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Rumours have been going around since the Black Ice album was released that the supporting tour would be AC/DC's last. If this is true, potentially this could be the last release of back-catalogue material. Live recordings are probably a different issue and one would expect there to be numerous of those out there.
What we have here is a 2 CD and 1 DVD set, the first CD of rare studio recordings, the second of previously un-released live tracks and the DVD is an addendum to Family Jewels set released a couple of years ago. There is a full colour insert booklet with various photographs and the odd press clipping but no information on the rare studio tracks, which is disappointing.
The first CD has some curiosities, particularly "Love Song" which is unmistakeably AC/DC but different to anything else they've done. "Crabsody In Blue" and "Cold Hearted Man" I had on my original vinyl copies of Let There Be Rock and Powerage respectively, which is strange as they were apparently for the Australian releases only and were left off the re-issued CD versions of those albums. As you would expect, there is a reason these songs don't make the cut on earlier albums and there are no out and out classics here but the variety of source period makes it an enjoyable album to listen to.
AC/DC are at their best live and the second CD is as good as any other live recording since "If You Want Blood...". It's nice to hear live versions of album tracks like "Safe In New York City" though one problem with live albums is that you miss the visual aspects of what is happening on stage. The example of that here is an extended version of "Jailbreak" where, from the crowd reaction, you can assume Angus is stripping off during the 13 minutes runtime but it's dull just listening to the backbeat while he does it.
The DVD tidies up additional videos from Family Jewels plus a couple of Making Of's. I don't think I've watched either of the original Family Jewels discs more than once and the same probably applies to this one.
I've got all the original albums plus the Bonfire, Family Jewels and Plug Me In sets so bought this really to complete the set. There's nothing essential here but the two CDs are worth having if you're a fan.
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Initial post: 19 Nov 2009 23:04:38 GMT
T. J. Burton says:
I disagree with the comments about Crabsody In Blue and Cold Hearted Man. These were on my original vinyl copies too and they fitted in with the rest of the albums very well, both in terms of Bon Scott's songwriting and the quality of the music. Neither was the best track on the LP but there was no reason to omit them.
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Nov 2009 14:45:12 GMT
Mr Blackwell says:
i agree the omission was plain shoddy business performance from the record company,when the digi pack remasters were released each disc should have had all studio tracks included irrespective of which release they had been on.
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Nov 2009 16:42:48 GMT
Fair comment, to put this in perspective I actually like Cold Hearted Man; Crabsody... is in the vein of Big Balls and, while amusing, not a song I would play often :-)
Posted on 30 Nov 2009 04:07:22 GMT
T. J. Burton says:
No, like most AC/DC fans, I've no time for smutty lyrics either.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Dec 2009 09:43:06 GMT
Crazy Bald Heid says:
I think ACDC are the only band to drop songs from CDs v Vinyl. I think both should have been on cds in the correct place in the running order. I particularly missed Crabsody in Blue - my live party piece in my teen garage band.
Posted on 3 Jan 2010 02:05:43 GMT
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Posted on 3 Jan 2010 02:08:51 GMT
well by the sounds of your review its a must have for die hards like my self but all true dc fans have got most of the material all ready the only thing that is very appealing is the real amp and collectables but that comes at a hefty price
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Oct 2010 18:34:31 BDT
M. Rimer says:
I completely agree. It really got my goat that the CD's got slightly different track listing from the vinyl and Cold Hearted Man is an ok song, really.
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