“Got Live if You Want It,” the Rolling Stones promised in a 1966 album title. And oh, do we want it, in 2020, when the pandemic has rendered the live concert experience unavailable, in a total blackout that once would have seemed purely the province of science-fiction. Fortunately, we still have access to the thousands of worthy live albums that have been released over the decades in every genre … as a reminder of what we’re missing, yes, but as outstanding works of recorded art in their own right. From the Who to Beyonce to Bob Dylan to John Coltrane to Johnny Cash to KISS (and, yes, to the Stones!), here — in alphabetical order and citing when the recording(s) took place — are 50 live albums so good, you may find yourself wanting to quarantine with them even after concerts resume again.
No Concerts? Give These 50 Live Albums a Listen