Widely acknowledged as AC/DC's bleakest period, creatively-speaking, the mid- to late '80s found the Aussie hard rock sensations hitting an inspirational low in the studio. Over the course of three disappointing albums (Flick of the Switch, Fly on the Wall and Blow Up Your Video), the band was coasting on fumes before finally making a comeback of sorts with 1990's much improved The Razor's Edge. Therefore, a bootleg focusing exclusively on this bad streak is clearly of interest only to the most rabid of collectors; and sure enough, Live U.S. 86-88 collects assorted, mostly drab performances, of now long-retired material taken from AC/DC's American tours of the time. The sound quality throughout ranges from barely above average to absolutely lousy, and there are really no obvious highlights to speak of, at least not from the years in question. A rare Brian Johnson-era spin through oldie but goodie "She's got Balls" and a lengthy, but still workmanlike, 15-minute tear through "Let There Be Rock" share some interesting moments, but that's about it.
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AllMusic Review by Eduardo Rivadavia