AC/DC : 'A LONG WAY TO THE TOP' - THE BON SCOTT YEARS ANTHOLOGY

AC/DC : 'A LONG WAY TO THE TOP' - THE BON SCOTT YEARS ANTHOLOGY

THIS DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION  10-INCH DOUBLE ALBUM ON SPLATTER VINYL IN GATEFOLD SLEEVE TOPS THE CODA VINYL CHART!

 'Our songs are all about three things; sex, booze and rock n’ roll.’  - Bon Scott 

This , the latest release in the Coda 10-Inch vinyl series of double albums,  is the powerful anthology featuring the very best of AC/DC in concert during the Bon Scott years from 1974-1979. These legendary performances were broadcast live to audiences worldwide, and this wonderful collection features the very best tracks from the halcyon years when Bon Scott was the frontman for this amazing live band.

This 10-inch double album collector’s edition is hand-pressed on splatter vinyl. The pattern created on each disc is totally unique. Featuring the very best of the performances from AC/DC on stage during the Bon Scott years, here is your ultimate personalised anthology featuring the best of AC/DC in concert.

This remarkable double album is also special as the 10-inch format brings an extra dimension of exclusivity to the limited edition of only 1000 copies worldwide. The added impact comes from the fact that this unique commemorative collection is presented in a beautiful gatefold sleeve which opens to unveil the words of the members of AC/DC.

This Deluxe Collectors Edition includes:

  • A2 Fold-Out Record Store AC/DC Poster
  • AC/DC - The Bon Scott Years Chronology and Interviews 
  • AC/DC - It's A Long Way To The Top - Full Length E-Book
  • AC/DC - The Bon Scott Years Documentary Film

Track Listing:

Side A
1. Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be
2. Problem Child
3. Highway To Hell
4. It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'N' Roll)

Side B
1. High Voltage
2. Can I Sit Next To You Girl?
3. The Jack

Side C
1. The Girl's Got Rhythm
2. Whole Lotta Rosie
3. Rocker

Side D
1. If You Want Blood (You Got It)
2. Let There Be Rock

Side A - Tracks 1-3: Towson State College, Maryland 16th October 1979; Track 4: Haymarket Festival, Sydney 20th January 1977

Side B - Haymarket Festival, Sydney 20th January 1977

Side C - Hammersmith Odeon, London 2nd November 1979

Side D - Towson State College, Maryland 16th October 1979

Bon Scott - A long Way To The Top

 In February 1980 AC/DC were suddenly robbed of Bon Scott. Bon was one of the most recognisable rock voices and a performer whose massive presence and personality had driven them to the brink of mega-stardom. On an even more painful level the surviving members had suffered the loss of a close and loyal friend.

Ronald Belford Scott was born on 9 July 1946 in Forfar, Scotland. He moved to Australia in 1952 when his parents emigrated, they described him as always cheeky, lively and most of all – mischievous.

 Bon left school at fifteen, brushed with authority several times and even ended up in juvenile prison. In 1972, a heavily intoxicated Bon Scott, then a successful musician, set off on his motorbike, along the Stirling Highway, where he hit a car head on. He suffered terrible injuries and was not expected to survive. Bon ended up in traction for a month, along with missing teeth, a wired jaw, concussion, and a broken arm, leg and nose. In the aftermath of his long recovery Bon was destined to cross paths with a couple of much younger Scots – the brothers, Malcolm and Angus Young.

Bon Scott was unveiled as the new AC/DC front-man at his first Sydney gig on 5 October 1974. The abstinent Angus was reportedly horrified by Bon downing up to two bottles of bourbon, along with some speed, coke and a joint, before taking the stage. But once up there onstage, there was no doubt that the band was finally coming together.

            Onstage Bon Scott was the mesmerising ring-master; grinning one minute, snarling the next, whilst coaxing the very best from the band.  He knew when to step back into the shadows allowing Angus Young, channelling high adrenalin schoolboy on speed persona, to run riot in front of him. Bon's voice echoed his years of hard drinking and reckless living but was perfectly suited to the AC/DC sound.

. Anyone who saw Bon Scott with AC/DC will never forget the experience, larger than life, leaning over the front of the stage with the audience eating out of his hands.

. He was surprisingly short in stature, at only five foot five, but he was dangerous, intoxicating, unpredictable, and yet somehow endearing. He connected with everyone. Stripped to the waist, he showed off a body that belied his heavy drinking rock ’n’ roll lifestyle. The girls in the audience loved him and yet the guys identified with him too, he was unmistakeably one of the lads. He could out-sing, out-drink and out-perform all contenders. Here was a man living life full on at the very last stretch of the rope.

   .   Approaching AC/DC’s early album output in the Bon Scott era can be confusing, as various different versions were released in Australia in addition to those issued in the UK and Europe.                                                                                                                                            The first AC/DC album to be released in Australia was entitled High Voltage. With that, the AC/DC that we know were well and truly born. The album, despite being more than thirty years old, is a living reminder of the kind of electricity that has energised the listener ever since. The AC/DC  debut album featured  She's Got Balls and Baby Please Don't Go.

When they went back into the studio to work on their second Australian album, T.N.T. they took with them stronger material – including the classic It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ’n’ Roll), Can I Sit Next To You Girl, The Jack,  and the track which was destined to become their opening number Live Wire. A tour to promote the album was arranged and frequent riots, disturbances and lockouts started to become the norm. A wonderful piece of advertising centred on the slogan, ‘AC/DC – Your Mother Won’t Like Them’.

To further capitalise on this success the band quickly went back into the studio to work on another album. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap further highlighted the growing strength and power of AC/DC. Phil Rudd’s drumming is deceptively simple and shows how a good drummer knows instinctively what not to play as much as what to leave in. Bon Scott had reached a point in his career where he knew exactly how to deliver a song to its full effect. Angus’ guitar was growing in stature and Malcolm had once again come up with riff after riff, The album fully captures a band on fire which is best represented  by Problem Child which was originally released on Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap in Australia in 1976.

With barely enough time to go into the studio to record the next album, Let There Be Rock. Again there was a different Australian version from the International version but the fans were treated to all time classics Dog Eat Dog, Let There Be Rock, Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be, Bad Boy Boogie and Whole Lotta Rosie .  The hit single, Let There Be Rock backed by Problem Child, was released in Europe, followed by the album in October 1977. The album  was promoted with another twenty-date onslaught on the expectant United Kingdom. 25–26 October 1977 saw the band play two sell out nights at Hammersmith Odeon which was transmitted on the radio.

. It was soon  time to record another album, and once the tour had finished AC/DC  went back to Sydney to start work. What emerged is one of the highlights of the AC/DC catalogue, the massive hit -Powerage. Onstage Sin City was often  introduced by Bon saying, ‘If you want blood, you get it.’ Other great tracks from this era are  Gone Shootin, Up to My Neck In You  and Kicked In The Teeth.

This tour was also captured on a live album, released in the UK in October 1978 and in the US the following month. If You Want Blood You’ve Got .It was recorded for fans to treat their neighbours to a full-on AC/DC live experience. The crowd reaction when the band takes to the stage says it all, and illustrates just how huge the band had become.

Just as Powerage was going gold in the States it was decided that this was the time to take the band back into the studio for a seventh album whichh would become their career-defining   The Highway to Hell., the album which swiftly became the most successful AC/DC release to date.                                                 Highway to Hell  soon went platinum as sales took off. The album stormed into the Top 10 of the UK album charts, and did well in the frenzied rock lands of Germany and the Netherlands. The featured track from the album is Highway To Hell,

AC/DC then travelled on to Madrid to appear on the television show Aplauso performing Highway to Hell, The Girl’s Got Rhythm and Beating Around the Bush. It was to prove Bon’s last ever live appearance

The shock of Bon Scott’s death hit rock’s foundations like an earthquake. He certainly drank heavily and had done so for most of his thirty-three years, yet he had somehow seemed indestructible.

However, on the night of 18 February at the Music Machine in Camden , Bon was drinking heavily even by his own legendary standards. Bon's friend couldn’t lift Bon out of the car, so he lowered the back of the front seat, put a blanket over Bon and left him to sleep it off.

At approximately 7:45p.m. the next day Bon was found dead through inhaling his own vomit while intoxicated.

The autopsy on 22 February reported that Bon had at least half a bottle of whisky in his stomach the verdict was death by misadventure.

Bon’s body was flown back to Australia. His funeral took place on 1 March 1980, following a church service in Fremantle, it was attended only by those closest to him and a handful of fans. He was cremated and his ashes were marked with a plaque that is still one of the most visited sites in Australia, even today.

 


 

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