If You Want Blood You've Got Itby AC/DC
AC/DC was fast becoming one of rock's top live acts by the late '70s. Few others could match the band's electrifying live performances: Angus Young's never-ending energy and wise-ass antics, Bon Scott's whiskey-soaked vocals, and the rest of the band's penchant for nailing simple, yet extremely effective and memorable, riffs and grooves./a>… See more details below
AC/DC was fast becoming one of rock's top live acts by the late '70s. Few others could match the band's electrifying live performances: Angus Young's never-ending energy and wise-ass antics, Bon Scott's whiskey-soaked vocals, and the rest of the band's penchant for nailing simple, yet extremely effective and memorable, riffs and grooves. While most other rock bands of the era were busy experimenting with disco or creating studio-perfected epics, AC/DC was one of the few specializing in raw and bluesy hard rock, as evidenced by 1978's live set, If You Want Blood You've Got It. Recorded during their world tour in support of their Powerage album, If You Want Blood contains many of AC/DC's best compositions up until that point: "Bad Boy Boogie" (complete with the break-down section in which Young would "strip"), "The Jack," "Problem Child," "Whole Lotta Rosie," "High Voltage," "Let There Be Rock," and "Rocker." Strangely, their early anthem "Sin City" was not included, and there's a slight sense of studio enhancement on certain tracks. While the first disc of the 1997 box set Bonfire is the best document of live Bon Scott-era AC/DC ("Live From the Atlantic Studios"), If You Want Blood You've Got It is highly recommended.
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Performance CreditsAC/DC Primary Artist
Bon Scott Vocals
Phil Rudd Drums
Cliff Williams Bass
Angus Young Guitar
Malcolm Young Guitar
Technical CreditsHarry Vanda Producer
Vanda & Young Producer
Bob Defrin Art Direction
Richard Bienstock Liner Notes
George Young Producer
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this is like a good bon scott mix cd. but it has No new songs. everything is on another album. i love acdc. i have every single cd that they have ever made. except for this. i have all these songs anyway. but if you want to get a good taste of what early acdc sounds like buy it
AC/DC's If You Want Blood You've Got It is very good and it has a strong riff. Power to the band! The only songs missing here is TNT and Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.
The rawness, intensity and energy of an AC/DC live performance is definitively captured on this recording. From the opening ominous notes of 'Riff Raff' to the frenetic finish of 'Rocker', the band rips through their unique brand of blues, boogie, and hard rock with a vengeance. The band were at a performance peak here. It is very apparent that the remastering of this disc has done it justice. The bass, originally barely noticeable, has now come to the forefront. Highly recommended for anyone wondering what AC/DC was like pre-Brian Johnson and the monumental 'Back In Black'....you won't be disappointed.
Not having heard the live material in the Bonfire box set, this is the only live recording I've heard from AC/DC with the still-missed Bon Scott. Amazingly, thirty years on, the album doesn't disappoint for a second. The white-hot intensity of an AC/DC concert comes through loud and clear, with Scott clearly revelling in his ringmaster role. As for the twin attack of the Young brothers, it's always a marvel to hear. The sonic revelation is just how essential to the classic assault of AC/DC the rhythm section of Phil Rudd and Cliff Williams is. They propel the band in the same manner as Watts and Wyman did the Stones, or Bonham and Jones did for Led Zeppelin. As a live album, as a representation of the more bluesy side of heavy metal, and as a party album to be reckoned with, If You Want Blood... simply cannot be topped. Of special interest are "Bad Boy Boogie", in which the band simply melts into amp-driven overdrive, "The Jack", Scott's torchy "!" ode to a woman who left more than she gave, and "Whole Lotta Rosie", on which the band teeters on the edge of complete chaos without losing an ounce of control.