We've done some "Best Of" threads lately and I've had this one in my head for a couple of weeks.
Name the best live metal album you can, focusing primarily on sonics (recording+mixing+mastering, in addition to the overall atmosphere of the sound and how it suits the band, etc).
ONLY POST ONE.
I've found that amazing sounding live metal albums are hard to come by, and some that sound fantastic are marred by lame performances from a vocalist, etc. It must be exceptionally difficult to record a proper live album, and I'd love to find some more.
I have a few others in mind, but I can't come up with anything better than:
The guitars are clear and crunchy, Steve Harris's bass tone is fatter than usual but just as clear as it is on the studio albums, and Dickinson sounds like a god on Earth. The performances are all stellar and Live After Death is practically a "best of Iron Maiden" disc due to the amazing setlist. What I also like is that you get some crowd noise where it's important, and it really adds to the live effect, but it is never distracting.
Metallica - S&M.
Great mix of tunes, and Michael Kamen's orchestrations and arrangements are incredible, swooping in and out and around the more stripped-down Metallica sound. Really adds a third dimension to the tracks.