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3.0 out of 5 stars Great for ACDC/Bon Scott fans Dec 28 2003
Format:Audio CD
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.
-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!
-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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5.0 out of 5 stars A spectacular box set Feb. 27 2002
Format:Audio CD
I have been an AC/DC fan since fourth grade, and this boxset revitalized my interest in them. Five CD's + Bon Scott = an AC/DC fan's dream.
Disc 1 is a radio show that AC/DC did in the late '70s for Atlantic Studios, and this disc is very strong vocally and musically. Disc 2 is a double-CD soundtrack to the direct-to-video concert film "Let There Be Rock: The Movie." This is the highlight of the boxset - every song is a masterpiece, and every tune stays in your head for a long time. The 13-minute anthem "Bad Boy Boogie" is the best song AC/DC ever cut.
Disc 3 is a collection of altered and live songs. This is also a very strong showing, especially the alternate version of "Touch Too Much" and the mother of "Whole Lotta Rosie" titled "Dirty Eyes."
The one flaw is the inclusion of the entire studio album "Back In Black," which even the most casual AC/DC fan already owns. It matters little. Most of the time I pop in "Back In Black" anyway after listening to the other four CD's just for the heck of it.
A must-have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BON WOULD BE PROUD Jan. 28 2001
Format:Audio CD
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better Oct. 16 2000
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Bon is the best, and it's definitely a must for any rock collection! I would highly recommend it! peace out
Published 11 months ago by meaghan
5.0 out of 5 stars This Bonfire Cannot be Extinguished
Bonfire is less a box set, and more a tribute to Bon Scott, the late great second lead singer that AC/DC had (after Dave Evans). Read more
Published on March 14 2011 by LeBrain
5.0 out of 5 stars bonfire
Hi guys,
I'm an old AD/DC-Fan espacially of Bon Scott.
This was the real AC/DC.
I bought the Bonfire Album, but I was very disappointed, 'cause I couldn't find the... Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2005 by christoph eue
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome
In my opinion Bon Scott is the best frontman any band has had the pleasure of having. But thats just my oppinion. AC/DC prolbably threw in Back In Black, Hells Bells ect... Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2005
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent.
To the dude who's crying about why they included Back In Black: Back In Black was included because it was originally put out as a tribute album put out in Bon Scott's honour. Read more
Published on Sept. 4 2004 by WJH
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing but rehashed AC/DC tunes
I have one question about this boxed set. Why did they include "Back In Black?" The title itself - BONFIRE - indicates this to be some kind of tribute to Bon Scott. Read more
Published on June 1 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Perfect, But Well Worth It
LIVE FROM ATLANTIC STUDIOS (Disc 1): Long available as a bootleg, this is THE definitive live AC/DC recording. Bon and the boys in their prime. Read more
Published on May 16 2004 by Patrick W. Schubert
5.0 out of 5 stars this is one of the best box sets i have
the only thing that is bad is it has Back In Black. But when I was thinking of buying this i read it's a step from one great singer to the next. Read more
Published on April 19 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars There is not enough on this!
This trubute to there great singer who passed away in 1980 Bon Scott was a bit of a disapointment in one area!
It is a box set containing 4 albums! Read more
Published on March 17 2004 by Micheal Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Buy
contrary to what others may say, this set is perfect for Ac/Dc fans who are trying to get started. this set provides essential information that any fan should know. Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2004 by Dave
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