BON SCOTT SET
MRT | 12/07/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This box set is a dream come true for the early AC/DC fan. It has three live CD's(one 2cd set being the only place you can get the LET THERE BE ROCK live movie soundtrack) and a CD of earlier material which was rewritten later. The early stuff is cool because the lyrics are different and the songs themselves are different. Also has digi pak of BACK IN BLACK remastered. a MUST buy for the true AC/DC fan."
Subpar box set
Bloodbath_and_Beyond | usa | 06/06/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"In the mid-late 90's with the advent of collectors the new wave of music fans who began catagorizing genres, going after rare albums and became highly interested in 'completed works' of bands, we saw the box set become a popular medium for a number of bands. AC/DC's Bonfire isn't a complete collection of their works but rather a collection of unreleased Bon Scott era material which fans had been clamoring for, for quite a while. While Malcolm Young has maintained there just isnt that much there, everything they recorded they used, some fans were dissappointed. Bonfire is pretty good, but coulda been alot better. It mainly served, in its time as another expensive hardcore fan item but now you can pick it up for 20-30 bucks. Live in Atlantic Studios is a pretty good show, recorded around late 77 I'd say for a small club size audiance it captures the band in their prime, and of course the CD named Volts, has some odds and ends alternative/demo kinda stuff [see tracklisting].
The main reason to get Bonfire, or maybe 12 years later, you can probably just buy it on eBay seperatly, is the Let There Be Rock concert, filmed in Paris Dec 1979, which as most fans know has been on VHS for years ans is a HEAVY favorite among them. The show is a gem, as a AC/DC fan IMO its better than If You Want Blood, Live and any other live album/DVD, they've put out. The sound is raw, the kinetic energy is there, the band was top shelf and this concert is probably my favorite AC/DC album ever. Fans are still demanding for a DVD release but Malcolm and Angus have stated the master tapes have gone missing and a stereo mix of the show is the version heard here. As opposed to the VHS, the full version of Walk All Over You is here along with TNT which was cut from the movie for time restraints most likely but the sound of the CD is great, absolutely nothing to complain about. It was a great prize for fans to get it on CD. But by now if you really want that item you can more than likely find it by itself. Supposedly a DVD is planned for 2011 of the concert.
On the other hand what woulda made the box perfect, its ridiculous not to ask why the tracks off the original aussie albums weren't featured here. (Stick Around, RIP Rock In Peace, Love Song, Fling Thing, Crapsody In Blue, Cold Hearted Man and of course the alterate versions of High Voltage, Aint No Fun, Rocker etc). Course all this stuff is now finally avaliable on the Backtracks box set but still, it really woulda been a complete and complimentary tribute to the legendary frontman to include these lost gems here, or just, reissue the original albums High Voltage, TNT, and Dirty Deeds in the US/UK. Anyway, if there's any fans still interested in checking this out that dont have it yet, quite a few years after its release there isnt much here you cant get other places (the Sin City performance from the Midnight Sepcial '78 is on the DVD Family Jewels). To say you have everything by the band, get it, but most importantly get the Let There Be Rock show."