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All-Music Guide (C) 1994 by Matrix Software, Big Rapids, MI 49307 Please submit corrections or additional albums for this artist (also bios, sidemen, tracks, ratings, and reviews) at Internet Address: AMG@ALLMUSIC.FERRIS.EDU All-Music Guidelines in file: ALLMUSICHELP -------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist : AC/DC Genre : Rock Style : Hard rock, Heavy metal, Instr. : Group Rating : importance (2) popularity (1) All-Music Guide Biography Considered the Australian Kings of Heavy Metal, they have delivered the goods since the early 70s with their no-frills rock & roll. Brothers (and guitarists) Angus and Malcolm Young formed the band with vocalist Bon Scott, bassist Cliff Williams, and drummer Phil Rudd. They played in dingy clubs and eventually found a record label. Then in the mid 70s, with the popularity of pop group Little River Band, people in Europe and the US were looking for other bands from the land down under.,Atco Records signed AC/DC and released HIGH VOLTAGE in 1976. Throughout the late 70s, the band toured the US and Europe, getting massive attention from audiences weary of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. Like those bands, AC/DC were influenced by the music they listened to as kids and played it louder and more vicious. In 1978, they released the live album IF YOU WANT BLOOD, YOU'VE GOT IT, with one of the sickest -- and most effective -- record covers in rock history. The music, as raw as the record cover, soon found airplay on many US radio stations. But the album that broke them through was HIGHWAY TO HELL. The guitar work was up to par, Bon Scott's voice at its peak, and the songs well-known staples in the bands live sets. Linked to satanism by some critics, they got more attention than ever.,Bon Scott died in an alcohol related accident, and Brian Johnson joined the band before they released BACK IN BLACK in 1980 (with a black cover honoring their late vocalist). This album crossed them over into the mainstream and made them superstars around the world, influencing many young musicians,In the early 80s, AC/DCs US popularity faltered, but by the late 80s, with albums such as FLY ON THE WALL and BLOW UP YOUR VIDEO, they were getting airplay again. They've never changed their formula -- they play the same raunchy rock & roll they played in the bars of Australia, and they can play with equal passion in Madison Square Garden or Wembley Stadium. ~ John Book When Australia's AC/DC blasted onto the music scene during the mid 70s, they were loud, crude, salacious (did I mention LOUD?), and audiences all over the world ate up their scorch-the-earth policy toward rock & roll. The bazooka roar of the Young brothers' twin guitars and Bon Scott's snarling vocals (they were labeled "crotchgrind" by Chuck Eddy) made them one of the most popular hard-rock bands in the world (with the platinum albums to prove it). Even on a bad night they were very nearly the equals of the Stones or the Who on their best.,The band nearly fell apart when singer Bon Scott died in 1980, but they rallied around his successor Brian Johnson, who managed to sound like Scott with an even greater vocal boom. In the 90s they show no inclination toward lowering the decibels. ~ Tom Graves, ---------- Related Artists ----------- Johnson, Brian Rhino Bucket Cult, The Angel City Angels, The ---------- Roots & Influences ---------- Led Zeppelin Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, The ---------- Bibliography ---------- Dome, Malcolm |AC/DC |Proteus Bunton, Richard |AC/DC: Hell Ain't No Bad Plac|Omnibus Putterford, Mark |AC/DC Illustrated Biography |Omnibus Ezra, Paul |AC/DC Story, The |Babylon AMG Artist ID # : P000003496 Chronological Album List |Date| Label | Number |R S T|Rating --------------------------------+----+----------+--------+-----+------ Live at Donnington |1992| | | | Ac/Dc Live: Collector's Edition|1992|Atco |92212 |R S | Good Ac/Dc Live |1992|Atco |92215 |R S | Good Clipped |1991|Atco |50234 | | Razor's Edge, The |1990|Atco |91413 |R | Good Conversation |1988|Audio Visu|020 | T| Blow up Your Video |1988|RCA |1024 |R | Blow up Your Video |1988|Atlantic |81828 |R S | OK Who Made Who |1986|Atlantic |81650 | S | Good Who Made Who |1986|Atco |50114 | | Fly on the Wall: Video |1985|Atco |50102 | | Fly on the Wall |1985|Atlantic |81263 | S T| OK 74 Jailbreak |1984|Atlantic |80178 |R S | Good Flick of the Switch |1983|Atlantic |80100 | S T| OK For Those About to Rock |1981|Atlantic |11111 |R S T| BestA Back in Black |1980|Atlantic |16018 |R S T|+BestG Highway to Hell |1979|Atlantic |19244 |R S T| BestA Powerage |1978|Atlantic |19180 | S T| OK If You Want Blood You've Got It|1978|Atlantic |19212 |R S T| Good Let There Be Rock |1977|Atco |36151 |R S T| Good High Voltage |1976|Atlantic |36142 |R S T| Good Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap |1976|Atlantic |16033 |R S T| Good Let There Be Rock: Video |Z |Warner Bro|34073 | | Interview |Z |Arabesque |4030 | | Clipped |Z |Atlantic |50234 | | OK All-Music Guide Album Details (Alphabetical Order) ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : 74 Jailbreak Artist : AC/DC Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #076, entered Nov 17, 1984, on charts 014 weeks Genre : Rock Time : 24:06 min Date : 1984 (release) AMG ID : R000000087 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- 1984 CD Atlantic 80178-2 1984 CS Atlantic 80178-4 1975 LP Atlantic 80178 CD Atlantic 80178 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- Actually an EP of Bon Scott-period material but nonetheless some of AC/DC's best and most blistering blues. In particular the title song and an incendiary "Baby, Please Don't Go" are worth the admission. ~ Tom Graves ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- Harry Vanda - Producer George Young - Producer ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Ac/Dc Live Artist : AC/DC Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #015, entered Nov 14, 1992, on charts 013 weeks Genre : Rock Time : 70:52 min Date : 1992 (release) AMG ID : R000053486 --------- Album Releases --------- CD Atco 92215-2 CS Atco 92215-4 CD Atlantic 92215 1992 Atco 92215 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- Most of AC/DC's casual fans will be happy with the shorter, single disc version which includes all of the hits and eliminates all of the ten-minute plus excesses that are proudly featured on the double disc set. Hardcore fans will need the double disc set. ~ All-Music Guide ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- Bruce Fairbairn - Producer Brian Johnson - Vocal Ken Lomas - Engineer Chris Slade - Drums Cliff Williams - Bass Angus Young - Guitar Malcolm Young - Guitar ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Ac/Dc Live: Collector's Edition Artist : AC/DC Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #034, entered Nov 14, 1992, on charts 013 weeks Genre : Rock Time : 132:03 min Date : 1992 (release) AMG ID : R000053485 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD Atco 92212-2 CS Atco 92212-4 CD Atlantic 92212 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- Fans have been clamoring for a new AC/DC live album for 14 years, since 1978's solid IF YOU WANT BLOOD, YOU'VE GOT IT. Now, they've got it: AC/DC LIVE, a gargantuan two-CD set that harkens back to the vanished double-album extravaganzas of the 70s and early 80s. Twenty-two songs, more than two hours of music, and enough blues-based, three-chord, 4/4 rock & roll to overload even the most ardent fan of Australia's biggest music export. "Hell's Bells," "You Shook Me All Night Long," "Who Made Who," and "Back in Black" are all included, along with the Bon Scott-era gems "Whole Lotta Rosie," "Let There Be Rock," and "TNT." My main beef is that the illusion of a continuous concert is not even perfunctorily sustained. Fadeouts between each song seriously damage the atmosphere and momentum the set tries to create. Other than that, the performances are top-notch, with Brian Johnson shrieking less than on the last few studio efforts. And, of course, there's Angus Young, slaughtering his guitar for all it's worth, wringing every last note from its sweaty neck. AC/DC LIVE may not make you feel like you were really there, but it's still a heavyweight offering of great live rock & roll. ~ Don Kaye, Request ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- Bruce Fairbairn - Producer Brian Johnson - Vocal Ken Lomas - Engineer Chris Slade - Drums Cliff Williams - Bass Angus Young - Guitar Malcolm Young - Guitar ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Back in Black Artist : AC/DC Rating : Best-of-Genre (First Pick) Charts : Billboard #004, entered Aug 23, 1980, on charts 092 weeks Genre : Rock Time : 41:37 min Date : 1980 (release) AMG ID : R000000083 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- 1980 CD Atlantic SD-16018-2 1980 CS Atlantic CS-16018 1980 LP Atlantic SD-16018 CD Atlantic 16018 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- Consumate metal -- dark, menacing and powerful as hell. Includes "You Shook Me All Night Long." ~ Jas Obrecht Following Bon Scott's death, AC/DC came back with reinforcements and released another truly great hard-rock album. Brian Johnson ups the ante with his own tough-as-tacks vocals. Robert "Mutt" Lange's production on BACK IN BLACK remains one of the most powerful in all of hard rock. All in all, this is great diamond-hard, full-throttle rock & roll. ~ Tom Graves ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- Robert John "Mutt" Lange - Producer -------- Album Tracks -------- Back In Black Hells Bells Shoot To Thrill Given The Dog A Bone What Do You Do For Money Rock & Roll Ain't Noise Let Me Put My Love In You You Shook Me All Night Long Shake A Leg Have A Drink On Me ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Blow up Your Video Artist : AC/DC Rating : OK Charts : Billboard #012, entered Mar 5 , 1988, on charts 024 weeks Genre : Rock Time : 42:17 min Date : 1988 (release) AMG ID : R000000090 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD Atlantic 81828-2 1988 CS Atlantic 81828-4 LP Atlantic 81828 CD Atlantic 81828 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- A shift to more uplifting calls to party and procreate. ~ Jas Obrecht ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- Brian Johnson Tom Swift - Engineer Harry Vanda - Producer Cliff Williams Simon Wright Malcolm Young Angus Young George Young - Producer ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Blow up Your Video Artist : AC/DC Rating : not rated yet Charts : Rock & Roll Disc #3/3 Genre : Rock Date : 1988 (release) AMG ID : R000078075 --------- Album Releases --------- CD RCA PDC 2-1024 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- Falls short of some of AC/DC's previous work in intensity, yet the overpowering rawness remains and metal aficionados will have few gripes. ~ Joe Weingarten, Rock & Roll Disc. ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Clipped Artist : AC/DC Rating : not rated yet Genre : Rock Type : video Date : 1991 (release) AMG ID : R000085307 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- 1991 Atco 50234 Atlantic 50234 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Clipped Artist : AC/DC Rating : OK Genre : Rock AMG ID : R000000077 --------- Album Releases --------- Atlantic 50234 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Conversation Artist : AC/DC Rating : not rated yet Genre : Rock Time : 39:34 min Date : 1988 (release) AMG ID : R000171401 --------- Album Releases --------- 1988 CD Audio Visual International ABCD020 -------- Album Tracks -------- Interviews ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap Artist : AC/DC Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #003, entered Apr 18, 1981, on charts 055 weeks Genre : Rock Time : 39:09 min Date : 1976 (release) AMG ID : R000000084 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- 1976 CD Atlantic 16033-2 1976 CS Atlantic 16033-4 1976 LP Atlantic 16033 CD Atlantic 16033 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- Recorded in 1976 with Bon Scott on vocals. ~ Jas Obrecht An odds-'n'-sods collection of earlier Bon Scott-era tracks, worth it alone for the unforgettable title track. ~ Tom Graves ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- Mark Evans - Bass Phil Rudd - Drums Bon Scott - Vocal Harry Vanda - Producer Angus Young - Guitar Malcolm Young - Guitar George Young - Producer -------- Album Tracks -------- Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap Love At First Feel Big Balls Rocker Problem Child There's Gonna Be Some Rockin Ain't No Fun Ride On Squealer ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Flick of the Switch Artist : AC/DC Rating : OK Charts : Billboard #015, entered Sep 10, 1983, on charts 023 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1983 (release) AMG ID : R000000086 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD Atlantic 80100-2 1983 LP Atlantic 7801001 CS Atlantic 80100-4 LP Atlantic 80100 CD Atlantic 80100 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- AC/DC - Producer Brian Johnson - Vocal Tony Platt - Engineer Phil Rudd - Drums Cliff Williams - Guitar (bass) Angus Young - Guitar Malcolm Young - Guitar -------- Album Tracks -------- Rising Power Badlands Brain Shake Flick Of The Switch Deep In The Hole Landslide Guns For Hire Bedlam In Belgium Rising Power Badlands Brain Shake Flick Of The Switch Deep In The Hole Landslide Guns For Hire Bedlam In Belgium ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Fly on the Wall Artist : AC/DC Rating : OK Genre : Rock Time : 40:03 min Date : 1985 (release) AMG ID : R000000088 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD Atlantic 81263-2 1985 LP Atlantic 7812631 CS Atlantic 81263-4 LP Atlantic 81263 CD Atlantic 81263 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- Mark Dearnley - Engineer Brian Johnson - Vocal Cliff Williams - Guitar (bass) Simon Wright - Drums Angus Young - Producer, Guitar Malcolm Young - Producer, Guitar -------- Album Tracks -------- Fly On The Wall Shake Your Foundations First Blood Danger Sink The Pink Playing With The Girl Stand Up Hell Or High Water Back In Business Send For The Man ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Fly on the Wall: Video Artist : AC/DC Rating : not rated yet Genre : Rock Type : video Date : 1985 (release) AMG ID : R000085308 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- 1985 Atco 50102 Atlantic 50102 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : For Those About to Rock Artist : AC/DC Rating : Best-of-Artist Charts : Billboard #1(3), entered Dec 12, 1981, on charts 030 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1981 (release) AMG ID : R000000085 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- 1981 CD Atlantic 11111-2 CS Atlantic 11111-4 CD Atlantic 11111 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK WE SALUTE YOU is another masterwork from the Brian Johnson period. The title song has become the group's signature track and is featured in AC/DC concerts with pyrotechnics galore. A must for those who don't mind staring into the face of deafness. ~ Tom Graves ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- Robert John "Mutt" Lange - Producer -------- Album Tracks -------- For Those About To Rock Evil Walk C O D Spellbound Put The Finger On You Let's Get It Up Inject The Venom Breaking The Rules Snowballed Night Of The Long Knives ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : High Voltage Artist : AC/DC Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #146, entered Jul 18, 1981, on charts 019 weeks Genre : Rock Time : 44:07 min Date : 1976 (release) AMG ID : R000000078 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- 1976 CD Atlantic 36142 CS Atco 36142-4 LP Atco 36-142 CD Atlantic 36142 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- The best of their first two Australian albums. ~ Jas Obrecht AC/DC kicked things off properly by blowing away the girders with their concussion bomb skronk. Raw, raunchy, and fun-o-plenty, with songs like "The Jack" guaranteed to offend every woman in listening radius. ~ Tom Graves ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- Mark Evans - Bass Phil Rudd - Drums Bon Scott - Vocal Angus Young - Guitar Malcolm Young - Guitar -------- Album Tracks -------- It's A Long Way To The Top Rock & Roll Singer, The Jack, The Life Wire / T N T Can I Sit Next To You Girl Little Lover She's Got Balls High Voltage ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Highway to Hell Artist : AC/DC Rating : Best-of-Artist Charts : Billboard #017, entered Aug 25, 1979, on charts 083 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1979 (release) AMG ID : R000000082 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- 1979 CD Atlantic 19244-2 1979 CS Atlantic 19244-4 LP Atco 19244 CD Atlantic 19244 CD Atlantic 96135 CD Atlantic 98491 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- Bon Scott's swan song. ~ Jas Obrecht A classic of hard-rock/heavy metal noise-grunge-skronk-pillage-and-burn. Earlier AC/DC albums had great riffs and killer chords, but HIGHWAY TO HELL proved the boys could write too. Not a clinker on this thudfest, and songs like "Highway to Hell" and "Girls Got Rhythm" have appropriately become rock staples. ~ Tom Graves ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- Mark Dearnley - Engineer Mark Evans - Bass Robert John "Mutt" Lange - Producer Phil Rudd - Drums Bon Scott - Vocal Angus Young - Guitar Malcolm Young - Guitar -------- Album Tracks -------- Highway To Hell Girls Got Rhythm Walk Over You Touch Too Much Beating Around The Bush Shot Down In Flames Get It Hot If You Want Blood Love Hungry Man High Prowler ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : If You Want Blood You've Got It Artist : AC/DC Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #113, entered Dec 23, 1978, on charts 014 weeks Genre : Rock Time : 51:41 min Date : 1978 (release) AMG ID : R000000080 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- 1978 CD Atlantic SD-19212-2 1978 CS Atlantic CS-19212 1978 LP Atlantic 19212 CD Atlantic 19212 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- This captures the hellfire and brimstone of live AC/DC. ~ Jas Obrecht Although the sound engineering lacks, rock & roll still ain't much more in your face than this. Fans had known what a great live band AC/DC was, and this was the album that proved it to everyone else. Collects the best tracks from the early years and spits them back louder than bejeezus. ~ Tom Graves ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- Phil Rudd - Drums Bon Scott - Vocal Harry Vanda - Producer Cliff Williams - Bass Angus Young - Guitar Malcolm Young - Guitar George Young - Producer -------- Album Tracks -------- Riff Raff Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be Bad Boy Boogie Jack, The Problem Child Whole Lotta Rosie Rock N Roll Damnation High Voltage Let There Be Rock Rocker ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Interview Artist : AC/DC Rating : not rated yet Genre : Rock AMG ID : R000174280 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD Arabesque 4030 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Let There Be Rock Artist : AC/DC Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #154, entered Aug 13, 1977, on charts 011 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1977 (release) AMG ID : R000000079 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- 1977 CD Atco 36151-2 1977 CS Atco 36151-4 LP Atco 36-151 CD Atlantic 36151 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- Power platter, loaded with concert faves. ~ Jas Obrecht A great followup that proved these Aussies would be a nasty itch for a long time. Great meltdown boogie on songs like "Let There Be Rock," "Problem Child," and "Whole Lotta Rosie." ~ Tom Graves ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- Mark Evans - Bass Phil Rudd - Drums Bon Scott - Vocal Harry Vanda - Producer Angus Young - Guitar Malcolm Young - Guitar George Young - Producer -------- Album Tracks -------- Go Down Dog Eat Dog Let There Be Rock Bad Boy Boogie Overdose Crapsody In Blue Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be Whole Lotta Rosie ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Let There Be Rock: Video Artist : AC/DC Rating : not rated yet Genre : Rock Type : video AMG ID : R000085309 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- Warner Brothers 34073 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Live at Donnington Artist : AC/DC Rating : not rated yet Genre : Rock Type : video Date : 1992 (release) AMG ID : R000132033 (album inprint) ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Powerage Artist : AC/DC Rating : OK Charts : Billboard #133, entered Jun 24, 1978, on charts 017 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1978 (release) AMG ID : R000000081 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- 1978 CD Atlantic SD-19180-2 1978 CS Atlantic CS-19180 1992 Atco 92212 1978 LP Atlantic 19180 CD Atlantic 19180 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- Mark Opitz - Engineer Phil Rudd - Drums Bon Scott - Vocal Harry Vanda - Producer Cliff Williams - Bass Angus Young - Guitar Malcolm Young - Guitar George Young - Producer -------- Album Tracks -------- Gimme A Bullet Down Payment Blues Gone Shootin' Riff Raff Sin City Up To My Neck In You What's Next To The Moon Cold Hearted Man Kicked In The Teeth ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Razor's Edge, The Artist : AC/DC Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #002, entered Oct 6 , 1990, on charts 077 weeks Genre : Rock Time : 46:29 min Date : 1990 (release) AMG ID : R000000091 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD Atco 91413-2 CS Atco 91413-4 1990 LP Atco 91413-1 CD Atlantic 91413 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- Classic AC/DC guitar formula and muscular drumming. ~ Jas Obrecht The band unarguably slipped a few notches in the late 80s, but THE RAZOR'S EDGE brought them back into the 90s with a vengeance. Great hooks, great sound, and a great single, "Money Talks." Whoever said they sold out? ~ Tom Graves ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Who Made Who Artist : AC/DC Rating : not rated yet Genre : Rock Type : video Date : 1986 (release) AMG ID : R000085310 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- 1986 Atco 50114 Atlantic 50114 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Who Made Who Artist : AC/DC Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #033, entered Jun 21, 1986, on charts 042 weeks Genre : Rock Time : 38:33 min Date : 1986 (release) AMG ID : R000000089 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD Atlantic 81650-2 1986 CS Atlantic 81650-4 LP Atlantic 81650 CD Atlantic 81650 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- Brian Johnson Robert John "Mutt" Lange - Producer Bon Scott Malcolm Young Angus Young <1994 1 23> Thank you for using All-Music Guide. .

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