let’s get the shameful secret out of the way:
Yeah, i like collins drumming like a mad man.
but better to admit that than to admit being enarmoured to live dub/singing (badly) at max volume the theme song from Yamato, whenever you come across it.
both these songs unleash the inner sentai spirit, and like Evangelion has taught us, you need to wait until the powers runs out after disconnecting the umbilical cable/power source… and you can do a lot of Sasaki impressions in 5 minutes, let me tell you.
what about pseudo-live performances?
that specific vid featuring Lykke Li on KEXP comes to mind, which i remember well for being surprised how well her songs work when pared back to a minimum, and how she’s seriously having some issues with the replies she’s giving, almost to a slightly creepy level.
then there’s also an interesting aspect about how live recordings just never sound like the original studio recording, and how that makes the song come out much stronger than a perfect, ABBAesque levels of recording/arranging ever could. That’s probably why the live concept goes so strong with artists that can perform live, without backing tracks et al… experiencing that raw talent, unfiltered, is what really makes it worth it, i think.