50 Greatest Live Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone ranks the 50 best live albums ever, from Jimi Hendrix at Monterey to Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison

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Jimi Hendrix, 'Jimi Plays Monterey' (1986)
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18. Jimi Hendrix, 'Jimi Plays Monterey' (1986)

These nine songs from the iconic, guitar-charring 1967 show have appeared in many editions, first as the incomplete Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival, a wonderfully strange split album which contained about half of the Jimi Hendrix Experience's set and all of Otis Redding's. The complete 1986 edition marked the first full performance, wherein Hendrix updates the blues ("Killing Floor"), shouts out his hero Bob Dylan ("Like a Rolling Stone"), turns one garage rock standard into electric mourning ("Hey Joe") and soaks another one in feedback before soaking it in lighter fluid and creating the most important free noise coda ever caught on tape ("Wild Thing"). Joe Gross

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