Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Let There Be Rock.

And Then Let It Be in High-Definition.

And Also Let It Be Individually Numbered.

And Also Let It Come with a 32-Page Book, Guitar Pick and Postcards.

But, First and Foremost, Remember the Rock.
Finally, June 7, 2011 sees the first ever DVD and Blu-Ray release of AC/DC's 1980 theatrical concert motion picture, Let There Be Rock. Filmed just two months prior to Bon Scott's death at the Pavilion de Paris on December 9, 1979, Let There Be Rock gives us an incredible opportunity to see the the legendary frontman and this incredible band in action. AC/DC have pulled out all the stops on this blu-ray set and it includes the following:

  • Loud, Locked & Loaded: The Rites of Rock: Seasoned rockers, actors and journalists recollect their rite of passage as early witnesses to the raw, bone rattling rock of AC/DC.
  • AC/DC: The Bedrock of Riff: No one has mastered the basic DNA of Riff Rock as successfully as AC/DC. Explore Angus and Malcolm Young's telepathic groove and the four-on-the-floor swing of Phil Rudd.
  • Angus Young: A True Guitar Monster: Angus Young's transformation from diminutive schoolboy to raging rock monster electrifies the masses. Find out what makes this time bomb tick.
  • Bon Scott: The Pirate of Rock 'n' Roll: Bon Scott was the ringleader of the AC/DC circus, balancing his screaming sexuality with a rakish charm. Get a glimpse into the life of a classic Rock 'n' Roll pirate.
  • AC/DC: A Rock Solid Legacy: From bar band to arena rock, AC/DC stuck to their guns and shot their way to the top. Fellow rockers and journalists chart AC/DC's ascent into the Pantheon of Rock Gods in rock 'n' roll history.
  • BD Playlist: your favorite songs in your favorite order
  • 32-page booklet
  • Souvenir guitar pick
  • Collector card set featuring images from the show
The track listing is as follows:
  1. Live Wire
  2. Shot Down in Flames
  3. Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be
  4. Sin City
  5. Walk All Over You
  6. Bad Boy Boogie
  7. The Jack
  8. Highway to Hell
  9. Girls Got Rhythm
  10. High Voltage
  11. Whole Lotta Rosie
  12. Rocker
  13. Let There Be Rock
AC/DC have been extremely generous with their DVD offerings and the quality of each release has been top-notch (could any band ever top the embarrassment of riches that was Plug Me In?). Let There Be Rock was the one jewel missing from the crown. While I think the Bonfire set is oddly balanced in its inclusion of the one album everybody who even thinks they like AC/DC has (and one that doesn't feature Bon), I also recommend it as it's the only place to grab the Let There Be Rock soundtrack on CD as well.

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