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but he wouldn't sound this good live again until the 'Live At River Plate' DVD ...
on 3 November 2015
At this point I think the idea was to record vocalist Brian Johnson live in concert before his voice deteriorated completely. Some songs he sings really well on this album - 'High Voltage,' 'Let There Be Rock', 'Sin City', 'The Jack', 'Jailbreak', 'T.N.T', 'You Shook Me All Night Long', 'Whole Lotta Rosie' and 'Highway To Hell.' Not that the rest are done badly, but he wouldn't sound this good live again until the 'Live At River Plate' DVD and CD were released quite a few years later. In fact, unbelievably, he would sound better.
The fact that there are gaps between each song on 'AC/DC Live' is a bit annoying - the crowd fades in and out after each song instead of sounding like one continuous concert. I think the idea was to get the feel of touring the world with the band. For instance, Brian introduces 'Back In Black' with an 'Hello, Donington, how you doing?' Before the start of 'Sin City', he greets the Irish crowd with, 'We gotta song for you, Dublin, oh yeah...!'
I remember hearing this album for the first time and watching the 'Live At Donington' Video that accompanied it. It was great to finally have a live album featuring Brian but, as is always the case, much better to actually have the visual. To see AC/DC live in concert is to know just how brilliant a live act they are - one of the best out there.