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Not the best example of this great band
on 3 July 2007
The trouble with live releases is that they are obviously arranged and planned in advance, which means that if the band aren't on top form, there's little that can be done about it aside from cheating with studio overdubs. This isn't a bad concert, but there ars certain weak points compared to other live releases in this great band's past. Firstly, Angus Young has a major off-day. His playing turned noticeably and rather suddenly scruffy from 1995's Ballbreaker onwards, and here the solos are scruffy, riddled with missed notes, and even rhythm guitar and riffs suffer similar inaccuracies. When compared to his fluid, precise yet raw bluesy runs of the old days, long-term fans may pick up on this ruefully. Secondly, whilst Brian Johnson cannot be expected to sing like a demon in his 50's, this particular era of the SUL tour was not as good as earlier parts (2000-2001) and later (the 2003 gigs) - though on the latter one might expect that as they were individual concerts. Here, Brian's top range is missing altogether, and whilst he handles the Bon-era songs fine, none of the later songs are really done justice, with Thunderstruck in particular miles off the intense vocal delivery of, for example, the Donington video of the early 90's. However, the character of Brian and his weathered voice still works, especially for the more bluesy numbers, and the rhythm section sound solid (as ever) throughout. Stiff Upper Lip itself sounds great, and is perhaps the standout. Overall, plenty of great music, plenty of high points, plenty of entertainment from the very dynamic duo of Brian and Angus....but being honest this performance is a long way short of their best; and this comes from a loyal fan of over 20 years.