I WAS A DEADHEAD ONCE: In Celebration of Their New ‘Holy Ground’ LP, Mono’s Lead Guitarist Lists His Favorite Live Albums

Hey, remember when we taped Mono wailing away at a Wordless Music show at the NY Society For Ethical Culture? Well that very show was recently pressed to a CD/DVD package and a limited triple LP. (Or if you hate physical products, there’s always the MP3 version.) Needless to say, Holy Ground looks and sounds better than our crap point-and-shoot camera clip.

So with that in mind, we asked guitarist Takaakira Goto to list his favorite live albums of all time. Check ’em out after the jump, along with a speaker-scorching version of “Ashes In the Snow.”


Mono, “Ashes In the Snow (Live)”

1. Jimi Hendrix, Live at Monterey (Geffen, 2007)
This is the one of the most amazing, unforgettable moments in the history of guitar music.

2. Led Zeppelin, The Song Remains the Same (Swan Song, 1976)
An incredible live album from one of the best bands ever.

3. Ennio Morricone, Arena Concerto (DRG, 2007)
Dreamy, dark, sad, hopeful, so very emotional…It’s a beautiful ensemble with the perfect harmony.

4. The Tony Williams Lifetime, Emergency! (Polydor/PolyGram, 1969)
I don’t listen to jazz a lot, but this is amazing and has stayed in my memory for years. It’s very intense.

5. The Grateful Dead, Europe ’72 (Warner Bros., 1972)
I love this one. Everything is perfect on it.