Hey, where are the live tracks from? : D
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Alice is win, but Taking Back Sunday is really awful.
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1) There is usually only one "Studio Version" of a song, whereas saying that it's "live" means it can be from an infinite number of different performances... generally, people associate their warm feelings of a song with the one they've heard a hundred times and have come to know and love, and when you listen to song enough times, you DO tend to notice the differences on live version that just make you pout.
2) Not always a pure line up. With the AC/DC songs in particular, when I play highway to hell... that's not Phil Rudd on drums and that's certainly not Bon Scott. For people who are a fan of that song, myself included, in my mind we still don't have "Highway to Hell" in RB... we have this weird other version, and I'm still waiting for the "real" version with Bon's voice (probably in vain, I know)
3) Weird improvs. Occasionally during a live song the singer will start spouting different lyrics for various reasons, sometimes comedic value ("Catch the mist, catch the myth, Catch the mystery, catch the fish), or there tends to be, in the case of the rolling stones, much more back up instrumentation in the way of saxophones, keyboards, back up singers, etc... which gives the song a different sound, again, not what you know and love.
4) The possibility that it may be harder than what we imagined. Going back to Highway to Hell, (and I know I've g'fetched about this to you before), there's that crazy solo at the beginning of the song that has nothing to do with the rest of the song, it's simply there to make sure any time I play on expert (which is the only difficulty I play on) that I'll have to try and restart the song about three or four times before playing it, which is frustrating because it makes me want to switch to hard just to get passed it, but the body of the song is not actually that difficult, which would make it relatively boring to play on anything other than expert (same problem with Don't Stop Believin', but that wasn't a live recording... it just has a guitar intro that's harder than the rest of the song! damn power ballads...).
Now all the reasons above BASICALLY boil down to "it's not what I'm used to" which may or may not be a good reason to be hesitant about something, but I think that's the reason why so many people who aren't THAT crazy about live recordings feel that way.
One reason that ISN'T based on that is the idea that a studio track is just a more finely crafted product. Sure, going into something live is magical in it's own way, it's why I go to concerts at all (Yay, NiN/JA next week!), but as far as a final product, a live recording really can't compare to a something that has been worked on for weeks and months, tweaked to perfection and put together based on the best possible takes out of a few hundred. Studio tracks sound better because more work goes into each one.
Last edited by HyeJinx1984; 05-14-2009 at 03:58 PM.
Missing in action:
Let There Be Rock
Anyway You Want It
Give it Away
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