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Live At River Plate [VINYL] Box set, Limited Edition
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Live album by the Australian rock band. Recorded during their 'Black Ice' tour in Buenos Aires in 2009, the album features the hits 'Back in Black', 'Thunderstruck' and 'Hells Bells'.
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This album seems to have it all, including three differing covers to satisfy (or fleece!) the completists.
It is unclear why River Plate was chosen above so many of the other wonderful gigs on the tour (I saw them at Wembley and it was superb). However, the result is terrific, with Angus's classic guitar delivery and Brian's ever-rasping vocals.
The album has energy, power (not bad of a bunch of 50+ guys)and a wonderful track selection which gives us a taster of the different eras. Nice packaging too.
Sonically, it is a great listen.
Unfortunately I have some issues with it:
1. Although Amazon describe the LP as a [box set]. This is extremely misleading, it is just a normal non-gatefold record cover - somewhat cheap feeling.
2. The discs only weigh 150g each. (They are made from red vinyl though)
3. The production is rather thin and flat
4. This may not bug most people but at the end of each side the crowd noise is not slowly faded to silence it just suddenly cuts out - jarring. Of course I know I'm just an old fart who grew up with 70's live LP's but it only takes a slow drop of the master slide to fade each side - 30 minutes work maybe.
On the plus side the actual performance from the band is as you would expect.
Overall a cheaply made product that, with a bit of time and care, could have been a great treasure for vinyl fans - instead it's a bit of a disapointment.
How times have changed, with "Ball Breaker", "Stiff upper lip" & "Black Ice" (admittedly this album is a little hit & miss, but it will do), AC/DC's credibility has gone through the roof, being named checked by everybody as a major influence.
Which is why "River Plate" is much more than just a nostalgia concert, which is what you would get if it was The Stones or The Who releasing a new live record.
The new songs slot in well with the classic tracks(although no songs from "Ball Breaker", or "Stiff upper..", which is a shame) & the crowd are on fire, even doing harmonics, which I've never heard before at an AC/DC gig. The band still gives an energetic performance considering their ripe old age.
Live albums always work better, when there recorded from one venue, instead of a whole tour, constantly fading in & out after each song, losing momentum. But "River Plate" feels like a one off special event, which always makes a live more appearing to listen to.It is interesting that back in the 70's & 80's, rock bands would regularly release a live album every 3-4-studio albums, but "AC/DC Live" was one of the last big selling live albums (Thanks Kirk Cobain).
Nowadays it only really Iron Maiden that do live albums, so it a little difficult to judge "River Plate" by contemporary standards, but then again AC/DC have never concerned themselves with shifting musical fashions.
The only nit-pick I have, is that it's a shame AC/DC didn't record the gig in a small club, like The Stones have been doing in 2012, perhaps that could be the band next live venture.
I also bought their last live DVD, so I own this soundtrack without needing to buy this CD. Led Zeppelin thoughtfully sold their recent live DVD and CD (Celebration Day) together in one package and it's in my supermarket for a tenner. AC/DC on the other hand went for the 'least effort / most profit' option of selling the DVD and soundtrack separately.
I've been to every tour and brought every album since the early eighties. The music on this is good of course - AC/DC performances are consistently excellent - but the repetition and the laziness is killing my love for this band. Yes, there are lots of songs that 'have' to be played every night but, for God's sake, mix in some surprises now and again, or do the odd one-off gig of rarely heard songs, and then release a live album with some surprises on as well; the Stones did it with 'Stripped' - it can't be beyond AC/DC.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thank you for this box I received May 27,2016; Packaging ok. See you soon. Cordially. YvesPublished 1 month ago by BRUWIER YVES
Stonking great fun. When this arrived I had a flat pack table and chairs to build up. With 'River Plate' as my soundtrack it was a joy to do!Published 5 months ago by Iain Mackenzie