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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Oct. 21 2013
By meaghan
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bon is the best, and it's definitely a must for any rock collection! I would highly recommend it! peace out
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Bonfire Cannot be Extinguished March 14 2011
Format:Audio CD
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). But to me, Bon Scott is the first and real lead singer. That's not a slight against Brian Johnson because he's proven himself and then some. That's why I used the words "to me". 9 times out of 10, when I listen to Accadacca, I listen to Bon Scott.

Featuring four albums spread over five discs, Bonfire is largely live. Early versions of this box, which I am lucky enough to own, were loaded to the gills with extras. More on that later, but I highly recommend the original box set rather than the reissue that comes in a digipack book.

Part 1 - Live at Atlantic Studios. This was an old set released as a promotional LP to radio stations. As much as possible was remastered from the original tapes, which were partially erased. The rest of the music was taken from an actual LP and spliced. Sounds as great as can be expected, and I love the sound of AC/DC playing away in a small venue. This disc is proof that these can could gel like no other.

Part 2 - Let There Be Rock: The Movie. Spread out over 2 CDs, this is the complete concert. It is heavy, it is fast, and it is awesome. To hear the band jam away on a 10 minute + version of "High Voltage" is simply magical. This is previously unreleased on a commercially available CD.

Part 3 - Volts. This was the disc I was most interested in, and it's a little strange. It's partly rare and demo material, with a couple hits ("Ride On" and "It's A Long Way") sprinkled in. Obviously AC/DC cleared out their vaults of rare stuff with the Backtracks box last year, but this is a fun taster.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Perfect, But Well Worth It May 16 2004
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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.
LIVE IN PARIS (Disc 2): Nothing new here for the hardcore fan, but still essential. Even better than "If You Want Blood...".
VOLTS (Disc 3): Okay, they could have dug a little deeper for rarities, but the demo material is awesome! Louder, tougher and better than the versions on "Highway to Hell". Young and Vanda really knew how to capture the band's raw magic in the studio. Mutt Lange, on the other hand, neutered AC/DC with his overly slick production techniques.
Plus, let's not forget the bitchin' poster, sticker, guitar pick, tatoo, and (my favorite) bottle opener. Cheers!
BACK IN BLACK: Totally pointless to include this. BONFIRE would have worked better as a lower-priced 4-CD set. AC/DC may have been obligated to deliver a 5-CD collection, which might explain its inclusion. Still a lazy decision, in my opinion.
They could have included more Atlantic Studios material and other Australian-only rarities.
The booklet is well done, but perhaps a bit skimpy for a box set of this price. Then again, I can't think of another box set that comes with a bottle opener!
A fine tribute to one of Rock 'n Roll's greatest frontmen. While not perfect, BONFIRE belongs in any self-respecting AC/DC fan's collection. Let There Be Rock!
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3.0 out of 5 stars There is not enough on this! March 17 2004
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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!
LET THERE BE ROCK (live) - Is a great live show from 1979 in Paris. Which is the famous video every AC/DC fan should have a copy of on VHS and is asking for it to be put to DVD now! Thats not the downfall, that is a great album!
ATLANTIC STUDIOS - This is a great small radio show they did in New York just after the release of Powerage, however the downfall is, there was two of these shows!....where's the other one? There was another Live at the atlantic studios recorded the next year or so? so where is that show??? for the 30 minutes this show ran, they couldve easly fit that other show onto the same disc here!
Back In Black - I know this is the tribute album they first made FOR Bon Scott... but what person doesnt already have this album???? Particuly seeing as how it would be AC/DC fans buying this box set, im sure theres not an AC/DC fan anywhere who doesent already have the album! let alone non AC/DC fans will probably have this album already in there collection somewhere! Why was this included?????
Voltz - AC/DC said they tryd to find as much rare Bon material as possible....well, they didnt seem to look very hard! Not to mention that "School Days" may not have been released world wide, but has been available on the Australian TNT album since it came out in 1975! When they released this box set in Australia, they should have swapped "school days" for "love at first feel" which was not released in Australia!
There are so many songs missing! and not just live performances!
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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
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
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for ACDC/Bon Scott fans
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. Read more
Published on Dec 28 2003 by Rocker_Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic Rock and Roll
If you're not an AC/DC fan, this box set is not likely to change your mind. If you think AC/DC is something close to the greatest rock band of all time, here you will certainly... Read more
Published on Dec 7 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Grade C+
AC/DC's box set BON FIRE, is just too much of the metal group. Really it should be rock group, because it pulls from their Bon Scott days, before they really put a hard edge to... Read more
Published on Dec 2 2003 by Eric J. Weik
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