The JB List | Ten Favorite Live Archival Albums Of 2013

5. Neil Young - Live At The Cellar Door

The latest Neil Young archival release, Live At The Cellar Door, comes out on Tuesday and contains recordings from Neil's six-show solo run at Washington, D.C.'s famed The Cellar Door venue between November 30 and December 2, 1970. The release sees Young mix songs from his tenure in Buffalo Springfield with tunes off his solo albums along with a pair of debuts including the first-ever "Old Man." There's also a rare solo piano take on "Cinnamon Girl."

4. Phish - Ventura

Earlier this year Phish released Ventura featuring pristine recordings of their outstanding performances in Ventura, CA from their famed Summer '97 and '98 tours. This is one of the best sounding Phish releases yet and contains one highlight after another including a transcendent "David Bowie" -> "Cities" -> "David Bowie" segment.

3. Frank Zappa - Road Tapes, Volume 2

This year the Zappa Family Trust has started a new live archival series called Road Tapes and each of the first two releases have been winners. We're particularly fond of the just-released Volume 2 featuring one of FZ's best bands ever (Jean-Luc Ponty!) performing in Helsinki in 1973.

2. The Band - Live At The Academy Of Music 1971

At the end of 1971 The Band booked a residency at NYC's Academy Of Music that ran from December 28 through 31. The Band employed New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint to compose horn charts for their most beloved songs that added new life to these tunes. A recently released box set pulls highlights from the run lovingly remastered by a team that included The Band guitarist Robbie Robertson as well as a complete recording of the group's New Year's Eve performance complete with a DVD and 48-page hardbound book with previously unseen photos.

1. Grateful Dead - Sunshine Daydream

After more than 40 years the Grateful Dead have officially released a documentary about their famed August 27, 1972 show at Springfield Creamery in Veneta, OR that also includes all-new stereo and 5.1 audio mixes of the audio from the show. This set has been a longtime coming as a bootleg version has made the rounds for years, yet it's never looked or sounded better as it does in this release.

Written By: Scott Bernstein

[Published on: 12/6/13]

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