AC/DC’s “Live in Paris” (Pavillion) All 2203 Content

26 Oct AC/DC’s “Live in Paris” (Pavillion) All 2203 Content

Well, as much as Angus or Malcolm said they didn’t like Marshall Master Volumes of that era, they used them extensively, or at least live they did. I think – I am starting to think seriously – that they used them sometimes in the studio as well. I am conducting experiments to verify this, but it all takes time. It’s easier instead to prove it with original era videos. These are some of them for example. All JMPs, and likely, many 2203s (Marshall 100 Watt Master Lead MkIIs). Can be heard clearly in Angus’ tone, unmistakeably.

So when you wonder, “what a late ’70s Marshall JMP 2203/2204 sounds like?“. Well, this is IT.

Here for you are some of these videos, “remastered” it says, these are from YouTube:

High Voltage (one of their best performances of this song)


Highway To Hell


Sin City


Rocker. Notice how they start this one by tuning their guitars. Something that in the early days would happen frequently, and it makes us fairly happy to see that they both had tuning problems (watch Malcolm re-tune his guitar in the next video, “Let There Be Rock”, right after the song starts, while Bon is singing the verse, Malcolm is trying to re-tune):


Let There Be Rock (with Malcolm re-tuning the guitar)


There’s more, will post them ASAP

Fil "SoloDallas" Olivieri

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    Posted at 20:01h, 31 October

    Ah. Let There be Rock Live on Paris. What an amazing recording πŸ™‚
    Shame they don’t release an official remastered version on DVD (I would certaily buy it! :D)
    And what a TONE! A lot dirtier than usual.
    A thing to notice here is that Angus is using a cable and not the wireless system (read somewhere that it was receiving a radio broadcast or something – lol) and he didn’t have the “boost” of it. So… I think he had to crank the Pre-amp to get the desired drive. And… this is the result. Really cool I must say! XD

    By the way,
    Fil, I sent you an E-mail. You’ve got it? πŸ™‚

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    Posted at 13:00h, 30 October

    Strangely my DVD of this show is noticably higher in pitch than these youtube clips. I remember playing along to them and having to tune up half a step and assumed thats what they had done.

    I’ve just compared my dvd version of sin city which times at 4.28 seconds. The youtube version is 4.42 seconds meaning the dvd seems to have been speeded up, explaining the difference in pitch . How bizarre!

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      Posted at 20:41h, 31 October

      Just found an example of the speeded up version like mine,

      You may not notice untill you try to play along πŸ™‚

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        Posted at 20:45h, 31 October

        Oops link doesn’t work! Is there a way to embed a link into a reply?

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    Posted at 18:53h, 27 October

    From the photos it looks fine. Tubes seem to be new. And the Master Volume is a big plus if you want to play at home.
    I would ask the seller for more photos from inside the amp. Could you visit the seller and test it?

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    Posted at 23:09h, 26 October

    Fil the reason that Angus is tuning at the beginning of rocker is because if you watch the whole concert before rocker they were playing whole lotta rosie towards the end of the song he broke a string or something on the SG he was playing originally. Angus frantically runs off the stage mid song and crabs his SG custom which is out of tune, while still trying to catch up to the song he’s still tuning and eventually gets it close to where it’s ok so i am guessing at the beginning of rocker he’s just getting the tuning dialed in if that makes sense at all

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      Posted at 01:20h, 27 October

      Yes, another funny thing is that this recording exists from 2 concerts made that day, they synced it in all very well but look at the song rocker at 00:45, you’ll see the normal SG standard instead of the SG custom which he is actually using at that time. You can also see it in Let there be rock in some distance shots.
      Best thing of this whole concert i think was whole lotta rosie when angus is trying to play the solo with a guitar without a strap and completely untuned, only angus can pull that off :D.
      Another great thing about the concert is when he goes on pure oxygen (at 3.30 in the song rocker) just to get some energy to get through the solo. I wished i lived back then to see this (together with all other pre-80’s ac/dc concerts, i love the energy and playing style angus had back then, i always thought that when bon died a little of angus died with him…)

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      Posted at 00:00h, 28 October

      Good reason to have extra set of guitars when playing live obviously πŸ™‚

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    Posted at 21:29h, 26 October

    Interesting how they had the heads stacked on the floor next to the drum riser. I guess there cabinets were behind some kind of rack or something, not visible at all.

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    Posted at 15:33h, 26 October

    Great concert!

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    Posted at 14:47h, 26 October

    wow. now THIS is what I call rock’n’roll πŸ™‚ whooo πŸ˜€

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    Posted at 13:21h, 26 October

    Well guys, beside the Marshall talk, I can’t stop wondering how can Angus play and jump all around at the same time. I saw him live in 1992 at Budapest and again in 2010 in Bucharest. Nothing is changed. From the first A chord to the last cannon fire. He’s got the Rock&Roll demon running into his blood.

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    Posted at 12:14h, 26 October

    Angus had a string broken during Whole Lotta Rosie, am I right?
    That’s when the roadie changes to the black SG Custom. And then Angus had to tune up his guitar even during the song, if you see πŸ™‚
    Then, before Rocker they are tuning up fast. That is my favourite part, when Angus exchanges his guitar, and the roadie helps him during his solo πŸ˜€

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      Posted at 12:15h, 26 October

      *during he’s doing the solo

      excuse me πŸ˜€

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        Posted at 12:18h, 26 October

        *while he’s soloing

        What’s wrong with me today? XD

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      Posted at 13:17h, 26 October

      You are right. In the sense that, common belief has always been that he had broken a string. I have always said that I don’t believe that that has happened at all. I believe instead something has happened to the guitar. When you break a string on a “Vibrola” guitar, especially on an SG, you hear the other strings suddenly changing intonation, because of the light neck on SGs, different tension (without a string) will make the other strings go “bezerk”. That won’t happen in the video: I can clearly hear th strings being in tune. What I hear instead, is a loss of signal from the guitar, and I see Angus struggling to keep timing. So if you want me version about this, something went wrong with the circuitry (we now know that it did happen frequently) AND the guitar was so WET from sweat that I think Angus had his fingers slipping on it. There, now I did say it πŸ˜€

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        Posted at 14:29h, 26 October

        I see, You are right!
        I’ve watched it a few years ago, but I think your version is correct. πŸ™‚
        Yeah, the guitar was so wet from his sweat, his first SG’s wood was rot some years after, there’s a slow motion part when Angus is on the movie, shaking his head, and sweat is just falling everywhere πŸ˜€

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    Posted at 12:03h, 26 October

    Listen at that bend at 6.50 in the Let There Be Rock Video. The sound of those bends can’t be done with Guitar Rig… Which is the program im using.

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      Posted at 21:53h, 26 October

      I know the most of it comes out of his fingers. Just saying that that bite in the tone can’t be done with some random amp. I guess it really requires a great marshall.

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    Posted at 10:38h, 26 October

    Now that we know that they used JMPs we can clearly tell that it’s a JMP Angus is plugged into. If I wouldn’t know that I could’ve said it’s any Marshall of that era (as I had no clue about the amps at all not so long ago)

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      Posted at 10:50h, 26 October

      Yes, same for me. And your hear it often: “just pick up any Marshall, turn it up until it distorts a bit, plug in a SG and you’ll sound like Angus”. But it’s really not that easy.

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        Posted at 12:35h, 26 October

        oooh yes, that`s what i heard many times, too. It`s soooo wrong. There are sooo many Marshalls on the market with sooo many different parts in. It just can`t be, that they all sound like Angus have Angus`tone. This is never right !

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