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  • AC/DC is, first and foremost, a real band. They made it to the top because of their tight, energetic, powerful, ballsy sound that reaches down your throat and grabs hold of your heart from the inside.

    Too many bands have created their sound with the aid of expert producers, engineering wizards and borrowed musicians who spent hours tweaking, over-dubbing, and over-producing the record until you are left with nothing but a cookie-cutter pop album that could have been released by any number of the “hot” artists of the day. But not AC/DC. Hand them their guitars, amps, and drums, and stay out of their way, and you’ll get one heck of a performance. This album is proof that they don’t need effects and gimmicks to sound good.

    When recording in the studio the typical band records the instruments one at a time. AC/DC usually records the entire band all together. The reason? This is the best way to capture the energy of their live performances. Individually they may not be virtuoso musicians, but collectively their styles perfectly mesh to create a sound that has made AC/DC one of the greatest hard rock bands of all time.

    As I said, this is a real band who can put on a live performance that matches the best of the best, and this recording captures that energy very well. “Riff Raff” is one of my all-time favorite songs from any band, of any era. It is fast, energetic, ballsy, and extremely well written. I respect the song so much that if I cannot listen to it at full volume I will not listen to it at all. The studio version of the song from “Powerage” is excellent, but AC/DC is at their best when performing live, and they push it over the top on this recording.

    If you are a younger fan just getting into the old AC/DC this should be your first buy. It has several classic hits (i.e. “Whole Lotta Rosie”), and it captures Bon Scott in his prime. If you’re already an AC/DC fan then this review is moot because you probably already own it!

    AC/DC Live? This is absolutely a must buy.

    Posted on February 2, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Contrary to what “mike” says below, this is the live recording to own if you are a real ac/dc fan. We all know Bon was the better singer/frontman, and phil the better drummer. Sorry dude, ou must have flunked-out of the school of rock!

    Posted on February 2, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Live album from 1978 captures the band at the height of their powers with Bon Scott at the helm. This is a great straight ahead rock album that features some of the best songs from the bands early years. For me the highlight is the 8 minute plus version of “Let There Be Rock” which remains one of my favorite AC/ DC tracks to this day. Angus Young also shines on the 7 minute plus “Bad Boy Boogie” which features his trademark style. I think this may be my favorite AC / DC album in my collection. The album starts off with a blistering “Riff Raff” then runs through killer versions of “Hell Aint A Bad Place To Be”, “The Jack”, “Problem Child”, “Whole Lotta Rosie”, Rock n Roll Damnation”, “High Voltage” and “Rocker”, all played at maximum volume and energy. All in all a great live album.

    Posted on February 2, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I am not a huge fan of AC/DC. I own this album and ‘74 Jailbreak. But man, this ROCKS!!!! What a great, unpolished live recording! It has that magical rock n’ roll raw energy all the way through it. Bon Scott and Angus Young are in their finest; aw, the entire band does a great thing!

    I love this cd all the way through, but my favourite would include Let There Be Rock (possibly their best song ever) which is filled with incredible guitar licks from Angus, Riff Raff (featuring one of the best riffs I’ve ever heard) and High Voltage (which sounds to me as incredible rock n’ roll wannabe theme). My least favourite here would be Bad Boy Boogie, but that one rocks as well!

    I guess I gotta get more into AC/DC; this band really inspired Me! Recommended to any Rock N’ Roll fan!

    Posted on February 2, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This is a great album! One of the best live albums i’ve ever heard from any classic rock bands! The CD starts out with a raving audience cheering, and you can tell when Angus comes out. Then you hear the intro played by Angus to “Riff Raff”, and Bon is really at his best in this concert!! He screams his lungs out with raw hysteria, its great!! The song moves onto the great “Hell Ain’t A Bad Place to Be”, followed by one of the best songs off of Let There Be Rock, “Bad Boy Boogie”, and this version really gets in your face! “The Jack” comes next, with the original live version of lyrics(which are so much better). “Problem Child” where Bon screams his best here as well. “Whole Lotta Rosie”, another favorite, and you can really feel Bon’s voice going through your ears and shaking your brain! And the rampaging crowd chants “Angus, Angus” during the beginning riffs, its just great! Then onto some classic rock and roll tunes, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Damnation” and “High Voltage”, where Bon get the crowd to chant “HIGH”, and wait’ll Bon chants it the 4th time around(get your ears ready). “Let There Be Rock” the most powerful song on the album, where Angus and Malcolm blast their guitars and push their Marshall amps to the limit. The CD closes out with the classic “Rocker”. Bon really puts his heart and soul into singing here, i’ve never heard him sing better than on this album. If you want blood…You got it, right on this album.

    Posted on February 2, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now