AC/DC – Live At River Plate
I’ve been on a bit of an AC/DC bender, lately. It’s been lovely…
Mike (all hail Lebrain!) sent me this 2CD hits blast of AC/DC live. It’s exactly what you think it is: balls-out, party-time blues rawk to the Nth degree. Fantastic.
Usually, with these reviews, I go through track by track and give impressions. For this one, I’m just gonna mention a few general thoughts, below. But first, I’ll leave this here and let it basically be ’nuff said:
CD1: Rock N Roll Train * Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be * Back In Black * Big Jack * Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap * Shot Down In Flames * Thunderstruck * Black Ice * The Jack * Hells Bells
CD2: Shoot To Thrill * War Machine * Dog Eat Dog * You Shook Me All Night Long * T.N.T. * Whole Lotta Rosie * Let There Be Rock * Highway To Hell * For Those About To Rock (We Salute You).
Friggin’ MASSIVE, is what that lot is. Wow.
OK, I did have some notes on this one, too…
~ Too bad they did the edited crowd noise thing again, leaving disorienting washes of cheering noises that then fade away. Honestly, leave it all in. If you’re worried about sound quality and distraction, we’ll just go play the studio versions. This is live! You’re throwing a party, so let us hear it all! South American crowds are passionate and loud, it’d be fun to have the full sound of being there!
~ This concert is a good mix of old and new, with 9/19 (so close to half!) of the songs being from the Bon Scott period (if my count is correct).
~ Dirty Deeds and Let There Be Rock were really satisfying fast versions. Yum.
~ The Jack is here, of course. The intro’s pretty lame, vocally. Oh well. And this song is still not grabbing me. I just can’t name what it is that’s wrong that I can’t get to it. It’s fine, and all, but I always feel like, ‘so what.’
~ Do the drums sound muddy (in places) to anyone else? Like, too much bass sound or something? I really noticed it in the intro to Thunderstruck. Could just be my ears, because there are other times where the mix is just right (and it KILLS).
~ I like that they didn’t save up all of their biggest hits for the end of the show, though you could be forgiven for thinking they had, by looking at the list for CD2 (above). This is just proof that this band has written so many huge songs that any setlist of theirs, at this point, is gonna look like a greatest hits comp.
~ I loved the intro to Highway To Hell. Angus is a blues rawk guitar God. A live show like this is just further proof (as if we needed it). He so makes me want an SG. It’s a physical need to own one. Crazy.
~ I noticed that Johnson’s not doing the full scream through all of the songs anymore. He drops down to a lower growl sometimes. Fair enough. That’s a lot of years of shredding your vocal chords. He’s lucky he can talk at all.
~ In the intro to Whole Lotta Rosie, he says ‘old girlfriend,’ but he wasnt even in the band when the song was written. Who knows, it’s possible that he, too, has an ex named Rosie who ain’t exactly pretty and ain’t exactly small…
~ Total pandering to the crowd in Shook Me when he says “knocking me out with Argentinian thighs…” Well-played, sir.
~ I did find it odd to end the show with For Those About To Rock… I mean, if the song is for people who are about to start rocking, wouldn’t you want to play it first? Just a thought. Also, the big crashing ending of this song goes on way too long. I mean, we get it. End already! But I also understand, I mean, if you’re gonna fly all the way to Buenes Aires to do a show, you may as well make it as worth your while as you can. It’s all about the spectacle.
In sum, at this point this band can do no wrong. These are all great versions. This is a solid, gigantic slab of live AC/DC rawk, and the energy of both the band and the crowd (when we can hear them) is undeniable. And it’s all totally fuckin’ great.
Thanks heaps, Mike!! \m/ \m/