THE TEN GREATEST BOOTLEGS Page 2
By Pat O' Connor
3. AC/DC: LIVE AT ATLANTIC STUDIOS
The story on this one is quite bizarre...Atlantic Records sent out promo copies of this broadcast performance featuring AC/DC live in the studio in front of an audience of radio station contest winners. Well, not surprisingly, it was quickly copied onto CD by an unsuspecting bootlegger and spread throughout the world in record speed. Of course, this show features the legendary Bon Scott on vocals, pumping out an electrifying forty minute set including such classics as "Live Wire," "Problem Child" and "The Jack." Atlantic/Eastwest finally officially released this concert performance (which just about every true AC/DC fan had acquired several years ago!) on the over-priced and over-commercialized AC/DC box-set Bonfire this past year (which currently sells for roughly five times the cost of this original bootleg!).
4. METALLICA: SUCKING MY LOVE Demos
(Garage demos recorded in 1982)
For Metallica fans, this was definitely the rarest, and earliest, material to ever surface. No one knew this recording even existed, since original bassist Ron McGovney had the only copy of this garage practice session (this tape was too crude even be labeled a demo!). The tape features the Diamond Head covers "Sucking My Love," "Helpless" and "Am I Evil" (the latter two which Metallica later re-recorded and released commercially), and their very first original tune, "Hit the Lights." Recorded in Ron's garage in March of '82 (two months after the band was formed) by suspending a $49.00 ghetto blaster in the air, and with James singing through the guitar amp, this is surprisingly a great recording for using such primitive means! James' voice was very high at the time [and more than likely, so was Dave Mustaine! - Ed.] and Lars' drumming sounds like hoof beats. Nevertheless, the band sounds tight for only being together for two months. Dave Mustaine performs all the guitar work on this rehearsal tape (James was only singing at the time), showing that he was quite advanced for a nineteen year-old guitarist from Orange County!
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