turn Me On 3:13


01 A-Ha Sycamore Leaves 4:00

02 Genesis Firth of Fifth Rock 8:54

02 George Harrison Here Comes the Sun 2:58

04 David Bowie Ziggy Stardust 3:20

05 Funkadelic Maggot Brain, Good to Your Earhole 13:40

06 Neil Young Don't Be Denied 5:16

07 Rory Gallagher I Wonder Who 7:48

08 Thin Lizzy Still in Love With You 7:41

09 Ted Nugent Stranglehold 11:14

10 Prince Purple Rain (Live) 10:32

11 Fleetwood Mac Oh Well (Part 1) (Live) 2:50

12 Cheap Trick Need Your Love 8:54

13 Little Feat Dixie Chicken 8:58

14 Wilco Kicking Television (Live) 3:03

15 MC5 Kick Out the Jams 2:52

16 Simple Minds Waterfront 8:01

17 Canned Heat On the Road Again 10:53


01 Mott the Hoople Sweet Jane 5:00

02 Rod Stewart You Wear it Well 4:41

03 Inmates A Thing Called Love 5:25

04 Creedence Clearwater Revival Susie Q 11:45

05 Deep Purple Child in Time 9:53

06 David Bowie Scary Monsters and Super Creeps 2:55

07 Paul Weller Shadow of the Sun 10:21

08 Cream Sunshine of Your Love 7:20

09 Henrik Freischlader Band Won't You Help Me 9:18

10 Country Radio Gypsy Queen 4:30

11 Mink Deville Just to Walk That Little Girl Home 4:46

12 Joe Bonamassa The Ballad of John Henry 14:05

13 Janis Joplin Kozmic Blues 5:05

14 John Butler Trio Betterman 8:31

15 Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs Momma 11:59

16 Spirit Super La Paloma Jam 11:32

17 Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven 10:53




  1. Great LIVE compilations, with fantastic tracks. Merci!

    1. Thanks Burmapat,
      More to come in the following weeks.


  2. Looking forward to listening to these comps over the weekend. Thanks very much BB

    1. Hi hope you will enjoy this series, Skylord99


  3. It's amazing to me that so many people look at live albums as "contract fillers" or "stop-gap albums". Live albums are the first ones I go for! Can they cut it live? Can they stretch out? Live music is what its all about. Any-hoo...that's my 2 cents. Thanks Butterboy!

    1. Hi Sampson,
      LIVE music rocks... thanks for your supporting comment.