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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • ASIN: B002Y3DECM
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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ACDC fans worldwide were crushed when they received word that on February 19, 1980, the band's lead vocalist, Bon Scott, had died. The band would never be the same again. Sure, they'd recruit new vocalist Brian Johnson and regain their popularity, but still, they'd never be the same. One of the men who had made ACDC a household name was gone, and he wasn't coming back. Fortunately, for all of us who think Bon Scott was a better vocalist than Brian Johnson will ever be, a box set of rare material featuring the original vocalist has arrived! Read on for my review of Bonfire.
PROS:
-You get a booklet filled with rare photographs, quotations, and band history! If you're gonna do a box set, you may as well include the history that goes along with the band!
-Five discs, all of which are excellent, make up the set.
-Three discs consist of rare, live recordings that were previously unreleased on compact disc outside this collection. If you like live ACDC material, that's reason alone to buy the collection.
-One disc consists of rarites and early demos. You even get the band's rare cover of Chuck Berry's School Days, which has to date only been available on the band's Australia-only T.N.T. album!
CONS:
-A major problem with this set is that the price is all over the place. I've seen it anywhere from $30 to $80. If you're gonna buy this, make sure you get the best deal!
-Casual fans aren't going to want to give this set a chance due to the (usually) high price.
-Why the hell is Back In Black in this set!? The set's called Bon Fire, not Brian Fire! And YES, the version of Back In Black in this collection is just the normal one - it's not early demos with Bon singing, like I was hoping for.
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I've been listening to AC/DC since the late 70s and have every album by them. Bon Scott is my favorite singer of all time. Bonfire is something that us "hardcore" AC/DC fans have been waiting for for almost twenty years! Some really great rare live stuff and some cool outakes/unrealesed songs from The Highway To Hell sessions. Bon would be proud.
While Back In Black is a Brian Johnson album- I think that it's fitting that it was included in this set. It was, after all, a tribute to the late, great Bon Scott. I also love the original artwork on Back In Black.
Also included is a really cool AC/DC bottle opener/keychain, poster,sticker, and a very insightful booklet about AC/DC's years with Bon Scott.
This box set probably wouldn't appeal to "newbies" only "hardcores" like myself and many others who have grown up listening to everything by this incredible hard rock band.
To people who are just getting into AC/DC I would highly recommend Highway To Hell, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Powerage and Let There Be Rock. All are outstanding albums with Bon Scott.
Also check out the classics Back In Black and For Those About To Rock. The two best offerings(in my opinion) from AC/DC with Brian Johnson on vocals.
Bonfire is an excellent tribute to one of rock's greatest front men. As I stated before-Bon would be proud.
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I have been an AC/DC fan for many, many years and I was really looking forward to hearing this box set tribute to Bon. However it is a bit of a disappointment. Don't get me wrong the music is awesome, of course, but the choice of material included is a bit of a cop out, especially if you are a long standing AC/DC fan. The Live at Atlantic Studios disc is very, very good. Unfortunately, I have had a bootleg CD copy of this for many years which was mastered from the original vinyl and it sounds much better than the CD included here. However if you have not heard the disc before it is great stuff indeed. The double live CD from Paris is also excellent. Proof that AC/DC were in their natural element on a stage. The Volts disk has a few curios but is inconsistent and also includes material available elsewhere. Finally Back in Black has no place here at all IMHO. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know - it is a tribute disk of sorts etc. etc., but the fact remains that it doesn't feature Bon and it really was the start of AC/DC Phase II. The box set would have been better served with the inclusion of other unrealeased stuff from the Bon Scott era. There must be more rarities and archive stuff around. What about Crabsody In Blue or Cold Hearted Man? At the end of the day the box set is worth buying because judged by the music alone you can't go wrong, but while it could have been a really special tribute it is just a good compilation from the glorious years of '74-'79.
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Bon Scott is one of the reasons I finally started listening to AC/DC, and this boxed set is for the ultimate Bon Scott fan. Great packaging (in the case of boxed sets, this counts), with dumb but fun things like the bottle-opener key chain, fake tattoo, poster, and a good-looking booklet. The liner notes aren't as informative as they should be, but in attitude they match the AC/DC mentality pretty well. The CDs themselves leave some things to be desired, though. Even though the whole band sounds great live, there's a substantial amount of overlap in tracks. If they didn't have enough tracks to fill out four live CDs, perhaps some rarities, outtakes, B-sides and such (if they exist) would've been welcome. Either that, or the set could've been shaven down to three concise live CDs. The inclusion of Back in Black, of course, was an interesting, welcome touch and actually makes a statement about the band, its relationship to Scott, and the impact of replacement vocalist Brian Johnson.
I don't regret getting this boxed set, but I can't help thinking there could've been more to this set.
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