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The Who's live album Live at Leeds was packaged in the anonymous style of bootleg recordings, at the time a threat to the music industry.

Many successful recording artists have released a live album, however these albums are generally seen by either critics, fans, or the artist(s) themselves as expendable parts of an artist's catalogue, often failing to sell as well as studio albums. However, some pop and rock artists are known for live albums that rival or exceed the sales of their studio albums, such as Kiss's Alive! and Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive!. The best-selling live album worldwide is Garth Brooks' Double Live, having sold in excess of 21 million copies as of November 2006.<ref>RIAA - Gold & Platinum - May 30, 2008</ref> In Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, only 18 albums were live albums:

Soviet cosmonauts took a cassette copy (minus case) of Pink Floyd's Delicate Sound of Thunder (1988) live album aboard the Soyuz TM-7 spacecraft on 21 November 1988. The cosmonauts played the album aboard the Mir space station; making it the first recorded music played in Outer Space.

In jam music, however, live recordings play a much larger role. Since, as in jazz, improvisation is such an important aspect of jam music, every performance is different and unique. Therefore, live albums from these artists offer not just the "concert experience", but new and unique musical ideas that cannot be experienced on studio albums. Many fans attempt to acquire as many live recordings from these bands as possible in order to have a complete musical collection. This leads many jam artists to release many more live albums than studio recordings. Notably, the band the Grateful Dead have released well over 100 different live albums documenting almost every part of their entire 30-year career, while only releasing 13 studio albums. Some bands, such as Show of Hands, prefer to release live albums as their debut albums.

In recent times, many live albums come with a live DVD. Examples include Green Day's Bullet in a Bible, Linkin Park's Road to Revolution, and Muse's HAARP amongst others.


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