By Daniel Margolis
They’re not for everyone. To some, live albums are nothing but contract-fulfilling stop-gaps in an artist or band’s discography, filled with either self-indulgent jamming or a glorified greatest hits set interrupted by crowd noise. Worse, many live albums are heavily doctored in the studio, so fans don’t get an authentic document of the music played on the night or nights in question. But done right, and for the right type of listener, live albums provide invaluable insight by presenting material in different contexts, possibly with different arrangements, instrumentation and levels of performance. Some have used live albums to introduce all-new material or themselves to new audiences. So here we present the top 25 live albums of all time.