Favorite performance of a rock song

specflec

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I'll try to explain clearly what I have in mind.

What is you favorite rock song performance? What I don't mean is:

1. best rock song
2. best live performance of a song
3. best performance by an individual in a band - i.e., best solo

What I do mean is, out of the recorded library of rock songs, what recording and what song is, overall, performed best in your opinion?

For example - and this is not my pick - just an example: the original version of Fat Man in the Bathtub by Little Feat because of the way it is performed. Not because it it the best song or best band or has the best solo guitar. It would be based on how the band performed, interpreted and distinguished the song.

Your vote could be for a band that you normally do not listen too much. It is about the fact that you can listen to the song over again and still enjoy it.

My vote is for: The studio version of Start Me Up by the Stones. The fact that the song sounds, at first listening, like it is being played in a garage, but by listening numerous time, you hear what is really going into the performance. The energy in the counterpoint from the original guitar riff, bass line and Mick's vocal lines carries through and there is just enough variation in these to keep energy. This tune - although not, by any means, my favorite rock song (as a song - not performance), is my favorite to listen to for just pure enjoyment and raw energy.

BTW - none of the live versions I have seen get to this level - although a couple were close.

Hope this is fun! :D
 

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Just list a few then. I would like to hear what others listen to for pure enjoyment over and over.
 

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Don't Be Cruel as covered by Cheap Trick.
 

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Won't Get Fooled Again from Who's Next. To me that cut has more energy than about anything else. No extreme tones but the whole thing - at any volume - sounds loud like a hurricane. I've heard it for 25 years and I never get tired of it.
 

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statesboro blues - Allman brothers - Fillmore Album
 

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baba o reilly by the who
ramble on by led zep
start me up by the stones
boys are back in town by thin lizzy
just to name a few
 

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I really like this performance by Deep purple.

The song is No No No off of the Fireball album.

I enjoy this one much more than the album track.

More aggressive and a great Blackmore performance.

Here 'tis:

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RheBZB9ojd0]YouTube - Deep Purple - No, no, no (1971)[/ame]

Album Track:

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8upWynAXPc]YouTube - Deep Purple * No, No, No[/ame]
 

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Cheap Trick "I want you to want me" Live at the Buddakan
Kiss "Shock Me" off of Alive 2
Stevie Ray Vaughn "Lenny" off of live at El Macombo
 

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You are going to have to go some to beat these live....Rule Britannia :dude:
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[ame=http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7002417054368545663]Queen Live Aid 1985[/ame]

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=En9eiH4dTK0]YouTube - Queen - We Are The Champions (Live At Wembley 86)[/ame]

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VDRzlgtL6A&feature=related]YouTube - We Will Rock You (Queen Live At Wembley 1986)[/ame]
 

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Agreed,that was one hell of a show,from a hell of a singer/band.I saw them in 86,damn shame Freddie isn`t with us anymore
 

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Thanks for posting. I am having a great time with this. I will add one to my first post:

One Way Out - Allmans - makes me dance on the table...
 

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[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEiyGgWt6no]YouTube - Led Zeppelin Since I've Been Loving You 1973[/ame]
 

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I saw that in 1972, and yes, it was breathtaking.
 

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I think that the versions of [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp6-wG5LLqE]Won't Get Fooled Again[/ame] and [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKUBTX9kKEo]Baba O'Riley[/ame] done by the Who for The Kids Are Alright were the greatest versions of the songs. So much energy in those two vids and you get the sense that everybody's having fun (Even John, even though it appears that his visage is carved in alabaster.). I dig the tone in those two vids as well, can't pinpoint what I like about it, but it's beautiful. I love to spin my vinyl of the soundtrack too, that's always fun, same with Who's Next (Probably my favorite album of all time).
 

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Whipping post. Allman Brothers


Do You Feel Like We Do. Peter Frampton


Eruption. VanHalen
 

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I wanna say Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley, but I guess that's not "rock"

I'll have to think on this one... :hmm:
 

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I was going to vote for "Won't Get Fooled Again" even before I read the other posts. That song is pure energy and never gets old.
 

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R-Con, thanks for the vids. To me there were 2 parts to the Who's live sound:

1. John's bass is in between bass and rhythm guitar, tone-wise
2. Pete and John were 2 of the all-time great rhythm players who complemented each other seamlessly

Together, they produced a incomparable wall of sound.

It has always been hilarious to me to hear John's distorted, aggressive, unmistakable playing coming from a virtual on-stage statue... :thumb:
 

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I'm sure there are a lot I could list, but these two come to mind right away:

 
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