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  AC / DC - Highway To Hell
Posted by: IanWhann - 03-19-2019, 02:22 PM - Forum: Classic Rock albums - No Replies

A mammoth riff roars into our stereo. No bass, no drums, no vocals, just an all-encopassing guitar chord progression which churns along at start-stop pace. Shortly afterwards the drums join in, playing a simple yet strong beat. The voice then overlaps all of this, singing about life on the road. Finally, in the chorus, the bass comes in and the song is well and truly under way.

Thus beginneth Highway to Hell, probably the greatest album in the history of AC/DC. I know Back In Black often gets referred to rather than this one, but believe me, if youre looking to get into Angus and company, this is the one for you. Heck, thats how I got into them.

Highway To Hell appeared in 1979, at a time when AC/DC (Bon Scott, Phil Rudd, Cliff Williams and the Young brothers) were probably one of the five greatest touring rock outfits. They had finally managed to break through in America, and of course they were more popular than ever in Europe. Singer Bon Scotts distinctive voice, lead guitarist Angus Youngs instantly recognizable riffs and the rest of the bands strong backup tracks were a blueprint for rock at the time. Highway To Hell was the album that would both increase that fame and end it.

Recorded under the supervision of Mutt Lange, the album sounds a lot crunchier than both previous and latter AC/DC records. The guitars have the requisite bite, the drums are strong and clear-cut, the voice sounds really good and the bass buzzes discreetly on the background. Altogether, this raw-edged, shredding sound only adds to the quality of the album, although it can make it hard for less trained listeners to listen to the whole album in one go.

And then theres the songs. The monster title track is followed up by the lighthearted Girls Got Rhythm, which in turn gives way to the huge intro to Walk All Over You, which in turn leads into Touch Too Much, one of the funniest, most captivating AC/DC singles. The album then takes a downward curve, quality-wise, but there are still good moments, such as Shot Down In Flames and of course the huge closing track, Night Prowler, which put AC/DC in some hot water at the time. Clocking in at 6.13, this is also one of the longest tracks AC/DC ever wrote, Millionaire notwithstanding.

However, lets start at the beginning, shall we" Highway To Hell starts out exactly as described above, then evolves into one heck of a monster solo, which, despite being short, ranks in as one of my all-time favorite solos, if not the favorite. The bass in this song is incredible, simple but strong, and I actually think the group only uses one guitar (Anguss) on this song. Listen attentively behind the chorus and you will notice just that  theres no rhythm guitar, and the bass is doing the accompaniment on its own. All in all, this is a great song, and certainly among the Top 5 AC/DC songs of all time. (6/5).

Highway To Hell leads straight into Girls Got Rhythm (with a missing apostrophe on the title), which is a fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek song aboutwell, you guessed it, sex with girls. Musically, its built around a very catchy riff, and it features an amazing bass line from Cliff Williams, as well as some very entertaining guitar fills from the Guitar God himself, Angus Young. Good chorus, amusing lyrics, and a very good song overall. (4,5/5)

The song then ends and gives way to one of the hugest intros ever to grace our speakers. With echoes of what would later become Hells Bells, the intro riff to Walk All Over You is soon joined by some unbelievable drums, before developing into a quite lighter, and also quite faster, riff. The songs minimalistic riffing structure (Bon often sings a capella) makes it insanely catchy, and the choruswell, the chorus is a cathartic experience that words just cannot describe. All in all, this is an unfairly overlooked AC/DC gem, sure to please even the occasional listener (6/5)

But the goods delivered by this album do not end here. Weve barely had time to recover from the greatness of the previous track that Touch Too Much starts playing. A simple, distinctly punkish chord progression, strong bass and drumming, and Bon singing about a sexual experience with a wild woman. Of course, all these ingredients could only add up to a great AC/DC song. The chorus is again huge, and the backing vocals that come up after the solo are particularly amusing. Overall, this album continues to deliver in spades. (5/5)

Unfortunately, just as we are getting ready for more divine rocknroll, the album gets weaker. Not that Beating Around The Bush is a bad song, its just less godly than the previous four. Still, it features a groovy main riff and some good soloing, although the chorus is weak. A nice song to keep us revved up, but by no means a standout in this album. Great double entendre, though.(3,5/5)

Shot Down In Flames ups the ante once again, with nice riffing and equally good soloing from Angus. The chorus is a major improvement on the previous one, although rhyming flame with insane is not exactly Shakespearestill, a nice, catchy track thats a worthy addition to the AC/DC roster, and which almost manages to stand up to the other four in terms of quality. (4/5)

Unfortunately, then the album gets worse again. Get It Hot, despite its good chorus, is the only distinctive filler track on the album. The thematic is clichd, the riffing sounds a tad dej-vu and overall this is interchangeable for any track on Powerage or Let There Be Rock. A track not worthy of the greatness of this album. (3/5)

If You Want Blood (You Got It) is, strangely enough, the title of AC/DCs first live album, released the previous year, and in which this song is not included. Odd Musically, its good, but not great, with only the chorus being memorable. Once again, this song could have been on any of the groups previous albums and no one would tell the difference. Good song, though. (3,25/5)

Love Hungry Man is next. Its filler, yes, but its much better filler than Get It Hot. Its main asset is its chorus, which slows down the tempo considerably and becomes a memorable moment on this album. The rest of the song is more blah, but it keeps us hyped up for the albums grand finale. (3,25/5)

And what a finale! Night Prowler is a slow, churning, dragging blues anthem about serial killers that crawl in the night. I imagine the lyrics may have given the occasional 10-year-old nightmares, being genuinely haunting and at times even scary. The musicianship is also excellent, particularly Anguss constant solos. Another aspect of this song, which sadly made it infamous, was the fact that it caused AC/DC to be seen as a violent band. This, together with the album cover (with the horned  or horny" Wink  Angus, which gave the band a reputation of being Satanists, caused AC/DC to not be the best-loved band by parents in the early 80s. Still, this song is awesome and that is that. (5/5)

So, yes  this album is fantastic, possibly AC/DCs finest hour. But its release became encumbered by a looming tragedy  only six months after its release, Bon Scott choked to death in his own vomit, putting an end to a seemingly prosperous career. His replacement, Brian Johnson, who took charge with 1980s Back In Black, veered the band in a different direction, lyric-wise, and has yet to convince some of the fans. However, Bons legacy remains, and nowhere is it as well-portrayed as in Highway To Hell.



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  AC / DC - Powerage
Posted by: IanWhann - 03-19-2019, 02:12 PM - Forum: Classic Rock albums - No Replies

In 1978, AC/DC released “Powerage”. This album has always seemed mediocre when compared to “Highway to Hell” and “Back in Black”. I always thought so to until one day, I heard Riff Raff, and was instantly persuaded to go out a buy it. I then realized, that this is definitely the most underrated album by AC/DC.

AC/DC was…

Angus Young: lead guitar

Malcolm Young: rhythm guitar, backing vocals

Bon Scott: Vocals

Cliff Williams: bass Guitar, backing vocals

Phil Rudd: Drums

Rock n Roll Damnation: This happy song starts out a little soft, and quickly gets to its fast pace. Eventually, the verse starts, and Bon begins to sing. His vocals are top notch, and it builds up to a fantastic chorus. All instruments sound great, especially the backing vocals, which really add to the song. There is another verse and chorus and soon a guitar solo over top vocals, that ends the song. This is an excellent example of what AC/DC is all about. (5/5)

Down Payment Blues: After a long, quiet guitar intro, an explosion of instruments starts the verse. This song sounds less happy, and more like the blues (it says so in the title). The verses are very soft, and Bon’s voice suit’s the song perfectly. The lyrics are very clever as well. “I bought my self a Cadillac, but I cant afford the gasoline” still makes me smile every time I hear it. The chorus is very similar to the verse, but has much more energy in it. After the chorus, there is a long melodic solo. After that, there is another verse and chorus, which starts a 12 bar blues riff. The fades out from there. Excellent song (5/5)

Gimme a Bullet: This song has a great intro that follows a usual AC/DC song pattern. But there is no guitar solo! The song is very catchy and is fun to sing along to, but it’s a little generic for AC/DC, and the lack of a solo is noticed. A pretty good song over all though (4.5/5)

Riff Raff: The groovy guitar intro will let you know how good the song will be. After about 20 seconds, the bass and rhythm guitar join. After the drums start, Angus plays one of my favorite AC/DC riffs. The song keeps going and the verse starts. The rest of the instruments quiet down a little, but the drums keep the energy of the song going. The chorus is amazing. When Bon sings “Riff Raff!” and Cliff does a cool bass riff, it sounds awesome. The song doesn’t end here, for there is the best guitar solo on the album. Its fast, melodic, and is Angus at his best. After the solo, there is another verse and chorus, and the song ends. The best AC/DC song for sure (5/5)

Sin City: A dark sounding guitar intro leads into a good riff then a verse. Like Riff Raff, the verse is quiet but the drums keep the energy and leads into the a pre chorus, and a chorus with the same riff from the beginning. Angus starts his solo during the end of the chorus, and goes amazingly fast. The solo last for about a minute and leads into a part with only bass and drums. Bon sings for a bit then the guitars come back and start another chorus. The song then ends with the same dark riff from the beginning. Another classic from AC/DC (5/5)

What’s Next To the Moon: The song starts off right away, but is much slower than other AC/DC songs. The lyrics sound more like a poem, and it sounds great. The song gets a little bit boring until after the second chorus, and Malcolm plays a great riff and Angus solos over it. Unfortunately, the solo isn’t that great. It’s to short, and lacks in melody. After that there is another verse and a chorus except Malcolm and Cliff sing along. After that, they play that great riff again, the song fades out from there. Not a bad song, but not as good as the others. (4/5)

Gone Shootin: Another song on the slow side for AC/DC. But this time they do a better job. The riff is awesome and it doesn’t bore you as much as the previous song. The song has a pre chorus that leads up to a catchy chorus that has the same riff. Now its time for Angus to redeem him self with a great solo that is the second best on the album. The song keeps going from there, and ounce you think its over, it starts up again. They just jam from there and fade out. A great song. (5/5)

Up to My Neck in You: A cool 12 bar blues riff start up the song. The whole song is full of energy and stays that way for the whole time. Although this song sounds different than Gimme a Bullet, they have similar quality’s. They are both catchy, generic, and follow the same song structure. Except this one has a great solo. So that’s why I’m giving it a (5/5)

Kicked in the Teeth: Bon starts off the song with the long screaming of “Two face woman with your two face lies!”. The band then plays the main riff and then stops to let Bon sing a line. They do that a few times and you start to get annoyed. Finally the song starts and sounds fast and aggressive. It has the same old song structure as most AC/DC songs, but its definitely not boring. All instruments sound great, and chorus is juicy. But they could have been more creative, so its getting a (4.5/5)


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  AC / DC - Let There Be Rock
Posted by: IanWhann - 03-19-2019, 01:47 PM - Forum: Classic Rock albums - No Replies

AC/DC- Let There Be Rock

1977- AC/DC were at the very top of their game. After coming back from their "Dirty Deeds" tour, the album which was currently selling thousands, AC/DC was just about ready to set sail into their next production. This being bassist Mark Evans' last recorded album, AC/DC's rythm section would never be the same. And thats neither good or bad. This is personally my favorite AC/DC album, and it contains one of the boys' greatest recordings ever. This is one out of the three selected albums to be included in the live compilation titled "If You Want Blood" that was to be released in 1978. Among this was Powerage, their huge Rock N' Roll hit, and Dirty Deeeds Done Cheap, Let There Be Rock's glorious predecessor.And put together, they make one HELL of a listen. But right now, let's dive into this review and learn a little more about these excellent tunes.


Lineup-
Angus Young- Lead Guitar
Bon Scott- Vocals
Malcolm Young- Rythmic Guitar
Mark Evans- Bass
Phil Rudd- Drums

Go Down- As far as intros to albums go, this one isnt at the very top, but then again, its not anywhere close to the bottom either. Very bluesy. This is probably the second dirtiest song in the album, Go Down tells about having some fun with multiple women. Classic. Filled with raunchy metaphors and a swinging solo, this song doesnt dissapoint. Enjoy the lyrics, people. (And thats including Bon's orgasm in the bridge.) 4/5

Dog Eat Dog- Here we see my buddy Phil lead the way with one of his rare flor-tom beats. The drums in this song is the highlight for me, cause Phil rarely uses tom-beats. Lyrics are about the rich and the poor. About the poor having it their way for once. "Hey Hey Hey, every dog has his day." The solo isnt anything very impressive, but it holds it's usual potential that makes you tap your foot. Malcolm's line may be very noticeable too. The soung fades out with Bon and Angus howling. 4.5/5

Let There Be Rock- Ok, I'm gonna try to keep this short, since its obvious what im gonna rate this song. Being one of AC/DC's most stand-out recordings, this song has its reasoning. The intro/main riff crawls around inside your head until Bon comes in. These excellent lyrics tell about the birth of Rock N' Roll. And is sung in the form of a sermon at a church. "In The Beginning, back in 1955..." just when you think the song is over, its not. And trust me, you wont want this to end. Praise The Lord! 5/5

Bad Boy Boogie- These have to be my favorite lyrics on the whole album. Its a short summary of Bon's life. It goes from his childhood, to his wild, perveted middle-age years, and explains how he never obeyed rules. The intro sneaks up on you on a very sudden note. The second chorus turns into one of the greatest solos ive ever heard from this side of AC/DC. And the bass is highly noticeable, which is fairly rare for poor Mark Evans. 5/5

Problem Child- Two ranuchy autobiographies back-to-back" Who would have thought. But this time, its Angus' turn. This tune doesnt stand out as much as Bad Boy Boogie, but its without doubt still worth a listen. The solo sounds like an imitation of Dog Eat Dog's, but sounds a little better. lyrics talk about Angus' chilhood, and i cant help but laugh when Bon sneaks "my mother hates me." into the outro. 4/5

Overdose- This is when the alum goes sour. Its reasoning, the song is painfully long, and doesnt have much to offer, the only reasons why i wouldnt skip past this song is just to listen to the catchy riff that leads the song into the verse. Lyrics tell about being addicted to just about everything, including a woman. well, duh. This is AC/DC at their filler-finest. 2.5/5

Hell Aint A Bad Place To Be- Ok, this is it. my favorite AC/DC song ever. Whats NOT to say about this song. The intro includes some small fills and its on its way. A small rest.... And into the song. HEY YOU! Bons vocals are at their strongest point in this song. He tells about the upsides and downsides of relationships. The solo clutches your attention and pulls you in. Highlight is once again the drums, cause what makes this song even better are Phil's fills (mad rhymes.) But if you really want to see this song shine, listen to the live version on If You Want Blood. Cause its 10 times better. This is AC/DC at its best. 5/5 10/5 Live

Whole Lotta Rosie- The boys are quite imfamous for this song. And it gets the award for the dirtiest song on the album. And its a quite explosive finish to a great album. Once again, the main riff is extremely addictive. And this one you wont be able to get out of your head for days, maybe weeks. Lyrics are of course about making love to the biggest, ugliest, fattest woman ever. And enjoying it too. The chorus appears to be very catchy, for every chorus you hear, youll get pulled deeper into the song.Tthe solo streams with glory, probably the second best on the album. And again, this song shines plenty more live. So if you get a chance, listen to it live. This song is my favorite outro to any AC/DC album ever, in my opinion. 5/5

I guess theres no words, only a one-digit number to describe how great this album is. I'd like to point out, that on the Australian version, Problem Child is replaced by a song called Crabsody in Blue, a song ive never been able to hear. But if youre an AC/DC fan, and like Bon's work better than Brian's, you must pick this one up right now. I hope the review didnt carry on too much or was very biased, but godamn it, this is AC/DC at their very godamn best.


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  AC / DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Posted by: IanWhann - 03-19-2019, 01:42 PM - Forum: Classic Rock albums - No Replies

AC/DC's Second CD Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, a rebelious rock album! This is one of the best/earlies sleaze rock albums, and I think along with Kiss and Twisted Sister, AC/DC are the kings of sleaze rock!

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1) Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
- Memorable guitar intro, great solo. Great singing, clever lyrics. If you think about it, this song is very rebelious! People werent singing about these types of songs until AC/DC came along. Thought one of the best cd's on the cd, its not one of its dirtiest!
5/5
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2) Love At First Feel
This and the following track however are probably the dirtiest! This songs about a one night stand, with a stranger. The chorus is very catchy, and the guitar is pretty bluesy, I like the little vocal solos after the chorus "THE FIRST TOUCH WAS TOO MUCH!" The solo for this song is great goes good with the song, I love the bridge/interlude part after the solo. The little drum then the singing comes in sounds like something that should be in a musical like Grease.
5/5
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3) Big Balls
I think this song gets the award for dirtiest song on the album! Its also quite hilarious because I could really picture this one in West Side Story. I love the singing! When he goes "gods gift to ballroom..." the way he sings it trying to sound all classy threw the song. Thats what makes it so funny they sing it so classy, while singing about perverted things. They really need to make a musical with this song in it. The background singing is just hilarious! "WE GOT BIG BALLS, WE GOT BIG BALLS"
5/5
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4) Rocker
This song is a fast tempo rocking song. I really like the fast pacedness of it, it sounds so old school. And once agian Bon delivers awesome vocals "IM A ROCKER, IM A ROLLER" I love it when the guitar stops and theres a little vocal solo. Bon Scott does some pretty good half screams in this one.
4/5
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5.) Problem Child
One of the catchiest songs on the cd. It's has the same theme of other ac'dc songs about being rebelious and different as a child. The guitar is quite catchy threw the verses. And i dunno if this cd is messed...or if the end for 10 seconds is supposed to sound like a totally new song...can someone tell me lol.
4.5/5
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6.) Theres Gonna Be Some Rockin'
Classic AC/DC song, and what many people say about AC/DC concerts! And there always is some rocking! THis song is very catchy and the guitar once again sounds bluesy. Good song!
5/5
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7.)Aint No Fun (Waiting Around To Be A Millionare)
This song sounds like some of the other songs on the cd. Its pretty generic but luckily Bon Scott rules!
4/5
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8.)Ride On
Great song! AC/DC Ballad...I dont hear to many of these. It's a great relief from all the rocking! Haha, then the chorus starts to get heavier. I like the part "one of these days im gonna change my evil ways" This song is excellent i love the solo it goes great with the song. Its a good song to listen to to "ride on" after being dumped or something.
5/5
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9.) Squealer
Reminds me of High Voltage...and it is High Voltage rock n' roll! Ha ha, the opening guitar is really powerful afte ride on. And this is one of the few AC/DC songs with a good bassline!
4/5

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  AC / DC - T.N.T
Posted by: IanWhann - 03-19-2019, 01:35 PM - Forum: Classic Rock albums - No Replies

T.N.T. was only released in Australia, and was the band’s second album. Most of it’s contents were included on the international release of High Voltage, explaining why many of these songs are familiar to AC/DC fans. But as an album, this has kept a relatively low profile. This is the only album in the band’s catalogue never to have been released internationally. High Voltage’s international release essentially covers this album, but the international audience has somewhat missed out. After all, this is AC/DC’s best album.

Released only 10 months after their debut - the Australian version of High Voltage - this album marked an important shift in the AC/DC sound. The guitars are hard and heavy, the swagger is as prominent as ever and this is genuine Rock ‘n’ Roll. The age of the members plays an important role in the approach of this album. Angus was just a wee pup at 20 and all the other members were in their early 20s or late teens. All except for Mr. Scott that is. The brazen, captivating, coarse front-man Bon Scott was 29. He leads the way with his irrepressible cheek and flamboyant attitude. Bon Scott was AC/DC. Not to say AC/DC died with him, but from ’74-’80, he was the man. The singlet-wearing, mullet-sporting Scotsman is as compelling a front-man as there’s just about ever been. And his attitude sets the tone for, and is arguably the focal point of, T.N.T..

The now iconic band- and rock-anthem It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Want To Rock ‘N’ Roll) opens the album in appropriately arrogant style. But arrogance in a good way, not the Rap way. I mean it is a bit arrogant saying “It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock ‘n’ roll” on a Rock ‘n’ Roll album! But that is the playful cheek that is so alluring. The lyrics read like a journal-come-confession and are delivered with the passion and forcefulness that went on to become Scott’s trademark. The guitar work is heavy and loud but simple as you like and the drums and bass are unnoticed. The bagpipe is used to great effect throughout. This is one of the iconic AC/DC songs, and the thumping beat is relentless for five minutes. It’s one of the most widely-known and loved AC/DC songs ever. Then we move on to Rock ‘n’ Roll Singer with Scott as aggressive and forceful as ever. The lingering power chords interact adeptly with the drums and the simple guitar intro is textbook AC/DC. This is kind of the subdued, mellow big cousin of Rocker. Both are solid, rockin’ tracks and reinforce the theme of a band emerging from the shadow of anonymity on to the national (at the time, soon to be international) stage. Rocker is one of the fastest AC/DC songs and Scott’s raspy, rapid-fire vocals lead the line of attack. The drumming is furious and Angus breaks out into solos several times. At less than three minutes, this rockabilly number is the shortest song on the album by some distance, and as hectic, energetic and bustling as AC/DC get.

T.N.T. is the song that best sums up AC/DC. It’s abrasive, provocative and full of attitude. The lyrics are full of confidence and conviction, with Scott’s undeniable sense of nonchalance. “Lock up you daughter, Lock up your wife. Lock up your back door and run for your life…” The infamous “Oi!” is brilliant. It gives off the ocker (an Aussie term) attitude from the first few bars, and the larrikin spirit that so embodies AC/DC is unmistakable. As its name suggests, this is an explosive Hard Rock song and AC/DC at their finest. This is probably the highlight of the album.

The brooding, menacing Live Wire builds supremely with the crisp guitar chords introducing the drums, bass and eventually the vocals. The chorus is certainly one of the catchiest on the album. Scott’s vocals are at their most effective, ranging from subdued, almost spoken-word, to full-blooded, ballsy cries of “I’m a live wire… I’m a live wire”. The slow and the heavy are interwoven seamlessly here. The markedly upbeat High Voltage continues the cheek and attitude of the album in one of the band’s most popular and enduring songs. The song describes the sound impeccably - “High voltage, Rock ‘n’ Roll”. The guitars are again simple and distorted, and the riff played under the solo really gets the track flowing. High Voltage only helps to underline the strength of this album - a feature perhaps more prominent than on many of its descendants. The slower, sedate The Jack changes the pace and tone of the album after a relentless opening 10 minutes. Many songs the band went on to record later take inspiration from this subdued track, such as Gone Shootin’ from 1978’s Powerage and Night Prowler from 1979’s Highway To Hell. It’s a welcome change of tempo

T.N.T. is AC/DC’s most consistent album and arguably their best. Because of the lack of an international release, it rarely gets the kudos it deserves. This was the album that began it all for the Scottish-Australian lads. The majority of these songs have endured the test of time and are undoubted classics. This one of the best Hard Rock albums out there, and an iconic Australian album. By definition it is a true ‘classic’. Going by the rating system of this site there is no other option but to rate this 5.

Recommended tracks:

It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Want To Rock ‘N’ Roll)
T.N.T.
Live Wire
High Voltage
Rocker

Rock ‘n’ Roll Singer

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  AC / DC - High Voltage
Posted by: IanWhann - 03-18-2019, 03:09 PM - Forum: Classic Rock albums - No Replies

High Voltage

This album, one of my favorites, is really a mix of two. In 1974 AC/DC released High Voltage, which was the Australian verison. In 1975 they released TNT , also Australian, and finally, in 1976, they released the American High Voltage .
High Voltage is made up of mainly TNT . It starts off as TNT with It's A Long Way To The Top , Rock 'n' Roll Singer , The Jack , Live Wire , and TNT . Then it skips what originally was Rocker and goes straight to Can I Sit Next To You Girl . Then AC/DC put Little Lover , which was track three on High Voltage (Australian version). Then comes She's Got Balls , which was right before Little Lover on the Australian High Voltage last but not least comes the title track, High Voltage . For some reason, though, High Voltage was originally on TNT . Strange, how the Australian High Voltage didn't have a title track (as most AC/DC albums now do). Most of the songs trashed from the American High Voltage were put onto 1984's '74 Jailbreak (like the songs Jailbreak , Show Business , and Baby Please Don't Go ) Well, that's a little information on the album, now on with the review.


1. It's A Long Way To The Top

This song starts off with Malcolm playing a loud but simple riff. This song was very succesful commercially (later, though). Especially when it was played on that movie School Of Rock . At 0:07 Angus plays his first few notes on this song, and doesn't really join in with Malcolm until the lyrics start. The song is basically Bon telling people that it ain't easy being a rock star ( Getting stoned! ). Angus plays a nice solo, with good sound. The video off Family Jewels was simply spectacular (especially when that girl tries to give Bon a ciggerate, hehe). Bon also plays lot's of bagpies on this song, which greatly weakens the "all songs sound the same" statement made by AC/DC haters. A nice song. If I counted commercial success for the ratings, this would have been a 5/5, but musically, I think it deserves something a little bit less.
4/5 - Excellent


2. Rock 'N' Roll Singer

This song starts with an easy riff that I love to play on the guitar. It has a solo in the very beginning, which is strange for AC/DC. The song is about how Bon left school and grew his hair to become a rock 'n' roll singer. While his parents "They wanted me to be respected as a doctor or a lawyer man". Plain song, not much I can say. Has a few nice parts, but overral a pretty average song. I especially hate the part where Bon says "Gonna be a rock 'n' roll star... I hear it pays well!". Of course, we all know Bon started singing because he loved to be there up on the stage, as shown by videos on Family Jewels , and that he truly loved his job.
3.5/5 - Great


3. The Jack

This song, I hated when I first started listening to AC/DC. I first heard it live from AC/DC Live . I also hate how Brian sings the beginning "She gave me her mind.... then she gave me her body. But she gave it to anybody... But I made her cry, and I made her scream!". The real lyrics go " She gave me the queen, she gave me the king. She was reeling and deeling, just doing her thing..." The original song was about a card game, but Brian turned it into a sexual adult situation. What a bastard (sorry to all you Brian fans, he simply is a bastard). But this song is AC/DC all out hard-rock-blues. Great solo, great part for Malcolm. A great song. I listened closely to the Bon Scoot version, and I love this song now. But musically, some things could've been better.
4.5/5 - Superb


4. Live Wire

This song starts off with a bass, and the two Young brothers slowly take over the song. This song is dirty. I usually hate dirty AC/DC songs because it brings the quality down (example: Ballbreaker album sucks like hell), besides of course Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap . On my personal rating, I would give it a 2/5 (poor), but musically, it deserves something better. The guitar riffs are simply and not too exciting here anyways.
3/5 - Average


5. TNT

This is one of the songs that got AC/DC going. I enjoy it as well, though in my opinion it has some of the weakest riffs Malcolm ever played. Personal rating would be 4/5 (excellent), commercially successful rating would be 5/5 (classic), but musically, about like my personal rating.
4/5 - Excellent. I rounded the rating, because I would've given it 4.7/5 musically.


6. Can I Sit Next To You Girl

One of the greatest songs on the album. My personal favorite on the album too. this song was on their first LP, which had Rocking In The Parlor/Can I Sit Next To You Girl . It has some awesome riffs (finally Malcolm plays separate notes). And a chorus with no guitars in it (for the most part) which may seem preposterous*1, but sounds awesome. The song is, as you can imagine, about Bon asking a chick "Can I sit next to you girl"*2. Personally, 5.999/5 (very, very, very classic), commercially, maybe 3/5.
5/5 - Classic


7. Little Lover

This song is a bit different from most songs. Not too many power chords, using the 1st and 2nd strings (crazy for AC/DC). This song is about Bon trying to get a chick after the show ("When the band said goodnight, I had to say hello [to you] ). Nice riffs, overall good song. Personally 4.999 (very, very, very superb), commercially, I don't know.
4.5/5 - Superb.


8. She's Got Balls

Gotta love the name of this song. So original (hehe)!!! Starts off with an A chord (I believe so, at least), and all of the riffs are branches of A chords. Very nice song. I can't exactly state what this song is about (feel free to enlighten me!). Personally 5/5 (classic). Commercially, no clue (feel free to enlighten me on that too)
5/5 - Classic


9. HIGH VOLTAGE [ROCK 'N' ROLL]

The last song on the album, also the title track. Very nice actually. Comes close to getting trippy in some places (in my opinion). Feels very spontaneous and happy. This is the best song to listen to if you're feeling depressed. Makes you wanna bob your head (not as hard as Angus does of course. We don't want people to sue AC/DC for heads falling off!!!) or dance and clap your hands. I haven't got the rhythm of the riff yet. This has become quite a tough song for me to learn. Don't exactly know what it's about.


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  AC / DC
Posted by: IanWhann - 03-18-2019, 02:53 PM - Forum: Classic rock Talk - No Replies

More than three decades into a career that shows no signs of slowing down or letting up, AC/DC, like electricity itself, provides the world with an essential source of power and energy. Since forming in 1973, AC/DC's high voltage rock 'n' roll has flowed out into the world via consistently sold-out concert tours and global sales totaling more than 150 million albums and counting.
Sony BMG Music Entertainment's #1 best-selling catalog act worldwide, AC/DC has sold nearly 70 million albums in the U.S. alone, making AC/DC one of the five top-selling bands in American music history. One of the group's best-loved works, the enormously successful and influential Back In Black, has achieved RIAA "Double Diamond" status, for sales in excess of 22 million copies in the United States, and is the U.S.'s fifth largest-selling album ever.
But the roots of AC/DC lie back in Australia, and before that Glasgow, Scotland, where Angus and Malcolm Young, the musical core of the band (and still the most formidable guitar team in rock history), were born (in 1958 and 1953, respectively). In 1963, the Young family migrated to Sydney, Australia, where music would make its mark on the brothers. (As a member of the Easybeats, Angus and Malcolm's older sibling, George Young, was responsible for one of Australia's first international hits, "Friday On My Mind," in 1966. From 1974 through 2000, George and musical collaborator, Harry Vanda, produced a number of AC/DC albums including High Voltage, T.N.T., Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Let There Be Rock, If You Want Blood You've Got It, Powerage, '74 Jailbreak, Who Made Who, Blow Up Your Video, and Stiff Upper Lip.)
Taking a cue and encouragement from their older brother's musical success, Angus and Malcolm Young formed their own rock 'n' roll combo and premiered their inimitable interlocking guitar sound on December 31, 1973 at a New Year's Eve gig at Sydney's Chequers Club.
Calling their new rock band AC/DC (from the back of a sewing machine owned by their sister, Margaret), Angus and Malcolm moved from Sydney to Melbourne and began plowing through numerous line-ups searching for a solid rhythm section and a lead singer whose voice could match the manic assault of the Young brothers' guitars. The newly-christened AC/DC found its spiritual sparkplug in Bon Scott, a hard-living, hard-loving, hard-playing wild-eyed rabble-rousing singer who'd once "auditioned" for the band when he'd worked for them as a roadie and driver back in Sydney. With Bon Scott, another born Scotsman who'd relocated to Australia as a lad, in place as co-frontman to Angus' trademark raffish schoolboy-in-knickers, AC/DC was ready to electrify the world.
Quickly signed by George Young to the Albert Records label in Australia, AC/DC kicked out its first Australian album releases, 1974's High Voltage (a somewhat different album from the US High Voltage) and 1975's T.N.T. With each album achieving silver, gold, and platinum status in Australia, AC/DC embarked on a regime of relentless touring that would become one of the most enduring hallmarks of the band's career.
In 1976, having conquered their very first continent, AC/DC set off for Great Britain. When the band's no-holds-barred double-barrel rock 'n' roll landed them a residency at the prestigious Marquee Club, AC/DC promptly broke the venue's all-time house attendance record. AC/DC's days in clubland would not last much longer. Within a year, Let There Be Rock, the band's first simultaneous world release and first to use the unmistakable AC/DC logo—raised metallic Gothic lettering separated by Zeus's own lightning bolt—would catapult them into the stadium strata. AC/DC was ready to take on America.
The summer of 1977 found AC/DC performing a dizzying crisscross of American gigs, ranging from clubs like the Palladium and CBGB in New York and the Whiskey in Los Angeles to sprawling venues like the Jacksonville Coliseum. By 1978, AC/DC was one of the hottest concert attractions in the world. For the group's next studio album, they teamed up with producer Mutt Lange to create the undeniable hard rock masterpiece, 1979's Highway To Hell, the first AC/DC album to break into the US Top 100 and the first to go gold in America. In November of that year, the band went to Paris to film the monumental Let The Be Rock concert film, a quintessential document of a golden moment in the band's rise to world fame.
On February 19, 1980, with the band finding genuine success around the world, lead singer Bon Scott died in London at the age of 33. Reeling from the shock of the loss of their boisterous soulful lead singer, the surviving members of AC/DC decided there was only one way to pay proper tribute to Bon Scott: carry on and create the music he'd want them to make.
The group found an incredibly simpatico new lead singer and frontman in Brian Johnson, a Newcastle native who'd sung in a band Bon Scott raved about called Geordie. Returning to the studio with Mutt Lange, AC/DC and the group's new vocalist created Back In Black, one of the best-selling albums, in any musical genre, of all-time. Powered by the title track and the anthemic "You Shook Me All Night Long," "Back In Black" hit #1 in the UK and #4 in the US, where it has gone on to achieve 22x platinum (double Diamond plus) status.
AC/DC continued releasing best-selling albums through the 1980s and 1990s accompanied by strings of sold-out tours and major headlining concert and festival performances—including attendance-record-smashing concerts on the "Monsters of Rock," Castle Donington, "Rock In Rio," and 1991's "Rock Around The Bloc" festival at Tushino Airfield in Moscow, a free concert attended by close to one million fans.
On September 15, 2000, AC/DC was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame and had their hands imprinted in the cement in front of the Guitar Center on Hollywood Boulevard.
On March 10, 2003, AC/DC was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. Aerosmith's Steve Tyler performed the induction, sang "You Shook Me All Night Long" with AC/DC during the ceremony and described the group's signature power chords and timelessly enduring rock 'n' roll as "...the thunder from Down Under that gives you the second-most-powerful surge that can flow through your body."
AC/DC's most recent record, Black Ice, was released in October 2008 on Columbia Records.


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  Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Love Beach
Posted by: IanWhann - 03-18-2019, 02:45 PM - Forum: Prog Rock Albums List - No Replies

Studio Album, released in 1978

Songs / Tracks Listing
1. All I Want Is You (2:35)
2. Love Beach (2:46)
3. Taste Of My Love (3:33)
4. The Gambler (3:23)
5. For You (4:28)
6. Canario (From Fantasia Para Un Gentilhombre) {J. Rodrigo} (4:00)
7. Memoirs Of An Officer And A Gentleman (20:16)
- a. Prologue / The Education Of A Gentleman (5:33)
- b. Love At First Sight (5:37)
- c. Letters From The Front (5:20)
- d. Honourable Company (A March) (3:46)

Total Time: 41:03

Bonus Tracks on 2001 & 2011 remasters:
8. Canario (Rehearsal 1978) (4:39)
9. Taste Of My Love (Rehearsal 1978) (3:01)
10. Letters From The Front (Rehearsal 1978) (8:55)
Line-up / Musicians
- Greg Lake / vocals, bass, guitars, harmonica (?)
- Keith Emerson / keyboards (piano, organ, synths)
- Carl Palmer / drums, percussion

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  Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Works Vol 2
Posted by: IanWhann - 03-18-2019, 02:41 PM - Forum: Prog Rock Albums List - No Replies

Studio Album, released in 1977

Songs / Tracks Listing
1. Tiger In A Spotlight (4:36)
2. When The Apple Blossoms Bloom In The Windmills of Your Mind I'll Be Your Valentine (3:59)
3. Bullfrog (3:52)
4. Brain Salad Surgery (3:10)
5. Barrelhouse Shake-Down (3:52)
6. Watching Over You (3:58)
7. So Far To Fall (4:57)
8. Maple Leaf Rag {Scott Joplin} (2:03)
9. I Believe In Father Christmas (3:20)
10. Close But Not Touching (3:22)
11. Honky Tonk Train Blues {Meade (Lux) Lewis} (3:11)
12. Show Me The Way To Go Home {Irving King} (3:32)

Total Time: 43:54

Bonus Tracks on 2001 Castle remaster:
13. Tiger In A Spotlight (Live) (4:16) *
14. Watching Over You (Live) (4:32)*
15. Show Me The Way To Go Home (Live) (5:36) #

* Recorded in Newhaven 30.11.77
# Recorded in Indiana 24.1.78
Line-up / Musicians - Greg Lake / vocals, bass, guitars
- Keith Emerson / Hammon, piano, synthetizers, accordion, orchestration (5,7,8,12), arranger (12)
- Carl Palmer / drums, percussion

With:
- Ron Aspery / sax (3) - uncredited
- Colin Hodgkinson / bass (3) - uncredited
- Alan Cohen / co-orchestrator (5,11
- Tony Harris / co-orchestrator (7)
- Godfrey Salmon / co-orchestrator (12)
- London Philharmonic Orchestra (8)

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  Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Works VOL 1
Posted by: IanWhann - 03-18-2019, 02:30 PM - Forum: Prog Rock Albums List - No Replies

Studio Album, released in 1977

Songs / Tracks Listing DISC 1
-- Keith Emerson --
1. Piano Concerto No. 1 {Emerson} (18:28)
a) First Movement: Allegro Giojoso (9:24)
b) Second Movement: Andante Molto Cantabile (2:12)
c) Third Movement: Toccata Con Fuoco (6:52)

-- Greg Lake --
2. Lend Your Love To Me Tonight (4:05)
3. C'est La Vie (4:20)
4. Hallowed Be Thy Name (4:38)
5. Nobody Loves You Like I Do (4:00)
6. Closer To Believing (5:34)

Total Time 41:07

DISC 2
-- Carl Palmer --
1. The Enemy God Dances With The Black Spirits (excerpt from "The Scythian Suite" 2nd Movement) {Prokofiev} (3:21)
2. L.A. Nights (5:47)
3. New Orleans (2:50)
4. Two Part Invention In D Minor {Bach, arranged by Palmer} (1:58)
5. Food For Your Soul (4:02)
6. Tank (5:12)

-- Emerson, Lake & Palmer --
7. Fanfare For The Common Man {Aaron Copland, arranged by Emerson} (9:45)
8. Pirates (13:19)

Total Time 46:16

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