There have been a lot of those over the years.
Before that, there had been live albums from bands, of course, but most of those were limited to one or two albums, for the most part. And Springsteen fans knew that one of his legendary performances wouldn’t be able to be adequately captured on just two LPs. His shows were typically twice as long as anything on a double-album.
Then the five-record set came out. And while some people may not have liked it, it was treasure for the rest of us.
Years went by and the song seemed to go away. A few rock stations played it once in a while. But the idea of a legitimate release, let alone a whole new album, seemed like an unlikely longshot.
Then we got Third Stage.
Hopes for a reunion died with John at the end of 1980. But there were so many bootlegs over the years, that it seemed like there were hours of unreleased tracks. Would they ever see the light of day?
Then in the 1990’s, we sort of got it all. Paul, George and Ringo recorded a couple new tracks, using demos from John. And scores of previously unreleased material came out on Live At The BBC and the Anthology sets. There was even a reworked version of Let It Be (called Let It Be..Naked) that came out in 2003.
We’ve gotten live albums from the Police (from their early days, from the “Synchronicity Tour” and even from their recent reunion tour.
The majority of the Cars got back together as the New Cars, and then they all reunited for a new album in 2011.
So what’s left? A Led Zeppelin reunion? Unreleased Billy Joel tracks? Are there rumored albums that still haven’t been released?
Personally, I’d like a little more from the Eagles. I’m sure there are unreleased things (though a couple found their way onto the box set a while back). A new album would be nice, though. And I’m pretty sure we’ll get a new live set sometime in the next year or so.
Since the Eagles aren’t on any of the streaming services, yet, I uploaded all my Eagles CDs onto my Amazon Cloud player, and here’s what shuffled out while I wrote this…
“Hotel California” (Millennium Concert)
“Last Good Time In Town”
“Life’s Been Good” (Live)
“The Best Of My Love”
“Peaceful Easy Feeling”
“Busy Being Fabulous”
“Life In The Fast Lane”
“New York Minute’ (Live)
“Seven Bridges Road” (Live)
Hope your weekend is filled with lots of great music!