There are two distinct aspects of what bands do: they make records and they go on tour. Well, duh!
But for as long as the ability to record has been around, bands have also been releasing their own live albums, handily combining the two. While most live albums are most definitely geared towards the dedicated fan rather than the casual listener, some have transcended those limitations to become significant records in their own right, able to stand alone as well as enhancing that particular band’s band catalogue.
While there are plenty more albums we could have included, here are 11 official live albums we think are definitely worth giving a spin.