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If You Want Blood You've Got It

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Product details

  • Audio CD (4 May 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000026K2L
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,701 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Riff Raff
  2. Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be
  3. Bad Boy Boogie
  4. The Jack
  5. Problem Child
  6. Whole Lotta Rossie
  7. Rock N Roll Damnation
  8. High Voltage
  9. Let There Be Rock
  10. Rocker

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The duelling guitars of the Young brothers, here still combined with the superlatively demonic tones of original singer Bon Scott, have never been so well showcased as on this live album from their Powerage tour. Masters of the killer riff, AC/DC were at this stage still in full command of the tongue-in-cheek Australian energy that served them so well. With Angus Young's crackling lead guitar fluently tearing up every solo spot he gets with exuberant panache and Bon Scott exuding equal helpings of leering menace and outsider humour, the result is a superlatively potent brew. Above all, their music has a real sense of dynamics, space and pace--essential for any such music to be truly effective. All of this album is essential listening, but in particular don't miss "Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be", "Whole Lotta Rosie" and "Problem Child". --James Swift

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Format: Audio CD
I have been into AC DC for 25 years and If You Want Blood has never been surpassed by any album - ever, for sweat, blood, guts, and raw energy. The energy as Riff Raff kicks off after the intro makes the hairs stand on end every time. Every track is a classic and different, from hard rock tracks like Riff Raff, Problem Child, Rosie, Boogie tracks like Bad Boy Boogie & High Voltage to Blues like the Jack. Cliff Williams' bass is pounding (it says enhanced from the vynal version) Phil Rudd & Malcolm Young are trade mark tight, Angus is - well I even play air guitar at 37 years old, and Bonn is his usual majestic self - he is the master at playing the audience. Put it in the car LOUD and the journey goes quicker. You simply must buy this album.
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By A Customer on 25 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This captures early AC/DC perfectly and is one of the best live albums of all time. Bon Scott is on such great form throughout, and Angus Young just blows you away with the riffs and solos. Again, as with all the Bon Scott era albums, there is not a weak track on this album. You Could say The Jack, Problem Child, Whole Lotta Rosie, High Voltage and an epic redition of Let There Be Rock are the Highlights, but there are just no lowlights to compare them with. Right from the opening Riff Raff, the band just do not let up all the way through. Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and say, too good. And this is definetly one of these times.
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If you play it loud enough you will be physically transported to a live AC/DC gig, I tried it and it worked. Shoulda got out of the bath first though :)
It must be at least 15 years since I last heard If you Want Blood.. and listening to it now reminds me why it once was, and has become once again, my favourite live album of all time. At the moment I am unable to think of any other that begins with a more thrilling live intro than the crowd frenzy leading up to the first song; Riff Raff introduces itself reasonably politely, before punching you right in the head.
The pace from there is set for the next few tracks, then the audience are chanting 'Angus Angus...' and I remember Rosie! Apparently there was a whole lotta her, and this is a whole lotta sweaty, sexy, headbanging rock music.
Though I love all the tracks here, the other high point for me has got to be Let There Be Rock; the history of rock music according to the late Bon Scott. A man who started a tour sounding like he had just finished one.
The legendary guitar performance of Angus Young, along with his brother Malcolm, bassist Cliff Williams and drummer Phil Rudd make old school AC/DC sound raw, sleezy and just so damned exciting!
A faultless classic rock album, having said that if I really had to find a fault it would have to be the CD single style cardboard sleeve. But don't let that put you off, this album...well it Rocks!
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By A Customer on 21 Oct. 2005
Format: Audio CD
This album recorded in Glasgow (the home town of malcom and angus) back in 78 is perhaps the shining example of how rock and roll should be performed. With the greatest line up of the band the DC perform songs from powerage and the old faithfuls such as the jack, and high voltage. This was the first dc album I had and it changed my life. Its electric spectacular theres not a second on it which has been wasted. How i wish i was old enough to go and see them with bon ( I was two at the time). This album is at a ridiculously cheap price so go and get it. From the opening riff of riff-raff (sorry) to rocker the songs keep you in enraptured with the oral assult. Its not a whole unedited recording (they usually opened with Livewire during this time) but like Thin Lizzys Live and Dangerous it really does keep you going.
This is in the top five live albums of all time along side, live and dangerous, no sleep til hammersmith, live after death, and live in Japan.
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By A Customer on 14 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
In the world of computer-generated music, many rock fans are either too alienated or too removed to openly applaude the base energy submitted on this disc. As one reviewer points out above, this album must be played loud. Further, this album (I use the word unashamedly despite the fact I also have all the tracks on CD and mp3) must be played with utter disregard for neighbours, friends, partners and anyone else within a wide radius. These ten cuts, inflicted upon the listener, should be appreciated with innocence and naivety, in other words, in the manner in which they were originally delivered. If you already know AC/DC but not this album - buy it. If you have not experienced the band to date, I don't know why you're here but buy it anyway - there is no better introduction to the power age.
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Listening to this album it is easy to believe that AC/DC gave off enough energy during a live show to power the town they were playing for the duration of the gig. This record crackles with raw energy and Bon, Angus and the boys whip up a storm with the ultimate live performance. The songs are tight and the guitar playing exciting. From the adrenalin building opener, 'Riff Raff', the band have the audience in the palms of their hands. This is as close as you can get to actually being at one of those early AC/DC gigs. Close your eyes and you are there, sweating in the stalls, as the intro to 'Whole Lotta Rosie' powers out. The impromptu audience chant of "Angus, Angus" over the opening riff has become a standard audience response to this song at every gig ever since.The album reaches a climax with a explosive version of 'Let There Be Rock' before 'Rocker' brings the house down. This is an absolutely essential live rock experience.
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