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AC/DC Live
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2006
This album hasn't been recieved well in ANY circle; critics despise it, fans overlook it. The CD has fared best amongst the uninitiated, which was me back in 1992. My first three CD's were purchased at almost the same time: Metallica's "Black Album," Aerosmith's "Get a Grip," and AC/DC's "Live." I still love all those albums. It puzzles me that "Live" gets very little respect considering the high quality of the band's material. "Thunderstruck" is better live than on the "Razor's Edge." "Who Made Who" live is a total classic. "TNT" is very different from Bon's version, but not inferior. Sure, the "Back in Black" material is not as good as the original stuff, but the same is not true for the mid-80's-through-1990 songs.

Perhaps everyone is partial to the first incantation they remember from the band. A good majority of the fans, swear by Bon Scott's 70s version of AC/DC (something I've never been partial to). Many prefer Brian Johnson's 80s band. And both of those camps tend to ridicule the post 1991 stuff, myself included. After this album there was the Last Action Hero Soundtrack and a couple albums with three-star material at best. Then again, if that were true, "Live" captures AC/DC at the end of their stride, not their peak. Ahh, for me none of that matters. I think we're all fond of the first album we ever hear by a band, and this was mine for AC/DC. This is how I remember them.

Overall: 8 out of 10.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2005
THE BAND: Angus Young (lead guitar & private school-boy attire), Malcolm Young (rhythm guitar), Brian Johnson (vocals), Cliff Williams (bass), Chris Slade (drums & percussion).

THE DISC: (2003) Digitally remastered. This tri-fold "Collector's Edition" contains 2 discs - 23 total songs, approx 71 minutes on disc 1, and approx 62 minutes on disc 2. There is a single disc version available as well featuring only 14 of the same songs here (the bigger hits perhaps?)... but I recommend the 2 disc set due to the songs that you'd be missing (namely "Sin City", "Let There Be Rock", "High Voltage", "Jailbreak" and "Are You Ready"). Recorded during the 'Razor's Edge World Tour' in 1990-91 (153 concerts in 21 different countries). The disc also contains a 14-page booklet, with some history, song listing, and band pictures. Label - Sony.

COMMENTS: It's been a long 14 years since AC/DC has put out a live album ("If You Want Blood You've Got It" in 1978)... in my mind, too long. So much of AC/DC's music is in your face rock and roll. It's pure, raw, bluesy, and best played loud. They're great on stage, they work the crowd, and if you've ever been to one of their concerts you know what I mean. The rhaspy bravado of screamer Brian Johnson really goes a long way. At first glance in the store, I though this might be their 'Monsters Of Rock' concert from Donnington (of the same year) - but it's not. The 23 songs here are taken from all over the globe. Disc 1 features some great tunes with highlights being the opener "Thunderstruck", "Sin City", "Heatseeker", "The Jack" and the 14+ minute "Jailbreak". Disc 2 has more classic material with the highlights being the 10+ minute "High Voltage", the 12+ minute "Let There Be Rock", or the closer "For Those About To Rock" with the cannons blasting. AC/DC had a resurrected career and tour with the success of "The Razor's Edge" album (featuring the mega hits "Thunderstruck" and "Moneytalks"), and this LIVE album captures it. Awesome song list. Great sound. Nicely packaged. Great disc(s).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2003
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.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2003
This is a great live record, with a great set list, great perfromance by AC/DC, great crowd noise, and some really good produciton. I never had the '94 remaster so I can't compare the sound quality to the new remaster that I have, but it sounds great! VERY highly recommended to any AC/DC fan!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2005
There was once a time when I did not accept Brian Johnson as the new Ac/Dc frontman. I grew up listening to Bon Scott, the fact that someone replaced him and that people actually liked this man displeased me. I couldn't believe they actually put this man on the same level as Bon. I just heard Back in Black and For Those About to Rock and I still wasn't used to this new vocalist. THen, one day I saw AC/DC Live(the 2 disc) and thought:"maybe I should check it out, after all, it is AC/DC." It happened to be one of the greatest decisions I ever made. After hearing Johnson sing all of those Bon classics, I could tell he meant it from the very depth of his soul, unlike some frontmen (Sammy Hagar singing Dave songs, for example). I am proud to say that this man is the perfect man to replace the late Bon Scott and that if anybody else says different I will fight them for it. I definitely recommend this to anyone with even the slightest hint of interest in this album. I still say that AC/DC's first live album, If you Want Blood, is still better, but this one is right up there.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2003
AC/DC never fails to please me in the studio and here they are live and they still sound amazing, and tight, in time. All the songs are great and the sound quality is awsome, this is one of the better live albums I have ever heard along with How The West Was Won by Led Zeppelin and A Little South Of Sanity by Aerosmith.
All the songs here are AC/DC classics You Shook Me All Night Long, Let There Be Rock, Sin City and many more classic and they all sound great, even the Bon Scott songs sound great through Brian Johnsons Voice.
Like I said this is one of the better live albums you will ever here!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2003
AC/DC is one of the best-selling hard rock bands of all time, yet they have never succumbed to temptation and put out a greatest hits-compilation.
But they did release this excellent double live album back in 1992. "Live" contains more than two hours of AC/DC's best songs in raw, muscular renditions, and the sublime set list wisely overlooks the songs from the band's mid-'80s slump and concentrates on hard rock classics such as "Hells Bells," "Back In Black," "Highway To Hell", "Whole Lotta Rosie", "Sin City" and the bluesy "The Jack", as well as showcasing the best songs from the band's 1990 album "The Razors Edge".
Brian Johnson's voice may not be as strong as in the early '80s, but he still sounds more than competent, and at no point do AC/DC come off like an ageing rock band just going through the motions.
"AC/DC Live" bristles with energy, Angus Young's solos are as fiery as ever, and the rock-steady Malcolm Young bashes out bluesy riffs and power chords like no-one else seems to be able to do.
One of the best live rock albums of the 90s.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon February 6, 2005
Wasn't there like two (2) different versions of this live album put out? Yes, 'Live' was a long-awaited release and the only reason I give it a four star rating instead of five is the fact that there is a gap of silence between each and every song. Why don't record companies just make a / any live recording sound as if it came from JUST one show? I love it when a live CD has that going for it. Total of fourteen tunes that were recorded from the band's 'Razer's Edge' world tour 1990-91. Tracks that I enjoyed reliving again and again were their memorable opener "Thunderstruck", "Back In Black", "Shoot To Thrill", "Whole Lotta Rosie" (one of my personal all time favorites), "You Shook Me All Night Long", "TNT" and their traditional encore number "For Those About To Rock". One reason that I may not be going ga-ga over this CD is that I've recently located an import (bootleg, maybe?) of a 2-CD titled 'Berlin, 2003' and that thing totally rips!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2006
In a way this is AC/DC's greatest hits album. Because they are one of the best live bands of all-time. Yes their album songs are great but when they play live it is so much better than what you get on the album. It has every song you could possibly want by them. They are 2 great live CD's. If you are in any way, shape, or form a fan of AC/DC you will buy this right now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2003
AC/DC Live is an okay live album that while containing most of their classics suffers from extensive overdubbing and isn't completely representative of their best work. The performances also lack the fire of their first live album, If You Want Blood, You've Got It.

The album contains their best and most popular tracks from 1979 to 1990 such as the hard-rock classics "Back in Black", "Hells Bells", "For Those About To Rock", "Highway Hell", "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap", and "You Shook Me All Night Long." It also includes the strongest tracks from The Razor's Edge album, "Thunderstruck" and "Moneytalks." It also contains "The Jack" and "Whole Lotta Rosie", which are great tracks, but there are better versions on If You Want Blood, You've Got It. The only songs from their late-80s albums are an excellent version of "Heatseeker" and "Who Made Who." There are no tracks here from the Flick Of The Switch and Fly On The Wall albums which is unfortunate because tracks like "Sink The Pink" and "This House Is On Fire" would have made this album stronger and more definitive. The 2-disc version of this album is a little better but contains too many tracks from The Razor's Edge album and only one track from two of their best albums Highway To Hell and For Those About To Rock. I'd recommend this to fans who want the greatest hits because most of them are here. But the album sounds way too much polished in the studio and could have been a stronger song collection.
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