I sometimes feel I am in the Minority in that I like to hear a Band or a Singers Live Albums, Warts and all, because I feel it shows their ability to improvise and bring real emotions that sometimes get lost in a Studio setting. The following are a few Albums I feel reflects that.
1} Live at the Fillmore - Lucinda Williams. The live setting here really brings the pain, sense of loss, and even Joy of her songs to the forefront.
2] Kicking Televisions, Live in Chicago - Wilco. Here you can hear the pain and emotions that Jeff Tweedy puts into his songs better than the studio versions, while also showcasing the many styles this Band plays , from Country, too Rock, and even some Avant Garde while not overwhelming the feeling of the song.
3] At The Ryman - Emmylou Harris. This live recording, with what has too be one her best Bands, The Nash Ramblers, showcases her remarkable voice and emotions that sometimes don't come fully come across in her studio recording.
4} Rock of Ages - The Band. One of musics most remarkable groups. They play so many styles so well and that is exemplified on this live recording. Songs like The Weight, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Up on Cripple Creek never sounded better or more soulful than here.
5} Brothers of a Feather - Chris and Rich Robinson. The Two Brothers play classic Black Crowes songs in a Live unplugged setting, bringing wonderful insight to their songwriting skills that isn't always apparent in their studio recordings.
These are just my opinions, would love to read what others think.