AC/DC – Let There Be Rock
Another blast of AC/DC mayhem, courtesy of Scott, our ever-lovin’ HMO. And this one is superb.
Go Down has to be one of the greatest AC/DC song titles ever. This is a huge track, a straight-up blues rocker. There are many bands that play like this, but none of them do it as well as these guys. Love the break-down here, and the guitar solo too. Dog Eat Dog is an excellent fist-pumper, lots of time spent on the toms. It chugs along yet never really achieves that lift-off we crave. Of course, that’s part of this tune’s special menace.
Let There Be Rock ramps up the pace, so you better hold on for your life. Love how it gets down to just the battery, and then the guitar is a well-timed, welcome addition. It doesn’t last long, but I did here the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Catholic School Girls Rule in part of this song. Could the Chilis have lifted it so blatantly? Whatever, this song makes me want to drive really fast. Hot damn.
Bad Boy Boogie is another sweet rocker. Huge solos, here. Holy, this record sounds great, excellent mix and so far all of the songs have been perfect examples of this band’s early sound. This could become a fave album of theirs for me, and I’m only halfway through! Problem Child keeps the ball rolling handily with another chunky rock riff that chews the scenery nd gets the heart pumping. Fantastic.
Overdose builds off some arpeggios and becomes yet another monster AC/DC riff. I don’t know how they do it. Each song sound carved from granite, all different and yet still totally recognizeable as only them. Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be is one I already knew, a greatest hits track equal to all of their others. A monster, loved it. And finally, Whole Lotta Rosie which, speaking of classic hits… sweet jeebus, turn this the hell UP. Wooohooo!
Interesting To Also Note: From roughly the same period, the live album If you Want Blood (You Got It), which was recently reviewed in these pages, has 10 tracks… and 5 of those 10 songs are culled from this album proper. It is that good.
In Sum: This is a great band with many awesome songs, but this album stands as a perfect example of their best early work. I loved every song here, and it sounds great too. Dammit, now I wanna go buy an SG…
Thanks heaps, SCOTT!