We record primarily live and try not to do edits. You get better takes, better mistakes and overall better tracks....
I am a sucker for outtakes, 1st takes, ground tracks, B sides, Board feeds, 4 tracks and Alternates. I like recordings to feel like I'm in the room much more than the best possible rendition.
Yeah, I found that my best takes were the first ones. They just have so much better energy and feeling.
Every take after that is dull and lifeless - at least mine are.
Like you become way too self-conscious, especially if you make the mistake of listening to your first take....
Then you hear all the mistakes and think too much when you get to that point again.
I'd rather have the wonderful vibe of the first take, warts and all, than a sterile/perfect subsequent piece.
And some of my fav music was found on the b-sides of my ma's old 45's