Yes, you read that right. THE BEST LIVE ALBUM OF THE LAST 20 YEARS goes to "Live at River Plate." Why? Well, let's look at some of the live stuff since 1993 - KISS Alive III and IV - which has a symphony in it. Kiss with a symphony is like a cold cup of coffee - It was good when it was hot, but now nobody wants it. At all. GNR had a live album in '99, so did Motley Crue, who also had one in 2006. Both FLIGHT 666 - THE SOUNDTRACK and EN VIVO had potential, but they both fell a little flat. I haven't listened to EN VIVO in over 6 months, 666 even longer. The kings of rock both released albums on the same day, and I'll be honest : I always preferred AC / DC over Led Zep, but CELEBRATION DAY is my pick for second best live album.
Let's look at the songs - from the opening ROCK N ROLL TRAIN, on through BACK IN BLACK, THUNDERSTRUCK, WAR MACHINE AND YOU SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG, we also get Bon Scott classics like HELL AIN'T A BAD PLACE TO BE, which follows the opener, on through a very heavy, very satisfying version of DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP. There is also a 10 minute version of THE JACK and an 18 minute version of LET THERE BE ROCK. HELLS BELLS makes an appearance, and who can refuse long time staples like T.N.T. HIGHWAY TO HELL and everybody's favorite gal, WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE. An excellent concert from start to finish, and the perfect companion to BLACK ICE.