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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AC/DC Live! Atmospheric, intelligent rock music
This album has all the very best AC/DC tracks - not one of them is a loser and none are left out! AC/DC are a classic live rock band and Angus Young and Brian Johnson classic live musicians and this album truly reflects the excitement of the atmosphere during their 1990/91 live tour. The performances are true to the originals and the sound quality is excellent. Most...
Published on 23 May 2002

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2.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Hits with some crowd noise
My view of a live album is that it catches the immediacy of an event, or a fusion of a couple of events (as is often the case) and provides a lasting document of a band at the top of their game in a live' warts and all' environment. This live album then begs comparison with its elder brother `If You Want Blood' which forms part of the holy trinity of live albums released...
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AC/DC Live! Atmospheric, intelligent rock music, 23 May 2002
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This review is from: Live (Audio CD)
This album has all the very best AC/DC tracks - not one of them is a loser and none are left out! AC/DC are a classic live rock band and Angus Young and Brian Johnson classic live musicians and this album truly reflects the excitement of the atmosphere during their 1990/91 live tour. The performances are true to the originals and the sound quality is excellent. Most people, even if they are unfamiliar with AC/DC generally, will be familiar with the classic choruses of the likes of "Highway to Hell", "Whole lotta Rosie" and "You shook me all night long" and will play these anthems over and over again. This is a classic among live albums.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WE SALUTE YOU, 14 Feb 2007
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Gareth Hall "Lord Rockingham" (Birmingham, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Live (Collector's Edition) (Audio CD)
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.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AC/DC at their best, 18 May 2005
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This review is from: Live (Collector's Edition) (Audio CD)
The 30 odd years that AC/DC have been playing is testament to their obsession and success with hard music. Unlike many rock bands who explode onto the popular music scene and then quickly die out, AC/DC have been producing classic rock anthems for as long as they've been able. The problem with this is that there are no albums that sum up most of their greatest hits. With one exception; AC/DC Live contains a good percentage of the bands best songs, though unless you put all their songs into one album you won't find all their classics in one place. This album was the album which introduced me to rock so has always had extra special value to me. Since then i've been inspired to learn guitar and listen to other rock bands. So if your new to AC/DC or rock in general then this is the album for you. But even if you familier with them this is a good buy as the atmosphere of their concerts and the very essence of the band is captured brilliantly in this CD. You just have to close your eyes and you can see Angus picking furiously, at his SG as if he were possesed. They are all good songs but personal highlights include: Thunderstruck, Back in Black, Hells Bells, Whole Lotta Rosie, Highway to Hell and Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. Also if you like AC/DC you may well like bands like Guns n' Roses, Nirvana, Iron Maiden and Metallica.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shoot To Thrill, 22 May 2004
This review is from: Live (Collector's Edition) (Audio CD)
This is the best, most complete and strongest live album AC/DC have ever put to disc. The band are on fire all the way through and it is imposible to pick a favourite track. Every single note that is played is a classic. Angus is one hell of a guitarist and is on blistering form here and Brian Johnston's vocal performance is top class aswell. Along with all the classics like Back In Black, Dirty Deeds, Whole Lotta Rosie and Let Their Be Rock, we also get gems like The Jack, Jailbreak and T.N.T. There are 23 tracks in all and if you are a fan and you don't already have this album, man, what are you waiting for! If you are new to AC/DC then this is a great place to start. It gives you an overview of their work, right back to the first album High Voltage. And every single track is as powerfull today as it ever was. For some reason it is considered 'uncool' to listen to AC/DC these days, but if you love rock music and you are listening to The Darkness or Amplifier, then go back to where it all began, and get down with the mighty AC/DC. The DVD concert Stiff Upper Lip also comes highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb sound, superb songs, great career overview, 25 Aug 2003
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Docendo Discimus (Vita scholae) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Live (Audio CD)
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome album, 11 Sep 2003
This review is from: Live (Collector's Edition) (Audio CD)
This album was always going to be compared to if you want blood youve got it, and it that respect, it is a poorer album, but what this album has that if you want blood didn't have is about 25 songs, damn near the best collection of songs you could ever want on an album, this contains some of there early classics such as high voltage, tnt, dirty deeds, and let there be rock, as some of there classics from the modern era such as the razors edge, thunderstruck, heetseaker, back in black, the list goes on and on. The best song on the album is back in black, taken from the donnington show, the guitars are incredible and this song just about stands out from the rest, other highlights include who made who, dirty deeds done dirt cheap, hells bells, are you ready, whole loota rosie, and tnt, if you are an ac/dc fan you will love this album, it is a great follow up to the razors edge and fully deserves the credit that it got, this album proved one major thing, that although the new and supposedly comercial music was in town, ac/dc one again stuck to there guns and proved for once again, that there is nobody more elctricuting live than themselves, now sit back, relax, and be taken away by over two hours of increible tracks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but still Blinding live record, 2 Nov 2009
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This review is from: Live (Collector's Edition) (Audio CD)
This album nicely captures the point where AC/DC had found it's feet again after a long period of uncertainlty. Recorded on the Razor's Edge tour and boasting a strong sound and solid performances this is a great testament to the power of live 'DC.
Some purists will moan about Brian singing Bon's songs but frankly he does a great job here so no complaints. In fact Brian is pretty damn good throughout the whole album, his voice was definately on good form around this perioud. Opener Thunderstruck really shows off his ability, this cut in particular blowing the album version away, not to say that version was bad but the song really comes to life in a live arena-type setting.
The classics are there as you'd expect, Back in Black, Highway to Hell, TNT et al, there are also lesser-known songs like Fire your Guns, Heatseeker and Who Made Who, all of which work well despite what some people say. Bon-era favourite Sin City is another highlight, Brian really making the song seem his own.
There are a few flaws of course, certain solo-ing sections go on too long. Now I'm not denying Angus's ability as a guitarist, far from it, it's just that half of his appeal is the visual side to his playing, he's simply great to watch. But when you can't actually see him it's just not quite the same, and as such the breakdown section in Jailbreak goes on about five minutes too long for me.
Another problem is that the album has been put together from several different shows and as such doesn't really feel like a live show. To get that experience I'd recommend picking up the Live at Donington DVD which is from the same tour and contains several of the recordings from this album.
The whole band play brilliantly, Angus ever his mad self, Brian as said before is at the top of his game, Malcolm and Cliff prodiving a great backbone and then there's Chris Slade. Phil Rudd may be considered the quintissential AC/DC drummer but Slade must surely be the best sticksman they ever had in terms of technical ability. Some may argue that his style was too technical for their sound, well maybe it was but it doesn't take away from the fact that he really does a great job here, maintaining a solid beat yet managing to make it seem impressive at the same time, some of his right-hand work is just stunning.
Although not perfect this is still a valid inclusion in any serious AC/DC fan's collection, or serious Rock fan's collection for that matter. AC/DC We salute you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great. What did you expect?, 5 July 2009
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Guy Peters - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Live (Audio CD)
Live is a 70-minute document covering performances from several shows (but skilfully glued together and "re-touched," as they prefer to call it), most notably from their famous gig at Donnington when they were headlining the Monsters of Rock-circus for the third time. As these kinds of live albums go, it's pretty obvious the tapes have been tampered with and the sound quality can vary slightly from one song to the other, but overall I'd say this has a better, fuller sound than If You Want Blood You've Got It. Of course the albums can't really be compared: in 1978, AC/DC was still very much of an upcoming band from down under and each gig they had to prove they should be reckoned with (which they did so convincingly). The AC/DC on this album knows it's regarded as one as the top hard rock acts and delivers many of its most familiar hits and crowd pleasers. If anything, Live is up till now the only passable candidate for a greatest hits compilation as well, covering most (there are always omissions of course - only one song from Highway to Hell and Let There Be Rock and none from Powerage?) of their smash hits, and moreover, it might be a cheap way for a curious music fan the become acquainted with the band.

At this point, the band had just recovered from its most uneven period (not surprising so few songs from their post-Back in Black `80's albums wind up on this album), but right from the start they make one thing very clear: they never lost it on stage (not that they were really old or anything - Angus still being only 32!). They're as committed to their craft as any other band and like Motörhead, they've pleased thousands of fans with deafeningly loud rifffests that simply make you forget you're not 16, obnoxious and horny anymore. The obvious weakest link here is Johnson (OK, after this one I'll stop this nagging about him), whose strained voice just can't carry the tunes like it once did (very noticeable during "For Those About to Rock" and "Hells Bells," for instance), but as a performer there's nothing wrong with the geezer: his timing is excellent, his dedication awesome and you just feel how he completely owns the audience. The band tears through newer crowd-pleasers "Thunderstruck" and "Moneytalks" with heaps of gusto, ups the ante during the surprising "Heatseeker" and their take on "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" once again goes to show what a great track that is. The version of the unavoidable "The Jack" is unnecessarily stretched out, but the audience is digging it. The four cuts that are taken from the band's popular Back in Black are met with limitless enthusiasm and they've stood the test of time, even though they're no match (sorry guys) for the monster that "Whole Lotta Rosie" is, a track that must be among the hardest rocking rock `n roll-updates ever. Simply incredible. Noticeable are also the presence of "Who Made Who" (good version, by the way) and the nasty hooligan-rock of "T.N.T.," that's the fitting introduction to the unavoidably bombastic "For Those About to Rock." I'm still not that wild about it, but I can imagine - like I've been told by a few people who were smart enough to check them out when they had the chance - that it works when you're in the audience and that you'll be yelling along with Johnson. "SHOOT!" As it is now, Live is a fine live album that captures the laddies during one of their sweaty and raucous tours. There are a few shortcomings (it's fragmented, I would've loved to hear a few more surprises and there's Johnson), but that shouldn't prevent you from getting this instead of a Phil Collins-album, or anything like that.

Note: There's also a 2-CD version of this album (the Special Collector's Edition) that contains a few more selections from The Razor's Edge ("Fire Your Guns," "Are You Ready" and the title track - the best tracks in other words), "Sin City" (from Powerage) as well as extended version of "Jailbreak" (nearly fifteen minutes of wanking!), "Let There Be Rock" (12 minutes of skull-breaking!) and "High Voltage" (10 minutes of electrocution blues!). I haven't heard that version, but I'm sure it's worth every single second of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AC/DC "Shoot to Thrill" on Fantastic Live Double Album, 22 July 2004
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Burjiz (Schaffhausen, Switzerland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Live (Audio CD)
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars vintage ac/dc, 19 Nov 2009
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This review is from: Live (Audio CD)
most AC/DC fans will already have heard all the tracks on this cd and I wont bother to review each and every inclusion track by track...I'm too lazy!
In my view this is a much underated cd and, arguably, represents ac/dc at their best, ie in their early years?
Produced in 1978 it represents a band on the up and, perhaps, at their freshest. It includes tracks that have beocme rock classics...let there be rock,,whole lotta Rosie....highway to hell etc, at a point when these tracks were new to the band and they clearly had fun playing them in front of a live audience. I remember 1st seeing them in 1977/1978 playing a gig on bbc1 or bbc2 and was just blown away by their energy....(during the punk rock era when almost nobody could play guitar or drums and there was a long drawn out demise of prog-rock bands in decline,,,)they were a breath of fresh air, albeit tainted with Jack Daniels and gasoleine.
Four to four and a half stars, a must buy for fans of ac/dc or newbys and a should buy for hard rock collectors.
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