AC/DC have been playing hard and ruthless for over 30 years now, and to date, they still haven't released a Best Of compilation. However, so great is their reputation for slaying live audiences that, even when that compilation finally does arrive, this double live album may remain the best first purchase for new fans.
'Live - Collectors Edition' combines recordings from several AC/DC shows in 1991, but primarily concentrates on their appearance at that year's 'Monsters of Rock' festival, which ruled the UK from 1980-1996 as the biggest, baddest event on the rock 'n' roll calendar. In '91, Castle Donington shook to the sounds of Metallica and Motley Crue, and at the top of the bill, ready to blast 72,500 fans to kingdom come, were AC/DC. 'The Razor's Edge', the album which preceded this tour, featured their best work since 'Back In Black' 10 years earlier, and gave them several great new additions to an already devastating arsenal including 'Whole Lotta Rosie', 'Let There Be Rock' and 'You Shook Me All Night Long'. To these, Angus Young adds a couple of extravagantly extended face-melting guitar solos, and the brief but touching tribute to Bon Scott entitled 'Bonny' (a guitar lick based on the traditional Scottish ballad 'The Bonnie Banks O' Loch Lomond'). The audio quality throughout the record is superb - vocals and instruments are crisp and clear, and the audiences remain loud and proud in the mix.
If you're especially lucky, you may find a custom-made Angus Young banknote tucked away inside the sleeve of 'Live - Collectors Edition' (I still have mine!). With or without this little bonus, though, if you want some high voltage rock 'n' roll, this is where you come and get it.