AC/DC – The Razor’s Edge

Brother Scott, our Heavy Metal Overlord sent me this molten chunk of the rawk. Holy hell, what a record.

Right off the bat, Thunderstruck. That is all.

Fire Your Guns is another stone classic that will tear you a new one, given enough volume. Wow. Moneytalks… Damn. Talk about a 1-2-3 punch combo! Another great riff, cool tune. The title track is one, it turns out, that I knew but not by title. I’ve heard it many times, over the years, usually at friends’ places. That guitar line, sounds to me like it could have been used in a Bond film, am I right? Love that bit at 2:15. Rawk!

Mistress For Christmas is still totally a true blood song of theirs, but the lyrics are a bit silly. It’s like all their double-entendres over the years have finally exploded and become one song with no more hiding behind words. Still, it’s fun enough. Rock Your Heart Out is a fun rocker, but it seems to be lacking bottom end somehow during the verses. I can still hear the bass but it’s very high up, with the result of sounding thin. But it gets all better for the chorus and the rest of it, more like my mind says it should be all the way through.

Are You Ready, another huge track. It’s a thumper we all know well. Got You By The Balls plods a bit, but it’s another immutable riff of theirs. In fact, I’ve heard this one before too, though I couldn’t tell you precisely where or when. 

Shot Of Love. Oh man, I am so glad to have this one here in the collection. I’ve always loved this song. This is a Greatest hit, in my book. It oughta be, anyway. Let’s Make It might be a bigger track on another record, instead of trying (as it does) to stand up to the monster tracks on this album. Can anyone else hear one of the Mutt Lange bands doing this song? I can! Bryan Adams, anyone?

Goodbye And Good Riddance To Bad Luck throbs bluesily along. I liked it, worthy of inclusion here. It may never be a hit, but it sure does strut. And finally, If You Dare is another cool one (love the guitar here, of course). But again, this album becomes a comparison game. These good songs have to stand shoulder to shoulder with the great ones. Tough gig. 

In sum, WOW. This was such a cool record, a great mix of humungous tracks and several other shoulda-beens. This band is, as you all well know, pretty much unstoppable. All fandom of these guys is absolutely justified. 

Thanks heaps, Scott!!

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Posted on March 20, 2014, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. I honestly never cared all that much for Brian Johnson-era AC/DC so I’m glad these have found a more appreciative home!

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    • Really! That blows my mind. I mean, I know Bon Scott was AWESOME, but I heard this record and just about every song blew me backwards and I loved it! To each his own, I know, I know. 😉

      Definitely a warm and welcoming home here. I’m an adoptive parent for all unwanted CDs. 🙂

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      • There’s always songs I like but it just never feels like my thing. Some of the Bon Scott albums come close but there’s just something about them that just doesn’t resonate with me. I can’t really explain it. Just not my thing I suppose.

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      • Well, that’s honest. And you may be the only person I’ve known/met/typed at on a computer that says that about AC/DC. It’s usually all or nothing about them, with people.

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  2. Very underrated LP this one.

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  3. This is one of my least played AC/DC albums. I agree with pretty much everything you say about the individual songs, but for some reason as a whole, the album doesn’t hold my attention for the length of its running time.

    There could be a burnout factor with the singles too. But some of these album tracks such as the title track, I don’t get tired of.

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    • So you would use this one for tracks for a mix, say, but not play it from top to bottom. I get that. Me, I liked it all woohoo! All of this AC/DC recently is doing very good things to my brain, you know…

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  4. My fav is Got You By The Balls…that tune could have been sandwiched somewhere on High Voltage….
    This for me is the last good ACDC or should I say the last ACDC album that I know the songs …..Ballbreaker I remember half..Black Ice less than half….
    But hey man how can u go wrong with that Razor Edges riff?? That riff from the title track sounds like it was written in hell!

    Oi

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    • I’ve heard other people say they can’t get to the later stuff in the same way. Of course, they’re already on my Search List and if I see ’em cheap in Taranna I’ll be scooping them up…

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  5. Absotively Deke! This album helped get me through high school (dates me, i know). Me and the buds were engulfed by this album. I have always been a “Bon Scott” guy but, this record sealed their legacy forever with me.

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