I tend to pick complete performances that kick ass, even if part of the song isn’t as good as the same part played on another night. I don’t like stuff that’s hacked together in Pro Tools—especially if you have to fix tempos that are different from one performance to another. For some reason, a live crowd causes phrases and melodies to pop into your mind that would never occur to you in the studio, and a live album should document the energy and buzz of that moment. Studio technology shouldn’t intrude for the sake of making something perfect.
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