I don’t care what anybody says… Rob Halford kicks ass. He was recently on Eddie Trunk satellite radio show talking with Halford about many things, including the live recording of “British Steel.” Early on in their discussion, they addressed live versions of albums versus studio versions…
“AC/DC Live” is probably my favorite live album to listen to, so I was super pumped when that track pack was announced. There are live track packs from Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden, Kiss, Paul McCartney, The Who, Thin Lizzy, Tom Petty, and many more. And each time live DLC tracks are announced, it appears that there is an uproar in the community regarding live tracks. In fact, over at the official RockBand.com forums, there are two threads with over 70 pages of comments titled “Please HMX , CONTINUE WITH THE LIVE TRACKS” and “Please HMX ,STOP WITH THE LIVE TRACKS.”
Why is this? Is there a belief (real or not) that live tracks are not as good as studio tracks? Or is this a case of, in comedian Brian Regan’s word, “This is not what I’m used to!?”
I guess what I want to hear from you guys is are they really that bad? Have you passed on purchasing DLC because it was a live track versus a studio track? And have you ever purchased a DLC track for the opposite reason, BECAUSE it was a live track? Or are you purchasing a track based on the quality of the song itself, regardless of the nature of the recording? Sound off in the comments below!