AC/DC
If You Want Blood You've Got It


4.0
excellent

Review

by camdizzle USER (3 Reviews)
January 25th, 2006 | 36 replies | 8,101 views


Release Date: 1978 | Tracklist


No matter how many different musical genres and sub-genres that exist in the history of music, there are still only two types of bands: bands that are good in the studio, and bands that are good live. AC/DC’s “If You Want Blood You’ve Got It," proves AC/DC to be a live band, and a damn good one at that. “If You Want Blood…" was recorded at the Apollo in Glassgow in 1978 after putting out 5 LPs since 1974. By this time, AC/DC was beginning to make a name for themselves, opening for bands like Kiss, Aerosmith, Styx, and the Blue Oyster Cult, and even co-headlining with Cheap Trick. AC/DC was beginning to develop a reputation for putting on incredibly energetic live performances, and it shows through “If You Want Blood…"

While I’m not personally a big fan of live albums in general, this album in particular is a special case. There are three things I look for in a good show or concert: Good music, good stage presence of the band, and an energetic crowd. The crowd is an issue in live performances because often times the energy of the crowd is reflected by the band and vise versa. If the crowd doesn’t get into the music, the show usually tends to be pretty boring. Anyway, I bring these up because in my opinion, in order for a live album to be worth the purchase, the album needs to make up for the lack of stage presence with some pretty rockin’ tunes and a lot of energy from the band and the crowd. This album provides both. I’m not even a huge AC/DC fan, but this album definitely produces some good, straight up rock and roll with some awesome energy, especially from the crowd who’s singing along to virtually every song and going nuts when the music isn’t playing.


The Track-List:

1. Riff Raff- AC/DC starts off the album with the song Riff Raff from their album “Powerage" which came out in May of that year. It’s a fast, simple song and a great way to start off a live album. The band opens to the screaming of an excited crowd, which again is always fun in my opinion for a live album. This is one of my favorite songs of the album.- 5/5

2. Hell Ain’t a Bad Place To Be- This song is pretty typical AC/DC: an intro with alternating g and d major chords, a 2-3 chord verse, and lyrics about women/sex/drugs/hell. This is a pretty straight-up rock song, but its nothing special- 3/5.

3. Bad Boy Bogie- This song is another typical AC/DC song with a 3 chord verse. While it’s pretty typical, it does have a nice rhythm you can stomp your feet to, and a pretty catchy riff in the chorus. The solo fits nicely in around the middle of the song and transitions into a breakdown with another solo that lasts for a few minutes, then continues with the rest of the song. It’s a pretty catchy tune overall.- 4/5

4. The Jack- This is a lovely little tune about getting gonorrhea from a girl who claimed to be a virgin. The song starts out pretty slow with a 12 bar blues riff throughout the entire song. Pretty boring overall. The solo didn’t do much for me either.- 2/5

5. Problem Child- AC/DC continues to rock their signature 3 chord verse riff for Problem Child. This song is a little more upbeat than The Jack, so it’s a little more fun to listen to. There’s something different about the first solo that I can’t put my finger on, but I like it.- 3.5/5

6. Whole Lotta Rosie- The album continues with the band’s hit “Whole Lotta Rosie" from their “Let There Be Rock" album. Rather upbeat song with a chorus that contains a chord that isn’t A, E, G, or D, so that’s always plus for an AC/DC song. There’s a pretty cool little riff towards the end of the song where Angus and the band go back and forth with a catchy little line. This is followed by one of the best solos in the album as Angus starts to get into his groove. Probably one of the best songs of the album.- 5/5

7. Rock and Roll Damnation- This song is just a classic example of the whole rock ‘n roll attitude of “yeah I play loud, yeah I look like a bum, but that’s rock ‘n roll," opening with the lyrics “they say that you play too loud baby that's tough they say that you get too much can't get enough they tell you that you look a fool baby I'm a fool for you they say that your mind's diseased shaky stuff." A very high-energy song with some solid back ground vocals, and just an overall good song. 4/5

8. High Voltage- Another “rock ‘n roll attitude" song. Another one with a lot of energy both from the band and the crowd. Towards the middle of the song, Bon Scott gets the crowd to start chanting “high" as he screams louder between the crowds’ chants. The solo could have been a little stronger, but the overall energy makes up for it. 4.5/5

9. Let There Be Rock- As I stated earlier, I’m not a huge AC/DC fan, but this is a pretty awesome song. The verses consist of a fast drum beat with Bon Scott growling at the crowd the history of rock according to the song, building into a wail. The main riff of the song is pretty catchy, and, though not terribly complicated, was different from the other typical AC/DC riffs. The song ends with a 2 minute solo Angus Young is known for- something somewhat structured based on a pentatonic scale, and eventually erupting into chaos. Overall great song. 5/5.

10. Rocker- The band finishes the night with the encore of “Rocker." Not the best choice of finale for an album let alone a concert. While it wasn’t a terrible song, I just felt they should have gone with something like “Let There Be Rock" to end the song. Rocker was a pretty basic 12 bar blues rock song. Nothing special.- 2.5/5

Bad Things about the Album: I was a little disappointed with the choice of “Rocker" for the end of the album. They had such a solid second-half of the album; I was just let down at the end. Some of the songs were also a bit repetitive and were a little boring, but I guess that’s just classic AC/DC.

Good Things about the Album: The energy of the album started off solid and just got stronger and stronger as it went on. I wish I would have been alive to see this concert, because based on what I’ve listened to it would have been incredible to watch.

Overall Grade: 4/5

Vocals- Bon Scott
Lead Guitar- Angus Young
Rhythm Guitar- Malcolm Young
Bass- Cliff Williams
Drums- Phil Rudd

*Also, this is my first review, so commentary would be greatly appreciated.


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Bon_Scottie
January 25th 2006



1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

In my eyes, the bands best, and also my favourite CD to date.
Just total, hard up rock.

Jim
January 25th 2006



5110 Comments


Yeah, I like the Bon Scott stuff. Let There Be Rock's a classic.

MM23
January 25th 2006



33 Comments


Great first review. Welcome and all that whatnot. Next time you might want to look into using Formatting and such, though. :p

JAStewart
January 25th 2006



180 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album is just amazing.. incredible...

Jacob6293
January 25th 2006



125 Comments


Where the **** have I been? I've never even heard of this and I absolutely love AC/DC! It must've come out when I was living under a rock.

DownPaymentBlues78
January 25th 2006



278 Comments


It's fairly popular.
I thin Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be is at its best on here
Drums - Phil Rudd

angus_steel
January 25th 2006



11 Comments


good review.

camdizzle
January 25th 2006



58 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I didn't really think of the whole formatting thing. I know how to do it, but I just copied and pasted this one from a word doc

Drunken Viking
January 25th 2006



1023 Comments


Good album, and Phil Rudd plays the drums on it.

Zesty Mordant
January 25th 2006



1196 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

eh not much to say about this album. "Whole lotta Rosie" is good but everything else has already been done (and done better) on Highway to Hell.
In fact that's probably the only AC/DC album one needs along with Back in Black.

michyblueeyes
January 25th 2006



1 Comments


how can you give the jack a 2...even though you underrated hell aint a bad place to be aswell,riff raff and whole lotta rosie deserved the 5s they got.great cd,good review.

camdizzle
January 26th 2006



58 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's a great album, but you can't give all of the songs on there a five. The rating system I have is based off the album, so the best songs got fives, and everything else was based off those songs. I gave the Jack a two because it didn't fit at all with the overall atmosphere of the album, and it wasn't even that good of a song to begin with.

Zesty Mordant
January 26th 2006



1196 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

EDIT: nevermind, album rated.This Message Edited On 01.26.06

kiss is the best
April 6th 2006



8 Comments


i completely agrree

Peter Criss
May 26th 2006



35 Comments


Man, you Shot down "The Jack" I thought the original version of it on High Voltage was better but I still think it deserves at least a 3.

Peter Criss
May 26th 2006



35 Comments


Man, you Shot down "The Jack" I thought the original version of it on High Voltage was better but I still think it deserves at least a 3.

Bron-Yr-Aur
May 26th 2006



4405 Comments


There's only a few AC/DC albums I can be bothered with, and this is definatley one of them.

hard_rocker89
June 27th 2006



278 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I jusy bought it today! This is an awesome album!

One of THE BEST live bands you will EVER see! Even now, there was an interview from a concert in 2003 that the guy said he's followed AC/DC around for years, and at that concert, they were still the best!

Way to go boys!

Two-Headed Boy
October 26th 2006



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Just total, hard up rock.

What does that even mean?

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
October 26th 2006



17914 Comments


IT MEANS STRAIGHT UP HARD ROCK YOU ALT/INDIE PUSSY



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