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AC/DC – If You Want Blood You’ve Got It

Review: 041
Date: 10 Sep 01

 


Rating: 5 Stars

Musicians: n/a

Tracks Listing:
1. Riff Raff
2. Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be
3. Bad Boy Boogie
4. The Jack
5. Problem Child
6. Whole Lotta Rosie
7. Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation
8. High Voltage
9. Let There Be Rock
10. Rocker

 


The ultimate live ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ album - bar none, no arguments. This album is like a big, everlasting bone, that should be gnawed at in a frenzy, then buried and dug up every time there’s a party or the pack are going out.

This is heavy rock as it’s supposed to sound, loud, dangerous, tongue in cheek, and right in your face.

The opening guitar damage of “Riff Raff” comes straight out your speakers, dragging you round the walls like a sledgehammer with claws. “If you want blood” captures AC / DC in their rebellious prime. Angus Young rushing round the stage like an electrocuted school kid with it all to prove.

The school boy image sometimes hides the fact that Angus is one of the finest Rock ‘n’ Roll guitarists to hit the boards, you can almost hear him moon the audience in “Bad Boy Boogie”.

The late, great Bon Scott tells stories as only he could, leaving nothing to the imagination, even in the song titles. Try “The Jack” or “Whole Lotta Rosie”. The rhythm section of Angus’s elder brother, “Malcolm”, the absurdly hardrockin “Cliff Williams” & old Thundersticks himself, “Phil Rudd” don’t let up for a second and you don’t want them too either. What makes this mongrel’s hair stand on end is half way through “Problem Child”, Angus turns it up to eleven and sends the crowd onto another plain of ecstasy.

By the final conclusion of “The Rocker”, you look round and your air guitar is in pieces and so are you.

This album was recorded in 1978. A year later Bow Scott left us and AC / DC were never the same. Good yes, this good never. If you haven’t got an AC/DC album, get this, forget the rest.

 

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