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Old 07-14-2017, 10:58 PM
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So I put together my own collaboration of live albums. Basically including performances that have the perfect balance between audio quality and performance quality, as well as making sure they stay as close to the original time of release as possible... The hits and popular songs are a little easier but once you start looking for the rarities, that gets a little more challenging...

It's a constant work in progress but I actually prefer Soundboard over Bootleg unless Soundboard isn't available... Because this isn't my greatest live hits collection, I tend to go for easy listening...For the most part, it's cut and dry but you do run into those one off situations where it's tough to choose...

If there are acoustic versions, I'll usually include those at the end as bonus tracks... Example: There is nothing like an Acoustic rendition of Never Say Goodbye but you can't ignore the full band one either.

I don't really have these songs labeled once I add them and I do that on purpose so I can't judge them based on anything but the performance itself. Most are just soundboard performance that I really enjoy anywhere between TV Promo Appearances to Bsides.

The point of this thread is to just give little updates as I listen throughout... Not album by album or song by song, just general observations...
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Old 07-14-2017, 11:24 PM
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With around 220 songs making up this collection, it's going to be a quick listen. In one day, I already finished up to New Jersey...

Bon Jovi were / are the perfect live band... Even dating back to the first two albums, Jon was such a great live singer... I could understand if someone's not a fan of those albums but you shouldn't ignore the talent Jon had back then as a singer. He could really deliver a song like no one else. The passion he poured into each song takes so much discipline. He really went from a singer to a vocalist in the 80's and the kid was built to be a front-man... The first full album exists however only 5 soundboard and 2 decent bootlegs exist from the second album.

Slippery is almost complete in SBD. I'm just missing one, Without Love...

Another point I'd like to make is, I don't mind the playback chorus they did during Prayer and wouldn't even mind if they still used it today... With today's internet and social media, Jon would get destroyed if he did but I don't mind blending some studio tracks with live ones as long as the balances is 85% live & 15% studio... Some people think Live should be Live, no excuses... I just want it to sound great and hearing Jon strain doesn't sound great... The Beatles ignored a lot of their later catalog live because they couldn't perform it but if they just used a playback, we'd have some great live stuff to listen to this day. We all know they could sing so why not!!!!

I actually have a completed New Jersey with a mix of Soundboards and some great Audience Bootlegs, including The Boys Are Back In Town... This is one of the best listens ever. During this tour, Living In Sin and I'll Be There For You could go down as some of the best live music ever sung in history. Jon is a ****ing Powerhouse!!!

In summary, even if you're not a fan of certain albums, they take on a whole different life when they are performed live and I even grew to love songs that I wasn't crazy about at first after Jon killed them live... More to follow on that with some of the later albums/songs...
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Finished up to and including Crush... You almost forget how great they once were until you listen to these live recordings...

Faith and These Days... Never mind how you feel about these albums, the live performances are fricking insane... It's not perfect... It's close but there are some cracks and missed notes here and there but the range, screams, passion, and delivery is crazy... This is what you put on if you want to enjoy great music and this is Rock N Roll. Unlike the live music we currently get today, where you have to close your eyes and hold your breath, this music is pure bliss... I'm happy with a lot of the bootlegs I have from both tours but I just wish I had more of the other album tracks... I'd love to hear If That's What It Takes, Hearts Breakin Even, among many others during Jon's prime... I'm just thankful for the beautiful bootleg we have of If I Was Your Mother.

Destination Anywhere... I still struggle with this one... For starters, I'm not a big fan of this album because it's too doctored up with studio effects. ie the drum machines... so when some of that is stripped away live, I tend to enjoy those versions much more... There are some songs that I really learned to enjoy because of the live versions like It's Just Me and Naked but others that never really came to life like Every Word Was A Piece Of My Heart... That's my favorite track on the album but I have never heard a live version that I truly enjoyed... Maybe if Jon did this song with Bon Jovi the band and not The Big Dogs, it might be somewhat better. I guess I'll never know... However overall, very enjoyable live album tracks...

Crush... Jon still has some great chops here... Maybe not as crazy as his Faith and These Days prime but he still pulls out a lot of surprises... I think because of Crush the album starting that Post 2000 trend, fans tend to lump his vocals into that dominated opinion of decline but in reality, Jon still had power and it comes through on a lot of these performances... Again, forget how you feel about the album, but listen to a live version of The Next 100 Years for example and you'll remember how great a band they really were back then... Or how Jon's vocals radiate the end of Say It Isn't So or turn an okay studio track like Thank You For Loving Me into an amazing live song (Toronto 2000)... Unfortunately, songs like Just Older & Captain Crash dominate the sets now a days an make you forget about all the other great live performances back then... Even Capt Crash had a different feel compared to what it morphed into today but you could pretty much say that about any song from WAN down...
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There are some songs that I really learned to enjoy because of the live versions like It's Just Me and Naked but others that never really came to life like Every Word Was A Piece Of My Heart... That's my favorite track on the album but I have never heard a live version that I truly enjoyed... Maybe if Jon did this song with Bon Jovi the band and not The Big Dogs, it might be somewhat better. I guess I'll never know... However overall, very enjoyable live album tracks...
Guess you've heard this one? Incredible performance of a great song.
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Guess you've heard this one? Incredible performance of a great song.
I did... and it's just okay for me... not that it matters much but this performance is also 12 years later and this particular collection tries to focus on songs that are performed around time of release...

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