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  • I’m generally not a huge fan of live albums, but when I came across this concert performance of AC/DC, I just had to check it out. “Live” is two plus hours of unadulterated hard rock that’s everything we could expect from these guys. The group cruises through their history from the early days of Bon Scott right up to their 1990 album “Razors Edge.” To be honest, I wasn’t sure if Brian Johnson could pull it off as a vocalist onstage, but he pleasantly surprised me. Not only does his voice project well in concert, but he sings the Bon Scott songs with enough authority to almost claim them as his own. I was really impressed with his renditions of pre-”Back in Black” material like “High Voltage,” “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” and “Highway to Hell.” And guitarists Angus and Malcolm Young hold their own impressively on personal favorites like “Shoot to Thrill,” “Who Made Who,” and the aggressive “Let There Be Rock.” The reason why “Live” works so well is 1) it’s a fantastic performance of AC/DC and 2) it could also be a greatest hits set as the tracklisting covers the band’s history pretty well. I understand that there’s a single disc version available, but don’t be cheap and get that edition. Go for the gusto and get the double disc version, which has a fourteen minute (yes, fourteen minute) live version of “Jailbreak” which is mandatory listening for any AC/DC fan. If you’re even remotely interested in this group, then “Live” should rank high on your albums to get.

    Posted on March 11, 2010