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Georgy Zhukov

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Fear of the Dark.

definitely

a couple i can think of

raining blood by slayer

master of puppets by metallica( pre black album metallica specifically)

smoking ruins by ensiferum

the bards song(in the forest) by blind guardian

freebird by lynyrd skynyrd(although i miss the acoustic guitar in the original recording)

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Also, pretty much every Jeff Buckley song. The most obviously improved live song of his was "Dream Brother," though.

Some others:

- Bad Obsession

- The Rising by Bruce Springsteen (though the studio recording is a masterpiece in and of itself)

- Sinner by Judas Priest

- The Sentinel by Judas Priest

- The Spirit of Radio by Rush

- Fences by Paramore

- Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits

- Into the Void by Black Sabbath

- Wasted by Carrie Underwood

- Catch the Rainbow by Rainbow

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Almost anything by Queen. They were destined to be a live band. More energy and usually more powerful. A lot of the programmed drums on their eighties efforts really hurt the sound, so some of those songs really come alive when you actually have Roger Taylor pounding them out on the kit. Freddie did lots of falsetto on the albums but live he'd belt the songs as hard as he could.

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Almost anything by Queen. They were destined to be a live band. More energy and usually more powerful. A lot of the programmed drums on their eighties efforts really hurt the sound, so some of those songs really come alive when you actually have Roger Taylor pounding them out on the kit. Freddie did lots of falsetto on the albums but live he'd belt the songs as hard as he could.

I'd say the 70's epic era works better on the albums... like the Night At The Opera stuff, it's just impossible to capture live. But their faster hard rock songs, and all the 80's material, were always better live.

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Also, pretty much every Jeff Buckley song. The most obviously improved live song of his was "Dream Brother," though.

Some others:

- Bad Obsession

- The Rising by Bruce Springsteen (though the studio recording is a masterpiece in and of itself)

- Sinner by Judas Priest

- The Sentinel by Judas Priest

- The Spirit of Radio by Rush

- Fences by Paramore

- Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits

- Into the Void by Black Sabbath

- Wasted by Carrie Undewood

- Catch the Rainbow by Rainbow

catch the rainbow from onstage is just epic!

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Almost anything by Queen. They were destined to be a live band. More energy and usually more powerful. A lot of the programmed drums on their eighties efforts really hurt the sound, so some of those songs really come alive when you actually have Roger Taylor pounding them out on the kit. Freddie did lots of falsetto on the albums but live he'd belt the songs as hard as he could.

I'd say the 70's epic era works better on the albums... like the Night At The Opera stuff, it's just impossible to capture live. But their faster hard rock songs, and all the 80's material, were always better live.

I think that is why they rarely played their early stuff live.

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Fear of the Dark.

And almost any Maiden for that matter. The only one I can think of off-hand that isn't better live one hundred percent of the time is The Talisman (And even that, when Bruce can do it, he fucking nails it!). Of course, I'm not counting singers doing each others' songs. I don't like how Bruce does most Paul songs as well as Lord Of The Flies, and I can't stand Blaze doing just about any Bruce song other than Afraid To Shoot Strangers.

To be honest, 9 times out of 10 I prefer a song live. There's far too many for me to name here where I would take any live rendition over the studio version.

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Fear of the Dark.

And almost any Maiden for that matter. The only one I can think of off-hand that isn't better live one hundred percent of the time is The Talisman (And even that, when Bruce can do it, he fucking nails it!). Of course, I'm not counting singers doing each others' songs. I don't like how Bruce does most Paul songs as well as Lord Of The Flies, and I can't stand Blaze doing just about any Bruce song other than Afraid To Shoot Strangers.

To be honest, 9 times out of 10 I prefer a song live. There's far too many for me to name here where I would take any live rendition over the studio version.

Fear of the Dark is rather boring in the studio and one of the best live songs of all time, so that's why I selected it, but they definitely do a lot of songs better. My personal live favorites:

- The Clansman (by either Blaze or Bruce)

- The Wicker Man

- The Prisoner

- Dance of Death

- Powerslave

- The Evil That Men Do

- The Clairvoyant

- Killers

I almost always prefer the live versions of those songs to the studio. I almost listed Afraid to Shoot Strangers, Seventh Son, and Phantom, but those are probably inflated by the fact that I just saw those in August. Aces High is fantastic live, too, but Bruce can be a bit of a hit-and-miss with it.

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Fear of the Dark.

And almost any Maiden for that matter. The only one I can think of off-hand that isn't better live one hundred percent of the time is The Talisman (And even that, when Bruce can do it, he fucking nails it!). Of course, I'm not counting singers doing each others' songs. I don't like how Bruce does most Paul songs as well as Lord Of The Flies, and I can't stand Blaze doing just about any Bruce song other than Afraid To Shoot Strangers.

To be honest, 9 times out of 10 I prefer a song live. There's far too many for me to name here where I would take any live rendition over the studio version.

Fear of the Dark is rather boring in the studio and one of the best live songs of all time, so that's why I selected it, but they definitely do a lot of songs better. My personal live favorites:

- The Clansman (by either Blaze or Bruce)

- The Wicker Man

- The Prisoner

- Dance of Death

- Powerslave

- The Evil That Men Do

- The Clairvoyant

- Killers

I almost always prefer the live versions of those songs to the studio. I almost listed Afraid to Shoot Strangers, Seventh Son, and Phantom, but those are probably inflated by the fact that I just saw those in August. Aces High is fantastic live, too, but Bruce can be a bit of a hit-and-miss with it.

Good call. Probably my favorite Maiden song live after seeing it this year...can't wait to see it a few times again next year!

Some of my other favorite Maiden songs live are When The Wild Wind Blows, Phantom Of The Opera, Afraid To Shoot Strangers, The Final Frontier, The Longest Day, Brave New World, Coming Home, Blood Brothers, and Revelations. It's a shame North America didn't get a leg of the actual Final Frontier Tour...the songs from that album are some of the absolute best I've seen them do!

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Fear of the Dark.

And almost any Maiden for that matter. The only one I can think of off-hand that isn't better live one hundred percent of the time is The Talisman (And even that, when Bruce can do it, he fucking nails it!). Of course, I'm not counting singers doing each others' songs. I don't like how Bruce does most Paul songs as well as Lord Of The Flies, and I can't stand Blaze doing just about any Bruce song other than Afraid To Shoot Strangers.

To be honest, 9 times out of 10 I prefer a song live. There's far too many for me to name here where I would take any live rendition over the studio version.

Fear of the Dark is rather boring in the studio and one of the best live songs of all time, so that's why I selected it, but they definitely do a lot of songs better. My personal live favorites:

- The Clansman (by either Blaze or Bruce)

- The Wicker Man

- The Prisoner

- Dance of Death

- Powerslave

- The Evil That Men Do

- The Clairvoyant

- Killers

I almost always prefer the live versions of those songs to the studio. I almost listed Afraid to Shoot Strangers, Seventh Son, and Phantom, but those are probably inflated by the fact that I just saw those in August. Aces High is fantastic live, too, but Bruce can be a bit of a hit-and-miss with it.

Listning to all those live now.

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Fear of the Dark.

And almost any Maiden for that matter. The only one I can think of off-hand that isn't better live one hundred percent of the time is The Talisman (And even that, when Bruce can do it, he fucking nails it!). Of course, I'm not counting singers doing each others' songs. I don't like how Bruce does most Paul songs as well as Lord Of The Flies, and I can't stand Blaze doing just about any Bruce song other than Afraid To Shoot Strangers.

To be honest, 9 times out of 10 I prefer a song live. There's far too many for me to name here where I would take any live rendition over the studio version.

Fear of the Dark is rather boring in the studio and one of the best live songs of all time, so that's why I selected it, but they definitely do a lot of songs better. My personal live favorites:

- The Clansman (by either Blaze or Bruce)

- The Wicker Man

- The Prisoner

- Dance of Death

- Powerslave

- The Evil That Men Do

- The Clairvoyant

- Killers

I almost always prefer the live versions of those songs to the studio. I almost listed Afraid to Shoot Strangers, Seventh Son, and Phantom, but those are probably inflated by the fact that I just saw those in August. Aces High is fantastic live, too, but Bruce can be a bit of a hit-and-miss with it.

Listning to all those live now.

Good! It might be awhile, though, since a few of those are long. :P

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Almost anything by Queen. They were destined to be a live band. More energy and usually more powerful. A lot of the programmed drums on their eighties efforts really hurt the sound, so some of those songs really come alive when you actually have Roger Taylor pounding them out on the kit. Freddie did lots of falsetto on the albums but live he'd belt the songs as hard as he could.

I'd say the 70's epic era works better on the albums... like the Night At The Opera stuff, it's just impossible to capture live. But their faster hard rock songs, and all the 80's material, were always better live.

I think that is why they rarely played their early stuff live.

Yep, probably.

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