AC/DC - Rock Or Bust

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Rock Or Bust is the sixteenth studio album (fifteenth international) by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released in November 2014 via Columbia Records.

Economy counts for a lot on an AC/DC album. As meaty as they are, they sound best when they're lean - when there's not much fat on the bone, when they choose not to indulge in a fourth chord. Rock Or Bust benefits from a modest sense of scale. It's just 11 songs, the fewest number of cuts since 1995's Ballbreaker, but a better way to view it is that it's not even 35 minutes long, making it the shortest album AC/DC have ever released.

Maybe that's a reflection of the album's difficult birth. During recording, the band revealed that founding guitarist Malcolm Young was suffering from dementia, leaving his brother Angus in full charge of the band. Angus and producer Brendan O'Brien, who helmed the group's predecessor, Black Ice, enlisted the Young brothers' nephew Stevie to fill out some parts and the band whipped the record into shape in short order (admittedly with not much help from drummer Phil Rudd, who was tardy in the studio and effectively left the band in a cloud of criminal allegations prior to the album's release).

Malcolm may have been missing but his presence is felt. Angus completed the songs from old riff tapes he and his brother demoed, so Rock Or Bust doesn't feel markedly different than any other AC/DC album. If anything, it's oddly light on its feet, with "Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder" and "Hard Times" containing some swing and air in their rhythms and "Sweet Candy" feeling like part of a line of nasty bubblegum rock.

This being an AC/DC album, Rock Or Bust isn't perfect, but the entire thing moves, never wasting time on extraneous licks, and this no-nonsense approach means the songs stick in a way they never did on Black Ice.

If Rock Or Bust does indeed wind up as the final AC/DC record, it will stand as a suitable career-capper. It may be no different than what came before, but Rock Or Bust is by many measures stronger than most latter-day AC/DC albums, serving as a testament to why their good-humored raunch and industrial-strength riffs made them a rock & roll institution.

Rock or Bust peaked at #1 in 12 countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany and Sweden. It reached the top 5 in a further 12 countries, including New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States and Italy. Worldwide, Rock or Bust sold a total of 2.8 million copies in 2014.

Check out the tracks: “Play Ball”; “Rock Or Bust” and “Rock The Blues Away”.

This limited edition LP record on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve with lenticular cover image, 24 page booklet and CD album copy, pressed in Europe.

 

For Rock Or Bust AC/DC were:

  • Brian Johnson - Lead Vocals
  • Angus Young - Lead Guitar
  • Stevie Young - Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals
  • Cliff Williams - Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
  • Phil Rudd - Drums & Percussion

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Tracklisting:

 

Title

Time

A1

Rock Or Bust

3:03

A2

Play Ball

2:47

A3

Rock The Blues Away

3:24

A4

Miss Adventure

2:57

A5

Dogs Of War

3:35

A6

Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder

3:22

B1

Hard Times

2:44

B2

Baptism By Fire

3:30

B3

Rock The House

2:42

B4

Sweet Candy

3:09

B5

Emission Control

3:41

SKU 888750348418
Record Label Columbia Records
Label / Model # Sony
Catalogue Number 88875 03484 1
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 28 November 2014
Original Release Date (Year) 28 November 2014
Barcode # 888750348418
Shipping Weight 0.5850kg
Shipping Width 0.009m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000887000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Lenticular Cover Image, 24 Page Booklet, CD Album Copy
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Hard Rock
Genre Blues Rock
Format VINYL LP+CD

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