Sunday, March 1, 2020

AC/DC - If You Want Blood You've Got It (Live) (1978)

AC/DC  - If You Want Blood You've Got It (Live) (1978)

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Side one

1. "Riff Raff" (from Powerage)   5:59

2. "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be" (from Let There Be Rock)   4:10

3. "Bad Boy Boogie" (from Let There Be Rock)   7:29

4. "The Jack" (from T.N.T.)   5:48

5. "Problem Child" (from Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap)   4:40

Side two

6. "Whole Lotta Rosie" (from Let There Be Rock)   4:05

7. "Rock 'n' Roll Damnation" (from Powerage)   3:41

8. "High Voltage" (from T.N.T.)   5:05

9. "Let There Be Rock" (from Let There Be Rock)   8:33

10. "Rocker" (from T.N.T.)   3:24

Total length:   52:44

Complete Concert from the Apollo Theatre, Glasgow 30 April 1978

All songs written by Young/Young/Scott except 'Fling Thing (Scottish trad.)

1. "Riff Raff"

2. "Problem Child"

3. "Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be"

4. "Rock n Roll Damnation"

5. "Bad Boy Boogie"

6. "Dog Eat Dog"

7. "The Jack"

8. "High Voltage"

9. "Whole Lotta Rosie"

10. "Let There Be Rock"

11. "Fling Thing"

12. "Rocker"

The song "Gimme A Bullet" was played during sound-check, according to the Official Apollo Theatre website setlist for the show.

"Fling Thing" is the b-side to the original Australian only single of "Jailbreak", but is actually the traditional Scottish folk song "The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond". The band played it live in Australia and Scotland as a staple part of the encores in the early years, and is replayed on the 1991 album AC/DC Live 2 CD Collectors edition from the Glasgow concert on the Razors Edge World Tour (though this time it is just called "Bonny") and it was re-released in its original form, for the first time since 1976, on the Backtracks boxed set.

This version of "Fling Thing / Rocker (reprise)" - as it was the encore for the concert - is on the Family Jewels DVD, with some of the other songs from this concert, but the entire show has never been seen in its entirety since an original broadcast by a Dutch TV station around the same era.

AC/DC Band Members / Musicians

Bon Scott – lead vocals

Angus Young – lead guitar

Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals

Cliff Williams – bass guitar, backing vocals

Phil Rudd – drums

Producers: Harry Vanda, George Young

Sound: Mike Scarfe (MHA AUDIO)

If You Want Blood You've Got It (written as just If You Want Blood) is the first live album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, and their only live album with Bon Scott as lead vocalist. It was originally released in the UK and Europe on 13 October 1978, in the US on 21 November 1978, and in Australia on 27 November 1978. The album was re-released in 1994 on Atco Records and in 2003 as part of the AC/DC Remasters series.

The album was released six months after the band's previous studio album Powerage. Originally, a greatest hits package had been in the works called 12 of the Best but the project was scrapped in favour of a live album. It was recorded during the 1978 Powerage tour and contains songs from T.N.T., Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Let There Be Rock, and Powerage. It is the last Bon Scott-era AC/DC album produced by Harry Vanda and George Young, who also produced the band's first five studio releases. In his 1994 Bon Scott memoir Highway to Hell, author Clinton Walker observes, "Live albums, which tended to be double or triple sets in which songs short in their studio versions were stretched out into extended tedium, were for some reason popular in the seventies. If You Want Blood reversed this tradition... it boasted a blunt ten tracks and, allowing nothing extraneous, got straight to the point, that being raging AC/DC rock and roll."

AC/DC's concert at the Apollo Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland on 30 April 1978 was used for the live tracks, and it has never been confirmed if any other concert tracks from this tour were also used. This concert will also be remembered for the encore when AC/DC came back on stage dressed in the Scottish Football strip, paying homage to Scott's and the Young brothers' homeland. A song with the same title of "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)" appeared on the next album, and the band's US album chart breakthrough, Highway to Hell.

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