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AC/DC Live

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An album by AC/DC

This is a Hyper CD, which contains regular audio tracks and also provides a link to the artist's website with the help of a web browser. This edition also comes with a pull-out, 2-sided poster. AC/DC: Brian Johnson (vocals); Angus Young, Malcolm Young … see full wiki

1 review about AC/DC Live

I Need To Take The Paint Off The House!!

  • Jun 20, 2000
Pros: Hard Rock Live The Way It Should Be

Cons: A bit tedious

First of I think that AC/DC is one of the best hard rock bands around. They are also one of the best live bands in history. So I was really looking forward to this package. 2CDs of the best that the band has to offer live and loud. What could be better?

From the opening of this album with the crowd chanting ANGUS,ANGUS, to the sounds of thunder and helicopters, you get the sense that this is going to be something special. Then a light drumbeat starts soon the guitar of Angus kicks in and we are away!!! You have been "Thunderstruck". This is a fabulous way to start off a live show. The tone is set for the next two hours of your listening pleasure!

Prepare to get your ears assaulted by some of the most belligerent guitar playing and hard edged vocals ever put on an album. Those who have other AC/DC albums will know what I mean but this live album magnifies it 200%.

Each song is a blistering attack on any exposed nerve that you may have. It may also let you know about some that are not exposed! Here you will find 23 versions of the music that will drive the mother in law out of the house.

This two record set has all of AC/DC's greatest hits up to the time of release. Each one is done in typical "High Voltage" AC/DC fashion. One particular highlight is the almost 15 minute version of "Jailbreak", which features a great exchange between Angus, his guitar and the audience at the start. It also features another guitar solo that just is so loud and in your face it demands that you pay attention for the whole duration. One thing for sure, you will know that Angus Young CAN play guitar after this!

Also worth noting is the song "The Jack". This is due to the fact that it is somewhat of a blues edged song. It is the only song on either disc that varies from their balls to the wall hard pounding guitars. Even here Angus gives us a taste of what he can do. But it is a little laid back compared to the rest of the album. I guess they need a break sometime while on stage.

The first disc is just a preview of what you are going to get on the second though. Here the band is going to take what ear drums you have left and smash them into rubble. The second disc starts out with the eerie "Hells Bells".

From the tolling of the bell at the beginning it is all too clear that this song is going to lead you down that wicked path of rock and roll!
You know what, I am glad to go on that journey!

This whole disc is more of the same from this cast of characters. Hard crunching guitars throughout. Screaming lyrics (Still distinguishable) and pounding rhythms.

Another highlight is "High Voltage". Here they do another jam session in the middle where Angus is let loose to crush anything that gets in the path of his guitar. We also get Brian Johnson whipping the audience into a frenzy with his urging the crowd on to help him sing. This song becomes one of the focal points of the concert. From here they launch into,

You Shook Me All Night Long". This is their biggest hit here in the United States and it is still one of their best. Here it is played very close to the original. Still another song that should be mandatory at any party!

Also on this disc is the absolutely smoking twelve minute version on their classic "Let There Be Rock". The title of this song says it all. This is nothing but rock, rock and some roll. It is the gospel according to AC/DC. You would think that Angus would be unable to keep up this pace for that long!

The last song on this disc is "For Those About To Rock". This is a great song to end with. Complete with 21 Cannon salute! Loud and proud. The way it should be.

I did not go into detail of each song on this album because frankly after listening to the whole thing for a few times, they all start to blend together. I have found that this is a great group in moderation. I also see that their all out, never let up approach to rock, makes it somewhat tedious after the first 1 to 1 1/2 hrs.

All the songs on here will stand up by themselves. There is not a weak song on here. Even have the audience sing "Bonny" to Angus's guitar is a treat!

But, in all a very, very long set that will take some patience to listen to completely in one sitting. That said it is still one of the disc that I take with me to do some traveling.

The complete song listing is:

Disc One

Shoot To Thrill
Back In Black
Sin City
Who Made Who
Fire Your Guns
The Jack
The Razors Edge
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Money Talks

Disc Two

Hells Bells
Are You Ready
That's The Way I Wanna Rock N Roll
High Voltage
You Shook Me All Night Long
Whole Lotta Rosie
Let There Be Rock
Highway To Hell
For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)

If you want a hard rock explosion with no let up, this is your album. If you are looking for musical variety, forget it. Crank it up, let it blast and hope the neighbors don't care!


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AC/DC Live
Label: Legacy Recordings
Release Date: February 18, 2003

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