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On 1/16/2021 at 1:07 PM, Gavin82 said:

I love there coloured cassette tapes well cool 

What did everyone buy 

1 x pic disc 

1 x red vinyl 

Red Yellow Grey cassettes 

I’ve yet to pick up any versions on vinyl, I really should get on that as AC/DC is one of the bands I’ve got a good collection going for. The only release I’ve picked up so far is the deluxe CD with the light-up box. Cheesy as all hell but it works for AC/DC and it sits proudly alongside my Backtracks deluxe edition boxset ;) 

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Beyond that though, there was a lot to enjoy as an AC/DC fan also. The shows were a solid 45 mins longer than your typical AC/DC gig with roughly 6-7 songs more every night than was typical with Brian

On my first listen now. Still haven’t bothered to order an LP edition, but I’ll go for the yellow if it’s still available. For right now I just have the light-up CD version. Super cool packaging, very

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After a few months of a listen here or there really got into this album over the last couple of weeks.I think it’s a great effort by the boys.Just a straight ahead typical AC/DC record that kicks ass.Hope were able to see them tour behind it.Why can’t Guns do the same ???Nevermind ....

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3 minutes ago, gt72 said:

After a few months of a listen here or there really got into this album over the last couple of weeks.I think it’s a great effort by the boys.Just a straight ahead typical AC/DC record that kicks ass.Hope were able to see them tour behind it.Why can’t Guns do the same ???Nevermind ....

ACDC have spent 30 years releasing "on brand" material constantly, and touring new albums. The expectations are "more of the same" and they are frequently met / exceeded. The ACDC brand compass never veers away from dead straight.

Guns have spent 30 years touring the same old stuff. They've run out of road and dug a hole for themselves. "More of the same" is getting boring, "another Appetite" is likely impossible, reinventing the brand into something else won't work now (potentially this was possible 2000-2004 but they fucked it up), and a knock-off third rate Appetite copycat album will get 2-star reviews and ruin their legacy so they won't do it. So we're all out of options. Rock or bust.

I agree though - just walk into a studio, knock out a Rnfnr album in 3 weeks. Keep it simple.

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I like the album.
If you ask me, ACDC put the bar really high with Black Ice which I consider one of their best albums, at the same level as the loved classics. Then came rock or bust which had an amazing lead single but the rest of the album wasn't as good.

Now this one, I feel the complete opposite, I didn't like the lead single, shot in the dark, but I enjoy it a lot.

I'm glad these guys put out this album, and I'd be happy if it happens to be the last one.

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I think Realize and Through the Mists of Time made my "listen to once or twice a year" list and the rest is relegated to "I might spin this album in the background again someday"

Nothing wrong with that, Black Ice and Rock or Bust only had 1 song each that made it to "once or twice a year" :shrugs:

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2 hours ago, Powerage5 said:

Once again, I’m not convinced Brian can handle a tour. I said the same thing last time he guested with someone a few years ago and I see no improvement here. 

I mean he’s 73, didn’t play a whole show since 2016, didn’t play a venue of this size since 2017.. I’m sure he wasn’t that well prepared plus I heard someone over at the AC/DC forum said he had laryngitis.. I also doubt he could handle a year long tour, but some shows here and there, like the Stones do, maybe some more.

He’s hitting all the notes, his voice just sounds unprepared and strained, some rehearsals, some warm-up and he’ll ne good to go imo 

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6 hours ago, James Bond said:

I'd argue that an unrehearsed, deaf, 73 year old Brian Johnson sounds far more pleasing to my ears than a certain other singer that we follow around these parts.

Not disagreeing. But I don't want to see them go out on the road if Brian can't cut it. He sounds fantastic on the album, and I'd rather have AC/DC solely become a studio band if the choice is that or they go out with a whimper due to weak gigs. 

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I think FF were playing in standard, on the last AC/DC run with Brian they were down a half step. He's 73, singing those 80s albums is a stretch. Axl was tearing his voice to shreds and he was 54? at the time. 

Does he sound great? nope, but I think he'll get into better shape once AC/DC gear up for a proper run of shows. AC/DC won't be doing 200 dates, it'll probably be closer to 50 worldwide... can Brain handle that? I don't know but singing this set compared to what Jagger does is a whole other ballpark.

Cut him some slack, I'm not expecting him to knock those old songs out of the park, but he at least sounds like Brian Johnson!!!

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Not disagreeing. But I don't want to see them go out on the road if Brian can't cut it. He sounds fantastic on the album, and I'd rather have AC/DC solely become a studio band if the choice is that or they go out with a whimper due to weak gigs. 

Yeah I agree with this. I skipped the Rock or bust show because I thought he sounded bad, I'd rather leave my memory of the band as 2009 when he was still pretty damn good!

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11 hours ago, Powerage5 said:

Not disagreeing. But I don't want to see them go out on the road if Brian can't cut it. He sounds fantastic on the album, and I'd rather have AC/DC solely become a studio band if the choice is that or they go out with a whimper due to weak gigs. 

For sure. I think the best course of action might be some farewell gigs with the current line-up, placed strategically and sporadically, covering some major cities and then either call it a day or switch to studio releases only (since I don't see Angus ever stopping entirely). Considering Brian was actually still hitting the notes here I feel like returning to a half-step down plus some proper rehearsal would mean he could hold it together for a handful of gigs.

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