A live album is a musical recording containing concert performances. Live albums have existed since the early 1960s when the album began to be seen as an artistic entity unto itself and not simply a collection of songs.
Most successful recording artists release at least one live album at some point during their career. Most live albums are seen as expendable parts of an artistsí catalogue, often failing to sell as well as studio albums. However, a few artists are known for live albums that are better than their studio albums, including Kiss, James Brown and The Grateful Dead.
Notable live albums include: