AC/DC

Hola Madrid!

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Those who remember how poor the sound quality of bootleg LPs could be in the 1960s and '70s were surprised to find that in the '90s, bootleg CDs often sounded as good as official live albums. A perfect example is Hola Madrid!, which finds AC/DC headlining Madrid's Main Bullring on July 4, 1996. Recorded from the soundboard, Hola Madrid! boasts excellent sound quality as well as an excellent performance. Nothing groundbreaking occurs, but the Australian headbangers keep an audience happy with inspired, loud-and-proud performances of favorites like "You Shook Me All Night Long" and "Back in Black." On "Let There Be Rock," "The Jack," "Whole Lotta Rosie," "Girl's Got Rhythm," and other songs that originally featured the late Bon Scott on lead vocals, Brian Johnson once again demonstrates that he was the ideal replacement for Scott. Not that it came as any surprise hearing Johnson belt out songs associated with Scott -- he'd been doing so with marvelous results for 16 years. A CD that hardcore AC/DC enthusiasts will treasure, Hola Madrid! demonstrates that after more than 20 years, AC/DC still put on a first-rate show.