If You Want Blood You've Got It

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If You Want Blood
Live album by AC/DC
Released 13 October 1978
Recorded 30 April 1978 at the Apollo Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 52:42
Label Atlantic
Producer Harry Vanda, George Young
AC/DC chronology
If You Want Blood
Highway to Hell
Singles from If You Want Blood
  1. "Whole Lotta Rosie (Live)"
    Released: 1978

If You Want Blood is the first live album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, originally released in the UK and Europe on 13 October 1978, in the US on 21 November 1978, and in Australia on 27 November 1978. All songs were written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Bon Scott.

The album was recorded live during the 1978 Powerage tour and contains songs from T.N.T., Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Let There Be Rock, and Powerage. It is the last Bon Scott-era AC/DC album produced by Harry Vanda and George Young, who also produced the band's first five studio releases. The album was listed at #2 on Classic Rock magazine's readers' poll of "50 Greatest Live Albums Ever".[1]

The album was re-released in 1994 on Atco Records and in 2003 as part of the AC/DC Remasters series.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link
Blender 5/5 stars link[dead link]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Bon Scott

No. Title Length
1. "Riff Raff"   5:59
2. "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be"   4:10
3. "Bad Boy Boogie"   7:29
4. "The Jack"   5:48
5. "Problem Child"   4:40
6. "Whole Lotta Rosie"   4:05
7. "Rock 'n' Roll Damnation"   3:41
8. "High Voltage"   5:05
9. "Let There Be Rock"   8:33
10. "Rocker"   3:24

Track notes[edit]

AC/DC's concert at the Apollo Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland on 30 April 1978, was used for the bulk of the recorded material that appeared on the album. It can be clearly heard during "The Jack" when Scott exclaimed "Any virgins in Glasgow?" This concert will also be remembered for the encore when AC/DC came back on stage dressed in the Scottish Football strip, paying homage to Scott and the Young brothers' home land.[2] The songs "Dog Eat Dog", the encore "Fling Thing" and the final part of the concert (the reprise of "Rocker") were also performed during the night of the concert but eventually removed from the album. The live rendition of "Dog Eat Dog" was released as the B-side of the single "Whole Lotta Rosie/Dog Eat Dog" in November 1978. It was later released worldwide on the 2009 box set Backtracks. The songs "Fling Thing" and "Rocker" (with its complete guitar solo) appeared only on video releases.

A song with the same title, "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)", appeared on AC/DC's next album, Highway to Hell, and later on their soundtrack collaboration for the film Iron Man 2. It was later featured in the 2011 horror film Final Destination 5.


Concert footage[edit]

  • The whole concert was filmed but the complete footage has never been released. Eventually, "Riff Raff" and "Fling Thing/Rocker" segments were made available on the AC/DC Family Jewels DVD. Footage was also used on the "Rock 'n' Roll Damnation" promotional clip also available in Family Jewels. Also more concert footage was later made available on the Highway to Hell Live Concert DVD. More segments from the concert (the songs "Rock 'n' Roll Damnation", "Dog Eat Dog" and "Let There Be Rock") were made available on the DVD Plug Me In, released in 2007, a couple of months after the previously mentioned Highway to Hell DVD. The segment "Bad Boy Boogie" was included on the bonus disc on the three-disc edition of the DVD.
  • Despite the fact that there was no official release of the concert, there is a DVD available called "Let There Be Rock" from the German FNM Label. (Falcon Neue Medien) (4:3 PAL) It contains a footage from BBC Scotland TV who broadcast the concert. On the DVD appears 37 minutes of the concert: (titles as printed on DVD)
  1. Intro,
  2. Riff Raff,
  3. Rock 'N' Roll Damnation,
  4. Dog Eat Dog,
  5. Bad Boy Boogie,
  6. Let There Be Rock,
  7. Rocker



Year Chart Peak Position
1978 Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart
1978 UK Pop Albums


External links[edit]

  • Lyrics on AC/DC's official website