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The /\ /\ ,-------, /\ / \ / \ <_ ,--, \ / \ / / \ \ / / \__/ ____ I I \ \ / / \__/ I I \ I I I / / I I I I I I I I____I I I I / /__ I I I I I I I ____ I I I __ /__ / I I I I I I __ I I I I I \/ \ I / I I / / I \/ \ < > < > \ / I / < \_/ / \ / \/ \/ \ / I/ \ ___/ \ / FAQ DISCLAIMER This article is Copyright 2003 by Phil Rose. It may be freely redistributed in its entirety provided that this copyright notice is not removed. It may not be sold for profit or incorporated in commercial documents without the written permission of the copyright holder. Permission is expressly granted for this document to be made available for file transfer from installations offering unrestricted anonymous file transfer on the Internet. This article is provided as is without any express or implied warranties. While every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this article, the author and contributors assume no responsibility for errors or omissions, or for damages resulting from the use of the information contained herein. The contents of this article reflect my opinions only and not necessarily those of my employer. Suggestions, corrections, additions, omissions, etc. are encouraged. Email me at: acdcfaq@yahoo.com I want to give credit to Felix Buebl, the original creator of the FAQ (he was also the driving force in the creation of the alt.rock-n-roll.acdc newsgroup). I would also like to give credit to Peter Gormley who took such great care of the FAQ. Since its creation, the FAQ has remained essentially unchanged. Peter decided to update it, and make it available to the newsgroup on a regular basis. He has also credited people for contributions where appropriate. I will continue to make it available to the newsgroup and hope I make as good a job of it as Peter did. #Date #Version #Comments 09.01.03 2.49 New carer of the FAQ - Phil Rose 03.01.03 2.48 2003 Remasters added. 09.01.02 2.47 Original US CD Remaster reviews added. 05.31.02 2.46 Malcolm guitar info updated. 03.31.02 2.45 Song acronyms added. 01.31.02 2.44 DVD info added. 11.01.01 2.43 Hometown tribute added. 08.01.01 2.42 Updated Riff Raffs #11, #13. 07.08.01 2.41 New Riff Raff re: Bon BIB. 04.01.01 2.40 Marcus Hook liner notes added. 01.31.01 2.39 Support acts updated. 10.31.00 2.38 Singles and tribute added. 09.01.00 2.37 Video info, Lurex Socks, BOD. 04.30.00 2.36 Single & video info, Simon update, etc. 02.29.00 2.35 Stiff Upper Lip, Riff Raff added. 02.01.00 2.34 Thunderbolt Japan track info added. 10.31.99 2.33 Solo info, Riff Raff. 09.01.99 2.32 Added info on new book. 12.31.98 2.31 Changes to "Problem Children" #6, #9. 11.20.98 2.30 Malcolm guitar info updated. 10.02.98 2.29 Stamp info added. 09.04.98 2.28 Tribute info added. 06.01.98 2.27 Support act info added. 04.20.98 2.26 Solo info added for Brian, Cliff, Simon. 01.05.98 2.25 Riff Raff added. 01.04.98 2.24 Book info, corrections. 12.02.97 2.23 Bonfire Info, some corrections. 10.01.97 2.22 Jackyl info, misc. corrections. 07.01.97 2.21 Fraternity CD, nephews, Tatts, corrections. 05.29.97 2.20 Disclaimer update, fanzine info. 04.08.97 2.19 Brian/Jackyl review, Angels links. 03.30.97 2.18 Lots of stuff added and updated. 02.06.97 2.17 Video info added. 06.19.96 2.16 Multimedia section, book info added. 02.28.96 2.15 Header change, book info added. 01.31.96 2.14 2 new Riff Raffs, corrected typos. 11.29.95 2.13 Live track list, Bon cd w/the Spektors. 10.01.95 2.12 Ballbreaker added, video list, Bon singles. 09.05.95 2.11 Bon book review, 2 new Riff Raffs. 08.08.95 2.10 New entries in all 3 sections, new header. 07.27.95 2.00 Complete re-formatting. FAQ CONTENTS PROBLEM CHILDREN... 1. Origins of AC/DC 2. Members of AC/DC - Past & Present 3. Atlantic Records Bio's of band members 4. Angus' age. 5. Bon Scott - Pre AC/DC 6. Brian Johnson - Pre AC/DC 7. Bon Scott - How he died 8. Brian Johnson - How he became AC/DC's singer 9. What other bands have members of AC/DC been in, and what other albums have they played on? BLOW UP YOUR VIDEO... 1. US LP Discography 2. Remastered US CD releases 3. Australian LP's with different tracks than US 4. German LP's with different tracks than US 5. Rare AC/DC songs 6. AC/DC Videos 7. AC/DC Books 8. AC/DC Multimedia 9. AC/DC Bootlegs 10. AC/DC Fanzines 11. AC/DC Tributes 12. AC/DC DVDs RIFF RAFF... 1. 1991 Tour Set Lists 2. What's the Jack about? 3. Why wasn't Malcolm on the 1988 tour? 4. What kind of guitars do Angus and Malcolm play? 5. Is 'Who Made Who' an AC/DC Greatest Hits cd? 6. What are some WWW (World Wide Web) sites for AC/DC? 7. What is Bon saying at the end of High Voltage? 8. What are "Lurex Socks"? 9. Does AC/DC do a version of "My Favorite Things"? 10. Are those real bagpipes on 'It's A Long Way To The Top'? 11. Where did AC/DC get their name? 12. Does Malcolm play lead guitar on any AC/DC songs? 13. Is Rosie in the song 'Whole Lotta Rosie' a real person? 14. Is Ruby in the song 'Go Down' a real person? 15. Why does Angus wear the schoolboy suit? 16. Wasn't there supposed to be an AC/DC comic book from Marvel? 17. What is Bon saying at the end of 'Night Prowler'? 18. Is there a version of 'Back In Black' with Bon on vocals? 19. Who are the "Dutch Damager" and the "Gorgeous Glaswegian" credited on the 'Flick Of The Switch" album? 20. Are Dave Evans and Mark Evans related? 21. Why did Dave Evans/Mark Evans/Phil Rudd/Simon Wright/Chris Slade leave the band? 22. Did I hear some AC/DC lyrics in the movie "Mad Max"? 23. What is the "smoke" that Bon refers to in "Ain't No Fun..."? 24. I really like the sound that Vanda & Young got on the early AC/DC albums. Did they produce any other Australian hard rock bands at the time that I might like? 25. Brian Johnson and Jackyl? 26. Who are the nephews of the Young brothers that are in rock bands? 27. What does Bon say on the live version of "The Jack" from IYWBYGI? 28. Brian and Cliff rocking in Florida? 29. What bands have been support acts for AC/DC? 30. What's this about an AC/DC postage stamp? 31. AC/DC's original singer has a new cd? 32. AC/DC did a version of the Little Richard song Lucille? 33. So how many songs came out of the Stiff Upper Lip sessions? 34. What is BOD? 35. Does Bon Scott sing a version of "Back In Black"? 36. Is there a reference list of acronyms for AC/DC songs? PROBLEM CHILDREN... 1. Origins of AC/DC [Info taken from 'Shock To The System' by Mark Putterford] AC/DC formed in late 1973 in Sydney, Australia. They played their first gig on New Years Eve at Sydney's Chequers nightclub. The band consisted of Malcolm Young, Angus Young, drummer Colin Burgess, bassist Larry Van Kriedt, and vocalist Dave Evans. Malcolm decided to form the band after spending a couple of years in the Newcastle band Velvet Underground (not the US band). AC/DC released one single with Evans as singer "Rockin' In The Parlour/Can I Sit Next To You Girl". AC/DC went through several lineup changes during their formative period, the most important was when Bon Scott went from being the bands driver, to their singer, in 1974. He replaced Dave Evans, who apparently was a bit too "glam" for the Youngs. 2. Members of AC/DC - Past & Present [Info taken from 'Shock To The System' by Mark Putterford] Guitar: Malcolm Young 1974 - present Angus Young 1974 - present Stevie Young 1988 (on tour) Vocals: Dave Evans 1974 Bon Scott 1974 - 1980 Brian Johnson 1980 - present Bass: Larry Van Kriedt 1974 Rob Baily 1974 Bruce Houwe 1974 George Young 1974 Malcolm Young 1974 - 1975 Mark Evans 1975 - 1977 Cliff Williams 1977 - present Drums: Colin Burgess 1974 Rob Carpenter 1974 Peter Clack 1974 Bon Scott 1974 Tony Kerrante 1974 - 1975 Phil Rudd 1975 - 1983 Simon Wright 1983 - 1989 Chris Slade 1989 - 1994 Phil Rudd 1995 - present 3. Atlantic Records Bio's of band members Here's biographies of the band members that Atlantic printed in music books published in the 1979/1980 timeframe. These are from the record company, so take them with a grain of salt: Angus Young - Born March 31, 1959 [note: see item 4, "Angus' Age"] (Aries the Ram) in Glasgow, Scotland. Angus and his brother Malcolm co-founded AC/DC almost ten years ago. On stage Angus still wears his schoolboy uniform (shorts and striped socks included), while playing a superb electric guitar. He's especially well known for his vivid onstage mannerisms - he won't miss a note while roaming, falling, kicking, running, writhing, and sweating...a complete showman! Angus co-authors all of AC/DC's music with Malcolm and Bon. Bon Scott - Born July 9, 1946 (Cancer the Crab) in Kirnmuir, Scotland. Ronald Belford Scott, the prolific writer of AC/DC's lyrics, had been with various rock and R&B groups as singer/drummer before joining AC/DC. In addition to playing, Bon worked as a chauffeur for other groups. It was in this later capacity that he first met the other members of AC/DC, who felt he sang better than he drove! Bon is responsible for touching our hearts with such tributes as "The Jack" and "Whole Lotta Rosie" while developing into one of the best frontmen in rock. Malcolm Young - Born January 9, 1953 (Capricorn the Goat) in Glasgow. Often called the innovator and "brains" behind AC/DC, Malcolm plays airtight powerchord rhythm guitar. The other band members have nicknamed him "Riffmaker", since his writing talent has been largely credited with supplying AC/DC with its inimitable, intense sound. Malcolm played with several bands in Sydney (the family having emigrated to Australia) while waiting quite literally - for Angus to finish school so they could form their band. Phil Rudd - Born May 19, 1954 (Taurus the Bull) in Melbourne, Australia. Phil releases his tensions by drumming. He received his early musical training in local Melbourne bands before taking up with AC/DC. Phil is also car-crazy, and he holds various certificates from England's Brand Hatch race track. His obsessions with automobiles extends to driving the band around when on tour, and he even carries a portable electric road- racing set with him (which has been set up in Holiday Inns across the globe). "Driving" also describes Phil's drumming, and his expert stickwork provides the rhythmic backbone for AC/DC. Cliff Williams - Born December 14, 1949 (Sagitarius the Archer) in Romford, England. Cliff is the newest member of AC/DC. He was chosen over 50 other bass players at auditions held in London last year. In the past he has performed with such British groups as Home and Bandit. Angus says he was selected not for his musical ability, but because his good looks would be sure to bring in women - a pastime the entire band shares enthusiastically. Brian Johnson - Born October 5, 1947 (Libra the Balance) in Newcastle, England. Brian, formerly of the English 70's rock band Geordie, fits comfortably into the group as its lead vocalist and newest member. His Northeastern England accent, wild humor and cap are already trademarks, along with his heavy, raw edged vocals to which the crowds have given rousing approval. 4. Angus' Age [Info taked from 'Shock To The System' by Mark Putterford] Angus's year of birth was publicized as 1959 to play into the schoolboy image. This would have made him 15 years old when the band formed in 1974. However, his real year of birth is 1955. He did leave school at the age of 15, but didn't join AC/DC until 1973, when he was 18. 5. Bon Scott - Pre AC/DC *************Here's the liner notes from a compilation of*************** pre-AC/DC Bon Scott music. [Thanks to Steve Rhoads <stever@hpcvts.cv.hp.com>] Bon Scott Seasons Of Change 1967-1972 Raven Records P.O. Box 92 Camberwell 3124 Australia Here are the tracks: 1) To Know You Is To Love You [Spector] 2) She Said [Young] (George Young of Easybeat, older bro' of Angus & Malc) 3) Everyday I Have To Cry [Alexander] 4) I Can't Dance With You [Marriott-Lane] 5) Peculiar Hole In The Sky [Vanda-Young] 6) Love Makes Sweet Music [Ayers] 7) I Can Hear The Raindrops [Lovegrove-Ward] 8) Why Me? [Lovegrove-Ward] 9) Sooky Sooky [D. Covey] 10) Getting Better [Scott-Milsom] 11) Ebeneezer [Price-Taylor] 12) Hoochie Coochie Billy [Lovegrove-Ward-Milsom] 13) My Old Man's A Groovy Man [Vanda-Young] 14) Nick Nack Paddy Wack [Lovegrove-Scott-Junko-Cooksey-Beach-Milsom] 15) Julliette [Milsom-Ward-Scott] 16) Annabelle [Jurd-Bisset] 17) Welfare Boogie [Fraternity] 18) Hemming's Farm [Fraternity] 19) Sommerville R.I.P. [Howe-See] 20) Getting Off [Jurd] 21) If You Got It [Fraternity] 22) Seasons Of Change [Robinson-Johns] 23) interview with David Day of 5Ka in Adelaide Bon Scott The Early Years 1968-1972 Tracks 1-15 The Valentines 1967-1970 Tracks 16-22 Fraternity 1970-1972 Tracks 1-9 produced by Martin Clarke Tracks 10-22 produced by Image Records & Hamish Henry Original Sound Recordings made by Clarion Records/Raven Records (Australia) Copyright 1988 See-For-Miles Records LTD. SEE CD247 CD insert: Valentines 1967-1970 Bon Scott- Vocals Vince Lovegrove- Vocals John Cooksey- Bass Wyn Milsom- Lead Guitar Ted Ward- Rythym Guitar Doug Lavery- Drums* (* replaced by Paddy Beach, 1969) Fraternity 1971-73 Bon Scott- Vocals Bruce Howe- Bass Mick Jurd- Lead Guitar John Bisset- Keyboards John Freeman- Drums 'Uncle' John Ayres- Harmonica Sam See- Slide Guitar, Piano Ask the average Australian to name some famous people who have come from Perth and the chances are that they'll name either sports stars or business tycoons. Yet one of Perth's adopted sons was for a while in the late '70s every bit as much a crowd puller as those sports stars. As lead singer of AC/DC Bon Scott would regularly perform to thousands of people each night in the stadiums and concert halls of America and Europe. But it's a long way to the top in the world of rock and roll and Bon Scott's road to the top began with the Perth band the Valentines in 1966. The Valentines got together around the middle of 1966. Their initial linup was Bon Scott and Vince Lovegrove sharing vocal duties, Ted Ward on rythym guitar, Bruce Abbott on bass guitar, Wyn Milson on lead guitar, and drummer Warrick Findlay. In Scott and Lovegrove they had two dynamic focal points and within just weeks of their live debut they had crowds flocking to their shows at such venues as Canterbury Court and the Swanbourne Surf Livesaving Club (affectionately known as the Swanbourne Stomp). It didn't take long for their popularity to come to the notice of Martin Clarke who operated Perth's only record label in the 1960's, Clarion. The Valentines were duly signed to Clarion in March 1967 and released their first single a couple of months later, still less than a year since they formed. That single comprised of Arthur Alexander's "Everyday I Have To Cry" backed with "I Can't Dance With You", a song from one of England's fastest rising groups of the time, the Small Faces. The record, naturally enough, sold very well in Perth, reaching the Top 5. Single No.2 was released in August 1967. The top side was a Stevie Wright/George Young (Easybeats) composition entitled "She Said". Although similar in some ways to areas that the Beatles were then exploring, the single failed to capture the record buying public's imagination and only made the lower end of the Perth charts. Nevertheless the 3rd single for Clarion was released in February 1968. "I Can Hear The Raindrops" and "Why Me?" were both Lovegrove/Ward compositions. Promoted as a double A side release the record made number 30 on the Perth charts but once again failed to chart elsewhere. Despite a report in April 1968 that the Valentines were to join the Sunshine label, this move never eventuated. Their fourth and final single for Clarion was released some three months later, and once again it was a composition from the Easybeats camp. "Peculiar Hole In The Sky" was written by Harry Vanda and George Young and produced on Martin Clarke's behalf by Paul Aulton. The flip side "Love Makes Sweet Music" was origially the only single ever released by avant-guarde British The Soft Machine. It was brought to the Valentine's attention by Stan Rofe, the doyed of Melbourne disk jockeys in the latter half of the 1960's. Represented on this disc are those four singles as well as a previously unreleased track, "Sooky, Sooky". In 1970 they broke up. After changes in line-up Bon went on to Fraternity and later to AC/DC. Vince worked as a writer for pop music weekly before moving on to become a contributor to a current affairs television programme. More recently he was manager of the Divinyls before parting company with them in 1986. In their heyday the Valentines were dismissed as being blatantly "Bubblegum", a label they were quick to dismiss. Listen to this album, judge for yourselves. Hopefully the next time someone metions the word Valentine you won't think of February 14th but you will think of some fine music from the late 1960's [sic]. Alan Mannings ******************More Liner Notes************************* [Thanks to Doug Fierro <fierro@uts.amdahl.com>] I ran across a CD recently titled "Bon Scott- The early Years 1968-1972" and of course I had to buy it. This is a CD, not vinyl (more info about it below) I don't know how many of you hear stuff from The Valentines, Bon Scott's first big band in Australia, but it sounds NOTHING like AC/DC. The music is categorized as "bubble-gum" 60s music, which is right about on mark. Stumbling across the music on this CD is like digging up old pictures of your parents wearing hideous clothing when they were younger. The music from Fraternity is better though. The CD contains two written pieces, the second posted by Steve Rhoads here a while ago. It also has an interview of Bon Scott by David Day from 5KA in Adelaide, Australia (any Oz natives know if that station still exists?); Bon was pretty drunk and it wasn't a long interview anyway. Liner notes by Glenn A. Baker I encountered Bon Scott a number of times during the 70's and each meeting served to increase my incredulity that performer's public image could be so at odds with his real personality. Bon really was a sweet man. He was warm, friendly and uncommonly funny. He did not breathe fire, pluck wings off flies or eat children whole. And while his daunting stage persona of lacivious leers and blood curdling howls was by no means fraudulent, it was most certainly a professional cloak that could be worn at convenient moments. When Bon had replaced Dave Evans as leader of AC/DC at the end of 1974, he was already a bona-fide Oz Rock veteran, with two stints in prominent hit bands under his belt. In one he had been a fluffy, gossamered pop idol, in the other a cosmic, hirsute, heavily philosophical hippie. By the time he climbed into working class denim he must have been suffering no small identity crisis. Yet he was never anything less than convincing in any of his musical roles. A rough'n'tumble Scotsman, Bon first came to prominence in Perth's hottest 60's pop sensations, The Valentines. Like Adelaide's Twilights, the band fronted two lead singers - Bon and Vince Lovegrove (later manager of the Divinyls)- and was adept in the manipulation of screaming teenies. After some rudimentary recordings for Perth's Clarion label in 1967-68, The Valentines moved base to Melbourne where they joinged the Zoot and New Dream as frontrunners in a bubblegum pop boom. Yet, although there was an undeniable chirping commerciality about the Valentines Melbourne recordings, there was also a solid, rocking base which rendered them appealing and more than credible. The band cut six tracks for Ron Tudor's June Productions, which were leased to the Philips label. Two of those six (which constitute side one of this record) - Harry Vanda & George Young's "My Old Man's A Groovy Old Man" and the original Juliette- became moderate national hits. The latter was an early example of Bon's strong, expressive voice. At the dawn of the 70's rock music was becoming inexorably 'heavy' and the days of bands like the Valentines were obviously numbered. Not even a heavily-publicised drug bust could rescue the band's limp image. By the middle of 1970 it was all over and Bon was in Sydney putting together a new band with remnants of Levi Smith's Clefs. Fraternity was a quantum leap for the adaptable singer, who grew a beard, donned leather sandals and no doubt developed a taste for brown rice. Offered management and financial support by businessman Hamis Henry, Fraternity moved to South Australia where, as Vince Lovegrove reported in Go-Set magazine in June 1971, the lived "like no other band in Australia, in a house in the hills 17 miles from Adelaide. It's surrounded by seven acres of bushland. They're from everything but nature. What a buzz! Once a week they come into the city to have a meeting with their management and collect their pay. They only leave their pad to play gigs. "Bon Scott, vocalist, recorder and timbala player, is constantly in a dream world of his own but he's having a ball. He says: 'The point is, the dollar sign is not the ultimate. We want to try and help each other develop and live. So that the thing inside of us, whether it be creative or not, is satisfied. Something makes us tick and it's up to people to satisfy that something. We are satisfying ourselves and others by creating an environment." Fraternity took their environment back to Sydney at regular intervals. Although well received live, their cosmic recordings on the Adelaide independent label Sweet Peach (notably the album Livestock) made little impact. Guitarist John Robinson wrote the brooding Seasons of Change for them but it was the version by his own band, Blackfeather, which cracked the charts. Even their unexpected win of the all-important Hoadley's National Battle Of The Sounds in 1971 failed to assist their chart fortunes. "Fraternity came on and nearly rocked themselves off stage and half the audience nearly rocked themselves onto the stage" reported Go-Set of the Grand Final. "Superb harmonica and superb vocals by that guy out of the old Valentines. What's his name again?...oh you know him." Fraternity left Sweet Peach late in 1971, cut some singles for the independent Raven label (no relationship to this fine imprint) and then put down a second album. The powerful Flaming Galah was a whole different kettle of fish. The metaphysical meanderings had largely been replaced by solid, thumping rock and Bon Scott was able to give a hint of the sort of tempest he would command in AC/DC a couple of years later. During 1972, Fraternity took advantage of their Battle of the Sounds prize and travelled to London. From there they worked in Britain and Europe, although little is known about this time. Shortly after the band's return to Adelaide in 1973, Bon suffered severe injuries in a motorcycle accident. Fraternity continued on with a new formation that happened to include John 'Swanee' Swan and his brother Jimmy Barnes, but that's another story. By 1974, Bon was healed and healthy, and working in Sydney as an occasional roadie for AC/DC, an interesting new band formed by Angus and Malcolm Young, junior siblings of Easybeat George Young, the man who had penned three tracks recorded by The Valentines in the 60's. When the band's vocalist went off to form Rabbit, widely experienced Bon seemed the logical replacement. From the first day that Bon trod the boards with AC/DC, there was not the slightest cloud of suspicion that the outfit would not turn the world upside down with their rib-crushing, blood curdling, brain damaging, skin blistering, no bullshit rock'n'roll. Throughout the next five years. AC/DC's vision of rock to fight, fuck and drink by, survived unscathed. Single handedly they led an international renaissance of power rock, though none of their copyists ever aspired to even a hint of the awesome global popularity that Acca Dacca commanded (indeed still do) among working class kids. Bon failed to survive his own indulgent life-style. He was found dead in a parked car, after a bout of drinking, on February 20, 1980. His seeming indestructability was, like much of the rock lifestyle, a myth. Nobody who ever knew him will easily forget him. ***************Info on a pre AC/DC compilation cd*************** [Thanks to Scott Swanson <Swandown@teleport.com>] I noticed that I own something which you did not list in your discography of Bon Scott's pre-AC/DC career. It's called "Bon Scott With The Spektors" and it's a CD E.P. released in 1992 by See For Miles Records (SEACD 6). The Spektors were Bon's first major band (this was about 1966), before he joined The Valentines-- Bon played drums and also sang. This CD contains The Spektors only known recordings, all from a television broadcast. The track listing is as follows: 1. Gloria (lead vocal: Bon Scott) 2. On My Mind (drums: Bon Scott) 3. Yesterday (Bon Scott does not play drums or sing lead vocals on this, but he *may* have sang backing vocals) 4. Interview with Vince Lovegrove, co-founder and co-lead vocalist of The Valentines (by Alan Mannings)-- the interview lasts 23 minutes and contains sound clips of several Valentines songs 5. Gloria* 6. On My Mind* 7. Yesterday* *the last 3 songs are the same as the first 3 except that they include the announcer's introduction and crowd applause P.S. Also, the album titled "Bon Scott w/the Valentines - The Early Years" isn't actually an album (it's a CD E.P.) *************Info on new Bon Scott single***************** [The following info is taken without permission from the website of Head Office Records - 'http://www.agro.com.au/headoffice/records/index'] BON SCOTT 'Round And Round And Round' ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Bon's back! Two new songs, three tracks. one CD single - released October-20 - the closest thing you're ever likely to hear to the solo album he talked about but never got the chance to complete. Now re-produced for the Nineties. "Round And Round And Round" and "Carey Gully" are the last two songs Bon Scott committed to tape a month before joining AC/DC and the only released from a three year period in his career between Fraternity's "Flaming Galah" in April 1972 and AC/DC's "Baby Please Don't Go" in March 1975. In their original form, the tracks are genuine Australian long lost 'Basement Tapes", recorded a few months after Bon's motorbike accident. Recently re-discovered, both "Round And Round And Round" and "Carey Gully" have been extensively reworked to create musical pieces which the project's collaborators believe Bon would have been proud of. As an occasional member of The Mount Lofty Rangers, a South Australian collective of creative artists and musicians, Bon Scott recorded these two compositions by the group's musical director Peter Head in July 1974. Peter Head recently teamed up with producer Ted Yanni, another old friend of Bon's. Using the best technology available, Ted isolated the original vocal track from "Round And Round". and then over many months rebuilt an entirely new backing to the song, so it sounds as though it was recorded today rather than yesterday The original version is also included on the CD single. It features former members of Headband and Fraternity. "Carey Gully", a lilting country-flavoured ballad has been tastefully augmented with strings - the Classically Blue String Quartet. The song celebrates the Mount Lofty Rangers' stomping ground at the time, then home to one of South Australia's leading artists. Vytas Serelis, whose stunning photo portraits grace the CD cover. The whole project has been achieved by many people - musicians and technicians donating time, talent and studios in order to pay tribute to an old friend. The result is one of the best recordings available by Bon Scott displaying a side to his vocal ability that wasn't as evident in subsequent releases. "Round And Round And Round" is only available as a single for $10; from October 20, and there are no plans to release it on an album. Get it while you can, because it may not be there tomorrow. 1 October 1996 Bon Scott before AC/DC by Vince Lovegrove ------------------------------------------------------------------------ What you could hold in your hot little hands is a labour of love. A twenty two year labour of love. And a vindication of fate. A twist of fate, a drunken spat, a motorbike accident, a long recuperation, a time of reflection for Bon Scott. Two decades ago. It happened in Adelaide, the Cinderella state, the city of churches, the only Australian capital that wasn't founded on the backbone of the convicts, banished when the English tried to cleanse their pristine country of the undesirable lower class. They threw their petty criminals out of sight, to the other side of the world, hoping they'd stay out of mind. The Scottish tried to get away of their own free will, but the Brits wouldn't let them. Bon Scott was born in Kirrimur, Scotland, and in the sixties migration rush to the convict colony on the other side of the world, moved with his family, along with thousands of other UK families . His rock'n'roll star eventually took him to Adelaide, and what happened before and after is well documented in many books, many fanzines, and in the fertile minds of many highly imaginative journalists. But one of the most formative pieces of the Bon Scott jigsaw legend happened during this period, 1974 , whilst recuperating from his famous motor bike accident. Smashed jaw, broken teeth, gammy leg, marriage problems, his age becoming an obstacle in his struggle for creative identity, he began to explore his songwriting talents, his simplistic mastery of street vernacular, his poetic ability to tell a story. He was creatively encouraged and nurtured during this brief period by Adelaide musician Peter Head (nee Beagley) whose optimistic love of music and all who embraced it, provided a catalyst for out of work or transient musicians in between gigs. Probably the most potent incarnation of the melting pot was The Mount Lofty Rangers. During a brief 12 to 18 month period, many of Australia's best known and least known singers and players passed through the ranks of The Mount Lofty Rangers ; Robyn Archer, Jimmy Barnes, Bruce Howe, Chris Bailey, Mauri Berg, "Uncle" John Ayers, Swanee, and Bon Scott, being just a few. Like so many other splinter movements, not much became of the old Rangers, now splattered into the anonymity of history's backwash like so many before and since. Makes you wonder how many unknown meanderings contribute to the mainstream, though. Nevertheless it was an outlet for people like Bon Scott to expand, to musically grow, to take a breather. A month before he joined the band that would take his street poetry to the world, Bon recorded two songs written by Peter Head. Now based in Sydney with his family, still following his philosophy of organic musical growth, Peter has treasured the memories of those days and recently re-discovered and re-worked the recordings. With 1996 technology, producer Ted Yanni has devoted almost two years to bringing Bon back to life via two previously unheard songs, assisted by many like minded friends - musicians and technicians for whom this project has been a labour of love. These are genuine collector's items. Unique. You may have thought until now, that you had heard everything Bon Scott recorded pre-AC/DC. But what you could have in your hands is the Bon Scott you didn't hear. Reflect and enjoy. Imagine. **************Fraternity Compilation CD Issued In Australia********* Yet another great compilation from Glenn, Peter and Kevin at Raven Records. Issued in 1997. Raven Records P.O. Box 92 Camberwell 3124 Australia Here are the tracks: Fraternity - The Complete Sessions 1971-72 (2 CD) 1) Seasons Of Change 2) Livestock 3) Sommerville 4) Raglan's Folly 5) Cool Spot 6) Grand Canyon Spot 7) Jupiter's Landscape 8) You Have A God 9) It 10) Race (Pts 1 & 2), The 11) Why Did It Have To Be Me 12) Question 13) Shape I'm In, The 14) If You Got It (Single Version) 15) Welfare Boogie 16) Annabelle 17) Seasons Of Change (Ii) 18) You Have A God (Ii) 19) Hemming's Farm 20) Raglan's Folly (Ii) 21) Getting Off 22) Sommerville R.I.P. 23) Canyon Suite 24) If You Got It (Ii) 25) 'battle Of The Sounds' Sequence 26) Bon Scott Talks With David Day 27) Bon Scott Talks With Sheila Re **************Bon Scott Compilation on "See for Miles" label********* [Info thanks to Glenn Robertson, http://crabsodyinblue.tripod.com] "The Legendary Bon Scott with the Spektors and the Valentines" SEECD 704 Track listing as follows: The Spektors Gloria 2.25 It Ain't Necessarily So 3.04 On My Mind 1.57 Yesterday 1.50 Interview by Allan Mannings featuring Vince Lovegrove 22.47 Gloria 2.41 (As original TV Broadcast) It Ain't Necessarily So 3.08 (As original TV Broadcast) On My Mind 1.59 (As original TV Broadcast) Yesterday 2.12 (As original TV Broadcast) The Valentines To Know You Is To Love You 2.57 She Said 2.46 Every Day I Have To Cry 2.29 I Can't Dance With You 2.53 Peculiar Hole In The Sky 2.46 Love Makes Sweet Music 2.16 I Can Hear Raindrops 1.49 Why Me 1.49 Sooky Sooky 2.17 Please note with the Spektors tracks only Gloria features Bon on vocals, the other Spektors tracks feature Bon drums. "It Ain't Necessarily So" is not featured on the Historical Document CD which features all the Spektors stuff that are listed on this CD. The web site for See for Miles is http://www.seeformiles.co.uk 6. Brian Johnson - Pre AC/DC [Info taken from the Christian Graf Rock Lexicon, Taurus Press, Hamburg Germany, and updated by me <acdcfaq@yahoo.com>] In the early 1970's, Brian Johnson was the singer for a Newcastle, England band that started out as U.S.A., but soon changed their name to Geordie. Geordie released several albums, including: "Hope You Like It" (1973), "Don't Be Fooled By The Name" (1974), and "Save The World" (1976). The band was popular in Europe during that time period, but that popularity soon ended. Geordie broke up, and then a few years later Brian, with a new Geordie lineup, released the album "Featuring Brian Johnson" (1980), which had reworkings of Geordie songs. Brian also ran a vinyl car roofing business until 1980. 7. Bon Scott - How he died [Info take from Hell Ain't No Bad Place To Be by Richard Bunton & Shock To The System by Mark Putterford] Bon Scott died in February of 1980 in London, England. He choked to death on his own vomit while sleeping in a friend's car. He and the friend, a musician named Alisdair Kinnear, had been drinking the evening of the 19th and Bon apparently fell asleep during the ride home. Kinnear could not wake Bon, so he left him in the car to sleep. Kinnear awoke early in the evening on the 20th, checked on Bon, and found him unconscious in the car. Bon could not be revived, and was pronounced dead. There is another version of this story, examined by Mark Putterford in his Shock To The System book. Putterford's angle questions whether Kinnear was really Bon's companion, and suggests heroin may have been involved in Bon's death. 8. Brian Johnson - How he became AC/DC's singer [Info take from Hell Ain't No Bad Place To Be by Richard Bunton & Shock To The System by Mark Putterford] AC/DC management had been listening to auditions, when they received a tape from an AC/DC fan from Chicago, Illinois. The tape contained the Geordie lp "Hope You Like It", as the fan thought that Brian's sound would be perfect for AC/DC. Management agreed, Brian auditioned, and got the job. Ironically, Bon Scott's pre-AC/DC band "Fraternity" had supported Geordie on a 1973 European tour, and at that time Bon was very impressed with the singing of Brian Johnson. 9. What other bands have members of AC/DC been in, and what other albums have they played on? [Thanks to Kjell Danielsson <kjell@kd.qd.se>, and Arnaud Durieux <electricshock@pipeline.com>] Here is a listing of the bands. For discography info related to these bands, visit the AC/DC "Electric Shock" web page at: http://www.geocities.com/~electricshock/tree.htm MALCOLM YOUNG: Velvet Underground 1971 - 1972 Stevie Wright 1973 (Guest on album) Marcus Hook Roll Band 1974 ANGUS YOUNG: Kantuckee 1971 - 1973 Tantrum 1973 Marcus Hook Roll Band 1974 Stevie Wright 1974 (Guest on album) Ray Arnott 1979 (Guest on album) BON SCOTT: (Fraternity & Valentines are addressed at length in the "Bon Scott - Pre AC/DC" section of the FAQ). The Spektors 1965 - 1966 Valentines 1967 - 1970 Fraternity 1970 - 1973 Blackfeather 1971 (Guest on album) Vince Lovegrove 1972 (Guest on single) Mount Lofty Rangers 1974 MARK EVANS: Finch 1977 - 1978 Contraband 1978 - 1979 The Beast 1982 Heaven 1983 - 1984 Headhunters 1988 Bob Armstrong 1990 (Guest on album) Chris Turner 1990 (Guest on album) PHIL RUDD (PHIL RUDZEVECUIS): Buster Brown 1974 CLIFF WILLIAMS: Home 1970 - 1974 Al Stewart 1974 (Touring Band) Bandit 1975 - 1977 Alexi Korner 1977 (Touring Band) Adam Bomb 1986 (Guest on album) BRIAN JOHNSON: Geordie 1972 - 1980 Jackyl 1997 (Guest on album) Neurotica 1998 (Producer and guest on album) STEVIE YOUNG: Starfighters 1980 - 1984 Little Big Horn 1989 SIMON WRIGHT: Tora Tora 1980 - 1981 AIIZ 1981 - 1982 Tytan 1982 - 1983 Dio 1989 - 1991 Rhino Bucket 1993 - 1995 UFO 1995, 1997 - 1999 Dio 1999 - present CHRIS SLADE: [Info taken from 'Shock To The System' by Mark Putterford] Tom Jones 1963 - 1969 (touring band) Session Drummer 1969 - 1971 Manfred Mann's Earth Band 1972 - 1979 Session Drummer 1979 (Frankie Miller & Kai Olsson) Uriah Heep 1980 (Conquest album) Session Drummer 1980 - 1983 (Gary Numan, Mick Ralphs Band) David Gilmour 1984 (touring band) The Firm 1984 - ? Gary Moore 1989 (touring band) LINER NOTES TO THE MARCUS HOOK ROLL BAND COMPILATION ALBUM "FULL FILE" This album contains all known existing tracks of The Marcus Hook Roll Band - an identity assumed by Harry Vanda & George Young at the very end of their four year stint in London as session musicians and independent record producers. Though they had regularly issued material under a string of assumed identities (Haffey's Whiskey Sour, Moondance, Paintbox, Band of Hope, Grapefruit, etc.) this was the most extensive of their projects. The MHRB came together under the hand of ex-Pretty Thing Wally Allen, who managed to wrangle some studio time at Abbey Road. There they cut 5 tracks with their regular retinue of fellow musicians - just prior to journeying to Australia for a holiday. Instead of returning to London, Vanda & Young relocated themselves in Australia and forgot all about the Marcus Hook sessions - until a frantic message came through from Allen that America was keen on the tracks and wanted more. "We thought it was hilarious" says George, "it had been a joke to us". The pair refused to return to London, so Allen visited Australia early in 1974 to record another ten tracks. This time, local musicians were used - including George's kid brothers Angus & Malcolm (who had not previously recorded). After repeated requests for a tour to support the product were turned down flat, American interest waned and album release was scrapped (it's only issue being in Australia as 'Tales of Old Grandaddy'). The Marcus Hook tracks follow in the tradition of the best Easybeats' material - tough, perfectly structured and intelligent. A very convincing political and social sentiment runs through many of the songs, as does a strong soul/funk influence. 'Natural Man' has become a cult classic, adored for its exhilerating pop/rock form; while 'Shot In The Head' (originally recorded by Haffey's Whiskey Sour and also covered by Savoy Brown) is as close to a theme song as the extraordinary duo have ever penned; "I've Been 52 years in a rock 'n roll band, ten thousand women on a one night stand. And all I got to show is a hole in my hand, where my money fell through." Glenn A. Baker Side One Side Two *1. Natural Man(3.35)= 1. Cry For Me(3.36)- *2. Louisiana Lady(3.00)- 2. Silver Shoes & Strawberry Wine(5.45)- 3. Shot In The Head(3.24)= 3. Watch Her Do It Now(3.30)= 4. Can't Stand The Heat(3.09)- 4. Ape Man(2.45)= 5. Goodbye Jane(3.32)- *+5. Moonshine Blues(3.02)- 6. Quick Reaction(3.05)- *+6. Boogalooing Is For Wooing(2.43): 7. People & The Power(4.53)= *+7. Hoochie Koochie Har Kau(3.10): 8. Red Revolution(3.05)- All selections written by Vanda & Young and published by J. Albert & Son, except + by Wally Allen *Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London 1973, others recorded at EMI Sydney 1974 Album compiled by Glenn A. Baker Design by Grafis (US) Vocals: Harry Vanda(-), George Young(=), Wally Allen(:) Musicians: (UK) George Young - rhythm guitar, piano Harry Vanda - lead guitar Freddie Smith - drums Ian Campbell - bass Alex Young - sax (Aust) George Young - rhythm guitar, piano, bass Harry Vanda - lead guitar Angus Young - guitar Malcolm Young - guitar John Proud - bass Howie Casey - sax(added in UK) ®1973 EMI Records Limited ®1979 Capitol Records, Inc. Recorded in England and Australia BLOW UP YOUR VIDEO... 1. US LP Discography Here's a listing of AC/DC's US lp's with track listings, and release dates where available: HIGH VOLTAGE Atco 36-142 Released 10.1976 It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll) Rock 'N' Roll Singer The Jack Live Wire T.N.T. Can I Sit Next To You Girl Little Lover She's Got Balls High Voltage LET THERE BE ROCK Atco 36-151 Released 6.23.1977 Go Down Dog Eat Dog Let There Be Rock Bad Boy Boogie Problem Child Overdose Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be Whole Lotta Rosie POWERAGE Atlantic 19180 Released 5.25.1978 Rock 'N' Roll Damnation Down Payment Blues Gimme A Bullet Riff Raff Sin City What's Next To The Moon Gone Shootin' Up To My Neck In You Kicked In The Teeth IF YOU WANT BLOOD YOU'VE GOT IT Atlantic 19212 Released 11.21.1978 Riff Raff Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be Bad Boy Boogie The Jack Problem Child Whole Lotta Rosie Rock 'N' Roll Damnation High Voltage Let There Be Rock Rocker HIGHWAY TO HELL Atlantic 19244 Released 7.30.1979 Highway To Hell Girls Got Rhythm Walk All Over You Touch Too Much Beating Around The Bush Shot Down In Flames Get It Hot If You Want Blood (You've Got It) Love Hungry Man Night Prowler BACK IN BLACK Atlantic 16018 Released 7.21.1980 Hells Bells Shoot To Thrill What Do You Do For Money Honey Given The Dog A Bone Let Me Put My Love Into You Back In Black You Shook Me All Night Long Have A Drink On Me Shake A Leg Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP Atlantic 16033 Released 3.23.1981 Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap Love At First Feel Big Balls Rocker Problem Child There's Gonna Be Some Rockin' Ain't No Fun (Waitin' Round To Be A Millionaire) Ride On Squealer FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK WE SALUTE YOU Atlantic 11111 Released 11.1981 For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) Put The Finger On You Let's Get It Up Inject The Venom Snowballed Evil Walks C.O.D. Breaking The Rules Night Of The Long Knives Spellbound FLICK OF THE SWITCH Atlantic 80100 Released 8.15.1983 Rising Power This House Is On Fire Flick Of The Switch Nervous Shakedown Landslide Guns For Hire Deep In The Hole Bedlam In Belgium Badlands Brain Shake JAILBREAK '74 Atlantic 80178 Released 10.15.1984 Jailbreak You Ain't Got A Hold On Me Show Business Soul Stripper Baby Please Don't Go FLY ON THE WALL Atlantic 81263 Released 6.1985 Fly On The Wall Shake Your Foundations First Blood Danger Sink The Pink Playing With Girls Stand Up Hell Or High Water Back In Business Send For The Man WHO MADE WHO Atlantic 81650 Released 5.1986 Who Made Who You Shook Me All Night Long D.T. Sink The Pink Ride On Hells Bells Shake Your Foundations Chase The Ace For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) BLOW UP YOUR VIDEO Atlantic 81828 Released 1.1988 Heatseeker That's The Way I Wanna Rock N Roll Meanstreak Go Zone Kissin' Dynamite Nick Of Time Some Sin For Nuthin' Ruff Stuff Two's Up This Means War THE RAZORS EDGE Atco 91413-2 Released 9.1990 Thunderstruck Fire Your Guns Moneytalks The Razors Edge Mistress For Christmas Rock Your Heart Out Are You Ready Got You By The Balls Shot Of Love Lets Make It Goodbye & Good Riddance To Bad Luck If You Dare LIVE Atco 92215 Released 10.27.1992 [Thanks to Linus Hägerbrand for the track list] Thunderstruck Shoot To Thrill Back In Black Who Made Who Heatseeker The Jack Moneytalks Hells Bells Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap Whole Lotta Rosie You Shook Me All Night Long Highway To Hell T.N.T For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) LIVE (2 cd set) Atco 92212 Released 10.27.1992 Disc 1 Disc 2 Thunderstruck Hells Bells Shoot To Thrill Are You Ready Back In Black Thats The Way I Wanna Rock N Roll Sin City High Voltage Who Made Who You Shook Me All Night Long Heatseeker Whole Lotta Rosie Fire Your Guns Let There Be Rock Jailbreak Bonny The Jack Highway To Hell The Razors Edge T.N.T. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) MoneyTalks BALLBREAKER EastWest 61780 Released 9.26.1995 Hard As A Rock Cover You In Oil The Furor Boogie Man The Honey Roll Burnin' Alive Hail Caesar Love Bomb Caught With Your Pants Down Whiskey On The Rocks Ballbreaker BONFIRE (5 cd box set) EastWest 62119-2 Released 11.18.1997 Disc 1: Live from the Atlantic Studios Live Wire (5:43) Problem Child (4:24) High Voltage (5:40) Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be (3:57) Dog Eat Dog (4:13) The Jack (8:02) Whole Lotta Rosie (5:08) Rocker (5:57) Disc 2: Let There Be Rock, The Movie - Live in Paris (2 cd) Part One Live Wire (5:56) Shot Down In Flames (3:16) Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be (4:02) Sin City (5:01) Walk All Over You (4:36) Bad Boy Boogie (12:57) Part Two The Jack (5:25) Highway To Hell (3:12) Girls Got Rhythm (3:10) High Voltage (6:17) Whole Lotta Rosie (4:39) Rocker (9:10) T.N.T. (4:11) Let There Be Rock (7:10) Disc 3: Volts Dirty Eyes (3:20) first title and lyrics to the riffs of Rosie Touch Too Much (6:35) is the same title on "Highway To Hell" with other lyrics and music If You Want Blood You Got It (4:24) this version is the first recording of the track Back Seat Confidential (5:21) Bon's first title and lyrics to the riffs that ended up as "Beatin' Around The Bush" Get It Hot (4:11) same title as the track on "Highway To Hell" with other lyrics and music Sin City (4:51) live from "Midnight Special" She's Got Balls (7:58) from "Bondi Lifesaver" School Days (5:05) from "T.N.T." (Australian Release) It's A Long Way to The Top If You Wanna Rock 'N' Roll (5:10) from "High Voltage" Ride On (5:47) from "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" (Unlisted interview segments with Bon follow this track) Disc 4: Back In Black Hells Bells (5:09) Shoot to Thrill (5:14) What Do You Do For Money Honey (3:33) Given The Dog A Bone (3:30) Let Me Put My Love Into You (4:12) Back In Black (4:13) You Shook Me All Night Long (3:28) Have A Drink On Me (3:57) Shake A Leg (4:03) Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution (4:12) STIFF UPPER LIP EastWest 62494-2 Released 2.29.2000 Stiff Upper Lip Meltdown House Of Jazz Hold Me Back Safe In New York City Can't Stand Still Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll Satellite Blues Damned Come And Get It All Screwed Up Give It Up 2. Remastered US CD releases 1994 REMASTERS NOTE: The remastered versions of AC/DC releases are now available in Australia. These remasters go one better than the US versions in that they ALL contain lyrics. (The only US cd's with lyric sheets are '74JB, DDDDC, FOTW and Ballbreaker). In 1994, WEA released remastered versions of most of the US AC/DC releases on the Atco label. The sound on all of them is superior to the original cd versions which were released on Atlantic. The packaging, for the most part, is superior as well. Here is a list with comments, when necessary, regarding musical & packaging differences in the remasters. FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK 92412-2 Released 6.21.1994 The photo from the lp gatefold sleeve is now included. HIGH VOLTAGE 92413-2 Released 6.21.1994 DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP 92414-2 Released 7.19.1994 This release of DDDDC now contains the longer version of the title track, with the extra chorus verses at the end. BACK IN BLACK 92418-2 Released 8.23.1994 HIGHWAY TO HELL 92419-2 Released 9.6.1994 LET THERE BE ROCK 92445-2 Released 9.20.1994 This release of Let There Be Rock contains the version of Go Down that ends cold (with a cool Angus riff), rather than a fade out. POWERAGE 92446-2 Released 9.20.1994 The photo from the lp back cover is now included. FLICK OF THE SWITCH 92448-2 Released 9.20.1994 IF YOU WANT BLOOD YOU'VE GOT IT 92447-2 Released 10.18.1994 '74 JAILBREAK 92449-2 Released 10.18.1994 Unfortunately, Atco didn't include the cool picture of Bon & Angus which was on the inner sleeve of the vinyl version. Shame on them... ******* Here are the original newsgroup reviews I wrote back when ******* these cd's came out in 1994. Similar info as above but much more detail. JAILBREAK '74 Atco 92449-2 Release Date: 18/10/94 Sound - The sound on this remastered cd is much better than the original. It is louder, more full from top to bottom. Both 'Jailbreak' and 'You Ain't Got A Hold On Me' do not fade out early, as on the original cd. This cd is about 10 seconds longer because of this. All 5 songs on this disc sound really good...I especially rocked to 'Soul Stripper'. Ted Jensen remastered this one, and did an excellent job. Packaging - The packaging on this disc is almost identical to the original cd. On the plus side, the cd spine is in a format that matches the cover art, also the old disclaimer "The compact disc offers... blah blah blah' is gone. On the minus side....and this to me is a BIG minus...the b/w picture of Bon and Angus that was on the inner sleeve of the original LP release was NOT included in the new cd. What makes this especially frustrating is that the back page of the cd insert is totally blank! Space was certainly not the issue here. The original lp was released as a tribute to early Bon, and that picture was an integral part of the package. It should have been included in this cd. IF YOU WANT BLOOD...YOU'VE GOT IT Atco 92447-2 Release Date: 18/10/94 Sound - Hot! The sound is fuller and cleaner now, even more powerful than the original cd. The guitar separation is now very apparent, especially noticable on 'Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be'. It is very cool listening to Mal and Angus and their guitar interplay. Mal really lays down quite a foundation with Cliff and Phil. Speaking of which, the drums have a real punch to them now, and the bass is a lot more noticable too. Also...background vocals on 'Rock And Roll Damnation' come through much stronger, and the the middle part of 'Bad Boy Boogie', with Mal and Angus grooving off each other, really kicks with the increased separation. Remastered by George Marino, who did an excellent job. Packaging - Done well. The front picture is the same, the back is now a full page closeup of Angus stubbed, lying on his stomach (rather than the small facial shot from the front). The inner sleeve is black, with white lettering. The spine matches the cd cover lettering, it is orange and in the same font. FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK (WE SALUTE YOU) Atco 92412-2 Release Date: 21/06/94 Sound - The first thing I noticed about this disc is how LOUD it is now! "Put The Finger On You" screams out of the speakers compared to the original Atlantic cd. The sound is more full from top to bottom. The heavy duty Mutt Lange production really comes through. The sound on this disc just blows away the Atlantic version, which is a real surprise. I didn't expect a lot of difference on this given the care put into the production and recording. A pleasant surprise! Re-mastered ( an excellently so) by Ted Jensen. Packaging - The cd is packaged now to re-create the album. Thankfully the ugly red lettered spine is gone, the graphics are consistent on the whole disc. And on the inside sleeve, the live stage shot from the album gatefold is reproduced...yes! Also, the cd itself has an old style Atco label, similar to the High Voltage/Let There Be Rock albums. HIGH VOLTAGE Atco 92413-2 Release Date: 21/06/94 Sound - The bottom end has really improved on this one. The drums and especially the bass have some real punch to them. You can really notice the difference during "Rock 'n' Roll Singer". Everything is so up front and powerful. When Angus and Mark come in after Malcolm's opening guitar part, the song really kicks into gear! This disc sounds so much better than the Atlantic cd. Get it! Again, a fine re-mastering job by Ted Jensen. Packaging - The front and back are pretty much the same as the Atlantic which was consistent with the album. The spine now matches the rest of the package, black lettering on an orange background. The inside of the insert has a cool orange back color, with the old style AC/DC label from the cover in a lighter shade. Also, the disc itself has the old style Atco label. DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP Atco 92414-2 Release Date: 19/07/94 Sound - Fuller from top to bottom. Like High Voltage, much more powerful. The highlights of this remaster, though, are: 1) The version of the song "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" is the full length version. That is, it has four 'dirty deeds and they're done dirt cheap...' refrains at the end, not just two. 2) "Ain't No Fun Waitin' Round To Be A Millionaire" is about a minute longer than on the original cd. Yet another excellent re-mastering job by Ted Jensen. Packaging - Similar to the Atlantic release. The back is now like the album back, and not the close up picture from the Atlantic cd. Lyrics are still included, the spine is now custom (black lettering on a pinkish red background), and the cd label is older style Atco. That is, older than the High Voltage and FTATR labels. BACK IN BLACK Atco 92418-2 Release Date: 23/08/94 Sound - Well, I didn't think this one would sound much better than the Atlantic cd release, but I was wrong! Like FTATR, this cd comes screaming out of the speakers. Soundwise, this kicks ass from beginning to end. It's really hard to believe that this could sound so much better than the Atlantic cd, but it does! Every- thing on this disc hits hard, and combined with the great songs, it's a real head snapping time! Remastering - Ted Jensen strikes again! Packaging - A re-creation of the album. The front of the insert now has the lettering in the same scale as it was on the album, the case back lists the songs. On the inside on the insert, the inner sleeve pictures are recreated on 1 1/2 of the 2 pages, while the other 1/2 page has album credits. The spine is black with white lettering in the same font as the cover, and the label is cd label is older Atco, the same as DDDDC. HIGHWAY TO HELL Atco 92419-2 Release Date: 23/08/94 Sound - There is a full range of improvement in the sound on this cd. It is not as flat sounding as the Atlantic Highway To Hell disc. The bottom end has some real punch, and the guitars on top have a great edge. When Phil kicks in at the beginning of the title cut...you FEEL it! The bass really pumps along too. Quite an improvement over the Atlantic cd, thanks to the remastering skills of Ted Jensen. Packaging - Another recreation of the album. The back of the cd case has the song titles and credits, the back of the sleeve insert has the picture from the album back of the band out on a foggy night (Night Prowling, perhaps?). The inside of the insert lists credits, and the cd spine is black with yellow lettering that matches the cover font. LET THERE BE ROCK Atco 92445-2 Release Date: 20/09/94 Sound - I looked at the credits for this, and my first thoughts: "uh-oh, they have given the re-mastering responsibilities to someone else...it's no longer Ted Jensen, now it's George Marino?!?! Why mess with a good thing?" As for "Let There Be Rock", I was convinced that not much could be done to improve the sound on this disc. But, as on previous releases, I was wrong. Somehow, the sound is cleaner...but at the same time the music is just as raw and distorted as you remember LTBR to be. It really is a better sounding disc. Two specifics: 1) The annoying crackle in the right speaker at the beginning of 'Overdose' is gone and 2)'Go Down' is now about 20 seconds longer, and rather than fadeout it ends with some cool riffing by Angus. A nice surprise. Excellently re-mastered by George Marino (who also mastered The Razors Edge and LIVE). Packaging - Very similar to the Atlantic cd. The album front and back are the cd front and back. A custom lettered spine, black with red lettering in the same font as the cover. And they must have had some extra money for this disc, as the spine sports the AC/DC lightning bolt logo just like the cover. Why could't they do this on all the remasters? Also, the cd label is old Atco, like High Voltage, etc. POWERAGE Atco 92446-2 Release Date: 20/09/94 Sound - This is one I was most looking forward to. Powerage is the first AC/DC album I played constantly. This was the one that made me decide these guys were my favorite band. This disc is now exceptionally LOUD! That first crash at the beginning of 'Rock 'N' Roll Damnation' comes rocking out of the speakers! The whole disc sounds great, better than the Atlantic cd, which somewhat surprised me as I thought the Atlantic disc sounded good until I heard this. Remastered very well by George Marino. Packaging - The big question on the packaging for me was - "Will the disc include the album back picture, which was not on the original Atlantic cd?" The answer - a resounding yes! That great raw picture is on the back of the cd case, and the back of the insert. The cover is the same, and the inside of the insert has the credits. The spine is black, with strangely generic looking white lettering. A nice surprise is the cd label, which is the red and green Atlantic label that the album had - a nice touch. FLICK OF THE SWITCH Atco 92448-2 Release Date: 20/09/94 Sound - There is a subtle, yet noticeable, sound improvement in the sound on this disc. It definitely has a more open sound, I always felt the Atlantic cd had a very narrow (for lack of a better term) sound to it. It really makes this more fun to listen to, 'Guns For Hire' really kicks in, it sounds great really LOUD! This is a much better recording than most people realize, and the improved sound drives that point home. A much more powerful sound, re-mastered in "sterling" fashion by George Marino. Packaging - Another re-creation of the album package. The front cover is the same as the Atlantic cd, the back of the cd case has the song list in the same font as the original album back. The inner sleeve has credits, the spine is black - again with strangely generic looking lettering. The cd label is an early 80's Atlantic label, colored red & black. 2003 REMASTERS Epic Records aquired the AC/DC catalog and released remasterd versions in 2003. Here is the official press blurb: *************************************** Epic Records Is Proud To Announce The Re-Launch Of The AC/DC Catalog It has all begun with the following releases which are IN STORES NOW! Back In Black Highway To Hell Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap High Voltage Live Live (2 CD Collector's Edition) - All Epic AC/DC Re-issues will contain EXCLUSIVE ConnecteD website access to further enhance the fan's experience with that specific album. - Remastered from the original source tapes for optimum sound quality. - Packaged in deluxe digi-paks with newly designed booklets. Also enhanced and remastered for March Release: Who Made Who Let There Be Rock The Razor's Edge For Those About To Rock We Salute You Powerage Also enhanced and remastered for May Release: Blow Up Your Video Flick Of The Switch Fly On The Wall '74 Jailbreak If You Want Blood You've Got It Each of the 16 CD's in the Epic-reissued AC/DC catalog will enable fans to access exclusive bonus content specific to each individual release right here at acdcrocks.com, including rare audio and video footage, extended liner notes, photos, historically accurate memorabilia & tour dates, and more. Sony Music Entertainment's proprietary ConnecteD technology transforms the CD into a key that when placed in the computer's CD-Rom drive enables fans to unlock these AC/DC exclusives. *************************************** And here is the release info: BACK IN BLACK Epic 80207 Release Date: 18/02/2003 Liner Notes by David Fricke HIGHWAY TO HELL Epic 80206 Release Date: 18/02/2003 Liner Notes by Ernie Welch DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP Epic 80202 Release Date: 18/02/2003 Liner Notes by David Wilde HIGH VOLTAGE Epic 80201 Release Date: 18/02/2003 Liner Notes by Murray Engelheart LIVE Epic 80214 Release Date: 18/02/2003 Liner Notes by Don Kaye LIVE (2 CD Collectors Edition) Epic 80215 Release Date: 18/02/2003 Liner Notes by Don Kaye 3. Australian LP's with different tracks than US [Thanks to Felix Buebl] HIGH VOLTAGE ['74] Baby Please Don't Go She's Got Balls Little Lover Stick Around Soul Stripper You Ain't Got A Hold On Me Love Song Show Business T.N.T. ['75] It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock'n'Roll) Rock'n'Roll Singer The Jack Live Wire T.N.T. Rocker Can I Sit Next To You Girl High Voltage School Days (Chuck Berry) DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP ['76] Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap Aint' No Fun There's Gonna Be Some Rockin' Problem Child Squealer Big Balls R.I.P. (Rock In Peace) Ride On Jailbreak LET THERE BE ROCK ['77] Go Down Dog Eat Dog Let There Be Rock Bad Boy Boogie Overdose Crabsody In Blue Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be Whole Lotta Rosie POWERAGE ['78] [Thanks to Dave Rector <daveacdc@ix.netcom.com>] The US and Australian versions of Powerage are identical, while the UK and European versions have different mixes. HIGHWAY TO HELL ['79] The cover of the Australian H2H is different than the US version (flames and a guitar neck superimposed over the US cover picture), but the song selection is the same. 4. German LP's with different tracks than US [Thanks to Felix Buebl] POWERAGE ['78] Rock'n'Roll Damnation Gimme A Bullet Down Payment Blues Gone Shootin' Riff Raff Sin City Up To My Neck Into You What's Next To The Moon Cold Hearted Man Kicked In The Teeth 5. Rare AC/DC songs There are several flip sides of AC/DC singles that are now no longer available. There are both studio, and live cuts. STUDIO: Can I Sit Next To You Girl/Rockin' In The Parlour - These were the A and B sides of the lone single released with Dave Evans as singer. Rockin' In The Parlour is available on the 'Albert Archives' Compilation which was released in Australia. CD: 465395, LP: APLP 037 Fling Thing - This was released as the b side to the Jailbreak single off DDDDC in Australia. It is an instrumental arrangement of a Scottish Highland Fling. Carry Me Home - A song from the DDDDC sessions, which was released on the flip side of the Australian 'Dog Eat Dog' single. Cold Hearted Man - A song from the Powerage sessions, that found its way onto the LP in Europe only. It was also released as a limited edition 12" bonus single to the LP version of an Australian box set that contained the first 6 AC/DC studio albums (T.N.T., High Voltage, DDDDC, Let There Be Rock, Powerage, Highway To Hell). Note: The box set also contained an iron on patch of the AC/DC logo in flames, the same design that was on the box set cover. Snake Eye - A song from the Blow Up Your Video sessions. Released on the UK 'Heatseeker' cd single (A9136 CD). Borrowed Time - Another BUYV outtake. Available as the flip side on various versions of the 'Moneytalks' single (US cassingle, German cd single). Down On The Borderline - Yet another BUYV product. Available on the Australian 'Moneytalks' cd single (Albert 656500 2). Alright Tonight - This is another tune from the BUYV sessions. It was released in 1996 on a 7" vinyl single in Europe. This is NOT an official AC/DC release. Let It Loose - Another BUYV era song. Released on various colored vinyl (purple, green marble) singles as "Let It Lose" with Heatseeker on the A side. Sound quality on this song is mediocre, lotsa reverb on BJ's voice. This is NOT an official AC/DC release. LIVE: (This is actually a single discography, with live b-sides and alternate versions noted): [Thanks to Esko Heimonen <ehe@niksula.hut.fi>] 1978, 7": Rock 'N' Roll Damnation / Sin City 1978, 7": Whole Lotta Rosie (live) / Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be (live) (from IYWB) 1979, 7": Girls Got Rhythm - If You Want Blood / Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be (live) - Rock 'N' Roll Damnation (live) (live songs from IYWB) 1979, 7": Highway To Hell / If You Want Blood 1980, 7": Touch Too Much / Live Wire (live) - Shot Down In Flames (live) (live songs recorded on European tour '79) 1980, 7": High Voltage / Live Wire (according to the cover, HV is a live version, but it's from the '76 album; what is this single, anyway...) 1980, 7"/12": Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution / Hells Bells 1980, 7": Hells Bells / What Do You Do For Money Honey (French release) 1980, 7": You Shook Me All Night Long / Have A Drink On Me 1981, 7": Let's Get It Up / Back In Black (live Dec. '81) (according to a discography: 12" also has T.N.T. (live)) 1982, 7": For Those About To Rock / Let There Be Rock (live Dec. '81) (12" has full length version of the same live track) 1983, 7": Guns For Hire / Landslide 1984, 12": Nervous Shakedown / Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution (live) / Sin City (live) / This House Is On Fire (live) (all live songs recorded Nov. '83) 1985, 7": Shake Your Foundations / Stand Up 12": Shake Your Foundations - Stand Up / Jailbreak (live in Dallas) (Slightly different SHYF, same as the one on WMW) 1985, 7"/12": Danger / Back In Business (Slightly different Danger) 1986, 7": Who Made Who / Guns For Hire (live) (12" has the special collectors mix of WMW) 1986, 7": You Shook Me All Night Long / She's Got Balls (live '77) (12" has full length version of She's Got Balls plus an additional live version of YSMANL on the b-side, recorded '83) 1988, 7": Heatseeker / Go Zone (12" also has Snake Eye on the b-side) 1988, 7": That's The Way I Wanna Rock N Roll / Kissin' Dynamite (12" also has Borrowed Time on the b-side) 1990, 7": Thunderstruck / Fire Your Guns 12": Thunderstruck - Fire Your Guns / D.T. - Chase The Ace 1990, 7": Are You Ready / Got You By The Balls (12" also has The Razor's Edge on the b-side) 1990, 7": Moneytalks / Mistress For Christmas (12" also has Borrowed Time on the b-side) 1992, CD: Highway To Hell / Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be / The Jack / High Voltage (Hell Ain't... is not on LIVE, The Jack & High Voltage are different live versions than on LIVE) 1992, CD: Highway To Hell / Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be / High Voltage (3 track version of above) 1993, CD: Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap / Shoot To Thrill / Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (The first DDDC is from LIVE, Shoot... & DDDC #2 are from Donington 91. This is a UK cd single.) 1993, 7": Big Gun / Back In Black (live in Moscow) 12": Big Gun / For Those About To Rock (live in Moscow) / Shoot To Thrill (live at Donington) 1995, CD: Hard As A Rock / Caught With Your Pants Down 1996, CD: Hail Caesar / Whiskey On The Rocks / Whole Lotta Rosie (live) 1996, CD: Cover You In Oil / Love Bomb / Ballbreaker 2000 CD: Stiff Upper Lip / Ballbreaker (live) / Hard As A Rock (live) 2000 CD: Safe In New York City / Cyberspace (non LP track) / Back In Black (live in Madrid) 2000 CD: Satellite Blues / Whole Lotta Rosie (live in Madrid) / Let There Be Rock (live in Madrid) Also, there is a bootleg single Problem Child (live) / Live Wire (live) (Nijmegen '78). Here's a discography of Australian singles from the Bon Scott years, complete with Albert productions catalog numbers. This was lifted without permission from Clinton Walker's excellent Bon Scott biography. (All songs Young/Young/Scott, except where indicated) Baby Please Don't Go (Williams)/Love Song (AP-10700, March, 1975) High Voltage/Soul Stripper (AP-10829, June, 1975) Long Way To The Top/Can I Sit Next To You, Girl? (AP-10990, December, 1975) TNT/Rocker (AP-11070, March, 1976) Jailbreak/Fling Thing (AP-11135, June, 1976) Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap/Rock In Peace (AP-11265, October, 1976) Love At First Feel/Problem Child (AP-11340, January, 1977) Dog Eat Dog/Carry Me Home (AP-11403, March, 1977) Let There Be Rock, Part 1/Part 2 (AP-11548, October, 1977) Rock'N'Roll Damnation/Cold Hearted Man (AP-11754, June, 1978) Whole Lotta Rosie/Dog Eat Dog (AP-11832, November, 1978) Highway To Hell/If You Want Blood (AP-104, August, 1979) 6. AC/DC Videos Regarding videos: There are different standards for video playback in different parts of the world. The US standard is NTSC, the European and Australian standard is PAL. Videos made in one standard will not playback on a different standard VCR. The following is a listing of all the known AC/DC promotional videos. Some of these are available on compilations listed later in this section. (Note-this listing excludes TV appearance clips and such. ie.:Top of the Pops, etc.) [Thanks to Miclantecutli <miclante@users.pita.org>] Can I Sit Next To You Girl (1974, w/ Dave Evans vocals) High Voltage (1975) It's a Long Way To The Top (1975) (version 1-studio) Dirty Deeds Done Cheap (1976) Jailbreak (1976) (version 1-studio) Jailbreak (1976) (version 2-outdoors) Jailbreak (1976) (version 2-edit) Jailbreak (1977) (version 3-studio/stage) It's a Long Way To The Top (1977) (parade float) Let There Be Rock (1977) (both edit and unedited versions) Dog Eat Dog (1977) Rock'n'Roll Damnation (1978) Riff Raff (live, 1978) Bad Boy Boogie (Live, 1978) Highway To Hell (1979) Walk All Over You (1979) Touch Too Much (1979) Shot Down In Flames (1979) If You Want Blood (1979) Walk All Over You (live, 1979-LTBR movie) Hells Bells (1980) Back in Black (1980) What Do You Do For Money Honey (1980) You Shook Me All Night Long (1980) Rock'n'Roll Ain't Noise Pollution (1980) Let Me Put My Love Into You (1980) Back In Black (live-1981) (B&W and Color) For Those About To Rock (live-1981) Put The Finger On You (live-1981) Let's Get It Up (live-1981) Guns For Hire (1983) Flick Of The Switch (1983) Nervous Shakedown (1983) (version 1) Nervous Shakedown (1983) (version 2) Fly On The Wall (1985) Danger (1985) Sink The Pink (1985) Stand Up (1985) Shake Your Foundations (1985) Who Made Who (1986) You Shook Me All Night Long (1986) Heatseeker (1988) That's The Way I Wanna Rock'n'Roll (1988) Thunderstruck (1990) Money Talks (1990) Are You Ready (1990) Highway To Hell (live, 1992) Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (live, 1992) Back in Black (live, Moscow, 1992) Big Gun (1993) Hard As A Rock (1995) Hail Caesar (1995) (96?) Cover You In Oil (1995) (96?) Stiff Upper Lip (2000) Safe In New York City (2000) Satellite Blues (2000) Here are the compilations: AC/DC - A compilation of Bon Scott era videos. This collection is officially available in Europe and Australia (Albert 49817-2) only. The tracks are: [Thanks to Ronald Hartwig <Ronald.Hartwig@arbi.informatik.uni-oldenburg.de>] High Voltage * Performance video Jailbreak * The Jail version Let There Be Rock * Very funny church version Riff Raff * Live from the Apollo Dog Eat Dog * Live from the Apollo Highway To Hell * Performance Shot Down In Flames * Performance Touch Too Much * Performance If You Want Blood * Performance (Angus gets stubbed like on the cover of IYWBYGI (Note: I <acdcfaq@yahoo.com> have also seen a video for 'Walk All Over You' from the same session as the other 4 H2H tunes. Apparently it didn't make it onto this collection.) Let There Be Rock - Released as a movie in 1980/81. It contains footage from an early 1980 Paris concert. There is also some band interviews mixed in between songs. Fly On The Wall - 1985. Collection of videos from the Fly On The Wall album. Too many extras and not enough AC/DC... Fly On The Wall Danger Sink The Pink Stand Up Shake Your Foundations Who Made Who - 1986. Collection of videos from throughout the Brian Johnson era. Who Made Who * Concept video You Shook Me All Night Long * Simon Wright on drums Shake Your Foundations * Same as on Fly On The Wall Hells Bells * 1980 BIB promo clip For Those About To Rock... * Live Clipped - 1990. More Brian Johnson videos, from Blow Up Your Video and The Razors Edge. Thunderstruck Moneytalks Are You Ready Heatseeker Thats The Way I Wanna Rock 'N' Roll Live At Donington - 1992. Filmed 8.17.1991 at the Monsters of Rock festival, Castle Donington, England. Done in 35mm film. AC/DC Uncut - 1996. This was recorded in studio for the cable channel VH1-UK during the UK stretch of the Ballbreaker tour. AC/DC perform a mix of Bon-era and BJ-era tunes. It was broadcast on VH1-UK but as of early 97 had not been broadcast in the US. Also, an official video is NOT commercially available. NO BULL Live - Plaza De Toros, Madrid - 1996. Filmed during the Ballbreaker tour in Spain. Done in 16mm film. US version includes a free poster which has the video box cover on one side, and a collage of live pictures on the other. 7. AC/DC Books AC/DC by Malcolm Dome Proteus Books 1982 A history of the band up to the release of For Those About To Rock. The cover picture is the same as the poster that was in the French LP box set. UK discography in the back of the book. AC/DC-Hell Ain't No Bad Place To Be by Richard Bunton Omnibus Press 1982 Again, this is a history of the band through FTATR. There are some cool old pictures, including some with original singer Dave Evans. There are also some errors in picture captions, and for some reason the author decided to include some pictures of people only peripherally associated with the band (backup bands, a writer.) UK discography in the back of the book, including bootlegs. AC/DC (Monsters of Metal) by Tim Holmes Ballantine Books 1986 ISBN: 0345332393 No info on this one. The AC/DC Story - Paul Ezra No info on this one. AC/DC Heavy Metal Photo Book Omnibus Press Lots of incredible photos in BW and color. This is a must have for any fan of the band. AC/DC Shock To The System by Mark Putterford Omnibus Press 1991 A history of the band through The Razors Edge. Lots of info about the early days in Australia. Many cool pictures, this is the best of the AC/DC biographies. Highway to Hell The Life and Times of AC/DC Legend Bon Scott by Clinton Walker [Thanks to Brendan Ring <busa056@csc.canterbury.ac.nz>] First published in 1994 by Sun by Pan Macmillan Publishers a division of Pan Macmillan Australia Pty Limited, 63-71 Balfour Street, Chippendale, Sydney, Australia ISBN: 0 7251 0742 1 324 pages, including discography of Bon's recordings, and a short biography of each of the major characters in the book. This book covers Bon's entire life, including early childhood (with many photos) through to his death (he had japanese fish cakes for breakfast the day he died!). Walker was not assisted by Albert Productions and hence many of those currently working with Alberts refused to have anything to do with it (including Angus and Malcolm). However, in many respects this has been an advantage as the author has instead been assisted by people who have no vested interest in following "the official line". Consequently, many AC/DC myths are shot down. The people he interviews include Bon's parents, his major girl friends, members of the Valentines, Fraternity, former AC/DC bassists Rob Bailey and Mark Evans, early AC/DC band managers etc. These interviews appear through out the text as transcripts so what you read is exactly what they said. This gives a great deal of credibility to the book. The author also includes many letters that Bon wrote to friends throughout his career (One from 1975 ends with "PS: If you can still manage the other $50 I'd love ya f'rever. It's no fun waiting around to be a millionaire."). A criticism of this book is that the author really has it in for Angus and Malcolm, presenting them as ogres with very little supporting evidence. He also over-analysis Bon's life, analysising everything as if it plays a part in his eventual demise. The book presents a complex picture of Bon. It shows him to be wild and reckless (nearly dying 3 times during the 70's), but very polite, likable, though basically alone in the world. At the time of his death Bon apparently had ambitions to settle down in California, and even to do a solo album. The following 2 quotes really sum up the book: Mark Evans (former AC/DC bassist) "They (implying Angus and Malcolm) would dispute this, but I think they viewed Bon to be ultimately disposable. In hindsight, it seems preposterous, but at the time, he was always in the firing line. And there was a lot of pressure, mainly from George (Young), and record companies. I think within that camp, there's been a certain rewriting of history, about how they felt about the guy - no that's wrong, how they felt about the guy professionally. Because there was no way you could spend more than 30 seconds in a room with Bon and not be completely and utterly charmed." In 1978 Vince Lovegrove, Bon's friend and former member of the Valentines, interviewed Bon for RAM magazine. He wrote: "(Bon said) Vinnie. I really am getting tired. I love it, you know that. It's only rock'n'roll and I like it. But I want to have a base. It's just the constant pressure of touring that's fucking it. I've been on the road for thirteen years. Planes, hotels, groupies, booze, people, towns. They all scrape something from you. We're doin'it and we'll get there, but I wish we didn't have these crushing day after day grinds to keep up with ...... Rock'n'roll, you know that's all there is,' he said. 'But I can't hack the rest of the shit that goes with it." On the whole this book is well worth getting - it provides infintely more insight into Bon and AC/DC than any of the other books I have read about the band. There are also many interesting comments about AC/DC in general: Dennis Laughlin (early manager) "The biggest problem I had with AC/DC in those early days, being a touring unit, and not having much money, was keeping everything together, keeping everyone happy. There's a few dope smokers in the band, right? Instead of giving everyone fifty bucks a week, it's like, alright, whatever you need, we'll get it. Thirty bucks a week plus a bag of dope, a bottle of Scotch. Well, Angus was a pain in the arse, because he says, Fuck ya, I don't drink booze, or fuckin' take drugs. I'd give him a bag of fish'n'chips, a Kit Kat, a packet of Benson and Hedges and a bottle of Coke." Richard Griffiths (AC/DC's first booking agent in England, now Epic Records CEO). "It was clear to me it was Malcolm's band. Bon was a great guy. But even then, I sensed, off Micheal (Micheal Browning, their manager), that he wasn't sure that Bon was the singer to take the band all the way....... He (Bon) was sort of seperate from the rest. Phil, he was off on his own, he was actually pretty obnoxious,. Angus and Malcolm were thick, obviously. And then Mark, you knew Mark wasn't going to last, he was just too much of a nice guy....." Some other interesting points: - So who has heard of a rare album from early 1973 called "Tales of Old Granddaddy" by the Marcus Hook Roll Band (Angus, Malcolm, and George Young, and Harry Vanda). This has actually been re-released by Sony Australia this year - it's not easy to get a copy though. - Bon's girl friend at the time of his death claims that the title of "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" was a line Bon used in an argument with his landlord during the time he was preparing the lyrics for the album to follow Highway to Hell! - In the epilogue the author claims that AC/DC recently considered sacking Brian Johnson, though they thought better of it (though he presented no evidence)! And in 1978 a compilation album called "12 of the Best" was to be released. Its release was cancelled in favour of If You Want Blood. The book shows the album cover and lists the tracks as: Long way to the top High Voltage Problem Child TNT Whole Lotta Rosie Let There Be Rock Jailbreak Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap The Jack Dog Eat Dog She's Got Balls Baby, Please Don't Go AC/DC - The World's Most Electrifying Rock'N'Roll Band Edited by Malcolm Dome First published in 1995 by Virgin Books, an imprint of Virgin Publishing Limited, 332 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5AH A well done history of AC/DC put together using info from two British music publications - Sounds (now defunct), and Kerrang. It features an introduction by Megadeath's Dave Mustaine, and lots of cool pictures and news clips taken from the two magazines. AC/DC The World's Heaviest Rock by Martin Huxley St. Martin's Griffin 1996 A history of the band up to Ballbreaker. Not much new info, some nice old pictures, although all are in black & white. There is an album discography in the back of the book. Get your JUMBO Jet out of my airport by Howard Johnson The Black Book Company 1999 ISBN 1-902799-01-1 The story of AC/DC from the fans point of view. *************The following are all music books*************** Original Angus Young-An Annotated Guide To The Guitar Technique of Angus Young Arti Furnaro Amsco-Wise Publications This book contains musical transcriptions of 20 AC/DC songs and the solos Angus plays in them. There are many good BW pictures of Angus in here. This book is interesting because the author knew little of the band when he did the transcribing. His comments in the introduction and with each transcription provide some interesting insight as to AC/DC's music and Angus' playing from a musicians standpoint. AC/DC Best Of Their High Energy Hits "The Years With Bon Scott" Big3 Books [Thanks to Dave Rector <daveacdc@ix.netcom.com> for the Oakland Coliseum info] This book has music to a bunch of songs through Highway To Hell. The cover has a great series of pictures of the band...from the 'Day On The Green' concert at Oakland Coliseum in 1978. There are some nice pictures inside as well. There are also Angus and Bon cutout paper dolls included!! "Here's your very own Angus Young paper doll, to bend, fold and mutilate... ...and your very own Bon Scott paper doll, cut him out and color him in... let your fantasies run wild!" AC/DC Back in Black Big3 Books Music to all the BIB songs, as well as earlier hits from the Bon era. Some good BW pictures, looks like they were taken at the early video shoot that went with the BIB album. AC/DC Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap Big3 Books Music to all the DDDDC tunes (the US and Europe version of the LP.) A few interesting pictures, all BW, and all with the band members eyes covered by that blackout as used in the LP. AC/DC For Those About To Rock We Salute You Big3 Books Music to all the FTATR tunes, as well as many color pictures, most all of them taken from live shows. *********************The following is a comic book************************* AC/DC Rock-n-Roll Comics Jay Allen Sanford, Mike Sagara, Todd Loren A history of the band through release of The Razors Edge, in comic book form. It's decently put together, but there are some questionable perspectives on things. Ex: The book states that Phil Rudd left the band because he thought they were stale and could not keep up with him. Has anyone ever heard that story before? The book does include a classic Malcolm Young quote at the end, which originally was published in a Musician magazine interview with Charles M. Young (no relation.) "Most people, when they progress, they progress right up their asses...we just try to keep it exciting." Malcolm Young There is also a short cartoon at the end of the comic book about a drunken young man helped out of the gutter by a stranger who warns him that a bottle, like any drug, equals death. The stranger's identity is revealed at the end of the story...he is Bon Scott. 8. AC/DC Multimedia AC/DC Collector's Companion CD-ROM This cd was released in a set of 500 in early 1996. It features over 1200 AC/DC collectibles, 1200 known tour dates, 600 taped audio/video shows, as well as tour programs, books, promo memorabilia and more. 9. AC/DC Bootlegs There are countless AC/DC bootlegs in circulation...so many that they could fill a FAQ all their own. Rather than try and duplicate some already excellent cataloging, my suggestion is to check out some AC/DC websites, as many of them have thorough bootleg lists. Also, the AC/DC Collector's companion CD-ROM is an excellent source of info. 10. AC/DC Fanzines Three of the major AC/DC Fanzines are: Electric Outlaws UK AC/DC Fan Club (In English) c/o Nikki Goff PO Box 187 Totton SO40 8HA England Daily Dirt AC/DC Fan Magazine (Printed in German) c/o Thomas Schade Bernhard-Lichtenberg-Weg 3 65468 Astheim Germany Let There Be Light (Printed in French) c/o Phillipe Lageat 6, Rue Gaultier 92400 Courbevoie France 11. AC/DC Tributes There have been several AC/DC tribute cd's released. They are: FUSEBOX - THE ALTERNATIVE TRIBUTE Ariola - Australia 76896402522 Distributed by BMG Released 1995 http://www.oneworldweb.com/FuseBox/ Song Band 1. Riff Raff ANTI ANTI 2. Let Me Put My Love Into You * FRONT END LOADER 3. Jailbreak YOTHU YINDI 4. Ride On FUR 5. Highway To Hell ED KUEPPER 6. It's A Long Way To The Top THE MEANIES 7. Back In Black * REGURGITATOR 8. Night Prowler SUICIETY 9. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap NITOCRIS 10. Walk All Over You DOWNTIME 11. Rocker SPIDERBAIT 12. There's Gonna Be Some Rockin' DON WALKER 13. Whole Lotta Rosie ELECTRIC HIPPIES 14. Baby Please Don't Go ** RIG 15. Live Wire BLITZ BABIEZ 16. T.N.T. FRENZAL RHOMB 17. You Shook Me All Night Long * AUTOMATIC All titles written by Young/Young/Scott Except * by Young/Young/Johnson Except ** by Big Joe Williams A SALUTE TO AC/DC Tribute Records Released 1996 Song Band 1. Riff Raff AB/CD 2. The Razors Edge ** BELT 3. Hells Bells * VIOLENT WORK OF ART 4. Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be STRAITJACKETS 5. You Shook Me All Night Long * DIAMOND DOGS 6. Whole Lotta Rosie MASQUERADE 7. Jailbreak TORNADO BABIES 8. Sin City TRILOGY 9. Back In Black * FISTFUNK 10. Overdose DOWNSTROKE 11. Let There Be Rock TRANSPORT LEAGUE 12. Send For The Man * FEED All titles written by Young/Young/Scott Except * by Young/Young/Johnson Except ** by Young/Young COVERED IN BLACK - AN INDUSTRIAL TRIBUTE TO THE KINGS OF HIGH VOLTAGE AC/DC Cleopatra Records Released 1996 Song Band 1. Highway To Hell THE ELECTRIC HELLFIRE CLUB 2. Squealer GENITORTURERS 3. It's A Long Way To The Top DIE KRUPPS 4. Shot Down In Flames SPAHN RANCH 5. For Those About To Rock * GODFLESH 6. Whole Lotta Rosie JOINED AT THE HEAD (Controlled Bleeding Mix) 7. Back In Black * PIGFACE VS. SHEEP ON DRUGS 8. Thunderstruck ** BIRMINGHAM 6 9. Hells Bells * RAZED IN BLACK 10. Badlands * PSYCHOPOMPS 11. The Furor ** KLUTE 12. Who Made Who * TERMINAL SECT With En Esch of KMFDM 13. T.N.T. SISTER MACHINE GUN 14. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap 16 VOLT All titles written by Young/Young/Scott Except * by Young/Young/Johnson Except ** Young/Young AC/DC HIGH VOLTAGE MEDLEY - A TRIBUTE TO AC/DC 1. Radio City Edit 5:27 2. Straight Jacket Radio Edit 5:26 3. High Voltage Rock Mix 12:58 4. High Voltage Mega Mix 12:58 5. Club City Nitro Mix 3:59 Produced & Arranged by Risto Dukovski / Joseph Guido Lead Vocals: Niel Edgley Bass Guitars: David Miller Guitars: Peter Houghton / Richard Warne Drums & Programming: Risto Dukovski Executive Producer: Joseph Guido © 1996 Octave Music Int., Licensed by Colossal Records of Australia for the Australia and New Zealand Territories. Distributed in New Zealand by BMG. THUNDERBOLT: A TRIBUTE TO AC/DC DeRock Records Released 1998 Triage DMCR-25026 JAPAN Released 1998 [Thanks to Ilmari Volanen for the Japan track info] Song Band 1. Highway To Hell Kevin Dubrow (Vocal), Carlos Cavazo (Guitar), Rudy Sarzo (Bass), Frankie Banali (Drums) 2. Little Lover Sebastian Bach (Vocal), Warren DeMartini (Guitar), Billy Sherwood (Bass), Bobby Blotzer (Drums) 3. Back In Black * Joe Lynn Turner (Vocal), Phil Collen (Guitar), Jeff Pilson (Bass), Simon Wright (Drums) 4. Live Wire Whitfield Crane (Vocal), Klaus Eichstadt (Guitar), Brad Divens (Bass), Shannon Larkin (Drums), Mike Combs (Rhythm Guitar) 5. Sin City Jack Russel (Vocal), Mark Kendall (Guitar), Sean McNabb (Bass), Bobby Blotzer (Drums), Bruce Gowdy (Rhythm Guitar) 6. Ride On Whitfield Crane (Vocal), Klaus Eichstadt (Guitar), Brad Divens (Bass), Shannon Larkin (Drums), Mike Combs (Rhythm Guitar) 7. Shake A Leg * John Corabi (Vocal), Bob Kulick (Guitar), Billy Sheehan (Bass), Pat Torpey (Drums) 8. Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be (***Japan ONLY bonus track***) Zakk Wylde (Lead Guitar & Vocal), Rudy Sarzo (Bass), Simon Wright (Drums), James Morley (Rhythm Guitar) 9. Whole Lotta Rosie Stephen Pearcy (Vocal), Tracii Guns (Guitar), John Alderete (Bass), Jay Shellen (Drums), Bruce Gowdy (Rhythm Guitar) 10. Night Prowler Dave Meniketti (Vocal & Guitar), Tony Franklin (Bass), Simon Wright (Drums), James Morley (Rhythm Guitar) 11. It's A Long Way To The Top Lemmy Kilmister (Vocal, Bass & Rhythm Guitar), Jake E Lee (Guitar), Ricky Philips (Bass), Simon Wright (Drums), James Morley (Rhythm Guitar) 12. Walk All Over You Dee Snider (Vocal), Scott Ian (Guitar), Frank Bello (Bass), Charlie Benante (Drums) 13. T.N.T. Sebastian Bach (Vocal), Kelly Deal (Guitar & Drums), Jimmy Flemion (Bass) All titles written by Young/Young/Scott Except * by Young/Young/Johnson FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROT Dwell Records Released 2000 http://www.dwellrecords.com Song Band 1. Highway To Hell LOCOMOTIVE 2. Back In Black * DEMENTIA 3. T.N.T. COLP 4. Riff Raff WASTELAND 5. For Those About To Rock * ASSISTING SORROW 6. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap LESSER KNOWN 7. Who Made Who * NEUROSILENCE 8. Hells Bells * DEAMON 9. You Shook Me All Night Long * NECROLOGY 10. If You Want Blood VLADIMIRS 11. Walk All Over You ENERTIA All titles written by Young/Young/Scott Except * by Young/Young/Johnson HOMETOWN TRIBUTE GOH International Perth, Western Australia Released 2000 http://www.oss.com.au/acdc/ Song Band 1. TNT KAYJUN 2. Riff Raff GREENROOM 3. Big Balls LEFT NUT 4. What's Next To The Moon FULL 5. Whole Lotta Rosie STONEFACE 6. Walk All Over You NAVARONE 7. Let There Be Rock WAX TADPOLE 8. Touch Too Much SKININC. 9. Rocker MUTT 10. Dirty Deeds BLACK STEEL 11. It's A Long Way To The Top... RAWKUS 12. Dog Eat Dog SCOTT ARNOLD-EYRES 12. AC/DC DVDs NO BULL Elektra 40192 Released 2000 1. Shot Down In Flames 2. Back In Black 3. Thunderstruck 4. Girls Got Rhythm 5. Hard As A Rock 6. Shoot To Thrill 7. Boogie Man 8. Hail Caesar 9. Hells Bells 10. Dog Eat Dog 11. The Jack 12. Ballbreaker 13. Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution 14. Dirty Deeds Done Cheap 15. You Shook Me All Night Long 16. Whole Lotta Rosie 17. T.N.T. 18. Let There Be Rock 19. Highway To Hell 20. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) Bonus: Hard As A Rock video and documentary Bonus: The Making of Hard As A Rock STIFF UPPER LIP LIVE Elektra 40232-2/3 Released 2001 1. Stiff Upper Lip 2. You Shook Me All Night Long 3. Problem Child 4. Thunderstruck 5. Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be 6. Hard As A Rock 7. Shoot To Thrill 8. Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution 9. What Do You Do For Money Honey 10. Bad Boy Boogie 11. Hells Bells 12. Up To My Neck In You 13. The Jack 14. Back In Black 15. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap 16. Highway To Hell 17. Whole Lotta Rosie 18. Let There Be Rock 19. T.N.T. 20. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) 21. Shot Down In Flames RIFF RAFF... 1. 1991 Tour Set Lists [Thanks to Ronald Hartwig <Ronald.Hartwig@arbi.informatik.uni-oldenburg.de>] ACDC Playlist 1991 A = ACDC Razors Edge Tour M = Monsters of Rock Sources: 20.04.91 Glasgow (Daily Dirt Fanzine) 25.08.91 Basel (Daily Dirt Fanzine) 18.09.91 Dortmund Westfalenhalle (Ronald Hartwig) 19.09.91 -same- 12.04.91 Oldenburg Weser-Ems-Halle (merged to April-Hannover, May-Dortmund) (Ronald Hartwig) 08.06.91 Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA (Robert McMullen) ? Somewhere in the UK (probably more than one show!)(Gary Campbell) 200491 250891 180991 190991 120491 080691 Glasgow Basel Dortmund DO OL/DO Shorel UK A M M M A A A Thunderstruck 1 1 1 1 * 1 1 Shoot to thrill 2 2 3 3 * 2 2 Back in black 3 3 5 5 * 3 4 Dirty Deeds - 4 10 10 * 16 13 Fire your guns 4 ? 4 - * - 3 Hell ain't a bad... - * 2 2 * - - Sin City 5 - - - * 4 5 Heatseeker 6 ? - 4 * 7 7 Touch too much - ? - - * - - Who made who 7 ? - - * 6 6 Jailbreak 8 * 6 6 * 8 8 Rocker - ? - - * - - The Jack 9 * 7 7 * 9 12 Razors edge 10 ? - - * 10 Are you ready - - - - * 10 - Blow up your video - - - - - 11 - Live Wire - - - - ? - - Moneytalks 12 ? 8 8 * 12 14 Hells bells 13 * 12 12 * 13 9 High voltage 14 ? 9 9 * 14 15 You shook me... 15 ? * * * 15 16 Whole lotta Rosie 16 * 13 13 * 16 17 Let there be Rock 17 ? 14 14 * 17 18 Fling thing 18 - - - - - - Highway to hell 19 * 11 11 * 18 19 TNT ? * 15 15 * 19 20 For those about... 20 * 16 16 * 20 21 Annotations: * played, but not sure when - not played ? ? Additional info: From: Gary Campbell <garyc@inmos.co.uk> [...] At Donington in August, they dropped Sin City, That's The Way..., The Razors Edge and Who Made Who and added Hell Ain't a Bad Place To Be. On the Australian tour they played the same set as Donington but added Sin City. They also used two bells during Hells Bells. Therefore, in summary, AC/DC played the same set all around the world on the first leg of the Razor tour (i.e. all gigs up to the Monsters of Rock) except for Glasgow where they played Fling Thing and one concert in the US where they played If You Want Blood (I'm not sure which concert it was). AC/DC played the same set on the second leg (i.e. Monsters of Rock) all over Europe and made the changes listed above for the final leg in Australia/New Zealand. [...] 2. What's "The Jack" about? "The Jack" is an Australian term, slang for Venereal Disease (like "The Clap" in America.) The song is said to be based on the AC/DC's early days, when women, and any diseases they had, were shared by the band. 3. Why wasn't Malcolm on the 1988 tour? At the time there were two reasons (rumours) as to the nature of Malcolm's absence from the tour. The public one was that he was tending to a sick son, the real one was that his drinking was getting out of hand and he needed time to regain control of himself. He was replaced on the tour by Stevie Young. Stevie Young is a cousin of Malcolm and Angus (and George, and Alex, etc.) who played rhythm guitar in a band of his own called Starfighters back in the early to mid 80's. I think they were based in England, and had a style and sound very much like AC/DC. which explains why Stevie fit in so naturally on the tour. By the way, the Starfighters albums (there were 2 I know of) are pretty interesting. Same approach as AC/DC - I heartily recommend the first (self titled), while the second (In Flight Movie) is ok, but not as good as the first. 4. What kind of guitars do Angus and Malcolm play? Angus plays one type of guitar, a Gibson SG. Malcolm has played a Gretsch Jet Firebird stripped of all controls but the volume for a number of years. He used to have a Gretsch White Falcon as well, but says that after someone "fixed" it, it lost the sound he liked it for and he got rid of it. In the "Are You Ready" video, he is playing an orange Gibson, supposedly he was working with them on a new guitar, not for endorsement, but for himself since he only has one that he likes. In 1995, Malcolm got together with Gretsch and they came up with a new version of his guitar. The "Malcolm Young Autograph" is based on his old Jet Firebird, and comes in one and two pickup models. It comes factory strung with .012's, which is the gauge that Malcolm uses. Malcolm played several of these, along with the old reliable one, during the Ballbreaker tour. [Thanks to Dazgoulash for the following info] On the SUL tour, Malcolm had a new 3/4 size single cutaway Gretsch Falcon that was resprayed black. According to Malcolm, this guitar is the nearest to his "Number One" (the Jet Firebird). 5. Is 'Who Made Who' an AC/DC Greatest Hits cd? Who Made Who is the soundtrack to the Steven King movie Maximum Overdrive. It is NOT an AC/DC greatest hits collection, despite a record company sticker on the package that says "AC/DC's Greatest Hits". The sticker was added after the movie closed, no doubt an attempt by Atlantic to increase sales of the collection. 6. What are some WWW (World Wide Web) sites for AC/DC? There are many excellent AC/DC websites. My best suggestion is to go to Yahoo's music section (http://www.yahoo.com/Music/Artists/ACDC) and proceed from there. Many of the sites have links to other sites. 7. What is Bon saying at the end of High Voltage? Something like: "Stars, bars all around...spotlights, footlights...I'll take 'em!" Not sure about "...I'll take 'em", but am pretty sure about the rest. 8. What are "Lurex Socks"? [Thanks to Ken Hillcoff] Lurex was a trademarked brand of socks back in the late 60's and early 70's. The stitching patterns were done with a sort of metallic thread, which gave them a shiny look. Therefore, a "rocker" would wear Lurex socks, because of the metallic quality (HEAVY METAL!!!!). 9. Does AC/DC do a version of "My Favorite Things"? [Thanks to Kyle Bichan <> and Ryan Vickmark <vickmark@itctel.com>] "My Favorite Things" is a song from the musical 'The Sound of Music'. The song in question is actually called "Jingle Hells Bells", and is a parody of AC/DC. It is performed by 'Bob Rivers and Twisted Radio', a band from Seattle that parodies rock songs. At the start of the song they even chant "Ho! Ho! Ho!", ala the "Oye! Oye! Oye!" chant of "TNT". It is available on a Christmas music compilation that also includes a hilarious parody of Black Sabbath's Iron Man called "I Am Santa Claus". 10. Are those real bagpipes on 'Its A Long Way To The Top'? Yes, those are real bagpipes on 'Its A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll). They are played by Bon, who in his youth played bagpipes and drums in the Fremantle (Western Australia) Scots Pipe Band. 11. Where did AC/DC get their name? [Info taken from 'Shock To The System' by Mark Putterford, & from VH1's "Behind the Music" profile of AC/DC] The Young's sister Margaret suggested something she'd seen on the back of a vacuum cleaner: 'AC/DC'. According to Angus, "It had something to do with electricity, so it seemed to fit...". The Young brothers were ignorant of the bisexual connotation that the term carried, and after opening for bisexual rocker Lou Reed, many gay clubs tried to book them...convinced they were a bisexual group. Malcolm tells a slightly different story in the VH1 "Behind the Music" profile of AC/DC...he says it was Margaret's sewing machine that provided the inspiration for the band's name. 12. Does Malcolm play lead guitar on any AC/DC songs? Yes. During an online chat in 1995, Angus confirmed that Malcolm plays lead on 'Soul Stripper', 'Show Business', 'You Ain't Got A Hold On Me', and 'Can I Sit Next To You Girl'. Also...Angus has confirmed in an online chat that he (and NOT Malcolm) plays the lead on Ballbreaker's "Whiskey On The Rocks". 13. Is Rosie in the song 'Whole Lotta Rosie' a real person? [Info taken from 'Shock To The System' by Mark Putterford] Yes. Bon wrote the song about a huge Tasmanian woman he had shared a 'wild time' with in Melbourne. Interestingly, the band ran into her again in Hobart, Tasmania...but she had lost a lot of weight and Bon was disappointed that she was no longer the '42-39-56' that he remembered. She did know the song was about her, and took it as a compliment. 14. Is Ruby in the song 'Go Down' a real person? [Info taken from 'Shock To The System' by Mark Putterford] Yes. Bon wrote those lyrics about a well known rock and roll groupie named 'Ruby Lips'. 15. Why does Angus wear the schoolboy suit? [Info taken from 'Shock To The System' by Mark Putterford] Angus and Malcolm wanted to have a visual focal point to go along with their music, and their sister Margaret suggested Angus wear the schoolboy getup. It was something Angus had tried in one of his previous bands, but only once. Early AC/DC performances saw Angus in a variety of costumes, including a gorilla suit (where he'd bust out of a cage), Zorro, Spiderman (with a huge rope spider's web at the back of the stage), and Superman (with a phone booth om stage where he could change). Former manager Michael Browning remembers once that Angus was in the phone booth and the door got stuck! NOTE: I remember early AC/DC press info that explained Angus' schoolboy suit as something he wore because he would rush to practice with the band right after school. Of course, he was out of school by the time he joined with Malcolm in AC/DC, and this was just another bit of creative marketing. However, it is possible that he did do this with earlier bands he was in while still a student. 16. Wasn't there supposed to be an AC/DC comic book from Marvel? Yes, it was mentioned in an MTV 'Week In Rock' story about the Ballbreaker tour broadcast in 1996. They even showed some pictures from the comic book. But as of 3/97 no comic book has been released. 17. What is Bon saying at the end of 'Night Prowler'? Bon says "Shazbot...nano nano". This was Robin Williams' catch phrase from his old sitcom "Mork & Mindy". As to why Bon says it, I suspect he was trying to lighten up the mood at the end of a particulaly intense vocal. It occurs well after the song is finished, and he probably didn't expect it to be on the album. 18. Is there a version of 'Back In Black' with Bon on vocals? [Info taken from 'Shock To The System' by Mark Putterford] No. Bon had several lyrical ideas for the album, but those were abandoned by the band in favor of new lyrics by Brian, Mal and Angus. Former AC/DC manager Ian Jeffrey claims to still have a folder that contains lyrics of 15 songs written for 'Back In Black' by Bon. 19. Who are the "Dutch Damager" and the "Gorgeous Glaswegian" credited on the 'Flick Of The Switch" album? They are Harry Vanda and George Young, who lent AC/DC a hand in recording FOTS. 20. Are Dave Evans and Mark Evans related? No. 21. Why did Dave Evans/Mark Evans/Phil Rudd/Simon Wright/Chris Slade leave the band? [First 4 entries taken from 'Shock To The System' by Mark Putterford] Dave Evans: Failed to make a show, and was booted. The Youngs were not crazy about his "glam" musical direction to begin with. Bon - who was the band's drummer at the time - successfully auditioned for the singing job. Mark Evans: Left the band due to a personality clash with Angus. Phil Rudd: Phil became burned out due to a combination of Bon's tragic death, and the pressures of the road. Excess pot smoking, irresponsible behaviour with women, and a bitter physical confrontation with another member of the band led to him being sacked. Simon Wright: Simon Wright left AC/DC of his own accord to drum with DIO. Chris Slade: Angus and Mal replaced Chris with Phil Rudd, as they wanted to get back to the original drum feel they had with Phil. Phil was interested, and healthy, so the change was made. The band made a point of praising the work Chris did with them, and stressed that the change was not due to ill will towards him. 22. Did I hear some AC/DC lyrics in the movie "Mad Max"? Yes. At the beginning of the movie, the "Night Rider" character steals a police car, and during the chase he is ranting over the police radio. One of his rants is... "I'm a rocker, I'm a roller, I'm a right out of controller!" ...which is from the song "Rocker". 23. What is the "smoke" that Bon refers to in "Ain't No Fun..."? The "smoke" is an Australian slang term for the big city. When Bon wrote "Well I, left my job in my hometown, and I headed for the smoke...", he was referring to the fact that from a small town miles away across the Australian plain, a city could be located by the pollution it generated. So, "headed for the smoke" meant "headed for the city." 24. I really like the sound that Vanda & Young got on the early AC/DC albums. Did they produce any other Australian hard rock bands at the time that I might like? There are two other noteworthy hard rock bands that Vanda & Young produced at the time. The Angels (known as Angel City in the US) and Rose Tattoo. Both bands trod the same club circuit as AC/DC, and their early releases have the same raw, intense, rock and roll approach. AC/DC, The Angels, and Rose Tattoo were considered the three top hard rock acts in Australia during the mid to late 1970's. Angels: The Angels were recommended to George Young by AC/DC after they toured together in 1975. AC/DC considered them a "hot new band". The best introduction to early Angels is the US cd 'Face To Face'. It is available on Epic, under their US moniker Angel City. Also available in the US is 1984's 'Two Minute Warning', on Metal Blade, and in the US cutout bins you can find 1989's 'Beyond Salvation' on Chrysalis. Two interesting coincidences between the Angels and AC/DC: [1] The guitarists are a brother duo where one plays lead and one plays rhythm (Rick and John Brewster), [2] The singer has a three letter nickname (Doc Neeson). For more Angels info: Alex Carranza's: http://www.unlv.edu/~carranza/angels/ Martin Mathis': http://www.primenet.com/~mmathis/angels.htm Rose Tattoo: Bon helped Rose Tattoo get together with Vanda & Young. The first three Rose Tattoo albums are considered the classics, 'Rose Tattoo', 'Assault & Battery' and 'Scarred For Life'. These are available in Australia and Europe. The first album has also been issued under the name 'Rock and Roll Outlaw'. There are also compilations which contain many of the early songs. Two interesting notes regarding Rose Tattoo: [1] Rose Tattoo's singer, Angry Anderson, was in the bands "Coloured Balls" and "Buster Brown" with Phil Rudd (Phil Rudzevecuis), pre-AC/DC. [2] Rose Tattoo slide guitarist Peter Wells was asked to join "Guns & Roses" after Izzy Stradlin left. For more Rose Tattoo info, visit REMEDY - The Rose Tattoo Web Page: http://www.rosetattoo.net 25. Brian Johnson and Jackyl? Brian Johnson appeared on stage with the hard rock group Jackyl at a concert in Florida on Sunday, 4.6.97. [Review thanks to gozone1@aol.com (GOZONE1)] sunday afternoon i made my trex to zepherhills ,fl. to see the 7th annaual livestock concert event. this year was to be special, above all the other bands, one special guest was set to perform. the guest was brian johnson of ac/dc! brian joined the band jackyl on stage late sunday afternoon for the shows closing act. the performance was something out of the ordinary, brian shared vocals w/ jesse dupree, each would sing a differnet verse to the songs, all and all they pulled it off very well. the 1st song featured was a new track written by brian and jesse called "locked and loaded" its hard to describe the song, except to say it was rockin' and filled w/some nice guitar breaks , tempo changes, and lets not forget great vocals. the band kicked into back in black next, followed by shoot to thrill, i stand alone. brian later returned for the encore singing along w/jesse on the lumberjack song, they finished the song w/brian and jesse weilding chainsaws cutting up a burning chair. it was a fun show, something different and all for a good cause, the proceeds were givin to the make a wish foundation. one final thought, it was nice to see someone on stage, namely brian johnson, who seemed to genuinely enjoy performing. brian interacted w/ the crowd throughout like the true rock n roll veteran he is, it was a great gig/party thanks to brians performance. 26. Who are the nephews of the Young brothers that are in rock bands? Stevie Young: Guitar player who had a band called 'Starfighters' in the early 80's. Released two decent hard rock albums that are no longer available. Stevie filled in for Malcolm on the 'Blow Up Your Video' tour. Also played in a hard rock band called 'Little Big Horn'. James Young: Drummer for 'The Poor', a hard rock band that started out in Darwin and eventually moved to Sydney. Released a few EP's in Australia, and their major label debut album is the excellent hard rocker 'Who Cares' on Sony/550 music. Supported AC/DC on the 'Ballbreaker' tour in the states. 27. What does Bon say on the live version of "The Jack" from IYWBYGI? On the live album "If You Want Blood...". after Bon sings "She told me she was a virgin", he asks the question, "Any virgin in Glasgow?". Much of this album was recorded at the Apollo Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland. 28. Brian and Cliff rocking in Florida? Brian Johnson and Cliff Williams appeared at a fundraising concert in Florida on 3.28.98. [Review thanks to gozone1@aol.com (GOZONE1)] Hello everyone, heres my review of Brian Johnson and Cliff Williams rocking the opera house Saturday, March 28, 1998. The gig was a benefit/fund raiser for a local theatre in Sarasota, Fl. There were several performers and comedians throughout the night including Jim Breuer, Bob Nelson, Jesse Dupree, Billy Leverty, Donald Duck Dunn to name just a few. On to the show, Brian, Cliff, and Jesse Dupree were the highlight of the jam session at the end of the night. It was a long night, but well worth the wait, lets face it when is there a opportunity to check out a couple of the living legends of rock up close in a opera house of all places. Most of the time vocals were shared by Brian and Jesse, both were excellent. Jesse came out 1st and did a old song called Mustang Sally, it was a rocking version, well done. Next Brian and Cliff made their entrance, the band with Billy Leverty on Guitar (he was magical on guitar, the man can play!), they kicked into Back in Black, I was on the side stage, it was shaking from Cliffs thundering bass and Brians hurricane vocals, these guys are true rock veterans the sound was incredible. I think Brian and Jesse made some of the paint peel of the walls of the opera house. Next up was You Shook Me All Night Long, the song is a classic, and sounded brilliant, Cliffs backing vocal was on the mark as always. The band played through several classic rock tracks. A couple of the surprises were, Old Time RnR, yes a Bob Segar song, it was the most heavy, pounding rendition I had ever heard. With Brian, Cliff, Jesse, Billy Leverty playing the song it added a new twist like no other. Another track I thought was maybe the best of the night was the Beatles, I Saw Her Standing There, this tracked rocked! No offense to Paul McCartney fans, but with Cliff adding his own bass style, it added a special thumping boost to the song. To top it off Brian Johnson just tore the vocals up, the 1st verse he sang along, but by the second verse he really reached down to the classic Johnson wail, I think I heard some glass breaking in the opera as he hit some wicked high notes. The song was played the way it was meant to be done, at least in my book. Well that was just a few of the highlights for the evening, I'll remember it forever. I did get to speak to Brian, Cliff, Jesse and several others, they were all very down to earth and nice people. Oh yeah, AC/DC is working on a new cd, there still undecided on a producer. For everyone who missed the show, dont worry ACDC will be around next year. 29. What bands have been support acts for AC/DC? The incomplete list includes: H2H: TKO, Def Leppard, Judas Priest, Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot, Mother's Finest, Pat Travers, Roy Loney's Phantom Movers, Prism, The Rockets, New England, Morning Star, The Babys, St. Paradise, Sammy Hagar, Point Blank, The Pirates, Diamond Head BIB: Saxon, Blackfoot,Nantucket FTATR: Midnight Flyer, Rory Gallagher, Y&T, Fastway FOTS: Starfighters, Fastway FOTW: Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force, Loudness WMW: Queensryche, Dokken BUYV: Dokken, White Lion, Cinderella, L.A. Guns TRE: Queensryche, Love/Hate, King's X, L.A. Guns BB: The Poor, Alley Boys SUL: Slash's Snakepit, Huge Baby, Backyard Babies, The Living End Others: Wildhearts, Metallica, Black Crowes, Pantera 30. What's this about an AC/DC postage stamp? It is true. AC/DC are one of 12 Australian rock'n'roll artists honored with a postage stamp. The "Australian Rock'n'Roll" stamp set was issued May 26, 1998 by Australia Post. The AC/DC stamp is a picture of Angus, with "It's A Long Way To The Top" written across his school bag. For complete info and pictures, check out the Australia Post web site at: http://www.auspost.com.au/index.asp?link_id=4.295 31. AC/DC's original singer has a new cd? [Info thanks to Glenn Robertson, http://crabsodyinblue.tripod.com] Dave Evans & Thunder Down Under Ecstasy Records 1999 Tracks Somebody Better - Evans, Franceshini Nobody but you - James, Shelly, Boddiker (Landry Jefferey James Music) Baby Blues Eyes - Evans, Green It's Alright - Evans, Green, Franceshini Another Day - Evans, Green, Franceshini Get Ready - Evans, Green Hot Nights - Evans, Green, Franceshini Forever - Evans, Green, Franceshini Nice Guys - Evans, Franceshini Waltzing Matilda - Banjo Patterson (Castle Music) Line Up Dave Evans - Lead Vocals John Dallimore - Guitars Same See - Guitar, Piano Joe Creighton - Bass Danny Simic - Drums Robyn Payne - Keyboards Alex Pertout - Percussion Joe Camilleri - Saxophone Alan Harding - Trombone John Felding - Trumpet Backing Vocals - Penny Dyer, Wendy Stapleton, Lindsay Field, Joe Creighton, John Dallimore Produced and Engineered by Meke Dearnley at Powerplant Studios , Melbourne Sleeve Notes Dave Evans was born in Carmarthen Wales. The family emigrated to Australia when Dave was five years old settling in North Queensland. After a row with his father, at the age of sixteen, Dave headed for Sydney, Living in Kings Cross, until returning to Queensland a year later. It was at Charters Towers in Queensland that Dave formed his first band "In Session". Realising that to pursue a serious singing career he needed to be in Sydney, Dave returned here to sing with a number of local musicians. It was at this time he met up with Malcolm Young, Colin Burgess and Larry Van Kriedt and agreed to form a band, yet unnamed. Malcolm's younger brother Angus joined the band a week later. It was Malcolm and Angus' older sister Margaret who came up with the name of AC/DC which signified power and energy and so marked the birth of one of the greatest rock n roll bands ever. AC/DC played their first gig at Chequers nightclub in Sydney on the 31st of December 1973. AC/DC went on to gain a strong following in Sydney over the next few months before recording their first single "Can I Sit Next To You Girl" (B/W "Rocking in the Parlour") At this point Angus donned the now famous schoolboy uniform, and with the single racing up the charts nationally, AC/DC started on a National tour beginning at the Sydney Opera House. Before the end of the grueling tour, playing to packed houses all around the country, frictions and egos took their toll and after a punch up between Evans and the manager life on the road became unbearable and a split between Evans and AC/DC became inevitable. Bon Scott who had been a friend of Malcolm and Angus's older brother George Young of EasyBeats fame had seen the band perform in Adelaide. Scott joined AC/DC which by this stage was well and truly established as a leading rock band in Australia. AC/DC went on to become one of the World's greatest bands. Dave Evans moved to join the exciting up and coming band "Rabbit" which established itself as the leading rock band in Newcastle and Surrounding areas and a few months later signed with CBS Records releasing their first album, self titled "Rabbit". Their second album "Too Much Rock and Roll" was released internationally in Japan, Germany, Luxemboug, Holland, France and Scandinavia where it met with considerable success. Rabbit established itself as a wild almost frenzied rock act described by one rock journalist as savagely heterosexual. The band finally split in 1979 with Evans moving to Melbourne, forming "The Lineup" and "Hot Cockerel". Hot Cockerel featured in the Erotic comedy feature film "Coming of Age" with Dave Evans in the lead role. Dave Evans finally formed his own band "Dave Evans and Thunder Down Under" and recorded the self titled album which had a limited release with independant record label "Reaction Records" With the demise of Reaction Records and because of legal sqabbling this album had until now sat in limbo. Listen to the voice which launched AC/DC and the music which is "Dave Evans and Thunder Down Under" 32. AC/DC did a version of the Little Richard song Lucille? There is a bootleg single with the Bon tunes "Carry Me Home" and "Fling Thing" on the A side, and a live version of "Lucille" on the B side. AC/DC played "Lucille" at Brussels Forest National on January 25, 1981 with Atlantic Record's Phil Carson (on bass). To this day, this is the only known time where the band let another musician share their stage. 33. So how many songs came out of the Stiff Upper Lip sessions? According to news reports at the end of the sessions, 17 songs were recorded, but only 12 were selected for the album. The rest were seen as possible bonus tracks on imports or maxi-singles. The 5 titles that didn't make the album are: "Let It Go" "Rave On", "Whistle Blower", "The Cock Crows", and "Cyber". Two other interesting notes: (1)"Give It Up" was identified in these reports as "R.I.P. It Up". (2)The working title for the album was reported to be Smokin'. 34. What is BOD? [Thanks to "To The Top" for this explanation.] It is currently under debate whether it is a friendly NG tribunal, or a power hungry unholy society. I vote for the latter. Realistically, BOD refers to the Board Of Directors here at this NG. Who is in it? Pretty much anyone who declares themselves a member. It is a self appointed group of self important people such as myself who mostly admit to being members. Tenure also plays a part. There are some who are members by virtue of posting here for years who wrongly deny the title. (They are usually herded up and shot) Some are silent members who run various web sites or who contribute things such as the FAQ. In short, its just another something to do. Computer geeks who need to get a real life (who me?) perhaps. But in the end, its AC/DC, and recognizing that you are somehow connected to the glory and success of the band (power hungry part) and showing our appreciation without having to join a 'fan club.' The BOD does have standards, rules, and punishments (double and now triple secret probation thank you Bob) Members come and go as they please. There is also an official NG BOD building, a secret BOD handshake, a corporate jet (NG-1) as well as a special underground room where roundtable sessions are held. 35. Does Bon Scott sing a version of "Back In Black"? NO. What you heard is from the "Thunderbolt" tribute, with Joe Lynn Turner on vocals. For further info on this and other tributes check the "AC/DC Tributes" section of this document. 36. Is there a reference list of acronyms for AC/DC songs? Yes there is...here's an alphabetical listing...thanks to DOOF for putting this list together. Ain't No Fun (Waiting Round To Be A Millionaire) ANFARTBAM All Screwed Up ASC Are You Ready AYR Baby Please Don't Go BPDG Back In Black BIB Back In Business BIBiz Back Seat Confidential BSC Bad Boy Boogie BBB Bad Boy Boogie (From If You Want Blood) BBB(IYWB) Badlands none Ballbreaker BB Beating Around the Bush BATB Bedlam in Belgium BIBEL Big Balls BBz Big Gun BG Boogie Man BM Borrowed Time BT Brain Shake BS Breaking the Rules BTR Burning Alive BA C.O.D. none Can I Sit Next To You Girl? (From 74 Single) CISNTYG(74) Can I Sit Next To You Girl CISNTYG Can't Stand Still CSS Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll CSRNR Carry Me Home CMH Caught with Your Pants Down CWYPD Cyberspace none Cold Hearted Man CHM Come And Get It CAGI Cover You In Oil CYIO Crabsody In Blue CRB Damned none Danger none Deep In The Hole DITH Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap DDDDC Dirty Eyes DE Dog Eat Dog DED Down On The Borderline DOTB Down Payment Blues DPB Evil Walks EW Fire Your Guns FYG First Blood FB Flick Of The Switch FOTS Fly On The Wall FOTW For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) FTATR Get It Hot GIH Get It Hot (From Bonfire) GIH(bonf) Gimme A Bullet GAB Girls Got Rhythm GGR Give It Up GIU Given The Dog A Bone GTDAB Go Down GD Go Zone GZ Gone Shootin' GS Goodbye & Good Riddance To Bad Luck GAGRTBL Got You By the Balls GYBTB Guns For Hire GFH Hail Caesar HC Hard As A Rock HAAR Have A Drink On Me HADOM Heatseeker none Hell Ain't a Bad Place To Be HAABPTB Hell Or High Water HOHW Hells Bells HB High Voltage HV Highway To Hell HTH Hold Me Back HMB House Of Jazz HOJ If You Dare IYD If You Want Blood (You Got it) IYWB If You Want Blood (You Got it) (From Bonfire) IYWB(bonf) Inject the Venom ITV It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock & Roll) IALWTTT Jailbreak JB Kicked In The Teeth KITT Kissin' Dynamite KD Landslide none Let Me Put My Love Into You LMPMLIY Let There Be Rock LTBR Let's Get It Up LGIU Let's Make It LMI Little Lover LL Live Wire LW Love At First Feel LAFF Love Bomb LB Love Hungry Man LHM Love Song LS Meanstreak none Meltdown none Mistress For Christmas MFC Moneytalks none Nervous Shakedown NS Nick Of Time NOT Night Of The Long Knives NOTLK Night Prowler NP Overdose none Playing With Girls PWG Problem Child PC Put The Finger On You PTFOY R.I.P. (Rock In Peace) none Ride On RO Riff Raff RR Rising Power RP Rock 'n' Roll Ain't Noise Pollution RNRANP Rock 'n' Roll Damnation RNRD Rock 'n' Roll Singer RNRS Rock Your Heart Out RYHO Rocker none Rockin' In The Parlour RITP Ruff Stuff RS Safe In New York City SINYC Satellite Blues SB School Days SD Send For The Man SFTM Shake A Leg SAL Shake Your Foundations SYF She's Got Balls SGB Shoot To Thrill STT Shot Down In Flames SDIF Shot Of Love SOL Show Business SB Sin City SC Sink The Pink STP Snake Eye SE Snowballed none Some Sin For Nuthin' SSFN Soul Stripper SS Spellbound none Squealer none Stand Up SU Stick Around SA Stiff Upper Lip SUL T.N.T. none That's The Way I Wanna Rock 'n' Roll TTWIWRNR The Furor TF The Honey Roll THR The Jack TJ The Jack (From If You Want Blood) TJ(iywb) The Jack (1977 live version) The Razor's Edge TRE There's Gonna Be Some Rockin' TGBSR This House Is On Fire THIOF This Means War TMW Thunderstruck none Touch Too Much TTM Touch Too Much (From Bonfire) TTM(bonf) Two's Up TU Up To My Neck In You UTMNIY Walk All Over You WAOY What Do You Do For Money Honey WYDFMH What's Next To The Moon WNTTM Whiskey On The Rocks WOTR Who Made Who WMW Whole Lotta Rosie WLR You Ain't Got A Hold On Me YAGAHOM You Shook Me All Night Long YSMANL