Recorded: Europe and USA, 2008

Why it's so good:The album has 17 songs, spanning his entire career, pieced together from a whole slew of international live performances, and it's got enough of his playful commentary that it makes you feel like you're at one of the shows.

 
 
 

Recorded: The Fillmore, San Francisco, 2005

Why it's so good: A lethargic but epic extended set from the Kentucky space rockers comprises perhaps the best use of the Fillmore's stage this side of the millenium. Crowd banter is played down over woozy jams to mesmerising effect.

 
 
 

Recorded:Berkeley Community Theatre, California, 1999

Why it's so great: It's a heavy metal band, backed by the San Francisco Symphony - get the title now? And it was the last Metallica release to feature bassist Jason Newsted.

 
 
 

Recorded:Chicago, 2005

Why it's so good: It's got music from four different live shows at the Vic Theater. Since the band decided not to release video footage on DVD, if you want to re-live the night (or pretend you were there at all), this is the ticket.

 
 
 

Recorded: Canada, 2007

Why it's so good: Not only is it their only live album, but it's also a film, documenting the band's summer tour across Canada. Its mix of onstage and offstage footage makes us wish even harder the pair were still going.

 
 
 

Recorded:The Peppermint Lounge, NYC, 1983

Why it's so good: Their first live album has originals and covers (including 'Faster Pussycat' and 'Psychotic Reaction'). The album artwork's got a great photo of lead guitarist Poison Ivy posing in front of the world famous venue.

 
 
 

Recorded: The Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, 1983

Why it's so good: There's also an accompanying film with the same title. The nine-track album spent a whopping 118 weeks on the Billboard 200 Chart, and a re-mastered, 16-track re-mastered version was released in 1999.

 
 
 

Recorded: Michigan Palace, Detroit, 1974

Why it's so good: It contains part of their final live performance (until 2003) and Iggy's infamously vulgar 45-minute version of 'Louie, Louie'. Might not be the same as seeing him go mad on stage, but it comes close.

 
 
 

Recorded: Cardiff and London, 2008

Why it's so good: In addition to performing songs from their debut album 'Curses', they also unveiled four new ones during that tour ('Drink Nike', 'Distant Jabs At A Soul', 'V.D.F.A' and 'Cloak The Dagger').

 
 
 

Recorded: NYC, 1981

Why it's so good: Even though it was recorded years after the two had parted ways, it was a beautiful reunion, recorded at a free concert in front of more than 500,000 people. They even sang duet versions of some of Simon's solo tracks.

 
 
 
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