AC/DC – Highway To Hell

Long live Scott, our ever-lovin’ Heavy Metal Overlord, who sent me this record and… oh man. It is greatness.

The title track is a certified AC/DC classic. You already know this. Wow. Next up is Girl’s Got Rhythm, which ramps up the pace for pure blues rawk bliss. Turns out I knew this song already, though not until I heard it again. Yeah! Yeah! YEAH!

Walk All Over You has a bit of a long intro, but once it kicks in we’re right back at full tilt boogie. The half-count chorus is a bit odd, but I realize it’s probably because this would be so much fun in concert – yell along with the chorus, then go nuts when they charge in again. Great solo here too. Worth noting that the sound on this record is just huge!

Touch Too Much is a bit of an oddball. I can’t even explain why. It still rocks, it still hits hard. It’s just… melodic in a different way? That’s not even right. Actually, I like this, the departure. It’s still totally them, but more of a… pop song? GASP! Beating Around The Bush has a great guitar intro that sets up an absolutely blistering pace. Holy crap this band is untouchable when they’re rocking out. They lay down the brilliance track after track after…

Shot Down In Flames is yet another heartbeat-thumper like only this band makes. I am falling love with this record. Get It Hot brings the blues and that signature throbbing bass. It’s a great shuffle rock tune designed to get you up and dancing. This cooks. If You Want Blood (You’ve Got it) I knew from the live album (of the same name) [reviewed recently here in these pages]. It’s a perfect, pure rawk song. You knew this already. What a party!

Love Hungry’s ringing intro becomes a mid-tempo stomper that proves this combination of players is unstoppable. Am I the only one who can hear (the much later track) Rock And Roll Train in this one, if you speed this one up? And finally we have Night Prowler, which closes out this blast of an album with a searing, slow blues. This one pulsates, that’s the word that comes to mind. Superb tune, and a perfect ending.

In sum, all I can say is holy shit. That was awesome. The whole thing. Seriously. Wow.

Thanks heaps, Scott!! All hail our HMO!

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Posted on March 6, 2014, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Yeah man this is the deal……best review I ever saw for ACDC was in Sounds I think titled…….
    “More songs about Booze and Humping”
    Hahaha…..

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    • Yup, that nails it. Man, as I go back through some of these older records I am blown away by how untouchable they are. Even their “lesser” songs are way better than many others can muster. Ridiculously good.

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  2. 100%…hands down my favourite acdc album. You nailed it! Acdc at their peak, untouchable power, swagger, and rhythm. (yes, i liked back in black too, but for different reasons). This album rawks like a brick to the head! An absolute necessity in any record collection…beauty clark!

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