It's funny to see so many reviews complaining about the length of this CD. Basically it's an age thing. These kids don't know what an EP is. An EP ("Extended Play") is like an extra long single. Of course, in the CD age, a single tends to sell for the same price as an album anyway, and the packaging on this is just ace. May as well pay the price and enjoy, it is what it is! It's not like it costs an arm and a leg. Just don't buy that extra coffee today and you're even-steven.
'74 Jailbreak is one of my all-time favourite AC/DC releases. Featuring five tracks from the Aussie version of Dirty Deeds and High Voltage, unreleased on this side of the pond, this was a little bit of a gift to fans to celebrate the 10th anniversary of these albums. It features the earlier, more rock n' roll sounds of the band and of course the immortal lead vocal charms of Bon Scott.
All five songs here are winners. Of course "Jailbreak" itself is still played live by the band, and who can forget that video? Great song, classic Bon storytelling. "You Ain't Got A Hold On Me", "Show Business" and "Soul Stripper" (an awesome long dramatic one) are equally good. The EP ends with a cover of "Baby, Please Don't Go" which was actually the first time I ever heard this song.
Great EP, great songs all five. And yes, there were a lot of others available on single B-sides and Aussie albums, but don't fear. This boxed set
fills in a lot of the gaps.
Get into that early AC/DC mindset, and enjoy this brief reminder of what made Bon Scott so awesome. 5 stars.