AC/DC If You Want Blood You’ve Got It 1978

If You Want Blood You’ve Got It was the first live album by AC/DC recorded in April 1978 at the Apollo Theatre in Glasgow on the Powerage Tour.

AC/DC If You Want Blood You’ve Got It

If You Want Blood You've Got It  AC/DCSet List – 8/10

  1. Riff Raff – 5:59 (Powerage)
  2. Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be – 4:10 (Let There Be Rock)
  3. Bad Boy Boogie – 7:29 (Let There Be Rock)
  4. The Jack – 5:48 (High Voltage)
  5. Problem Child – 4:40 (Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap)
  6. Whole Lotta Rosie – 4:05 (Let There Be Rock)
  7. Rock ‘n’ Roll Damnation – 3:41 (Powerage)
  8. High Voltage – 5:05 (High Voltage)
  9. Let There Be Rock – 8:33 (Let There Be Rock)
  10. Rocker – 3:24 (TNT)

Four songs from Let There Be Rock, two from Powerage, two from High Voltage and one each from Dirty Deeds and TNT.

At 52 minutes it is short for a live album and it’s a shame that more songs haven’t been added. Wikipedia report that Dog Eat Dog and Fling Thing were also performed that night and the guitar solo from the encore, Rocker has been edited down. Perhaps AC/DC weren’t happy with thosee performances and this is the problem with live albums based around one gig.

I’m rating the set list at only 8/10 because of the missing tracks and the fact that, even with them added, it would still be short. The songs aren’t sophisticated in any way but they are tremendously effective when you want to raaaawwwk.

Performance – 9/10

Members of AC/DC for this recording were:

Bon Scott – lead vocals
Angus Young – lead guitar
Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Cliff Williams – bass guitar, backing vocals
Phil Rudd – drums

The band have out together a blistering performance with plenty of guitar-shredding from Angus Young. I have mixed feelings about Bon Scott’s vocals which can be too shrieky in places but they do add to the excitement.

Here are some videos of AC/DC performing live in concert in 1978.

Let There Be Rock

Whole Lotta Rosie

Bad Boy Boogie

Rock’n’Roll Damnation

Atmosphere and Authenticity – 10/10

From the big cheer at the beginning, this feels like a great live album and as I listen, I can almost see in my mind the crowd head-banging away.

I’ve heard rumours that it may have been touched up in the studio and I don’t know if it’s true. I can’t tell anyway. It sounds fantastic.

Legend has it that at this concert, when AC/DC returned for the encore dressed in the Scottish football kit as the country got ready for Scotland’s appearance in the World Cup in Argentina.

Overall Rating – 27/10

Have no doubts about it. If You Want Blood You’ve Got It is a great live album.

What’s there is tremendous and my biggest complaint is that it’s too short. I resent knowing that two songs from the concert were edited out of the recording. Dog Eat Dog has been released as a B-side to the Whole Lotta Rosie single from the album and Fling Thing has been featured as a video on the AC/DC Family Jewels DVD. This indicates that any quality problems are slight.

When they are added in, this rating will be boosted up to 28.

What Other People Say About If You Want Blood You’ve Got It

This AC/DC live album is one of the most highly praised hard rock live recordings.

It has regularly featured in the best live albums lists:

Classic Rock    2
Planet Rock    5
Q – 2006    17
DigitalDreamDoor.com     32
NME    35

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