9. The Who – 'Live at Leeds'
The Who were arguably the greatest live band of the 1960s, but they never released a single live album during that entire decade. (Their 1968 compilation album was deceptively titled Magic Bus: The Who on Tour, but none of the songs were live.) Their 1969 disc Tommy turned the band into superstars and they supported the LP with marathon concerts where they played the bulk of the album in addition to tons of covers and older originals. They wanted to capture the energy on a live album, though when Pete Townshend heard the initial recordings he demanded that the tapes be burned. (It remains unclear just how many tapes, if any, were actually thrown into a fire.) They decided to try again when they hit the road in mid-February of 1970. Their shows at Hull and Leeds were taped, but John Entwistle's bass parts failed to record during the first couple of songs at the Hull show. That left them with Leeds, and the rest is history.