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5.0 out of 5 stars The day my life changed forever
This is the one, the concert that changed my life. And I wasn't even there...
It was a Saturday evening in late 1977 and I was settling down in front of the family TV to watch the Sensational Alex Harvey Band live in concert on the BBC, only to find that Alex Harvey had retired two days previously. So, instead, they put on a concert by this obscure band from...
Published on 20 Aug 2007 by G. MCGREGOR-SMITH

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2.0 out of 5 stars 7 Live songs and some promotional videos
Nice concert for Bon Scott fans, but the sound quality is not too good. They forget to turn on the vocal mikes for the backing vocals, sometimes the sound of Angus's guitar fades in and out and it appears as though they never turned on the mike in front of Malcom's amp. You can really hear this toward the end of the concert when it's obvious that only the room or vocal...
Published on 27 Dec 2011 by Peter Sammons


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5.0 out of 5 stars The day my life changed forever, 20 Aug 2007
This review is from: AC/DC - Live In 1977 [DVD] (DVD)
This is the one, the concert that changed my life. And I wasn't even there...
It was a Saturday evening in late 1977 and I was settling down in front of the family TV to watch the Sensational Alex Harvey Band live in concert on the BBC, only to find that Alex Harvey had retired two days previously. So, instead, they put on a concert by this obscure band from Australia of all places (remember this was 30 years ago and I was a quiet 14 year old growing up in sleepy Worcestershire in England) who noone had ever heard of, let alone seen live.

And there they were: a bare torsoed Bon leering at the crowd, a manic schoolboy Angus foaming at the mouth, strutting and duckwalking and sweating and sweating and, well you know the picture so well. Then there were the back three, Malcolm, Phil and Cliff who just got on and did their jobs...and if you look at the instruments they played on the Stiff Upper Lip tour last year...yes, those are the same beaten up guitar and bass that they used in 1977. (Well OK, Cliff had just joined so I think he was playing a Fender rather than a Musicman Stingray, but Malcolm's guitar is definitely the same...you get the picture)

And what did this band do? They played songs the like of which I had never heard, with a power and intensity that I had never seen (and have never seen anyone equal since) As I write, I'm shaking just remembering it all now.

Angus didn't have a wireless rig at that time, but just marvel at how he moves around the stage...and is walked through the audience on Bon's shoulders playing an outrageous guitar solo on an incredibly long version of "Rocker".

"Problem Child", "Whole Lotta Rosie", Hell Ain't a Bad Place To Be": we're so familiar with these songs now and they still give me that shiver down the spine when I hear them today. Do you remember the first time you heard these songs?

Exactly, and then... "In the beginning, back in 1955, man didn't know 'bout the Rock 'n' Roll show, and nobody jived..." Yes, they played "Let There Be Rock"... and then they finished with "TNT" with Angus punching the air in time with the title...

This concert is my Dallas 1pm. I remember it like it was yesterday, not 30 years ago.

I haven't seen this concert since that first (and only?) showing on TV 30 years ago, but because the BBC put it out at the same time on FM radio I was able to tape it, and that is what has probably helped me remember so much about it. I played that tape to death.

To all of you reading this review, I urge you to buy this DVD. And when you watch it for the first time, remember where you were when you first saw or heard AC/DC.

This DVD is a precious record of what was their finest hour - at the height of their abilities, at the height of their passion, and at the height of their desire to conquer the world.

The World's Greatest Band

Ride On
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AC/DC at their live best, 28 Jan 2008
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Simply brilliant.
What a loss Bon Scott is to the rock world. Awesome.
Angus on top form running around the theatre playing guitar whilst sitting on peoples laps and standing on the balcony edge!
Buy this, you won't be disappointed.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply The Best, 4 Jan 2008
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I saw ACDC in 1978 at the Manchester Apollo, a concert seared into my memory for all the right reasons. If you're a real ACDC fan (Bon Scott era) this is a must have addition to your collection. Do yourself a favour, sell your bed and by this DVD, it captures ACDC at their sparkling best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AC/DC at their very best, 31 Jan 2009
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I have to give this DVD 5 stars because it attempts to capture the very essence of AC/DC at a time when they were just awesome. A time before they were famous, before the tragic death of Bon Scott, and before the stadium era with Brian Johnson.

AC/DC were at their best in the small venue with big Marshall stacks where you could really feel the energy and power of their performance and experience Bon wading through the crowd with Angus held high on his shoulders in mid solo. This DVD shows us in close up what Angus was doing on stage while we in the crowd tried to survive the show - it was hot, sweaty, uncomfortable, very very loud but as a previous reviewer said - a life changing experience never forgotten. The sheer energy of Angus Young's performances during this era is breathtaking and amazing to watch - the constant rhythmic headbanging, running through the crowd, standing on the balcony edge soloing and headbanging. Wow!

Now, here's the catch ... well, two actually. Firstly, the atmosphere at this gig was non-existent, but hysterically funny to watch (hence still 5 stars). Drafted in (free tickets I believe) for the filming the crowd seem utterly bewildered by the whole thing. Apart from one stoned kid, an Angus lookalike and about two other die hard fans it looks like the Golders Green Folk Club got lost and ended up at the Hippodrome that night. But like true professionals AC/DC give it everything they've got. Secondly, the sound and mix isn't too good so while you get plenty of vocals and lead you don't get enough rhythm section.

If you're a cricket fan you'll know about listening to the radio commentary while watching the TV with the sound off. For AC/DC, I recommend you buy the 'If you want blood..' live album and this DVD. Watch one and listen to the other and maybe you'll understand why I'd rate the AC/DC of 1977-80 as the best live hard rock band that ever walked this planet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AC/DC - Live in 1977 DVD, 15 Jan 2011
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Have to say this is a brilliant piece of early AC/DC history. Its not been given 5 stars due to the quality of footage (certainly nothing wrong with the sound though), but its a quality I fully expected with it being of 1977 vintage (with even earlier clips also included - "Its a Long Way To The top" performed on the back of a flat bed truck while travelling up the main street of an Australian City, accompanied by three pipers, before Angus had long hair!!!!) The concert is brilliant, with Bon Scott putting in a truly fine performance on vocals, and hes such a great personality. He is completely undeterred by the audience and for me its the audience that make this DVD so fantastic to watch. It is absolutely hilarious to see their reaction to the spectacle that is AC/DC. Most of them look like they have turned up not knowing what AC/DC are about, and when Bon Scott introduces "Rocker" he says, with a wry smile, "if any of you are rockers, this is for you". The highlight of the show for me is when Angus plays a solo among the audience. They certainly were not expecting him to walk through the door onto their balcony, and when he approaches near to them their discomfort is most apparent. Well worth getting for the historical value, and Angus hasnt changed one bit. Just a shame Bon Scott isnt still with us. Certainly well worth the money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Band on fire!, 18 Nov 2007
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Band on fire! Gotta get this if you love Bon era. 7 live songs + 5 promo videos. Cliff Williams on bass despite picture on front with Mark Evans. BBC studio, so quite dry atmosphere which means the band work really hard. The tickets were given out free to members of the public to see a live recording. I went to one with Nazareth which is why I know. Wished I'd been at this. Audience is on balconies - just cameras etc on same level as band. Good sound, multiple cameras, very live. Band really tight. Great.
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2.0 out of 5 stars 7 Live songs and some promotional videos, 27 Dec 2011
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Nice concert for Bon Scott fans, but the sound quality is not too good. They forget to turn on the vocal mikes for the backing vocals, sometimes the sound of Angus's guitar fades in and out and it appears as though they never turned on the mike in front of Malcom's amp. You can really hear this toward the end of the concert when it's obvious that only the room or vocal mike is picking up Malcom's amp and this is the sound you get from the beginning. At this point you realize why from the start the music sounds so one dimensional compared to AC-DC's usual live sound.
Furthermore the live section contains only 7 songs: Let there be rock, Problem child, Hell ain't a bad place to be, Whole lotta rosie, Bad boy boogie, Rocker and T.N.T. and the remaining songs are playback promotional videos (Jailbreak, It's a long way to the top, Highway to hell, Shot down in flames and Touch too much).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wooden audience - Gold Plated Band!, 15 Aug 2009
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I can't believe how static the audience is at Golders Green Hippodrome - looks like they are all tied to their seats and on mogadon! But as for AC/DC, well they simply do what they do best - pump out their unique brand of jet fuelled rock n roll. Not sure whether this particular gig has been heavily edited (I'm guessing it was) but it certainly gave the 'fans' who turned up a good look at a relatively unknown rock band who went on to become true rock heavyweights -at least they could say we were there!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 13 Jun 2011
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I am only now starting to play electric guitar and base my practice on the easiest ACDC songs, e.g Thunderstruck. This concert is amazing, the opening "Let there be rock" can be played over and over, the energy ii delivers is formidable. The shots are no thrills no frills, and that's is what one wants (no split screens, or 32+ cameras as it is fashionable now). True, the quality of the picture is not that good, but this from the 70's, man! Only regret I have is ... I was not there at that time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great, 11 July 2010
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What can i say, this is the best concert from ACDC when they where still a young raw band, the looks on the (university student!) audience faces are a joy to behold they didn,t know what hit them. Brilliant Gig from Bon (rip), Angus and the rest--- deserve the success they,ve got.
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