AC/DC - Highway To Hell

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Highway To Hell is the seventh studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released in July 1979, by Albert Productions and Atlantic Records.

When Bon Scott leered, "Lock up your daughter, lock up your wife, lock up your back door," on AC/DC's North American debut album, High Voltage (1976), he wasn't so much issuing a threat as celebrating his inalienable right to be crass. AC/DC showed how much fun true tastelessness could be and how liberating it could sound. These Australian delinquents played their bloodshot blues rock with the venom of punk rockers and the swagger of drunken lechers.

By 1978, AC/DC had released five albums internationally and had toured Australia and Europe extensively. In 1977, they landed in America and, with virtually no radio support, and began to amass a live following.

Of course, Highway to Hell is the final album AC/DC recorded with Bon Scott, the lead singer who provided the group with a fair share of its signature sleaze. Just months after its release, Scott literally partied himself to death after a night of drinking, another rock & roll fatality that took a talent too early. In light of his passing, it's hard not to see Highway To Hell as a last testament of sorts, and if Scott was going to go out in a blaze of glory, this certainly was the way to do it.

This is a veritable rogue's gallery of deviance, from cheerfully clumsy sex talk and drinking anthems to general outlandish behaviour. The ride for AC/DC had gotten very fast and wild, and it wasn’t just Scott that was flying high and reached a new peak trying to spill it all out on paper; so did the Young brothers, crafting their monster riffs into full-fledged, undeniable songs.

Highway To Hell was their best set of songs yet, from the incessant, intoxicating boogie of Girls Got Rhythm to If You Want Blood (You've Got It). Some of the credit should also go to Robert John "Mutt" Lange, who gives the album a precision and magnitude that was lacking in grimy charm of the Vanda & Young LPs. Filtered through Mutt's mixing board, AC/DC has never sounded so enormous, and they've never had such great songs, and they had never delivered an album as singularly bone-crunching or classic as this until now.

The boys graduate from the back of the bar to the front of the arena on Highway to Hell (1979), with a cleaner sound, more compact songs, and choruses fattened by rugby-team harmonies. The prize moment: Scott closes the hip-grinding Shot Down In Flames with a cackle worthy of the Wicked Witch of the West.

Check out these tracks: Highway To Hell; Girl’s Got Rhythm; Shot Down In Flames; Walk All Over You and Love Hungry Man.

This limited edition LP on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl with remastered audio and printed inner sleeve, is pressed in Europe.

Band Members:

  • Bon Scott             -    Lead Vocals
  • Angus Young      -    Lead Guitar
  • Malcolm Young   -    Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals
  • Cliff Williams       -    Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
  • Phil Rudd             -    Drums

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Highway To Hell

3:29

A2

Girl’s Got Rhythm

3:24

A3

Walk All Over You

5:11

A4

Touch Too Much

4:28

A5

Beating Around The Bush

3:57

B1

Shot Down In Flames

3:23

B2

Get It Hot

2:35

B3

If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)

4:38

B4

Love Hungry Man

4:18

B5

Night Prowler

6:18

SKU 5099751076414
Record Label Columbia Records
Label / Model # Sony
Catalogue Number 5107641
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 07 May 2009
Original Release Date (Year) 27 July 1979
Barcode # 5099751076414
Shipping Weight 0.2950kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeve, Reissue, Remastered Audio
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Hard Rock
Format VINYL LP

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