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If You Want Blood You've Got It
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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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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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Personally I think this is one of the best they did. No more needs to be said.Published 14 days ago by Mitch Beattie
I.ve worn out 3 cds of this perfection..sunny day window open blasting down the highwayPublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
There isn't anything I can say that hasn't been said about If You Want Blood You've Got It before. This superb live album transports you to an AC/DC concert and you can feel just... Read morePublished 3 months ago by tw8012
Owned this years ago on vinyl. Pure Magic! Bon Scott is so sadly missed & irreplaceable! ACDC are one of very few bands whose live albums are than studio albums. Great!Published 3 months ago by jackie