AC/DC Backtracks Collector’s Edition Deluxe Box Set Unboxing

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I know this set has been around since 2009 but I just picked it up myself the other day.  Couldn’t believe amazon still had new copies lying around from 9 years ago!  Oof… 2009 was 9 years ago….

 

The set has been fantastic so far.  I’ve been listening to the tracks and plan on giving the DVDs a spin soon.  Good times!

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AC/DC Powerage Review

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Powerage is a bit of a tricky album for me to review. I do love it and I agree how it is AC/DC’s most under-appreciated album.  It contains some of the band’s best work from the Bon Scott era and receives little recognition for it.  It has rightfully earned a place in the hearts among those that “know” AC/DC beyond Highway To Hell and Back In Black, but there are a few things that does lessen the overall experience.

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Side One:

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“Rock ‘N Roll Damnation” is a catchy tune with a nice punch that I do hum to myself quite often.  Its groove is definitely aces but the lyrics are a little weak.  They’re about the band shaking off the complaints they get for playing loud Rock and Roll.  Well enough for an AC/DC song, but that chorus:

And it’s a rock ‘n’ roll damnation
Ma’s own whippin’ boy
Rock ‘n’ roll damnation
Take a chance while you still got the choice

I feel like they are trying too hard to get a “clean” single off the ground.  Despite this, great song.

I’ve never been a fan of “Down Payment Blues”.  Bon’s lyrics are strong, but it clocks in at over 6 minutes which is too long for its boring riff.

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“Bullet to Bite On” is another catchy tune with weak lyrics.

Gimme a bullet to bite on
And I’ll make believe
I’ll make believe it’s you

Ugh.  New bassist Cliff Williams* hammers out a real nice groove though and it is a toe tapper.  Not a bad song by any means, but just short of great.

Now, “Riff Raff”.… where do I begin?  This song kicks you in the face at the start and will not stop beating on you until it is done.  This tune owns four or five of the best rock riffs ever.  Truly the album’s masterpiece with some of Bon’s best lyrics:

Now I’m the kinda guy that keeps his big mouth shut
It don’t bother me
Somebody kickin’ me when I’m up
Leave me in misery

Simply amazing.  How Bon even figured out how to put a melody over the band at its hot-crazy-ist is beyond me.  Angus’ lead licks, the back and forth with the rest of the band…  this is 4 on 4 rock but it doesn’t feel like it!

Side Two:

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“Sin City” might be the album’s best known tune since it became a constant for the live shows.  Driven by a big riff, the song is about a major city (probably Las Vegas) with a healthy night life.  The big break down in the middle features Bon singing over Cliff’s solo bass and it also has one of Angus’ most frantic solos ever.  A treat to listen too.

The lyrics for “What’s Next To The Moon” begin with Bon tying a woman up to a railroad track and demanding she give him some…. love?  Not like Bon to be so angry with a lady.  I think the lyrics from a villainous third person point of view because the second verse is about Superman.  Worth noting that Angus came up with the riff for this one after breaking a string in studio and was tuning up while putting a new one on.  It is the only song on the album to not feature one of Angus’ solos but he does have some wicked fills here and there.  Average DC tune.

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“Gone Shootin'” got a bit of recognition when it was included on 1998’s Beavis and Butt-head Do America soundtrack but it deserves so much more.  This is some of AC/DC’s finest work.  Bon sings about a girlfriend that is on one of the drugs you cook with a spoon.  This line gets me every time I hear him belt it out:

I stirred my coffee with the same spoon
To her favourite tune
Gone shootin’

It doesn’t get played live often enough.  Groovy version of it here with the band jamming it out in 1996:

 

“Up to My Neck In You”  is a competent AC/DC tune.  Nothing wrong with it but also nothing that makes it stand out.  It was included in the set list for the Stiff Upper Lip Live DVD from 2001.  Gotta throw a rare one in there for the hard-core!

The album is wrapped up with the brilliant “Kicked In The Teeth”.  With only two chords…

B… A, A, A

B… A, A, A

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…it cooks!  Its Muddy Water-ish opening with Bon going back and forth with the rest of the band is a perfect set up for a song about a woman who’s done him wrong.  Angus’ lead work is brilliant again with a couple of lightning solos and fills.  Third best track on the album and a solid high note to end it on.

Final Verdict:

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Powerage was designed to be THE album to take AC/DC to the next level.  It has a polished sound with no high hats being set, guitars being tuned, or talking between songs.   All well and fine, but I think they went too far.  It is a wildly uneven album (especially the first three tracks) that left too much of AC/DC out of the studio.  The sleaze is toned down about six notches too low and all references to hell or the devil are absent.

But…

This album is still a solid release with plenty of must own tunes.  How they overcome the album’s overall shortcomings is a testament to how good the good stuff is.  Powerage is a fun listen that I adore.  I hope I didn’t come off as too hard on it.  Get it if you like rock ‘n roll.

As an AC/DC album: 3/5
Compared to everything else: 5/5

*Some sources claim the Young’s older brother George played bass on this album since they had yet to replace the exiting Mark Evans.  Mark Evans claims to have played on several of the albums songs too.  Whatever the truth is, the linear notes say all of the bass work is Cliff’s.  So that is what I am going with.

In Memory of Dad – Live Charity Stream on February 10-11th!

twitchburiedonmarscharity2“If there is anything I can do, let me know.”

I am fortunate enough to have this said to me by many after my Father had passed away this past October.  I know I have said it to others in the past during their time of need.  Every time, it was with a feeling of helplessness knowing that there is not much I can do and not knowing if it does help.  Having been on the other side now, I know it can.

Sarah and I had just landed in Portland, Oregon when we received the news of how a brain aneurysm placed my Father on his deathbed.  We had to come home immediately if we wanted to say goodbye.  That wasn’t going to happen.  We were too far way.

I was sitting at the Vancouver International Airport waiting for a flight back to Toronto when I began reaching out to others on social media.  I let our group who we were to meet up with know what had happened.   Word spread quickly among my online friends and I was floored by the support that flooded in.  Just knowing that people are feeling your struggle is a help.

The words “Let me know if there is anything I can do” stuck with me.  It was said by so many in different ways.  As the weeks passed and the shock wore off I began think that there is something that you can do.  All it would take is a little ground work for me to get it started and the rest would be up to you to help me support it.

What is Twitch.tv?
Twitch is a website where (mostly) the young broadcast themselves live while playing video games.  Millions of others tune in to watch, and some even tip with real money while they play.  A bit of an odd spot for an old fossil like myself to be in, but it can be a great way to have fun while raising money for a cause I believe in.  

Is watching someone else play a video game fun?
It may sound like a snoozefest but I do find myself doing it more often than I have before.  If the right person is hosting (like myself 😉 ) having fun can be done.  Yesterday, I tuned into a stream by my online friend, TheDonovanViper.  We talked a bit about the game he was playing but mostly live chatted with a few others about getting through the difficult times.  I think that is the appeal of these streams.  You never know what can happen.

What time does the stream take place?
I haven’t worked it all out yet since I am talking to others to extend a helping hand.  It will begin sometime Saturday morning on February 10th.  Updates will be here as soon as I have them.

What is the charity and where is the money going?
I’ve settled on the Heart Research Institute.  My Father’s brain aneurysm was the side effect of the blood thinning medication he had been taking since the late 90’s.  It was discovered that he had a genetic heart condition that made him more susceptible to blood clots than the average person.  Coumadin (or warfarin) was prescribed to him after suffering from two minor heart attacks which gave him 20 years that he probably didn’t have. 

The Heart Research Institute is dedicated to all of their going to research, and I dig that a lot.  They are working right now on improving treatments to have options better than even Coumadin for patients of the future.  Their main hub is in Australia, but their work is international with scientists and doctors around the world, including the US and Canada.  I will be setting up a link on my Twitch channel where people can donate directly to the HRI.  No money will go through me.

Will there be prizes?
Yep. People who donate will be entered into draws for prizes.  Updates coming. Stay tuned.

What exactly can I do?
Donate, silly!  The goal will be to reach $640 Canadian dollars.  February 12th would have been my Father’s 64th Birthday.  Hence, the timing of the stream and the dollar amount.

I want to help but I don’t have any money!
No problem.  There is still a lot you can do!

  • If you stream on Twitch, I’m looking for people to volunteer time.  The longer we are up and running, the better chance we have of reaching the goal amount.  I have a couple of people lined up already but more is needed!
  • Donate a game or item to the cause!  It will be used as a draw prize for those who donate!  Give that extra copy of Earthbound you have lying around to a good person who donates to charity!
  • Spread the word! If you are a content creator with a blog, podcast, make Youtube videos, or on Twitch and share this! Any posting anywhere is appreciated! If you have any kind of social media voice, share this post!

Link me, my good sir.
I will be updating with more posts in the future right here, but here is a link to my Twitch channel if you wish to be proactive with a sub now (or bookmark it if you don’t have an account):

https://www.twitch.tv/buriedonmars

I’m morbid and want to know more about this trip to Portland!
I talk about it here with my friend Ram Vox on the latest episode of our podcast Retro Fandango.  We get into it around 26 minutes in:

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-tubi6-827fef

Many thanks in advance to all those who read this and wish to help!  If you need to reach out to me you can send me a PM on Twitter, Facebook, or email me buriedonmars@gmail.com.

AC/DC Let There Be Rock Review

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Let There Be Rock is AC/DC’s fourth studio album but only the second to be released in the USA.  After their first two albums were combined to make High Voltage, the band’s 1976 album Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap was given a pass by their North American label, Atlantic Records.  Not breaking into the American market only fueled the band’s desire to do so even more.  Everyone upped their game for Let There Be Rock and by golly do we ever have a gem here.  AC/DC’s prior outings have been great, but this album is their first masterpiece.

Before we discuss the tunes, we need to talk about the cover.   It is the best AC/DC album cover if not the best Rock ‘N Roll cover of all time.  Not only is the first appearance of AC/DC’s now iconic logo designed by Gerard Huerta but… well just look at it:

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I rest my case.

Side one:

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The album launches with “Go Down”, a sleazy hard rock punch in the face.  It features one of rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young’s most tastiest of riffs.  Angus Young on lead guitar shows how his shredding skills went from great to amaze-balls.  The tonal range he squeezes out of his Gibson SG has me wishing I had canine ears to appreciate all of the octaves he reaches.  Singer Bon Scott’s lyrics, about a.. shall we say… sexually uninhibited and legendary groupie Ruby Lips are as bluesy as ever.

Ruby, Ruby, where you been so long
Done took to drinkin’ whiskey
Baby since you been gone
Ain’t no one I know do it as good as you

On the vinyl record the song fades out due to space limitations and for some reason that was repeated the original CD, but every copy since the album’s first remastering now has the tune ending in the usual AC/DC flourish.  Make sure you update if you haven’t already. #WorthIt

“Dog Eat Dog” is next and was the album’s first single.  For me it is probably the weakest tune on the record with Bon’s lyrics having been better elsewhere….

Well it’s a dog eat dog
Eat cat too
The French eat frog
And I eat you

I’m used to it so I hardly cringe anymore.  The song does have a groovy beat and Angus’ solos are rock solid.  A slightly less than average AC/DC tune.

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Now the title track, “Let There Be Rock”, holy crap is this sucker ever heavy.  You can feel the anger in this one.  It screams “Listen to us, damn it!”  “Release our albums in the US!”  The riff chugs along when the guitars are not taking massive breaks to let Bon tell a fictional tale of how rock and roll was born.  Only Mark Evan’s bass and Phil Rudd’s drums can be heard backing up Bon’s soliloquies.  Listening to a locked in Phil Rudd for its entire 6 minutes and 10 seconds is a treat in of itself.  Legend has it that Rudd did only four takes… all back to back.  The second take is the one that made the record.

“Bad Boy Boogie” got major play during the live shows as it earned Angus Young’s “strip tease” treatment.  As someone who plays these songs on guitar like a true amateur I can see why.  It is a blast to play.  To listen to, however, it is an above average early AC/DC tune.  The lyrics are fine, and there is a cool break down in the song. Also has a bit of an intro that starts with the tape machine humming to full speed and Phil Rudd setting up the high hat.  It helps to give the album a raw vibe.

Side Two:

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“Problem Child” is the only song that differs from the Aussie release.  We are supposed to be hearing “Overdose” right now, but instead we have a tune that was recorded for Dirty Deeds.  I hate the fact that it is an edited version of the song.  You can tell it was recorded at a different time as its production quality doesn’t quite fit the rest of the album.  I hate that it made “Crabsody in Blue” (The song that was cut for it) difficult for us North Americans to get.  With that said, I’m kind of used to it now.  It’s an OK tune.  One of the better ones from Dirty Deeds.

The next three tracks are solid gold.  “Overdose” is the album’s “slow track” and it cooks once the riff kicks in after a long intro.  I imagine Mal or Angus were just messing around with some arpeggios before the recording started, but you gotta keep that live vibe going.  It works.  Groovy tune.

“Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be” sounds like it was recorded live.  I swear every guitar is set to a different tuning.  Somewhere between standard and a quarter a step down.  It works as it gives the guitars a deeper sound for the tune’s big, chugging guitar riff.  Bon lyrics are about a woman who doesn’t treat him right, but he stay with her because she’s good in bed.  Classic Bon.  Classic tune.

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Wrapping up the album up is “Whole Lotta Rosie” which means Let There Be Rock is book ended with two tunes about a sexually uninhibited women.  Rosie is a lot larger than Ruby (42-39-56 to be exact) and Bon couldn’t be happier with her.  On the surface you could argue that there is something overly chauvinistic but these songs, but they are really about Bon having fun. He isn’t angry at the women or fixated on their physical beauty.  It’s about two consensual adults having a good time.  Damn, that man was a poet.

“Rosie” is probably my favorite AC/DC song of all time and easily be the best on the album.  I could listen to its John Lee Hooker inspired groove all day, everyday.  Angus’ guitar rips out a couple of the greatest solo’s I have ever heard.  Malcolm’s tonal shifts with the rhythm section allow Angus to explore every inch of his SG’s neck in tune.  Phenomenal tune.

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Final Verdict:
If you are a fan of music get this album.

As an AC/DC album: 4.5/5
Compared to all other music: 5/5

AC/DC High Voltage (US) Review

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In my teen years, High Voltage was the first Bon Scott album I bought after Highway to Hell.  I choose it because it had a bunch of songs I had never heard before. (Live versions of “T.N.T”. and “The Jack” from 1992’s AC/DC Live being the only two exceptions)  Plus, it was released in 1976, the year I was born.  I thought this was the cat’s ass.  I was probably supposed to be listening to Nirvana or some depressing shit (No offense!) as it was what everyone my age was listening to at the time, but the jovial and bluesy tone of the old stuff (Van Halen, Black Sabbath, ZZ Top, yo!) spoke to me more.

I remember devouring the back cover of High Voltage during my first listen.  It is a collage of made up letters from authority figures scolding them for being bad asses and ladies who wished to spend more time with them.  These guys did seem to be bad asses.  They’d probably beat me up if I ever ran into them.

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The version of High Voltage that we got in North America is a compilation of two Australian albums, High Voltage (aka Aussie High Voltage) and T.N.T.  Yep, AC/DC was two albums deep in their homeland of Australia before finally getting some vinyl pressed in the USA.  Aussie High Voltage is their debut from 1975 and it is a bit of a mess.  Only two(!) of its tracks are represented here with the remaining eight going to 1976’s much more refined T.N.T.   Having fully listened to both Aussie albums I can say for certain that this compilation does represent the best of AC/DC in their formative years.

High Voltage has a raw sound to it.  Guitarists Angus and Malcolm Young’s tone is much thinner when compared to their sound on Back In Black or Highway To Hell,  but the “guitar bite” is still there.  Angus’ lead guitar licks are great but he has yet to reach “Guitar God” status.  With a few exceptions his solos are concise and not the epic pieces they would become, but the album has it where it counts with plenty of groovy hooks.  This is a band that worships the guitar riff and there are some classic ones here.

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Lead singer Bon Scott’s lyrics were fantastic for the most part as he chronicles his life with now iconic tunes like “It’s A Long way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock and Roll)” and “Rock ‘N Roll Singer”.  (Side note: The Cult totally ripped off the riff for “Rock ‘N Roll Singer” on “Wild Flower”. Fight me on it.)

 

“Live Wire” is one of their more underrated tracks and my favorite on the album.  It’s slow build up with the Mark Evan’s bass thumping away on the B note would become the bands opening track for most of their live shows in the ’70s.  It one of the few tracks on the album where I feel Angus is allowed to soar on lead.  A sign of things to come.

 

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“T.N.T” kicks off side two.  AC/DC sound iconic and big when their riffs give the chords plenty of space to breath.  The Muddy Water influence is strong with this one.  It is still played live at just about every show.

The two tracks from Aussie High Voltage are the best original songs it has to offer. “Little Lover” is a straight up sleazy blues tune and wins my choice lyric award for:

Killed me when I saw
The wet patch on your seat
Was it Coca Cola?

Ew.  Doesn’t have the same effect without Bon singing it.  Trust me… it’s good!  I dig this tune a lot and I wish the track played out for a bit longer.  The Young brothers wrap it up by trading some bluesy licks back and forth as the song fades down.  That could have went on for a much longer time.

“She’s Got Balls” is the other Aussie High Voltage tune.  Legend has it that Bon wrote it for an ex-girlfriend who demanded that he write her a song.  She wasn’t flattered by they lyrics but we got a what is probably AC/DC’s first “AC/DC riff” ever recorded.  Not their best, but a cool tune that is a nice addition.

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Not everything is gold though.  I’ll come clean and admit that the lyrics for the studio version “The Jack” are awful.  Early AC/DC could successfully blur the lines between sleazy rock and novelty song, but the card playing sexual innuendo in this one falls flat.  The live version of “The Jack” on If you Want Blood… You Got It! with better lyrics is where it is at.  “Can I Sit Next To You Girl” was written before Bon Scott joined the band and it is odd ball tune.  Weird to hear Bon politely ask a lady if it is OK for him to take up some space next to her after shouting “Stick this in your fuse box” two songs previous.  I could take it or leave it.

The album is wrapped up with the appropriately titled tune, “High Voltage”.  A different tune for AC/DC as Angus uses the chord progression of… A… C… D… C… for the chorus because someone said he should.  It does work as it is spliced together nicely with a blues rock shuffle.  I like it.  The original version on T.N.T. does end differently as it kicks into the start of their cover of Chuck Berry’s “School Days” but only fades out here.  Nothing  to fret over though.  Only the nerdiest fans would notice.

Final Verdict:
This is a must own for any AC/DC fan and probably a nice library addition to anyone who likes rock music.  The tracks that are missing from the original Aussie albums are not some of their best work.  Most have now been included on various compilation/rare tracks albums over the years and are for wild, hard-core completion-ist only.

Overall score:
As an AC/DC album: 3.5/5
Compared to Nirvana or some depressing shit (No offence!): 7.5/5

Tom Petty Memories

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I work in the news media and yesterday was a crazy day.  On top of the Las Vegas terror attack, “trusted” news sources rushed to be the first report on Tom Petty’s death.  Although Tom wasn’t in good shape… at all, the initial reports were false.  His daughter lashed out at Rolling Stone magazine last night on social media for jumping the gun, but really (to loosely quote Jack Nicholson’s Joker) the whole damn system needs an enema.  What a world we live in.

Unfortunately, the news did eventually become true.  Tom had suffered a cardiac arrest on Monday morning was gone by late last evening.

I appreciated the many blogs I read yesterday from people who shared their thoughts and feelings about Tom and his music.  Reading how he had touched their lives helped me process his untimely death.  So, I thought I’d do some sharing too.  It is what we do when we are hurting.

I wasn’t always a fan of Tom Petty.  I loved the Travelin’ Wilburys tunes when they came out but I really didn’t know who he was.  To me he was just some guy singing back up to Roy Orbison.  A year later, I was in grade nine when Full Moon Fever came out and I still wasn’t won over.  Our high school cafeteria had a jukebox where we could play tunes for a quarter each and this one girl made sure to bring in enough to play “Free Fallin'” every day, three or four times over.  EVERY day.  Monday through Friday.  She must have been popular or her dad was in the mafia because no one was brave enough to stop her.  Let me tell ya, 40-year-old Mars would not put up with that.

At that point I written off Petty as the “Free Fallin'” guy.  “I Won’t Back Down” and “Learning to Fly” were radio staples but the tunes were not able to penetrate my learned hate for “Free Fallin'”.  Plus, I was one of those kids who ONLY listened to metal.  And as far as I knew, Tom was not metal.

It was a couple of years later when I heard “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” on the radio (a then new track from his Greatest Hits album) and it hooked me.  Suddenly my cold, black metal heart thawed and I was won over.  I ran out the following weekend to pick up his Greatest Hits CD (I still have it!) and I gave “Mary Jane” a few spins when I got home.  After I got the tune out of my system I cautiously gave the rest of the CD a chance and I was floored.  Every song (except “Don’t Come Around Here No More”) spoke to me on some level.  I was able to enjoy “Free Fallin'” now that the daily barrage was years in the past…  I had no idea “Refugee” was his tune….  “I Won’t Back Down” is not metal, but those kick ass lyrics sure are!

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In the following years Full Moon Fever, Into The Great Wide Open, and Wildflowers were added to the collection.  I bought the soundtrack for She’s the One the day it came out.  I still have not seen the movie… or even care too.

I regret never seeing Tom perform live.  I guess let the clock run out on my opportunities.  (I am making it my mission to have that not happen with Neil Young and John Fogerty.)

One cool thing I did learn from my used copy of Into The Great Wide Open was how to keep my ticket stubs with the album the concert was promoting.

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Yeah, I wish I could say I was at that show, but it was most likely the person who owned this CD before I did that got to go.  Still, great way to store you ticket stubs.  Difficult to lose and you’ll always know where to find them!

One final thought, When I bought my acoustic guitar “Yer so Bad” and “Learning to Fly” were a couple of the first songs I learned to play.   “Learning to Fly” is a perfect tune for new guitarists.  It has only four chords, F, C, Am, & G, repeated through out with plenty to time to strum between the changes.  This was instrumental in helping me get the those open chords down pat.  I always wondered if he purposely made that one easy to play so we budding guitarist could learn to fly.

Rest easy, Tom.

Megadeth: Rust In Peace – Live Review

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Megadeth’s Rust In Peace is easily in my top five thrash metal albums of all time.  It might even be in my top three if I were to sit down and hash them all out.  So I was stoked when I found this live CD used at Deja Vu Discs for a whopping $8.

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In 2010 they went on tour to celebrate the album’s 20th anniversary and played it straight through.  This recording is from the Los Angeles show on March 31st, where the band originally began their Rust In Peace Tour in 1990.  The show was recorded on video as well, which of course is somehow just hanging out on YouTube without any copyright take downs since 2013:

 

As far as band members go, we hit the jackpot as Megadeth’s revolving door lands on one of their best line ups.

Dave Mustaine – of course is present as lead singer and on 1st guitar.  Megadeth’s Lemmy, Angus, Keith and Mick.
David Ellefson – returns on the bass after an eight year hiatus from the band.  Very appropriate since he contributed to some of the writing on Rust In Peace.
Chris Broderick – Chris was with the band for about eight years on 2nd guitar and he was one of the best they had.  He does a solid job recreating Marty Friedman’s licks and arpeggios like a rock ‘n roll beast.
Shawn Drover – A Canadian boy who was with the band for a solid decade from 2004 to 2014.  He left Megadeth the same day Broderick did so they could together form Act of Defiance.  His double bass can sound a little clicky for me at times, but it is a very minor complaint.

The concert itself is solid.  Dave’s voice is twenty years older but it more than holds up.  It sounds great, in fact.  All of Rust In Peace is recreated faithfully including Vic Rattlehead’s laugh to kick off “Lucretia” and the mole-man sucking sounds in “Dawn Patrol” (Although, I’m pretty sure Ellefson and Drover are playing to pre-recorded vocals here).

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Three of the original album’s 1 through 9, “Five Magics”, “Poison was the Cure”, and (shockingly) “Rust In Peace… Polaris” are played live for the first time.  All are attacked and shredded to… deth.  There isn’t much frackery happening with the songs too.  There is a bit of a longer than normal pause in “Rust In Peace” but that might be the only noticeable change.  The songs are played straight up like you’re listening to the album.  I suppose some sour puss could argue, “What would be the point then if you could just listen to the original record?”  Well, these cuts do have a different swing to them and it is cool to hear the more recent band rip through them like they’re new.  You can tell Dave is having a grand time performing them and the show makes for a nice celebration of what made those songs great.

Once the main event is done, I thought “Return to Hanger” from their 2001 album The World Needs a Hero would have been a novel inclusion here, but I guess that would be a little too inside baseball.  “Holy Wars (Reprise)” wraps up the show instead, which is basically them jamming on the Holy Wars riff while Dave thanks everyone for showing up.

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The bonus tracks (“performances”) are up next and they are a solid lineup of Megadeth’s better known tunes:

Skin O’ My Teeth
In My Darkest Hour
She-Wolf
Trust
Symphony Of Destruction
Peace Sells

These are played straight too with the only crowd interaction being to sing the chorus to “Peace Sells”.  I like this.  I find the whole audience participation thing fun when you’re at the show, but boring to listen to on records. (Freddie Mercury is the exception.  He made that an art form in and of itself.)

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Overall Score (4/5)
I love this project and I’m glad it was preserved in CD form.  Some of my favourite albums are when bands go back and rework/cover their old tunes.  Sometimes it is a newer version of the band covering the classic tracks, like when 2004’s Anthrax reworked some of their ’80s tunes on The Greater of Two Evils.  Or like how when Eric Clapton did acoustic covers of some of his tunes from the ’70s and late ’80s on Unplugged.

Rust In Peace-Live is a bit more cut and dry, but it works for what it is.  Considering you get almost 75 minutes of worthy content and three tunes that have never been performed live before, it makes for an easy recommen-deth-tion.