Release: August 3, 1979 Where I was listening: Everywhere. When: As much as possible over the last two days. Glad I heard it?: Fuck yes. Recommended for: Fans of the blues who want to rock a bit harder and anyone wondering what REAL rock and roll sounds like. Sample: "Highway to Hell," Night Prowler"
Critic's Notes: This record first came out three months before I was born, but I didn't hear it until the early '90s. And life has never been the same.
So why have I been spinning this disc in my portable CD player for two days? The easy answer is that my laptop, with much of my music on it, died, and I needed music.I got lucky and found cheap, used copies of Highway to Hell and Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. Yes, the rock gods smiled on me for once. I've been alternating between the two, but Highway has played more. It was Bon Scott's last album with the band before his "death by misadventure."
The best tracks always remind me that AC/DC is not a heavy metal band. They are a blues band that plays a lot faster and louder. "Get It Hot" and "Love Hungry Man" rock, but it's the blue progressions from Angus and Malcolm Young that drive the songs home.
As for the title track, well, find me a better pure rock song (one not recorded by either AC/DC, Chuck Berry, or Jerry Lee Lewis), and I will by you a beer. The song is instantly identifiable from the first note and maintains its energy for the entire (much too short) length.
For Those About to Rock: AC/DC is the greatest band of all time. And, in fitting Bon Scott tradition, I'll fight anyone who disagrees. Recent rumors of a new album nearing completion and a world-dominating tour next year will once again prove it.