Angus Young AC/DC

Everybody knows who AC/DC is. You can ask a grandma walking down the street and she can tell you that it's the band with the guy who wears the funny shorts. AC/DC was formed in 1973 in Australia by guitarist Malcolm Young and his brother Angus. In September 1974, original vocalist Dave Evans, was replaced by the charismatic singer Ronald "Bon" Scott, born in Kirriemuir, Scotland. Together they became one of the most successful heavy metal/hard rock bands ever. Bon Scott died on 19 February 1980, the official story being that after a night of partying, Scott passed out and was left in a car owned by an acquaintance named Allistair Kinnear. Sometime the next day, Bon was found dead by Kinnear, having apparently choked on his own vomit while sleeping. The band members considered quitting, but they were encouraged to continue by Bon Scott's parents. Shortly after, the band found their new lead singer in an Englishman, former Geordie lead singer Brian Johnson. AC/DC albums have sold in colossal numbers, the total being estimated at well in excess of 150 million copies worldwide, with the 1980, Brian Johnson-led album "Back in Black" selling over 21 million in the US alone and 40+ world wide.

High Voltage Australia
AC/DC - High Voltage
(Albert) 1975

SIDE ONE
1. Baby, Please Don't Go (4:50)
2. She's Got Balls (4:51)
3. Little Lover (5:39)
4. Stick Around (4:44)
SIDE TWO
5. Soul Stripper (6:25)
6. You Ain't Got a Hold on Me (3:31)
7. Love Song (5:14)
8. Show Business (4:46)

" High Voltage" is the debut studio album by Australian heavy metal/hard rock band AC/DC. The album was recorded in November 1974 and released on February 17, 1975. Six of the album's eight songs were written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young, and Bon Scott. "Soul Stripper" was written by Young & Young, and "Baby, Please Don't Go" is a cover version of a Big Joe Williams song. Picked up this mint vinyl copy at a record show for a mere $5, which is a small fraction of the price it sells for on Ebay.

AC/DC
Bon Scott & Angus Young

T.N.T. AC/DC - T.N.T. (Atco) 1975

1."It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Want to Rock 'n' Roll)" (5:16)
2."Rock 'n' Roll Singer" (5:05)
3."The Jack" (5:52)
4."Live Wire" (5:51)
5."T.N.T." (3:36)
6."Rocker" (2:51)
7."Can I Sit Next to You Girl" (4:12)
8."High Voltage" (4:19)
9."School Days" (5:23)

Well, this was a lucky find. Walked into one of the big chain stores and found this CD, still sealed, in the bargain bin for $5.99. This Australian import is now out of print. This was AC/DC's second full length release, most of which was re-released in Europe and the U.S. a year later as 'High Voltage.' However, there is one track, exclusive to this CD, a cover of Chuck Berry's "School Days". "Rocker" also did not appear on the 'High Voltage' re-release but was later added onto 'Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.'

High Voltage AC/DC - High Voltage (Atco) 1976

1."It's a Long Way to the Top (if You Want to Rock 'n' Roll)" (5:10)
2."Rock 'n' Roll Singer" (5:00)
3."The Jack" (5:50)
4."Live Wire" (5:45)
5."T.N.T." (3:30)
6."Can I Sit Next to You Girl" (4:06)
7."Little Lover" (5:26)
8."She's Got Balls" (4:46)
9."High Voltage" (4:18)

AC/DC

Originally released in1974 on Albert Records in Australia, the Atlantic Records released in May of 1976. The international version of the album features a different cover and is actually a compilation of the original Australian edition and its follow-up, the Australia-only T.N.T. album. Despite its title, the international "High Voltage" contains only two tracks from the original, "She's Got Balls" and "Little Lover".

The album has long received flack from mis-understanding people because of the lyrics. Frankly, anyone who takes this band's lyrics seriously needs to have their head examined by a doctor. This is supposed to be fun and entertaining, and nothing more. The band's revolutionary musical attack, however, can never be overlooked!. Angus Young's manic guitar solos laid over Malcom Young's simple, basic boogie grooves and the band's heavy metal backbeats, all of which is delivered with a ferocious punk attitude. So much so, in fact, that the band was often mis-labeled as punk in their early years. All this is brought to life by Bon Scott's snotty, attitude fueled vocals. Frankly, rock 'n' roll and heavy metal just doesn't get any more classic than "High Voltage".

Annihilator covered "Live Wire" on their 'In Command' CD.

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (Atco) 1976

1."Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" (3:46)
2."Love at First Feel" (3:05)
3."Big Balls" (2:39)
4."Rocker" (2:46)
5."Problem Child" (5:43)
6."There's Gonna Be Some Rockin'" (3:14)
7."Ain't No Fun Waiting Round to be a Millionaire" (6:57)
8."Ride On" (5:47)
9."Squealer" (5:12)

"Dirty Deeds" is AC/DC's third proper studio album, though it wasn't released in the U.S. until a year after the death of Bon Scott. It was originally released in Australia on Albert Productions on September, 20 1976 with a cartoon cover of Angus Young and Bon Scott. A modified international edition was later released on Atlantic Records in November 1976. It wasn't released in the US until 1981. The band was having massive success with "Back in Black" at the time and struggled with the idea of re-releasing out a Bon Scott album during this time as they were still very much mourning the death of their friend.

The album is a genuine classic, Bon Scott-led AC/DC album. The title track is one of AC/DC's most well known and respected anthems. It's one of those songs that is regularly heard on rock radio worldwide decades later. While the song is obviously suppose to have the mean and nasty rock and roll vibe, the term "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" is actually an homage to the character Dishonest John from the animated series "Beany and Cecil". However, as with most die-hard AC/DC fans, I like the deeper tracks as much as the "hits". "Problem Child" is classic heavy rock and roll while "Squealer" is AC/DC at their rock 'n' roll nastiest. "Ride On" is a moody blues rocker and a fan favorite. "Big Balls" is a sort of joke song in that the lyrics are written as double entendre by referring the title phrase to mean big, upscale, dance balls as well as the obvious reference.

A song titled "I'm a Rebel" was recorded during the "Dirty Deeds" sessions in '76, with music and lyrics written by Alex and George Young, brothers of Angus and Malcolm Young. Unfortunately the song was never released is rumored to be forever buried in Albert Productions' vaults. However, German heavy metal legends Accept later recorded the song, released it as a single and named their second album after the song.

The song "Dirty Deeds" has also been covered by Exodus, who also covered "Overdose" as well.

AC/DC - Let There Be Rock (Atlantic) 1977

1. "Go Down" (5:20)
2. "Dog Eat Dog" (3:30)
3. "Let There Be Rock" (6:12)
4. "Bad Boy Boogie" (4:29)
5. "Problem Child" (5:50)
6. "Overdose" (6:03)
7. "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be" (4:20)
8. "Whole Lotta Rosie" (5:27)

Bon & Angus
Bon Scott & Angus Young

Is there a more classic Bon Scott era AC/DC disc than this one? I mean, how can anyone resist the heavy metal boogie of "Let There Be Rock"? Absolutely one of the finest heavy metal platters to ever be released.

"Overdose" has been covered by Exodus.

AC/DC - Live from the Atlantic Studios (Atlantic) 1997

1. "Live Wire" (5:46)
2. "Problem Child" (4:24)
3. "High Voltage" (5:40)
4. "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be" (3:57)
5. "Dog Eat Dog" (4:13)
6. "The Jack" (8:02)
7. "Whole Lotta Rosie" (5:08)
8. "Rocker" (5:57)

AC/DC recorded live in New York City in 1978 with Bon Scott on vocals. This cd was originally released as a promo record to radio stations only. Eventually it was remixed, remastered and released as part of the Bonfire Box. This cd feature one stellar performance by Bon Scott and the boys with a great sound quality for a recording that was originally just suppose to be a radio broadcast. Of course the song list is excellent as well since this recording was made during a classic period of the band. I'd even be so bold to say that this is the band's best live recording; equal to or better than "If You Want Blood."

AC/DC - Powerage (Atco) 1978

1."Rock 'N' Roll Damnation" (3:35)
2."Down Payment Blues" (6:00)
3."Gimme a Bullet" (3:21)
4."Riff Raff" (5:14)
5."Sin City" (4:40)
6."What's Next to the Moon" (3:28)
7."Gone Shootin'" (5:04)
8."Up To My Neck in You" (4:10)
9."Kicked in the Teeth" (3:52)

'Powerage" is one of my favorite AC/DC albums. The whole album is a blues and boogie based heavy metal ball of fun. What is odd about this disc is that it probably contains the least amount of hits, radio staples and concert favorites, which may be part of the reason it sits at the top of my list. Sometimes overplay is worse than no play at all. Still there are a few classics like "Sin City" and "Riff Raff." Also like the bluesy "Down Payment Blues" a lot.

Twisted Sister covered "Sin City" on their Twisted Forever Tribute.


Bon Scott

AC/DC - Dog Eat Dog (CDR)

1. "The Jack" (6:01)
2. "Rocker" (2:32)
3. "Gone Shootin'" (6:30)
4. "Live Wire" (5:19)
5. "Problem Child" (4:31)
6. "High Voltage" (7:37)
7. "Sin City" (5:01)
8. "Bad Boy Boogie" (8:55)
9. "Rocker/Dog Eat Dog" (11:07)

"Dog Eat Dog" is and an average recording with a decent song selection. Not sure if this boot what the source is for the CDR boot, but it is a poorly preserved radio recording. At one point a radio announcer introduces Bon Scott as Bon Tyler. Of course with any of AC/DC's 70's concerts the band just jams. Not sure why they played "Rocker" twice, unless these are taken from two seperate concerts and the crowd noises are just spliced together so as not to notice any breaks.

If You Want Blood AC/DC - If You Want Blood...You've Got It (Atlantic) 1978

1. "Riff Raff" (5:58)
2. "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be" (4:10)
3. "Bad Boy Boogie" (7:26)
4. "The Jack" (5:49)
5. "Problem Child" (4:36)
6. "Whole Lotta Rosie" (4:08)
7. "Rock 'N' Roll Damnation" (3:40)
8. "High Voltage" (5:04)
9. "Let There Be Rock" (8:32)
10. "Rocker" (3:12)

AC/DC live with Bon Scott on vox, do you really need a review? Recorded during the band's world tour in support "Powerage", this disc contains raw and raunchy versions of many of AC/DC's best songs from the 70's. Charming cover art too, don't ya think? I wonder how may people saw this cover and walked away offended. Some people have no sense of humor. This is high voltage rock and roll. Traded in my original CD pressing for the digi, remastered version. The remaster version contains a 16-page, full color booklet with photos from this era of the band, as well as plenty of liner notes.

Highway to Hell AC/DC - Highway to Hell (Atlantic) 1979

1."Highway to Hell" (3:26)
2."Girls Got Rhythm" (3:23)
3."Walk All Over You" (5:08)
4."Touch Too Much" (4:24)
5."Beating Around the Bush" (3:55)
6."Shot Down in Flames" (3:21)
7."Get It Hot" (2:24)
8."If You Want Blood (You've Got It)" (4:32)
9."Love Hungry Man" (4:14)
10."Night Prowler" (6:13)

Bon
Bon Scott & Angus Young

"Highway to Hell" is one of the albums that is most sited by well-intentioned clergy to prove that rock 'n roll is "of the devil". Did AC/DC worship Satan? Hardly. What they worshipped was themselves and they knew that something like this would push them over the edge. Sometimes controversy is the best marketing tool, and for "Highway to Hell" it worked. All the screaming in the world didn't stop them, it only gave them free publicity and advertising. Actually the song "Highway to Hell" was inspired by the hellish tours on the road that AC/DC were experiencing at the time. Unfortunately, vocalist Bon Scott may have very well been on that very highway he sang of as he died from the excesses of his own lifestyle before he could record another album with AC/DC.

The music on this disc is classic AC/DC. To be quite honest I don't really care for "Highway to Hell" the song and usually skip it, not so much due to the lyrics but rather it is one of the most overplayed songs on rock radio. Thirty some years later and it is still in regular rotation on radio. The rest of the album, however, is classic AC/DC rock and roll, mixing simplistic head-banging drum beats with Angus and Malcolm Young's signature boogie and blues rhythms. Loads of classics on this one: "Girls Got Rhythm," "Touch Too Much," "Night Prowler" to name just a few.

Neil Turbin recorded a cover of "Touch Too Much". Quiet Riot covered "Highway to Hell".

Back in Black AC/DC - Back in Black (Atco) 1980

1. "Hells Bells" (5:09)
2. "Shoot to Thrill" (5:14)
3. "What Do You Do for Money Honey" (3:33)
4. "Given the Dog a Bone" (3:30)
5. "Let Me Put My Love into You" (4:12)
6. "Back in Black" (4:13)
7. "You Shook Me All Night Long" (3:28)
8. "Have a Drink on Me" (3:57)
9. "Shake a Leg" (4:03)
10. "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" (4:12)

Angus
Angus Young

"Back in Black" is without a doubt one of the most well known, and well respected AC/DC albums ever released. The album was huge, selling multiplatinum and staying on the charts for several years. Someone told me, although I don't know this for a fact, that "Back in Black" is the best selling heavy metal record ever, and the second best selling record of any style, selling upwards of 15 million copies (second only to Michael Jackson's "Thriller"). Unfortunately during pre-production for this album the band's vocalist Bon Scott died of an alcohol related death in early 1980. Bon Scott's death came at a worse possible time for AC/DC since the band's last album, "Highway to Hell" was the their first gold-certified album in the U.S. Despite the fact that an obvious chemistry was lost with Bon Scott's death, "Back in Black" is the ultimate example of a band turning a career-threatening negative into an outstanding career-altering positive. New vocalist Brian Johnson had a similar quality to his voice as Bon Scott, but he sings with more power. There is not a bad track on this disc, with the possible exception of "Hell's Bells," which is basically "Highway to Hell Part 2." The main reason for this song was to capitalize on the success of the band's last disc. Fortunately the band realized that it was not the controversy of the lyrics that was their selling point, but the raw power of their music. Almost every track on this discs was released as a single and still gets radio airplay today. The album was produced by "Mutt" Lange who also has produced for Foreigner, Def Leppard, The Cars, (among others) and more recently, his wife Shania Twain.

Six Feet Under recorded this album in it's entirety as a tribute to AC/DC.

For those about to rock AC/DC - For Those About to Rock We Salute You (Atlantic) 1981

1. "For Those About to Rock We Salute You" (5:44)
2. "Put the Finger on You" (3:26)
3. "Let's Get It Up" (3:54)
4. "Inject the Venom" (3:31)
5. "Snowballed" (3:23)
6. "Evil Walks" (4:24)
7. "C.O.D." (3:19)
8. "Breaking the Rules" (4:23)
9. "Night of the Long Knives" (3:26)
10. "Spellbound" (4:30)

Man, it must have been a nightmare having to follow up an album as hugely sucessful as "Back in Black." Many would have tried to just recreate the hit from the last album. AC/DC however, did not need to follow some pop formula however as they had created their own formula from day one and didn't really stray from it. "For Those About To Rock" did very well for the band, although if I remember correctly, it didn't do as well with critics. In retrospect I'll bet the reviewers were kicking themselves as this album was a massive hit as well, although it didn't have as many hit singles. The title track is one of the band's best songs ever and is a call to arms for all headbangers. "Put The Finger On You" and "Evil Walks" are also classic AC/DC material. There are a few duds on this disc and most consider this to be the band's last great disc before going into a slump up until 1990's "The Razor's Edge."

AC/DC - Flick of the Switch (Atlantic) 1983

1."Rising Power" (3:43)
2."This House Is On Fire" (3:23)
3."Flick of the Switch" (3:17)
4."Nervous Shakedown" (4:22)
5."Landslide" (3:56)
6."Guns for Hire" (3:25)
7."Deep in the Hole" (3:17)
8."Bedlam in Belgium" (3:48)
9."Badlands" (3:37)
10."Brain Shake" (4:00)

Often regarded as one of the band's biggest disappointments; I never could figure out why. The band was suffering with some problems, apparently drummer Phil Rudd's dependency problems were getting the best of him and the band, and he was fired, or quit, or whatever, midway through the recording. Enter new drummer Simon Wright, who later went on to record with Dio after Phil returned to the band. Still, I always thought the band was still at a peak here. The songs still grab hold and rip your face off. Both the slow and the fast songs just rage with that simplistic, yet aggressive, AC/DC conviction. Perhaps some of the songs were starting to sound a bit similar to the band's past glories, but so what! If I am not mistaken, that was the point. Angus and Co. were wanting to get back to the raw rock n roll roots, thus the reason they self produced, as opposed to using Mutt Lang, who had done so well for them with their past few albums.

AC/DC - '74 Jailbreak (Atlantic) 1984

1. "Jailbreak" (4:40)
2. "You Ain't Got a Hold on Me" (3:30)
3. "Show Business" (4:43)
4. "Soul Stripper" (6:23)
5. "Baby, Please Don't Go" (4:50)

An EP featuring released in 1984 featuring some cuts from the 1974 Australian version of "High Voltage," featuring Bon Scott on vocals. Of course it doesn't feature all the tracks that were deleted from the American version, but it does feature some of the best. It's a mystery why "Jailbreak" wasn't released in the States years earlier considering it became an instant classic and a concert staple from here on out. Also includes a smokin' cover of "Baby, Please Don't Go" and a few other AC/DC boogie-rockers. This EP always bugged me in that it sells for the same price as a regular, full length CD. I regularly see it in CD stores selling for $12.99. This is the reason it took so long to become a part of my AC/DC collection. Fortunately I have friends who keep an eye out for cheap used copies for me. (Thanks Kurt.)

Fly on the Wall AC/DC - Fly on the Wall (Atlantic) 1985

1."Fly on the Wall" (3:43)
2."Shake Your Foundations" (4:08)
3."First Blood" (3:40)
4."Danger" (4:22)
5."Sink the Pink" (4:14)
6."Playing with Girls" (3:44)
7."Stand Up" (3:53)
8."Hell or High Water" (4:31)
9."Back in Business" (4:22)
10."Send for the Man" (3:26)

I always like the title and the cover of this one. Probably not their best disc, but darn it, I couldn't pass it up for $6.99. Anyhow, their are a few prime cuts, "Sink the Pink" (was this written by Spinal Tap?) and especially "Shake You Foundations," both of which showed up on:

Who Made Who AC/DC - Who Made Who (Maximum Overdrive Soundtrack) (Atlantic) 1986

1. "Who Made Who" (3:26)
2. "You Shook Me All Night Long" (3:28)
3. "D.T." [instrumental] (2:56)
4. "Sink the Pink" (4:14)
5. "Ride On" (5:47)
6. "Hells Bells" (5:09)
7. "Shake Your Foundations" (4:08)
8. "Chase the Ace" [instrumental] (3:01)
9. "For Those About to Rock We Salute You" (5:44)

This was the music put to the Stephen King film "Maximum Overdrive." With the exception of the two instrumentals and the title track this is basically a "best of" compilation. "Who Made Who" was a hit for the band. Never saw the movie, so I don't know anything about it. I found this in a cut out bin for $4.99 still sealed so I figure, what the heck. Not a bad listen actually.

Blow Up Your Video AC/DC - Blow Up Your Video (Atlantic) 1988

1. "Heatseeker" (3:50)
2. "That's the Way I Wanna Rock N Roll" (3:43)
3. "Meanstreak" (4:10)
4. "Go Zone" (4:25)
5. "Kissin' Dynamite" (4:02)
6. "Nick of Time" (4:17)
7. "Some Sin for Nuthin'" (4:13)
8. "Ruff Stuff" (4:30)
9. "Two's Up" (5:19)
10. "This Means War" (4:23)

The lost AC/DC album. As far as I know this is the only AC/DC album that has been taken out of print. Not sure why. Perhaps the twisted blues metal riffs were not to the labels liking. Perhaps the lack of a hit song. Perhaps...who knows. It sounds like AC/DC to me. Turn up the volume and band your head.

Razor's Edge AC/DC - The Razor's Edge (Atco) 1990

1. "Thunderstruck" (4:52)
2. "Fire Your Guns" (2:53)
3. "Moneytalks" (3:45)
4. "The Razor's Edge" (4:22)
5. "Mistress for Christmas" (3:58)
6. "Rock Your Heart Out" (4:06)
7. "Are You Ready" (4:10)
8. "Got You by the Balls" (4:29)
9. "Shot of Love" (3:57)
10. "Let's Make It" (3:32)
11. "Goodbye & Good Riddance to Bad Luck" (3:14)
12. "If You Dare" (3:11)

Produced by the legendary Bruce Fairborn! I think the production alone gave new life to an old concept. Brian Johnson sounds as good as ever, his high, shrill, voice fitting perfectly the high end mix. "Razor's Edge" is probably the best AC/DC album since "Flick of the Switch." I picked this one up real cheap somewhere, like a yard sale or flea market or something. I can't remember right now.

Ballbreaker AC/DC - Ballbreaker (EastWest Records America) 1995

1. "Hard As A Rock" (4:31)
2. "Cover You In Oil" (4:32)
3. "The Furor" (4:10)
4. "Boogie Man" (4:07)
5. "The Honey Roll" (5:34)
6. "Burnin' Alive" (5:05)
7. "Hail Caesar" (5:14)
8. "Love Bomb" (3:14)
9. "Caught With Your Pants Down" (4:14)
10. "Whisky On The Rocks" (4:35)
11. "Ballbreaker" (4:31)

These guys are like an old steam engine that just refuses to give up, but rather just keep pummeling along, tearing apart the eardrums of listeners, while many sit on the sidelines and curiously laugh. You'd think a band that all it's members were well into their 40s would have some slightly less silly lyrics, but once again, AC/DC comes through with titles like "Cover You in Oil" and "Love Bomb." Production has been taken over by the man that brought Slayer to power, Rick Rubin and he does a fine job with AC/DC as well. Surprisingly, when the lyrics aren't the focus, the music on this disc is consistently good, although I hear very few 'classic' cuts. So I guess that the conclusion is that while "Ballbreaker" has few, if any flaws, it's not really their most shining effort either. Most certainly die-hard fans of the band are pleased.

Live AC/DC - Live (Epic) 1992

DISC ONE
1. "Thunderstruck" (6:34)
2. "Shoot to Thrill" (5:23)
3. "Back in Black" (4:28)
4. "Sin City" (5:40)
5. "Who Made Who" (5:16)
6. "Heatseeker" (3:37)
7. "Fire Your Guns" (3:40)
8. "Jailbreak" (14:43)
9. "The Jack" (6:56)
10. "The Razor's Edge" (4:35)
11. "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" (5:02)
12. "Moneytalks" (4:21)
DISC TWO
1. "Hells Bells" (6:01)
2. "Are You Ready" (4:34)
3. "That's the Way I Wanna Rock 'N' Roll" (3:57)
4. "High Voltage" (10:32)
5. "You Shook Me All Night Long" (3:54)
6. "Whole Lotta Rosie" (4:30)
7. "Let There Be Rock" (12:17)
8. "Bonny" [instrumental] (1:03)
9. "Highway to Hell" (3:53)
10. "T.N.T." (3:48)
11. "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)" (7:09)


The AC/DC dollar that came in the original pressings of "Live".

It had been 14 years since AC/DC had put out a live album, and despite the fact that the band are no longer the young troublemakers they were during the Bon Scott years, they were still on top of their game. Recorded during the 'Razor's Edge World Tour' in 1990-91, the creatively titled "Live" features blistering versions of songs from just about every era of the band. Personally I think some of the songs off "Razor's Edge" are even better in this live setting. Some of the Bon Scott stuff, like "Jailbreak" and "The Jack" just don't seem to work as well with Brian Johnson behind the mic. However, there is nothing on this disc I would describe as bad, it's just a matter of preference. The 23 songs were recorded at concerts all over the world. The good thing about this is that you get some of the band's best performances. The bad part is the fade outs in between some of the songs. I would have preferred that the album flow as if it were one concert. However, this too is a minor complain. I always enjoy how bands from the 70's tend to extend their songs and get the audience involved in the performance. On "Live" there are a few songs clocking in at over ten minutes including the ten minute version of "High Voltage", a twelve minute version of "Let There Be Rock" and an extended guitar solo version of "Jailbreak".

My copy is the double CD collector's edition that has been digitally remastered and reissued in a special digipak. The 16 page full color booklet contains all original album art, many unpublished photos, classic memorabilia and new liner notes. There is a single disc version available as well featuring only 14 of the same songs here. Overall, "Live" sports excellent sound, a varied song selection, nice packaging and is just a great collection of live AC/DC.

Bonfire AC/DC - Bonfire (Columbia) 1997

DISC ONE
Live from the Atlantic Studios
1. Live Wire (5:46)
2. Problem Child (4:24)
3. High Voltage (5:40)
4. Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be (3:57)
5. Dog Eat Dog (4:13)
6. The Jack (8:02)
7. Whole Lotta Rosie (5:08)
8. Rocker (5:57)
DISC THREE
Let There Be Rock - The Movie Soundtrack (Pt 2)
1.      The Jack (6:05)
2.      Highway to Hell (3:31)
3.      Girls Got Rhythm (3:20)
4.      High Voltage (6:32)
5.      Whole Lotta Rosie (4:55)
6.      Rocker (10:45)
7.      T.N.T. (4:14)
8.      Let There Be Rock (7:34)
DISC FIVE
Back in Black
1.   Hells Bells (5:09)
2.   Shoot to Thrill (5:14)
3.   What Do You Do for Money Honey (3:33)
4.   Given the Dog a Bone (3:30)
5.   Let Me Put My Love into You (4:12)
6.   Back in Black (4:13)
7.   You Shook Me All Night Long (3:28)
8.   Have a Drink on Me (3:57)
9.   Shake a Leg 4:03)
10. Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution (4:12)
DISC TWO
Let There Be Rock - The Movie Soundtrack (Pt 1)
1.  Live Wire (8:04)
2.  Shot Down in Flames (3:39)
3.  Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be (4:31)
4.  Sin City (5:25)
5.  Walk All Over You (5:07)
6.  Bad Boy Boogie (13:21)
DISC FOUR
Volts
1.   Dirty Eyes (3:21)
2.   Touch Too Much (6:34)
3.   If You Want Blood (4:26)
4.   Back Seat Confidential (5:24)
5.   Get It Hot (4:15)
6.   Sin City [live] (4:53)
7.   She's Got Balls [live] (7:56)
8.   School Days (5:21)
9.   It's A Long Way To The Top
                 (If You Want To Rock & Roll) (5:17)
10. Ride On (9:44)
 

"Bonfire" is the first AC/DC box set and was suppose to be a tribute to the band's late, great signer Bon Scott who passed away in 1980. At some point before Bon's untimely death, he told Malcolm Young that "when I'm a f**king big-shot, I want my solo album to be called 'Bonfire'." Thus the title of this collection.

The box set basically contains four albums on five discs; 1. "Let There Be Rock", a fantastic live performance from 1979 in Paris. This album has also been released on VHS and DVD, 2. "Live from the Atlantic Studios", a live radio broadcast from New York following the release of "Powerage", 3. "Volts", a collection of Bon Scott Rarities and 4. "Back in Black", the first album the band recorded after Bon's death. This one is a bit of a head scratcher as it's AC/DC's biggest seller, thus most fans have it, and Bon didn't sing on it. Perhaps the band, or the record company thought that including the band's biggest selling album would help boost the sale of this box set. I'm not sure, but regardless, it's a rock and roll classic.

"Live from the Atlantic Studios" captures Bon Scott and AC/DC live in New York City in '78. This rare gem was originally released as a promo vinyl to radio stations and was not released to the public. The version included in the box set was remixed, remastered and finally released to the masses as part of this box set. This band is tight, having been a touring machine for the previous five years. The sound quality is fantastic as well, making this the gem of the "Bonfire" box set. Of course the song list is excellent as well since this recording was made during a classic period of the band. I'd even be so bold to say that this is the band's best live recording; equal to or better than "If You Want Blood."

"Volts" is the rarities disc. This one caused a bit of a stir amongst AC/DC enthusiasts as the band claimed that they included "as much rare Bon material as possible". Many rarities that fans would have liked to have been included were left off, including "Carry Me Home", "Cold Hearted Man", "Crabsody In Blue", "Love Song", "Stick Around" and "Rock In Peace (R.I.P)". As well, songs like "Love At First Feel", though released in the U.S. was never released worldwide and could have been included. Of course a lot of that stuff was released some years later on the "Backtracks" box set.

What is included is a good listen. "Dirty Eyes" is an early version of "Rosie" with different lyrics. The song titled "Touch Too Much" is not the same song as the track on "Highway to Hell". It has completely different lyrics and music.  "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)" is an early recording of the song. "Back Seat Confidential" is a demo song that eventually became "Beatin' Around the Bush".  "Get it Hot" is another song title that appears on "Highway to Hell" but is a different song all together, both the lyrics and the music.  "Sin City" is a live recording of the classic song from The Midnight Special, American TV program. "She's Got Balls" is live from "Bondi Lifesaver". "School Days" is a Chuck Berry cover that isn't all that rare as it was officially released on the Australian AC/DC album titled "T.N.T.". Still, a great song and a good inclusion.  "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" is taken of the "T.N.T." album as well.  "Ride On" is a track off "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap". Hidden at the end of "Ride On" is a few candid interviews with Bon Scott. "What rock and roll without noise? You can't have that! There's no such thing!" Classic!

All-in-all, I agree that this CD could have been longer and included more songs, but the ten tracks that are included are a good listen. It's almost like having a new Bon Scott-led AC/DC album.

"Let There Be Rock" is an absolute classic live performance. This was AC/DC at the very best. Though I love all eras of the band, I have always liked the Bon Scott years a bit more. They were groundbreaking. The took the rock and roll of Chuck Berry, supercharged the guitars of Bo Diddley, and added a nasty guitar tone and a heavy metal romp. While their studio albums were all great in those early years, nothing quite captures the raw energy like a live recording. That is exactly what "Let There Be Rock" captured.

The last disc is "Back in Black". Not much needs to be said about it. It's a rock and roll/heavy metal classic that is one of the top selling albums of all times.

Stiff Upper Lip AC/DC - Stiff Upper Lip (Elektra) 2000

1. "Stiff Upper Lip" (3:35)
2. "Meltdown" (3:42)
3. "House of Jazz" (3:56)
4. "Hold Me Back" (3:59)
5. "Safe in New York City" (4:00)
6. "Can't Stand Still" (3:41)
7. "Can't Stop Rock & Roll" (4:02)
8. "Satellite Blues" (3:47)
9. "Damned" (3:52)
10. "Come and Get It" (4:03)
11. "All Screwed Up" (4:36)
12. "Give It Up" (3:53)
BONUS TRACKS
13. "Safe in New York City" (4:00)
14. "Cyberspace" (2:58)
15. "Back in Black" [live] (4:08)

Man, it's hard to believe these guys are still kicking out such heavy jams after so many years. "Stiff Upper Lip" is the band's 15th studio album. This album like much of the band's past is made up of simple, bluesy, yet heavy riffs that are as addictive as most of the band's past discs. That being said, I cannot say that this album reaches the plateau of 'Back in Black' or most of the Bon Scott platters. Still, AC/DC knows what they do best and they don't steer from that, so I can honestly say that this album would satisfy long-time fans. I must admit, however, that I find the song "Safe in New York City" to be a bit annoying, although my 10 year old son loves it and plays it over and over. There are some excellent standout cuts on this disc, including "Meltdown," "House of Jazz" and the infectious title track. This particular version contains three bonus tracks, with only one ("Cyberspace") being essential. The live version of "Back in Black" is cool, but out of place. I am not exactly sure what the point is of putting the most annoying song ("Safe in New York City") on the album on this disc twice. Both versions are exactly the same.

Live At Donnington AC/DC - Live At Donnington (Epic) 2003
Recorded live at Castle Donnington Park 8/17/91

1. "Thunderstruck"
2. "Shoot to Thrill"
3. "Back in Black"
4. "Hell Ain't a Bad Place To Be"
5. "Heatseeker"
6. "Fire Your Guns"
7. "Jailbreak"
8. "The Jack"
9. "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap"
10. "Moneytalks"
11. "Hells Bells"
12. "High Voltage"
13. "Whole Lotta Rosie"
14. "You Shook Me All Night Long"
15. "T.N.T."
16. "Let There Be Rock"
17. "Highway To Hell"
18. "For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)"
BONUS FEATURES
Audio commentary from Angus and Malcolm Young
Full catalog discography

AC/DC is one of those bands that you always know what to expect, and this CD is no exception. When I popped this DVD into the player I knew exactly what I would be seeing and I smiled and banged my head along for the entire show. Of course Angus is the star of the show with his constant headbanging and foot stompin, and his little "strip-tease" show he's been doing since the 1970's. Oh, and let's not forget those signature Angus guitar antics. Old Malcom Young in the background making his typical guitar faces and basically staying out of his brother's way. Brian Johnson is as shrill as ever. The only real surprises were the gigantic, blow up props that would come up from the behind the stage for certain songs. In "Whole Lotta Rosie", for example, there is a gigantic, robust, lingerie clad woman that makes an appearance. So, what we have here is an AC/DC rock 'n' roll extraveganza caught on DVD. I seemed to notice every once and a while that the video and audio was off, making me wonder if some parts may have been "fixed" in the studio. However, this is not a real big deal.

Black Ice AC/DC - Black Ice (Columbia) 2008

1. "Rock n Roll Train" (4:22)
2. "Skies on Fire" (3:34)
3. "Big Jack" (3:57)
4. "Anything Goes" (3:22)
5. "War Machine" (3:10)
6. "Smash n Grab" (4:06)
7. "Spoilin' for a Fight" (3:17)
8. "Wheels" (3:28)
9. "Decibel" (3:34)
10. "Stormy May Day" (3:10)
11. "She Likes Rock n Roll" (3:53)
12. "Money Made" (4:15)
13. "Rock n Roll Dream" (4:41)
14. "Rocking All the Way" (3:22)
15. "Black Ice" (3:25)

AC/DC 2008
photo by Waylon J Glunt

After eight years AC/DC is back with another studio album. Because it's AC/DC I basically knew what to expect, but to be frank, I wasn't expecting much. The band's last studio album, while good, just didn't hold my interest quite like some of the classic catalog. However, with "Black Ice" I was pleasantly surprised. Owning the disc for only a week, I had already cranked it several times and enjoyed it more each time I listened.

The album starts off with the first single titled "Rock N Roll Train". This song features a red hot Angus and Malcom Young lick coupled with a simple, tight, straight-forward rhythm section, melodic background vocals and Brian Johnson's high pitched, throaty voice. This is a punishing song, but oddly enough, doesn't have a punishing guitar tone. Actually, the guitar tone throughout goes back to the pre-Brian Johnson years, and doesn't quite have that biting distortion that more recent albums are known for. Despite this fact, I still feel that "Black Ice" offers plenty of hard rock aggression. I've said it before but a heavy riff is much more important than a heavy guitar tone. Much of what I dislike about modern heavy bands is they rely almost exclusively on downtuning and distortion to get a heavy sound. AC/DC instead rely on writing heavy riffs and heavier songs. Most of the songs on "Black Ice" feature the standard AC/DC wall of sound song writing with a ton of boogie and blues influence.

Another surprise is how good Brian Johnson sounds. He honestly has not sounded this good since "Flick of the Switch." Perhaps eight years of rest was just what the doctor ordered. No where does he suffer from that strained sound you can clearly hear on "Stiff Upper Lip".

I don't think anyone will claim that "Black Ice" trumps albums like "Back in Black", "Highway to Hell" and "HighVoltage". "Black Ice" does have it's flaws. Personally, I would have cut the album down a few tracks and just picked out the best 12 songs. A few songs feel like filler. Other than that minor complaint however, "Black Ice" is yet another solid album in the AC/DC arsenal.

It's also worth mentioning that there are several different versions of this CD available. All versions have the same songs on them. The standard cover is a black dig-pack with a red AC/DC logo and a 12 page color insert. There are also limited edition black digi-packs with either a white or yellow AC/DC logo. Otherwise the packaging on these two are identical to the standard red cover. The blue logo version, as seen above, is a digi-book with a 32-page insert. The insert features additional band photos. The price for all these the week of release was $11.99 at Wal-Mart stores.

Backtracks
AC/DC - Backtracks (Box Set) (Columbia) 2009


DISC ONE (Studio Rarities)
1. High Voltage [original Australian release] (4:18)
2. Stick Around (4:40)
3. Love Song (5:15)
4. It's A Long Way To the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)
................................................. [original Australian release] (5:14)
5. Rocker [original Australian release] (2:55)
6. Fling Thing (2:00)
7. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap [original Australian release] (4:11)
8. Ain't No Fun (Waiting Around to Be A Millionaire)
................................................. [original Australian release] (7:32)
9. R.I.P. (Rock In Peace) (3:36)
10. Carry Me Home (3:57)
11. Crabsody In Blue (4:44)
12. Cold Hearted Man (3:36)
13. Who Made Who [12" Extended version] (4:51)
14. Snake Eye (3:17)
15. Borrowed Time (3:46)
16. Down On The Borderline (4:15)
17. Big Gun (4:20)
18. Cyberspace
(2:56)

DISC FOUR (DVD/Family Jewels Disc Three)
1. Big Gun
2. Hard As Rock
3. Hail Ceasar
4. Cover You In Oil
5. Stiff Upper Lip
6. Satellite Blues
7. Safe in New York City
8. Rock N Roll Trains
9. Anything Goe
10. Jailbreak
11. It's A Long Way To the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)
12. Highway to Hell
13. You Shook Me All Night Long
14. Guns for Hire
15. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
16. Highway to Hell [live]
17. The Making of Hard As a Rock
18. The Making or Rock n Roll Train

DISC TWO (Live Rarities)
Sydney Festival, 30 Jan. 1977
1. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (5:11)
Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, 30 Apr. 1978
2. Dog Eat Dog (4:30)
Hammersmith Odeon, London, 2 Nov. 1979
3. Live Wire (5:06)
4. Shot Down In Flames (3:29)
Capital Center, Landover MD, 21 Dec. 1981
5. Back In Black (4:20)
6. T.N.T. (3:52)
7. Let There Be Rock (7:31)
Joe Louis Arena, Detroit MI, 18 Nov. 1983
8. Guns For Hire (5:23)
9. Sin City (5:31)
10. Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution (4:13)
11. This House Is On Fire (3:23)
12. You Shook Me All Night Long (3:27)
Dallas TX, 12 Oct. 1985
13. Jailbreak (13:22)
Donnington Park, 17 Aug, 1991
14. Shoot to Thrill (5:29)
15. Hell Ain't A Bad Place to Be
(4:30)

DISC FIVE (DVD/Live At the Circus Krone)
Live in Munich, Germany, June 17, 2003
1. Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be
2. Back in Black
3. Stiff Upper Lip
4. Shoot to Thrill
5. Thunderstruck
6. Rock n Roll Damnation
7. What's Next to the Moon
8. Hard As A Rock
9. Bad Boy Boogie
10. The Jack
11. It You Want Blood (You've Got It)
12. Hells Bells
13. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
14. Rock n Roll Ain't Noise Pollution
15. T.N.T.
16. Let There Be Rock
17. Highway to Hell
18. For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)
19. Whole Lotta Rosie

DISC THREE (Live Rarities)
Donnington Park, 17 Aug, 1991
1. High Voltage (9:22)
2. Hells Bell (5:53)
3. Whole Lotta Rosie (4:42)
4. Dirty Deeds Doe Dirt Cheap (4:52)
Tushino Airfield, Moscow, 28 Sept. 1991
5. Highway To Hell (4:00)
6. Back In Black (4:10)
7. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) (6:55)
Plaze De Toros De Las Ventas, Madrid, 10 July 1986
8. Ballbreaker (4:41)
9. Hard As A Rock (4:47)
10. Dog Eat Dog (4:50)
11. Hail Ceasar (5:28)
12. Whole Lotta Rosie (5:26)
13. You Shook Me All Night Long (4:01)
Phoenix AZ, 13 Sept. 2000
15. Safe In New York City
(3:55)

LP (Studio Rarities)
SIDE A
1. Stick Around
2. Love Song
3. Fling Thing
4. R.I.P. (Rock in Peace)
5. Carry Me Home
6. Crabsody in Blue
SIDE B
7. Cold Hearted Man
8. Snake Eye
9. Borrowed Time
10. Down on the Borderline
11. Big Gun
12. Cyberspace

A highly comprehensive collection of AC/DC studio and live rarities together in one brilliant amp shaped box. 3 CDs, 2 DVDs, 1 vinyl album, and a beautiful hardcover 164-page coffee table book. Memorabilia includes a replica button of the first ever AC/DC band merchandise, a guitar pick, an Australian Angus 100 dollar bill as was dropped on the audience during the 1991 Razors Edge tour, three lithograph photos, a 2’ x 3’ poster from the 1977 “Let there Be Rock Tour”, and exact replica of o ne of the Albert Productions multi track tape sheets for the "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" album, and Angus ‘beanie’ sticker, a Bon Scott temporary tattoo and a replica of a 1976 "Lock Up Your Daughters" tour flyer. The box is shaped as a half stack guitar amp. The amp actually works. However, with all the fluff, this box set would be worthless if it didn't contain a wealth of quality music. The studio rarities disc in this set contains several songs not included on the 12-song disc in the smaller, less expensive set. All the extra songs are the original, Australian version of classic AC/DC songs. It's nice to finally have a quality version of "Snake Eyes", a song I had previously only had on a crappy cassette single. The sound quality is so far superior, partially due to the digital CD format, but also due to remastering. "Love Song" is a rare AC/DC love ballad. One of the few songs from this studio compilation that I had not previously heard. This song is about as b-side as you can get. "Big Guns" from the Last Action Hero soundtrack was actually a hit for the band, and was also one of the better songs on that soundtrack.

Disc 2 - 3 are chock full of great live material. Some of this stuff had been released before in the form of bootlegs, but it's nice to have it officially released. The sound quality on these tracks are all exceptional. Crank up either disc in your car and see if it doesn't force you to drive just a little faster than you normally would. Of course the newer material is sonically superior to the older, 70's material. 2 DVDs brings "Family Jewels" up to date plus the entire 2003 Circus Krone gig in Germany. Finally, the 12 studio tracks are also on 180 gram audiophile vinyl, a sweet collector's item for this vinyl fan. This is definitely the best box set I've ever seen. Everything about it is well done, from the track selection to all the extras. (Thanks a ton Morgan! You rule!)

Shoot to Thrill AC/DC - Shoot to Thrill/War Machine (Columbia) 2011

SIDE ONE
1. Shoot to Thrill [live]
SIDE TWO
2. War Machine [live]

Collector's 7" vinyl released as a promotion on Record Store Day 2011. The album was for sale through participating stores and not on-line.

Live At River Plate AC/DC - Live At River Plate (Columbia) 2012

DISC ONE
1. Rock 'N Roll Train (4:41)
2. Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be (4:27)
3. Back In Black (4:14)
4. Big Jack (4:07)
5. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (4:58)
6. Shot Down In Flames (3:47)
7. Thunderstruck (5:32)
8. Black Ice (3:43)
9. The Jack (10:11)
10. Hells Bells (5:37)

DISC TWO
1. Shoot To Thrill (5:55)
2. War Machine (3:39)
3. Dog Eat Dog (5:09)
4. You Shook Me All Night Long (4:01)
5. T.N.T. (3:57)
6. Whole Lotta Rosie (5:57)
7. Let There Be Rock (18:05)
8. Highway To Hell (4:43)
9. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) (7:44)

AC/DC are one of those bands whose music I never tire of. Whether it be the hits or the deeper cuts, AC/DC are one of the seminal hard rock/proto-metal bands on the planet. Their history dates back to the early 1970's and they have built their reputation on their high-energy live performances. Yes, despite that fact, they have have only released two official live albums during their nearly forty years as a band. Released in 2012 "Live at River Plate" was recorded during a three-night stand in Buenos Aires in December of 2009, on the "Black Ice" tour, in front of nearly 200,000 screaming, chanting, singing fans.

With such a long history, it's impossible to include everyone's favorite songs. Here, the band does a good job of shuffling in their massive catalog of songs. Three songs from the "Black Ice" CD made the cut including the single, "Rock and Roll Train", the bombastic "War Machine" and the title track. As well, most of the big hits are included. "Dog Eat Dog" is the only surprise in the mix, being one of the band's more obscure songs. "Thunderstruck" sounds absolutely monstrous here, which says a lot for a band that is older than probably a majority of the people in the audience.

Everyone in the band seems to be in top form. Vocalist Brian Johnson sounds. His shrill voice is one of the key ingredients to AC/DCs success. Frankly, I think Johnson sounds better here than he did on the 1992 "Live". It's great to have a new live recording with original drummer Phil Rudd back in the band too. Though many would scoff at Rudd's technical ability, his style and charisma are part of the infectious groove that is AC/DC.

What also makes this recording special is the audience participation. 65,000 Latin American hard rock fans can create quite a roar. This is a crowd that appreciates and lets it be known that they appreciate the sound and spectacle of the larger than life rock and roll show. At times the audience seems to be as loud as the band. That crowd gives off an energy that the band feeds off of and helps fuel this performance. All that energy is captured here on this CD.

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