The best live albums -- Records from the Smiths, U2, the Who, and Jackson Browne make our list

Before the Flood (1974)

Live albums are as much a part of rock & roll tradition as souvenir T-shirts sold outside arenas. Here are some of our favorites:

The Allman Brothers Band
At Fillmore East (1971)
Southern-fried boogie at its most complex and intense.

Jackson Browne
Running on Empty (1977)
Life on the road, documented as it happened.

Bob Dylan and the Band
Before the Flood (1974)
Angry, ferocious versions of his ’60s songs from the ’74 comeback tour.

The Neville Brothers
Neville-ization (1984)
The brothers breathing life into everything from R&B to Peggy Lee’s ”Fever.”

Lou Reed
Rock and Roll Animal (1974)
Lou as king of decadent guitar ) raunch, turning his Velvet Underground songs into metal anthems in the process.

Bob Seger
Live Bullet (1976)
Recorded before he hit the big time with ”Night Moves” — looking back on a career that hasn’t yet panned out, and finding reasons to continue.

The Smiths
”Rank” (1988)
Propulsive British guitar rock, minus the fussiness of the group’s studio recordings.

Under a Blood Red Sky (1983)
The preeminent ’80s arena band scorching its best early songs.

The Who
Live at Leeds (1970)
The power and the fury, plus a thunderous ”Summertime Blues.”

Before the Flood (1974)
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