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Facts of Live ... Albums

Barbra Streisand, Pearl Jam, The Allman Brothers Band, and others offer a slew of concert albums this fall

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Live albums are the next best thing to being there. And considering the exorbitant prices Barbra Streisand‘s millennium shows commanded in Las Vegas, it’s likely the only way most fans could be there. On 9/19 (the day before the stage-shy diva delivers what she insists will be her absolutely, positively final four concert performances ever), Columbia will release Timeless — Live in Concert, a double CD of Babs’ New Year’s Eve/Day extravaganzas.

Meanwhile, Pearl Jam want you to know they really feel for the fans who’ve had to listen to lousy-sounding bootlegs all these years. They’re sending to stores 25 different double-CD sets — recorded straight from the soundboard, featuring concerts in their entirety — from 25 European shows dating from May 23 (Lisbon) to June 29 (Oslo), 2000. Available on the Web 9/5, and from furious retailers 9/26.

The Allman Brothers Band have been selling out New York’s Beacon Theatre every March for years; Peakin’ at the Beacon, (10/24) features highlights. And pop-punks Blink-182 are cashing in with Blink-182 Live: The Mark, Tom and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back) (11/7).

Also expect live sets from Underworld (9/12), Morphine (9/26), Cypress Hill (12/12), an EP with three new live tracks from the Chemical Brothers (Nov.), and, just in time to capitalize on the use of their ”Let the Day Begin” as Al Gore’s convention theme, the Call‘s Live Under the Red Moon (11/7).