Archival Live Album or Video of the Year: 2015 Ultimate Classic Rock Awards
The above gallery of nominees for best Archival Live Album / Video in the 2015 Ultimate Classic Rock Awards reads like a who's who. It's how they got here that provides the intrigue.
For Yes, the release of Progeny: Seven Shows From Seventy-Two arrived just a month before the band endured a devastating loss with the death of Chris Squire. The lone constant in Yes' ever-shifting lineup, he left behind a towering legacy on bass – as evidenced, once more, in this 14-disc box covering seven 1972 shows between Oct. 31, in Ontario, and Nov. 20, in Uniondale, N.Y.
The Rolling Stones, meanwhile, offered deep dives into a trio of key career moments, releasing From the Vault editions focusing on shows in 1969, 1971 and 1982. Concert recordings by Queen, Rainbow and the Who did the same.
Then there was the Grateful Dead, who took their own archival release many, many steps further. 30 Trips Around the Sun included 30 complete shows featuring the late Jerry Garcia, spread out over 80 (yes, 80) CDs.
With so many career permutations, it's easy to forget a few with Neil Young. Bluenote Cafe gave us a chance to recall his raucous, R&B-focused 1988 tour, offering contemporary music from his This Note's for You album, seven previously unreleased songs and a titanic, nearly 20-minute exploration of "Tonight's the Night."
Finally, there's Live in the U.K. 1976, which documents the Marshall Tucker Band's historic first tour into Europe.
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