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AC/DC Discography

HIGH VOLTAGE (1975)
Baby Please Don’t Go / She’s Got Balls / Little Lover / Stick Around // Soul Stripper / You Ain’t Got A Hold On Me / Love Song / Show Business. Released on elpee in 1975 in Australia (Albert, APLP-009). Re-pressed on elpee in 1981 in New Zealand (Albert, APLP 009).

T.N.T. (1975)
It’s A Long Way To The Top 9If You Want To Rock ‘N’ Roll) / Rock ‘N’ Roll Singer / Can I Sit Next To You, Girl? / T.N.T. / Live Wire / High Voltage / The Jack / School Days / Rocker. Released on elpee in December 1975 in Australia (Albert, ALPA 016) with gatefold cover. Re-released on CD on December 28, 1999 in Australia (EMI, 477083).

It’s A Long Way To The Top (1976)
b/w Can  Sit Next To You, Girl? Released on 7-inch in 1976. Re-pressed on 7-inch in June 1980 in the UK (Atlantic, HM-3); reached #55 on the UK charts (charted on June 28, 1980 for 3 weeks).

HIGH VOLTAGE (INT’L VERSION) (1976)
It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘N’ Roll) / Rock ‘N’ Roll Singer / The Jack / Live Wire // T.N.T. / Can I Sit Next To You Girl / Little Lover / She’s Got Balls / High Voltage. Released on elpee and cassette in May 1976 in the US (Atco, SD/CS36-142), the UK (Atlantic, K50257), Argentina (Atoc, CIL 3303), Colombia (Atco, 23(7931)00325), France (WEA, 50257), Germany (Atlantic, ATL-50257/K450.527) and Spain (Atlantic, HATS 421-210); reached #146 on the US charts (RIAA certified 3X platinum record). Original UK/FRA versions features a unique cover. Re-issued on elpee in 1980 in Japan (Atco, P-10926T) and in 1981 in Brazil (Atlantic, 6047022) and Mexico (Atlantic, LWA-6106). Re-pressed on elpee in 1984 in Germany (Atlantic, ATL-50257). Re-released on digitally remastered CD in 1994 in the US (Atco, 92413-2). Re-released on digitally remastered 180g vinyl elpee and CD in 2003 in the US (Sony, E-/80201), the UK (Sony, 5107591) and Korea (Epic, CPK-2926). Re-released on digitally remastered CD in 2007 in Japan (Sony, SICP-1700).

Jailbreak (1976)
b/w Fling Thing. Released on 7-inch in August 1976 in Australia (Albert, AP 11135) and the UK (Atlantic, K 10805).

DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP (1976)
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap / Ain’t No Fun (Waiting Round To Be A Millionaire) / There’s Gonna Be Some Rockin’ / Problem Child // Squealer / Big Balls / R.I.P. (Rock In Peace) / Ride On / Jailbreak. Released on elpee on September 20, 1976 in Australia (Albert, APLP 020). Re-released on digitally remastered CD in 1995 in Australia (Albert, 477084-2).

DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP (INT’L VERSION) (1976)
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap / Love At First Feel / Big Balls / Rocker / Problem Child / There’s Gonna Be Some Rockin’ / Ain’t No Fun Waiting Round To Be A Millionaire / Ride On / Squealer. Released on elpee and cassette in November 1976 in the UK (Atlantic, K 50323), Argentina (Atlantic, SLIN-3207), Colombia (Atlantic, 23(7031)00252), Germany (Atlantic, ATL/K4-50323) and Venezuela (Atlantic, 200.2848). Remixed and re-released on elpee and cassette on March 27, 1981 in the US (Atlantic, SD/CS-16033) and Canada (Atlantic, XSD-16033); reached #3 on the US charts (RIAA certified 6X platinum record). Re-released on elpee in 1981 in Brazil (Atlantic, 20060) and Japan (Atlantic, P-10994A), and on elpee in Yugoslavia (Suzy, ATL-50323). Re-released on CD in Germany (Atlantic, 781481), and on digitally remastered CD in 1994 in the US and Canada (Atco, 92414) and in 2001 in Japan (Atlantic, AMCY-6220). Re-released on digitally remastered 180g vinyl elpee and CD on February 18, 2003 in the US (Epic, E-/80202) and in 2003 in the UK (Sony, 5107601) and Korea (Epic, CPK-2927). Re-released on digitally remastered CD in 2007 in Japan (Sony, SICP-1701). Re-packaged with The Razor’s Edge on 2CD in 2007 in Australia (Sony, 15884-2).

High Voltage (1976)
b/w Live Wire. Released on 7-inch in October 1976 in the UK (Atlantic, K 10860). Re-released on 7-inch in June 1980 in the UK (Atlantic, HM-1); reached #48 on the UK charts (charted on June 28, 1980 for 3 weeks).

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1976)
b/w Big Balls / The Jack. Released on three-track 7-inch in October 1976 in the UK (Atlantic, K 10899). Re-released on 7-inch in June 1980 in the UK; reached #47 on the UK charts (charted on June 28, 1980 for 3 weeks).

LET THERE BE ROCK (1977)
Go Down / Dog Eat Dog / Let There Be Rock / Bad Boy Boogie // Overdose / Crabsody In Blue* / Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be / Whole Lotta Rosie. Released on elpee and cassette on March 21, 1977 in Australia (Albert, APLP/TCAPLP.022) with unique gatefold cover. Released with * replaced by “Problem Child” (it now appears as the first track on side two) on elpee and cassette on June 23, 1977 in the US and Canada (Atco, SD/CS36-151), the UK (Atlantic, K 50366), Colombia (Atco, 23(7931)00324), Germany (Atlantic, ATL 50366) and Japan (Atlantic, P-10412A); reached #154 on the US charts (RIAA certified platinum record) and #17 on the UK charts (charted November 1977). Re-released on elpee in Mexico (Atlantic, LWA-6107). Re-released on cassette in Germany (Atlantic, 90413-4). Australian version released on CD in 1995 in Australia (Albert, 477085-2) and again in Australia (Albert, CDP7-46666-2). Re-released on digitally remastered CD in 2000 in Germany (Atco, 92445-2), in 2001 in Japan (Atco, AMCY-6221) and in 2007 in Japan (Sony, SICP-1702). Re-released on digitally remastered 180g vinyl elpee and CD in 2003 in the US (Epic, E/EK-80203) and the UK (Sony, 510761-2).

Let There Be Rock (1977)
b/w Problem Child. Released on 7-inch in September 1977 in the UK (Atlantic, K 11018).

Problem Child (1977)
b/w Problem Child (mono version). Released as promotional 7-inch in 1977 in the US (Atco, 7086).

Whole Lotta Rosie (1977)
b/w Dog Eat Dog. Released on 7-inch in 1977 in Germany and the Netherlands (Atlantic, ATL 10922).

POWERAGE (1978)
Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation* / Down Payment Blues / Gimme A Bullet / Riff Raff / Sin City / What’s Next To The Moon / Gone Shootin’ / Up To My Neck In You / Kicked In The Teeth. Released on elpee and cassette on May 25, 1978 in Australia and New Zealand (Albert, APLP 030), the US (Atlantic, SD/CS-19180), Argentina (Atlantic, 83817), Canada (Atlantic, KSD-19080), Colombia (Atlantic, 23(7031)00298); reached #133 on the US charts (RIAA certified platinum record). Released w. different track order and * replaced by “Cold Hearted Man” in 1978 in the UK (Atlantic, K 50483), Germany (Atlantic, ATL 50.483) and Yugoslavia (Suzy, ATL-50483); reached #26 on the UK charts (charted May 1978). Re-released on elpee in Mexico (Atlantic, LWA-5407). Re-released on digitally remastered CD in 1994 in the US and Germany (Atlantic, 92446). Re-packaged in boxed set with Blow Up Your Video in Russia (CD-Maximum, 798154). Re-released on digitally remastered 180g vinyl elpee and CD in 2003 in the US (Epic, E-/80204) and on May 5, 2003 in the UK (Sony, 510762).

Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation (1978)
b/w Sin City. Released on 7-inch in May 1978 in the UK and Germany (Atlantic, K 11142), Japan (Atlantic, P-311A) and the Netherlands (Atlantic, ATL 11193); reached #24 on the UK charts (charted June 10, 1978 for 9 weeks). Released on 7-inch on May 1978 in the US (Atlantic, 3499X2) with different B side, “Kicked In The Teeth.” Also released as promotional 7-inch in 1978 in the US (Atlantic, 3499) with mono version of “Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation” on the flip side.

IF YOU WANT BLOOD YOU’VE GOT IT (1978)
Live tracks: Riff Raff / Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be / Bad Boy Boogie / The Jack / Problem Child // Whole Lotta Rosie / Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation / High Voltage / Let There Be Rock / Rocker. Released on elpee and cassette in October 1978 in Australia (Albert, APLP-034), the US (Atlantic, SD/CS-19212), the UK (Atlantic, K 50532), Argentina (WEA, 93305), Canada (Atlantic, KSD/CS-19212), Germany (ATL 50532), and Japan (Atlantic/Warner-Pioneer, P-10618A) and Yugoslavia (Suzy, ATL 50532); reached #113 on the US charts (RIAA certified platinum record) and #13 on the UK charts. Re-issued on elpee in 1979 in Brazil (Atlantic, 30.095), in 1980 in Mexico (Atlantic, LWA-5408), and in Taiwan (Kelly, KY-1014). Re-pressed on elpee in 1984 in Germany (Atlantic, ATL 50532). Re-issued on CD in 1988 in Japan, on October 18, 1994 in the US, and in 1995 in Australia. Re-released on digitally remastered 180g vinyl elpee and CD in 2003 in the US and the UK, and in 2007 in Japan. [See listing for more detail.]

Whole Lotta Rosie (live) (1978)
b/w Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be (live). Released on 7-inch in October 1978 in the UK (Atlantic, K 11207). Re-released on 7-inch in June 1980 in the UK (Atlantic, HM-4); reached #36 on the UK charts (charted on June 28, 1980 for 8 weeks).

HIGHWAY TO HELL (1979)
Highway To Hell / Girl’s Got Rhythm / Walk All Over You* / Touch Too Much / Beating Around The Bush / Shot Down In Flames / Get It Hot / If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It) / Love Hungry Man / Night Prowler. Released on elpee in 1979 in Australia (Albert, APLP-040) and in Colombia (Atlantic/Sonolux, 23(7031)00214) with unique cover. Released on elpee and cassette without one (*) track in August 1979 in the US (Atlantic, SD/CS-19244), the UK (Atlantic, K 50628) and Germany (Atlantic, ATL 50628); reached #17 on the US charts (RIAA certified 7X platinum record) and #8 on the UK charts. Re-pressed on elpee in 1984 in Germany (Atlantic, ATL 50628). Australian version released on CD in 1995 in Australia (Albert, 477088). Re-released on digitally remastered CD in 1994 in the US (Atlantic, 92419) and in 1995 in Australia (Albert, 477088-2). Re-released on digitally remastered 180g vinyl elpee in 1998 in the UK (Simply Vinyl, SVLP-325). Re-released on digitally remastered 180g vinyl elpee and CD in 2003 in the US (Epic, E-80206) and the UK (Sony, 510764-1). Re-released on digitally remastered CD in 2007 in Japan (Sony, SICP-1705).

Highway To Hell (1979)
b/w If You Want Blood. Released on 7-inch in August 1979 in Australia (Albert, AP-104), the UK (Atlantic, K 11321), France, Germany and the Netherlands (Atlantic, ATL 11.321), Japan (Atlantic, P-464A) and Portugal (Atlantic, ATL 11439); reached #56 on the UK charts (charted on September 1, 1979 for 4 weeks). Released on 7-inch in August 1979 in the US (Atlantic) with a different B side (“Night Prowler”); reached #47 on the US charts.

Girl’s Got Rhythm (1979)
b/w Get It Hot. Released on 7-inch in October 1979 in the UK (Atlantic, K-11406) and Belgium (Atlantic, ATL 11401). Released on 7-inch in 1979 in Germany (Atlantic, ATL 11411) with different B side, “T.N.T.” Also released on four-track 7-inch EP in 1979 in the UK (Atlantic, K-11406E) with “If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It),” “Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be” and “Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation.”

Touch Too Much (1980)
b/w Live Wire (live) / Shot Down In Flames (live). Released on three-track 7-inch in January 1980 in the UK and France (Atlantic, K 11435) and on 12-inch in 1980 in Germany (Atlantic, ATL 20206); reached #29 on the UK charts (charted on February 2, 1980 for 9 weeks). Released on 7-inch in 1979/1980 in Japan (Atlantic, P-544A) with different B side, “Walk All Over You.” Also released as promotional 7-inch single in 1980 in the US (Atlantic, 3644) with mono version of “Touch Too Much” on the flip side.

BACK IN BLACK (1980)
Hells Bells / Shoot To Thrill / What Do You Do For Money Honey / Given The Dog A Bone / Let Me Put My Love Into You / Back In Black / You Shook Me All Night Long / Have A Drink On Me / Shake A Leg / Rock And Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution. Released on elpee and cassette on July 21, 1980 in Australia (Albert, APLP-046), the US (Atlantic, SD/CS-16018), the UK (Atlantic, K/K4-50735), Argentina (Atlantic, 208982), Canada (Atlantic, XSD-16018), Colombia (Atlantic, 23(7031)00160), Germany and the Netherlands (Atlantic, ATL 50735) and Japan (Atlantic, P-10906A); reached #4 on the US charts (RIAA certified 22X platinum record) and #1 on the UK charts. UK and other regions feature a different track listing. Re-released on elpee in 1981 in Mexico (Atlantic, LWA-5424). Re-released on digitally remastered CD in 1994 in the US (Atlantic, 92418), in 1995 in Australia (Albert, 470007-2), in Japan (Atco, AMCY-6225), in 2007 in Japan (Epic, EICP-907), in 2007/8 in Japan (Sony, SICP-1707) and in 2008 in Japan (Sony, SICP-2037). Re-released on digitally remastered 180g vinyl elpee and CD in 2003 in the US (Epic, E-/80207), the UK (Sony, 510765-1/2) and Korea (Epic, CPK-2887). Released on DualDisc CD+DVD featuring the film “The Story of Back In Black” in 2005 in the US (Epic, N90828-S1) and the UK (Epic, 5107655).

You Shook Me All Night Long (1980)
b/w Have A Drink On Me. Released on 7-inch in August 1980 in the US (Atlantic, 3761), the UK (Atlantic, K 11600) and France (Atlantic, ATL 11600); reached #35 on the US charts (charted on September 6, 1980 for 16 weeks) and #38 on the UK charts (charted on September 13, 1980 for 6 weeks). Released on 7-inch in 1980 in Japan (Atlantic, P-631A) with different B side, “Back In Black.”

Rock ‘N’ Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution (1980)
b/w Hells Bells. Released on 7-inch and 12-inch in November 1980 in the UK (Atlantic, K 11630/T) and Germany (Atlantic, ATL 11630); reached #15 on the UK charts (charted on November 29, 1980 for 8 weeks). 12-inch single includes badge.

Back In Black (1980)
b/w What Do You Do For Your Money, Honey? Released on 7-inch in December 1980 in the US (Atlantic, 3787); reached #37 on the US charts (charted December 20, 1980 for 15 weeks).

FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK (WE SALUTE YOU) (1981)
For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) / Put The Finger On You / Let’s Get It Up / Inject The Venom / Snowballed / Evil Walks / C.O.D. / Breaking The Laws / Night of The Long Knives / Spellbound. Released on elpee in November 1981 in the US (Atco, SD-11111), the UK (Atlantic, K 50851), Canada (Atco, XSD-11111), Colombia (Atlantic, 23(7031)00293) and Germany (Atlantic, ATL-50851); reached #1 on the US charts and #3 on the UK charts. Re-packaged as 3CD box set with Flick of The Switch + Fly On The Wall in Australia (Albert, 470078). Re-released on digitally remastered CD in Japan (Atco, AMCY-6226). Re-released on digitally remastered 180g vinyl elpee and CD in 2003 in the UK (Sony, 5107666-1) and Korea (Epic, CPK-2918).

Let’s Get It Up (1982)
b/w Back In Black (live) + T.N.T. (live). Released on 7-inch and three-track 12-inch in January 1982 in the UK (Atlantic, K 11706/T) and Germany and the Netherlands (Atlantic, ATL 20.272); reached #13 on the UK charts (charted on February 6, 1982 for 6 weeks). Released on 7-inch in January 1982 in the US (Atlantic, 3894) and Japan (Atlantic, P-1615) with different B side, “Snowballed;” reached #44 on the US charts (charted January 16, 1982 for 9 weeks).

For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) (1982)
b/w Let There Be Rock (live) (edit). Released on 7-inch in June 1982 in the UK (Atlantic, K-11721), and on 12-inch with full length version of “Let There Be Rock (live)” in June 1982 in the UK (Atlantic, K 11721T), Germany (Atlantic, ATLK 20276) and the Netherlands (Atlantic, ATL 11721); reached #15 on the UK charts (charted on July 3, 1982 for 6 weeks). Released on 7-inch in June 1982 in the US (Atlantic, 4029) with a different B side, “T.N.T.”

FLICK OF THE SWITCH (1983)
Rising Power / This House Is On Fire / Flick of The Switch / Nervous Shakedown / Landslide // Guns For Hire / Deep In The Hole / Bedlam In Belgium / Badlands / Brain Shake. Released on elpee in August 1983 in Australia (Albert, APLP-061), the US (Atlantic, 80100), the UK and Germany (Atlantic, 78-0100-1), Argentina, (Atlantic, 80407), Canada (Atlantic, A1-80100), Japan (Atlantic, P-11339) and Mexico (Atlantic, LWDA-6203); reached #15 on the US charts and #4 on the UK charts. Re-released on CD in 1993 in Australia (Albert, 465259-2) and on digitally remastered CD in Japan (Atlantic, AMCY-6227). Re-released on digitally remastered 180g vinyl elpee and CD in 2003 in the US (Epic, E-/80209) and the UK (Sony, 510761-1/2). Re-released on digitally remastered CD in 2007 in Japan (Epic, EICP-909) and in 2008 in Japan (Sony, SICP-1709).

Guns For Hire (1983)
b/w Landslide. Released on 7-inch in September 1983 in the US (Atlantic, 7-89774), the UK (Atlantic, A-9774), Germany and Italy (Atlantic, 78 97747) and Japan (Atlantic, P-1809); reached #84 on the US charts (charted on October 1, 1983 for 5 weeks) and #37 on the UK charts (charted on October 29, 1983 for 4 weeks). Also released as a shaped 7inch picture disc in 1983 in the UK (Atlantic, A-9774P).

SPECIAL RADIO INTERVIEW DISC (1983)
Released as a promotional elpee in 1983 in the US (Atlantic, PR-562).

Jailbreak (1984)
b/w Show Business. Released as a 7-inch in January 1984 in the US (Atlantic, 7-89614). Also released as a one-track promotional 12-inch in 1984 in the US (Atlantic, PR-645).

Flick of The Switch (1984)
b/w Badlands. Released on 7-inch in March 1984 in the US (Atlantic, 7-89722). Also released as a one-track promotional 7-inch in 1984 in the US (Atlantic, 7-89722) and as a two-track promotional 12-inch in 1983/4 in the US (Atlantic, PR-530) with “Guns For Hire” on the B side.

Nervous Shakedown (1984)
b/w Rock And Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution (live) + Sin City (live), This House Is On Fire (live). Released on 7-inch and shaped 7-inch picture disc in July 1984 in the UK (Atlantic, A-9651/P) and on four-track 12-inch in 1984 in the UK (Atlantic, A-9651T) and Germany (Atlantic, 786 941-0); reached #35 on the UK charts (charted on August 4, 1984 for 5 weeks). Also released as a promotional, three-track 12-inch in 1984 in the US (Atlantic, PR 557) with “This House Is On Fire” and “Flick of The Switch.”

’74 JAILBREAK (1984)
Jailbreak / You Ain’t Got A Hold On Me / Show Business / Soul Stripper / Baby, Please Don’t Go. Compilation of material originally recorded between 1974 – 1976 and released on EP, CSEP and CDEP in August 1984 in the US (Atco, A1-80178/80178-2), Canada (Atlantic, 78 01781/4), Colombia (Atlantic, 6059), Japan (Atlantic, P-6196) and Mexico (Atlantic, LMWA-6317); reached #76 on the US charts. Re-released on digitally remastered CDEP in Japan (Atlantic, AMCY-6228) and in 2007 in Japan (Sony, SICP-1706). Re-released on digitally remastered 180g vinyl EP in 2003 in the US (Epic, E-80200) and the UK (Sony, 510758-1).

Danger (1985)
b/w Back In Business. Released on 7-inch and 12-inch in June 1985 in the US (Atlantic, 7-89532), the UK (Atlantic, A-9532/T), Canada and Germany (Atlantic, 78 95327) and Japan (Atlantic, P-1991); reached #48 on the UK charts (charted July 6, 1985 for 4 weeks). UK 7-inch versions also released with a poster picture sleeve (Atlantic, A-9532W) and as a shaped picture disc (Atlantic, A-9532P). Released on 7-inch in 1985 in Australia (Albert, AP-1544) with a different B side, “Hell Or High Water.” Also released as a one-track promotional 12-inch in 1985 in the US (Atlantic, PR-750).

FLY ON THE WALL (1985)
Fly On The Wall / Shake Your Foundations / First Blood / Danger / Sink The Pink // Playing With The Girls / Stand Up / Hell Or High Water / Back In Business / Send For The Man. Released on elpee, CD and cassette in July 1985 in Australia and New Zealand (Albert, APLP-431066), the US (Atlantic, 81263-1-E), the UK, Germany and Spain (Atlantic, 781 263-1), Argentina (Atlantic/WEA, 80912/90912), Brazil (Atlantic, 6047141), Canada (Atlantic, 78 12631/4, CD 81263), Colombia (Atlantic/Philips, 6082), Japan (Atlantic, P-13152), Mexico (Atlantic, LWA-6404) and Venezuela (Atlantic, 3088); reached #32 on the US charts (RIAA certified platinum record) and #7 on the UK charts. Released on CD in Australia (Albert, 477092-2). Re-released on digitally remastered 180g vinyl elpee and CD in 2003 in the US (Epic, E-80210/-2) and the UK (Sony, 510768-1/2). Re-released on digitally remastered CD in Japan (Atlantic, AMCY-6229) and in 2007 in Japan (Sony, SICP-1710).

Shake Your Foundations (1985)
b/w Send For The Man. Released on 7-inch on November 1985 in the US (Stlantic, 7-89525) and Japan (Atlantic, P-2038). Also released as one-track promotional 7-inch and 12-inch in the US (Atlantic, 7-89525/PR-754). Released on 7-inch with picture sleeve, 7-inch with poster picture sleeve and shaped 7-inch picture disc in January 1986 in the UK (Atlantic, A-9474/C/P) with different B side, “Stand Up;” reached #24 on UK charts (charted January 18, 1986 for 5 weeks). Also released on 3-track 12-inch in 1986 in the UK (Atlantic, A9474T) and Germany (Atlantic, 786837-0) with “Stand Up,” “Jailbreak (live).”

Sink The Pink (1986)
Released as one-track promotional 12-inch in 1986 in the US (Atlantic, PR-766).

Who Made Who (1986)
b/w Guns For Hire (live). Released on 7-inch and shaped 7-inch picture disc in May 1986 in the US (Atlantic, 7-89425), the UK (Atlantic, A9425/P), Italy (Atlantic, 789425-7) and Japan (Atlantic, P-2134); reached #16 on the UK charts (charted on May 24, 1986 for 5 weeks). Released on two-track 12-inch in May 1986 in the UK (Atlantic, A9425T) and Germany (Atlantic, 786819-0) featuring “Who Made Who (Special Collectors Mix)” on the A side. Also released as one-track promotional 12-inch in 1986 in the US (Atlantic, PR-872).

WHO MADE WHO (1986)
Who Made Who / You Shook Me All Night Long / D.T. / Sink The Pink / Ride On // Hells Bells / Shake Your Foundations / Chase The Ace / For Those About To Rock (We Salute You). Released on elpee and cassette in May 1986 in Australia (Albert, APLP.431068), the US (Atlantic, 81650-1-E/4-81650), the UK (Atlantic, WX-57), Argentina (Atlantic, 89100), Canada (Atlantic, 78 16501/4), Germany (Atlantic, 781.650), Japan (Atlantic, P-13269), Korea (High Light, J-182) and Mexico (Atlantic, LWA-8501); reached #3 on the US charts (RIAA certified 5X platinum record) and #11 on the UK charts. Re-released on CD in Australia (Albert, 338602) and in 2001 in Japan (Atlantic, AMCY-6230). Re-released on digitally remastered 180g vinyl elpee and CD on April 29, 2003 in the US (Epic, E-/80211) and on April 30, 2003 in the UK (Sony, 510769-1/2). Re-released on CD in 2008 in Japan (Sony, SICP-1713).

You Shook Me All Night Long (1986)
b/w She’s Got Balls (live) + You Shook Me All Night Long (live). Released on 7-inch with picture sleeve, 7-inch with gatefold picture sleeve and shaped 7-inch picture disc  in August 1986 in the UK (Atlantic, A9377/G/P); reached #46 on the UK charts (charted on August 30, 1986 for 4 weeks). Also released on three-track 12-inch in August 1986 in the UK (Atlantic, A9377T) and Germany (Atlantic, 786792-0).

INTERVIEW PICTURE DISC (1986)
Released as a limited edition picture elpee in 1986 in the UK (Telltales, MM 1210).

VOLUME 1 (1987)
HIGH VOLTAGE / T.N.T. / DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP / LET THERE BE ROCK / POWERAGE / HIGHWAY TO HELL. Boxed set released on 6LP, 6CD and 6CS in December 1987 in Australia (Albert, 465921-2/4).

VOLUME 2 (1987)
BACK IN BLACK / FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK (WE SALUTE YOU) / FLICK OF THE SWITCH / FLY ON THE WALL / WHO MADE WHO. Boxed set released on 5LP and 5CD in December 1987 in Australia (Albert, 465922-1/2).

Heatseeker (1988)
b/w Go Zone + Snake Eye. Released on 7-inch and cassette single in January 1988 in the US (Atlantic, 7-89136/-4), the UK (Atlantic, A9136) and Japan (Atlantic, P-2377); reached #12 on the UK charts (charted on January 16, 1988 for 6 weeks). Released as three-track 12-inch, 12-inch picture disc and CD single in 1988 in the US (Atlantic, 0-86617) and the UK (Atlantic, A9136T/TP/CD). Also released as one-track promotional CD single in 1988 in the US (Atlantic, PR-2208).

BLOW UP YOUR VIDEO (1988)
Heatseeker / That’s The Way I Wanna Rock ‘N’ Roll / Meanstreak / Go Zone / Kissin’ Dynamite // Nick of Time / Some Sin For Nuthin’ / Ruff Stuff / Two’s Up / This Means War. Released on elpee and cassette in February 1988 in Australia (Albert, APLP.072), the US (Atlantic, 81828-1/4), the UK (Atlantic, WX-144/C), Argentina (WEA, 80718/90718), Brazil (Atlantic, 6704103), Canada (Atlantic, 78 18281/4), Colombia (Atlantic, 23(7031)00045), Czechoslovakia (Atlantic, 1105777), Germany (Atlantic, 781 828), Japan (Atlantic, P-13634), Mexico (Atlantic, LWA-6713), Venezuela (Atlantic, 3233) and Yugoslavia (Jugoton, LSAT-71045); reached #15 on the US charts (RIAA certified platinum record) and #2 on the UK charts. Venezuelan elpee features a different cover. Re-released on CD in 1995 in Australia (Albert, 477094) and in Japan (Atlantic, AMCY-6231). Re-released on digitally remastered 180g vinyl elpee and CD in 2003 in the US (Epic, E-/80212) and the UK (Sony, 510770-1/2). Re-released on CD in 2008 in Japan (Sony, SICP-1711).

That’s The Way I Wanna Rock N Roll (1988)
b/w Kissin’ Dynamite + Borrowed Time, Whole Lotta Rosie (live). Released on 7-inch in March 1988 in the UK (Atlantic, A9098) and Germany (Atlantic, 789.098); reached #22 on the UK charts (charted on April 2, 1988 for 5 weeks). Released on three-track 12-inch, 12-inch picture disc and four-track CD single in March 1988 in the UK (Atlantic, A9098T/TP/CD). Also released as one-track promotional 7-inch and 12-inch in 1988 in the US (Atlantic, 7-89098/PR-2283).

INTERVIEW PICTURE DISC (1988)
Released as a limited edition picture elpee in 1988 in the UK (Baktabak, BAK 2030).

INTERVIEW PICTURE DISC (1988)
Released as a limited edition picture elpee in 1988 in the UK (Telltales, TTS 1001).

Thunderstruck (1990)
b/w Fire Your Guns + D.T., Chase The Ace. Released on 7-inch and 10-inch picture disc in September 1990 in Australia (Albert, 656319-7) and the UK and Germany (Atlantic, B-8907/P); reached #13 on the UK charts (charted September 22, 1990 for 5 weeks). Released on two-track 3-inch CD single in 1990 in Japan (Atco, AMDY-5031). Released on four-track 12-inch and CD single in September 1990 in the UK (Atlantic, A8907T/CD). Also released on one-track CD single in 1990 in the US (Atco, PRCD-3522).

THE RAZOR’S EDGE (1990)
Thunderstruck / Fire Your Guns / Moneytalks / The Razor’s Edge / Mistress For Christmas / Rock Your Heart Out // Are You Ready / Got You By The Balls / Shot of Love / Lets Make It / Goodbye And Good Riddance To Bad Luck / If You Dare. Released on elpee, CD and cassette in September 1990 in the US, Canada and Germany (Atco, 91413/A4-91413), the UK (Atco, WX-364) and Mexico (Atco, LPNA-7922 on brown vinyl); reached #2 on the US charts (RIAA certified 5X platinum record) and #4 on the UK charts. Also released on picture disc in 1991 in the UK (Atco, WX-364P). Re-released on digitally remastered 180g vinyl elpee and CD in 2003 in the US (Epic, E2-/80213), the UK (Sony, 510771-1/2) and Korea (Epic, CPK-2931).

THE RAZOR’S EDGE SAMPLER (1990)
Thunderstruck / Fire Your Guns // Moneytalks / Mistress For Christmas. Released as a promotional EP on red vinyl elpee in 1990 in the UK (Atco, SAM-693).

Moneytalks (1990)
b/w Mistress For Christmas + Borrowed Time. Released on 7-inch and three-track 12-inch and CD single on November 20, 1990 in the US (Atco, 7-98881), the UK (Atco, B-888/T6) and Germany (Atco, 96408-0/2); reached #23 on the US charts and #36 on the UK charts (charted November 24, 1990 for 3 weeks). Also released as a one-track promotional CD single in 1990 in the US (Atco, PRCD-3661-2).

AC/DC INTERVIEW: THE RAZOR’S EDGE (1990)
Released as a promotional CD in 1990 in Germany (Atco, ACDC-1).

Are You Ready (1991)
b/w Got You By The Balls + The Razor’s Edge. Released on 7-inch, 7-inch with special numbered sleeve, 7-inch with sew-on patch, cassette single and three-track 12-inch on March 28, 1991 in Australia (Albert, 656810-4), the US (Atlantic, 98830) and the UK (Atlantic, B-8830/W/X/C/T); reached #34 on the UK charts (charted on April 27,1991 for 3 weeks). Released as four-track 12-inch and CD single in 1991 in Australia (Albert, 656810-4/65698106/656810-6) with tour poster and featuring “D.T.” and “Chase The Ace.” Also released as one-track promotional CD single in 1991 in the US (Atco, PRCD-3746-2).

Highway To Hell (live) (1992)
b/w Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be (live). Released on cassette single in October 1992 in the US (Atco, 498491). Released on 7-inch in October 1992 in the UK and Germany (Atco, B8479) with a different B side, “Hells Bells (live);” reached #14 on the UK charts (charted on October 17, 1992 for 4 weeks). Released as three-track CD single in October 1992 in the UK (Atco, B8479CD) and France (Carrere, 96119) with “Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be (live)” and “High Voltage (live).” Also released as double-pack three-track CD singles in 1992 in the UK (Atco, B8479CD/CDX) with “Hells Bells (live)” and “The Jack (live).” Released as two-track 12-inch picture disc in 1992 in the UK (Atco, B8479TP) with different B side, “High Voltage (live).”

AC/DC LIVE (1992)
Live tracks: Thunderstruck / Shoot To Thrill / Back In Black / Sin City* / Who Made Who / Heatseeker / Fire Your Guns* / Jailbreak* / The Jack / Razor’s Edge* / Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap / Moneytalks // Hells Bells / Are  You Ready* / That’s The Way I Wanna Rock & Roll* / High Voltage* / You Shook Me All Night Long / Whole Lotta Rosie / Let There Be Rock* / Bonny* / Highway To Hell / T.N.T. / For Those About To Rock (We Salute You). Released on 2LP, 2CD and 2CS in October 1992 in the US (Atco, 92212) and the UK (Atco, WX-493); reached #26 on the US charts (RIAA certified 3X platinum record) and #15 on the UK charts. Released on expanded 2CD in 1992 in Japan (Atlantic, AMCY-465/6) with one bonus track, “Hell Ain’t  Bad Place To Be (live).” The 2LP version features a slightly different track order and three fewer tracks. Also released as a 14-track CD on October 27, 1992 in the US (Atlantic, 92215) without (*) tracks; this single CD version reached #5 on the UK charts. Re-released on 2CD in Japan (Atlantic, AMCY-6234/5). Re-released on digitally remastered 180g vinyl 2LP and 2CD in 2003 in the UK (Sony, 512 836-1) and Canada (Epic, E2K-80215).

AC/DC LIVE EP (1992)
Live tracks: Whole Lotta Rosie / Shoot To Thrill / Back in Black / Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be / Highway To Hell. Released on CDEP in 1992 in France (Carrere, 96065-2).

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (Live) (1993)
b/w Shoot To Thrill (live at Donington) + Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (live at Donington). Released as three-track 12-inch and CD single in February 1993 in the UK (Atco, B6073T/CD); reached #68 on the UK charts (charted on March 6, 1993 for one week).

Big Gun (1993)
b/w Back In Black (live) + For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) (live). Released on 7-inch, two-track CD single and three-track 12-inch and CD single on June 3, 1993 in the US (Atco, 98406-2) and in July 1993 in the UK (Atco, B8396/T/CD); reached #65 on the US charts and #23 on the UK charts (charted July 10, 1993 for 3 weeks). Released on three-track CD single in 1993 in Germany (Atlantic, 96031-9) with “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) (live)” and “Shoot To Thrill (live).”

Cover You In Oil (1995)
+ Love Bomb, Ballbreaker. Released as three-track CD single in Germany in 1995 (Eastwest, 64286-2). Also released as one-track promotional CD single in 1995 in the US (Eastwest, PRCD-9409-2).

Hard As A Rock (1995)
b/w Caught With Your Pants Down. Released on 7-inch, yellow vinyl 7-inch and CD single in September 1995 in Australia (EMI, 882470-2), the US and Germany (Eastwest, 64368), the UK (Eastwest, A4368/X/CD); reached #33 on the UK charts (charted on September 30, 1995 for 2 weeks). Released as double-pack CD single in 1995 in the UK (Eastwest, A4368CD/CDX) with elpee versions of A and B on the second CD single. Also released as one-track promotional CD single in 1995 in the US (Eastwest, PRCD-9337-2).

BALLBREAKER (1995)
Whiskey On The Rocks / The Honey Roll / The Furor / Love Bomb / Hard As A Rock / Hail Caesar / Cover You In Oil / Caught With Your Pants Down / Burnin’ Alive / Boogie Man / Ballbreaker. Released on elpee and CD on September 26, 1995 in the US and Germany (Eastwest, 61780-1/2) and Japan (Eastwest, AMCY-888); reached #4 on the US charts (RIAA certified 2X platinum record) and #6 on the UK charts. UK and Japanese releases feature different track order (5/7/3/10/2/9/6/4/8/1/11). Re-released on CD in Japan (Eastwest, AMCY-6223). Re-released on digitally remastered CD in 2005 in the UK (Sony, 517384-2). Re-released on CD in 2008 in Japan (Sony, SICP-1717).

Ballbreaker (1995)
Released as one-track promotional CD single in 1995 in the US (Eastwest, PRCD-9481-2).

Hail Caesar (1996)
b/w Whiskey On The Rocks, Whole Lotta Rosie (live in Europe 1991). Released on three-track CD single in May 1996 in Australia (Albert, 882679), the UK (Eastwest) and Germany and Italy (Eastwest, 66051-2); reached #56 on the UK charts (charted on May 11, 1996 for one week). Also released as a three-track promotional CD single in 1996 in Germany (Eastwest, PRCD-116).

AC/DC BOX SET (1996)
US versions: HIGH VOLTAGE / DIRY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP / POWERAGE. Released on 3LP boxed set in 1996 in Germany (Atlantic, 60149).

BONFIRE (1997)
LIVE FROM THE ATLANTIC STUDIOS / LET THERE BE ROCK-THE MOVIE-LIVE IN PARIS (PARTS ONE AND TWO) / VOLTS / BACK IN BLACK. Compilation released as 5CD boxed set released on November 11, 1997 in Australia (Albert, 823766-2), the US and Germany (Eastwest, 62119-2), the UK (Eastwest, 493273) and Japan (Eastwest, AMCY-2515/9). Re-released on digitally remastered 5CD boxed set in 2003 in the UK (Sony, 510774-2) and the Netherlands (Epic, K-80218) and in 2010 in Japan (Sony, SICP-2564/8).

Dirty Eyes (1997)
Released as one-track promotional CD single in 1997 in the US (Eastwest, PRCD-9937-2) and Germany (Eastwest, PRCD-942).

BONFIRE SAMPLER (1997)
Dirty Eyes / If You Want Blood You Got It / Highway To Hell / The Jack / High Voltage / Back IN Black / It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘N’ Roll) / Ride On. Released as a promotional CD in 1997 in the US (eastwest, PRCD-9941-2).

STIFF UPPER LIP (2000)
Stiff Upper Lip / Meltdown / House of Jazz / Hold Me Back / Safe In New York City / Can’t Stand Still / Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll / Satellite Blues / Damned / Come And Get It / All Screwed Up / Give It Up. Released on CD on February 29, 2000 in Australia (Albert, 525645-2), the US (Eastwest, 62494-2) and the UK (EMI, 525667-2); reached #7 on the US charts (RIAA certified platinum record) and #12 on the UK charts. Re-released on digitally remastered CD in 2005 in the UK (Sony, 517385-2) and in 2008 in Japan (Sony, SICP-1718).

Stiff Upper Lip (2000)
b/w Hard As A Rock (live in Madrid), Ballbreaker (live in Madrid). Released on three-track CD single on April 1, 2000 in Australia (Albert, 888494-2) and the UK (EMI, CDSTIFF-100); reached #65 on the UK charts (charted April 15, 2000 for one week). Also released as one-track promotional CD single in 200 in the US (Eastwest, PRCD-7424-2) and Germany (Elektra, PRO-1833).

MAXIMUM AC/DC: THE UNAUTHORISED BIOGRAPHY OF AC/DC (2000)
Interviews: Bon To Be Wild / Forever Young / Moving On Up / Classic Rock / Global Warning / Good Ship USA / Dead Drunk / Back In Black / In The Line of Fire / Dynamite In The Machine / Back On The Chain Gang / Bonfire of The Vanities. Interviews released on CD on July 11, 2000 in the UK (Chrome Dreams, 54).

Safe In New York City (2001)
b/w Cybersspace, Back In Black (live in Madrid). Released on three-track CD single in 2001 in Australia (Albert, 889006-2) and Germany (Elektra, 67072-2).Also released as three-track promotional CD single in 2001 in the US (Elektra, PRCD-7474) with “Safe In New York City (live)” and “Safe In New York City (video).”

THE COLLECTOR’S BOX (2002)
THE RAZOR’S EDGE / HIGHWAY TO HELL / BLOW UP YOUR VIDEO / BALLBREAKER / STIFF UPPER LIP / T.N.T. / FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK (WE SALUTE YOU) / BACK IN BLACK / WHO MADE WHO / AC/DC LIVE / DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP / LET THERE BE ROCK / FLICK OF THE SWITCH / FLY ON THE WALL / HIGH VOLTAGE / POWERAGE / IF YOU WANT BLOOD YOU’VE GOT IT. Compilation released on 18CD boxed set in 2003 in Australia (Albert, 336132).

THE COLLECTOR’S BOX (INT’L VERSION) (2003)
’74 JAILBREAK / HIGH VOLTAGE / DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP / LET THERE BE ROCK / POWERAGE / IF YOU WANT BLOOD YOU’VE GOT IT / HIGHWAY TO HELL / BACK IN BLACK / FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK (WE SALUTE YOU) / FLICK OF THE SWITCH / FLY ON THE WALL / WHO MADE WHO / BLOW UP YOUR VIDEO / THE RAZORS EDGE / AC/DC LIVE (single CD version). Compilation released on 15LP and 15CD boxed set in 2003 in the US and Germany (Epic, EX-90643) and the UK (Epic, 5092987).

THE AC/DC REMASTERS SAMPLER (2003)
T.N.T. / Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap / Highway To Hell / You Shook Me All Night Long / Thunderstruck (live). Released as promotional CDEP in 2003 in the US (Epic, ESK-59524).

Rock N Roll Train (2008)
b/w War Machine. Released on 7-inch on August28, 2008 in the US (Columbia, 38361-7). Also released as one-track promotional CD single in 2008 in the UK (Columbia, 38372-2).

BLACK ICE (2008)
Rock N Roll Train / Skies On Fire / Big Jack / Anything Goes / War Machine / Smash ‘N Grab / Spoilin’ For A Fight / Wheels / Decibel / Stormy May Day / She Likes Rock ‘N Roll / Money Made / Rock ‘N Roll Dream / Rocking All The Way / Black Ice. Released on 180g vinyl 2LP and CD on October 17, 2008 in Australia (Sony BMG, 39238-2), the US (Columbia, 38377-1/38329-2), the UK (Columbia, 38377-1/39223-2), Japan (Sony, SICP-2055) and Taiwan (Sony BMG, 39223-2); reached #1 on the US charts (RIAA certified 2X platinum record) and #1 on the UK charts. Also released on CD with white AC/DC logo in 2008 in the US (Columbia, 38379-2) exclusively in Walmart stores and on CD with yellow AC/DC logo in 2008 in the UK (Columbia, 39238-2) and the US (Columbia, 38378-2).

Anything Goes (2008)
b/w Big Jack. Released as two-track promotional CD single in 2008 in the UK (Columbia, 44697-2).

BACK TRACKS (2009)
STUDIO RARITIES / LIVE RARITIES / FAMILY JEWELS (videos). Archival material released on 2CD+DVD boxed set on November 10, 2009 in the UK and the US (Sony, 54099-2) and in 2010 in Japan (Sony, SICP-2561).

IRON MAN 2 (2010)
Shoot To Thrill / Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation / Guns For Hire / Cold Hearted Man / Back IN Black / Thunderstruck / If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It) / Evil Walks / T.N.T. / Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be / Have A Drink On Me / The Razor’s Edge / Let There Be Rock / War Machine / Highway To Hell. Released on 180g vinyl 2LP and CD on April 19, 2010 in Australia (Columbia, 66214-2), the US and the UK (Columbia, 66158-1) and Japan (Sony, SICP-2682); reached #65 on the US charts (RIAA certified platinum record). Released on Deluxe Edition CD with bonus DVD of live videos in 2010 in the UK (Columbia, 60952-2) and Japan (Sony, SICP-2680).

 

AC/DC: High Voltage (1976)

Kronomyth 2.5: T.N.2. Well, the satyr’s in seventh heaven with this one. This is NOT the band’s first Australian debut (also called High Voltage), but a re-release of their second album, T.N.T. (which featured the song “High Voltage”), distributed for international audiences. As such, this High Voltage served as AC/DC’s debut in most markets and eventually sold over two million copies here in the US. It’s an electrifying debut, the band’s signature sound already established: the power chords, the flashy guitar solos and Bon Scott’s salacious sneer. What separated AC/DC from the rest of the rock & rollers was an animal intensity colored by eccentricity. You could look back at bands like Mott The Hoople or Alice Cooper and find some precedent there, but they were really glam bands, touched by a certain feyness that’s totally absent in AC/DC’s music. (The band’s name and Scott’s cross-dressing stunt suggest they toyed with the idea originally.) On this album, all the hallmarks are there: the double entendres (“The Jack”), the anti-establishment attitude (“Rock ‘N’ Roll Singer”), the trenchant force of their music. If their music hasn’t changed much over the years, maybe it’s because AC/DC has steadfastly refused to grow up. The perspective would change, of course, as the band went from pursuing fame to living with it, but they’ve always forsaken more mature pastures for the kingdom of Id. The formula was refined on later albums like Dirty Deeds, though at the cost of some of their original intensity. On High Voltage, it’s all intense, balls-to-the-wall action from start to finish (only the early “Little Lover” lacks their patented punch). If you like Bon Scott-era AC/DC, you’ll definitely get a charge out of this.

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Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1976)

Kronomyth 3.5: BON VIVANT, BON MORT. Maybe the rock & roll Fates knew what they were doing when AC/DC’s third album didn’t get a US distribution deal. The excellent High Voltage had, after all, barely scraped the Top 150 and the most that might be expected from Dirty Deeds was more (or less) of the same. Instead, the album lay unheard by most Americans until the AC/DC phenomenon was at gale force after Back In Black, when it was released to a now-adoring American audience and quickly rose to number 3 on the charts—at the time, though briefly, the band’s highest US chart position—eventually selling over 6 million copies here. We’ll need to wind the clock back a bit, however, to get a proper perspective of Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. The album was originally released in 1976 in an Australian version (unique cover, unique tracks, unique track listing) and the more widely known International version [which featured “Rocker” and “Love At First Feel” instead of “R.I.P. (Rock In Peace)” and “Jailbreak”]. I’ve only heard the International version, and it is hands-down one of the band’s best albums in terms of songwriting. “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheep,” “Big Balls,” “Problem Child” and “Ride On” are some of the best Bon-era bits, bar none. You may not find as many Angus guitar solos on here, and there are times when Mark Evans just seems to be hitting the same note over and over, but pound for pound this stuff is still worth its weight in pure gold. Of course, if T.N.T. or Let There Be Rock had been the prodigal son resurrected instead of Dirty Deeds, the band’s mythology might be different. Instead, Americans have the memory of Bon come back to say goodbye, a million-dollar check he couldn’t cash in hand, loosed from this mortal coil before he could repent, rattling about in the heavy metal hall of heroes like Marley’s ghost and, just maybe, having more fun than we are right now.

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Let There Be Rock (1977)

Kronomyth 4.0: DEVILS AND ANGUS. It happens somewhere in the middle of Let There Be Rock: Angus, Bon and Malcolm step back for a moment, leaving Mark Evans and Phil Rudd to rattle together like hot breath in the heaving chest of an animal that’s been running at full bore for twenty minutes. And then you realize: it’s not them breathing, it’s you. Let There Be Rock is a relentless record that just absolutely beats you into beautiful submission with the same two fists (named Bon and Angus) all day and all night. If there is a more quintessential hard rock record than this, I haven’t heard it. AC/DC displays a raw understanding of rock and roll that few bands (maybe The Who) ever approached. The title track and “Problem Child” are the universally acknowledged classics, but in fairness there isn’t a track on here that doesn’t deserve at least five minutes of hero worship. I may regret these words some day, but listening to this album I believe that Angus Young really is the greatest rock guitarist in the world. He is an artist of the brutefull, and in his hands the guitar is an instrument of destruction, stripping away a world of false modesty and decency with every crushing blow, leaving only the animal essence, panting, wanting, a mass of sinew, bone and desire. At his side, the lecherous Scott, leering at the prospect of a “Whole Lotta Rosie” and wallowing in the profanity of “Let There Be Rock” and “Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be.” Behind them, the superlative drumming of Rudd, the steady support of Malcolm and Mark, the smoke-spewing tank chassis from which Bon and Angus fire their missiles. The simplicity and directness of Let There Be Rock is still stunning today, more than 30 years onward. If you haven’t heard this record, then you don’t know bumpkis about Angus.

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AC/DC: Powerage (1978)

Kronomyth 5.0: THE ENERGIZER BONNIE. Sandwiched in between the brilliant Let There Be Rock and Highway To Hell, you’ll find the merely average Powerage. There are AC/DC fans who will tell you this is every bit as powerful as their last or, for that matter, that Flick of the Switch is an underrated masterpiece (among the rank amateurs of Amazon, anyway). And if you believe that all it takes to make a great AC/DC record is to have Angus bang out some power chords and Bon scream his lungs out then, yes, Powerage is a great album. But I would tell you that their greatness was predicated on more than that. It was the salacious genius of “Big Balls” or the guitar riffs that you would give your soul to write that made AC/DC special, at least in my book. Powerage is a good rock and roll record, make no mistake. “Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation,” “Sin City,” “Riff Raff,” “What’s Next To The Moon,” “Down Payment Blues,” they’re all classic AC/DC songs more or less. What’s missing is the knockout punch. Instead, Powerage is more of a TKO, wearing you down over nine rounds of rock and roll. Then again, I’m not your typical AC/DC fan. I like my music sweetened with fantasy and artistry, and barely tolerate the blues. So a song like “Kicked In The Teeth,” which bores me to death, may actually be your bag. It’s probably some kind of testament to AC/DC’s awesomeness that I like their music as much as I do, although I don’t think it’s possible to dislike their music so much as dislike the idea of liking their music. And if you were trying to annoy those people who do dislike the idea of AC/DC, then the unsweetened energy of Powerage might be the perfect AC/DC album after all.

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AC/DC: If You Want Blood You’ve Got It (1978)

Kronomyth 6.0: AC/DC CUMS ALIVE. Now this is more like it: an electrifying AC/DC on stage (mostly in Glasgow) and on fire. Never mind that the band’s live performances never sounded this good; hell, even Powerage wasn’t this polished. So is this one of the greatest rock and roll live albums of all time? Not really. Guitar solos have been edited, tracks have been changed, the whole thing has been cut and coiffed. But for a band that never released a greatest hits album, If You Want Blood You’ve Got It may be as good as it gets. This is Bon Scott-era AC/DC in top form getting lowdown and dirty with inspired performances of “The Jack,” “Whole Lotta Rosie,” “Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be” and the  best songs from their first five albums. In fact, these versions of “Bad Boy Boogie,” “High Voltage,” “Riff Raff,” “Problem Child” and “Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation” might actually outclass the originals. And who could argue that “Let There Be Rock” was made to be played live? Unlike a lot of live albums, the songs on If You Want Blood don’t run considerably longer on stage. The album has the same succinct punch that Vanda and Young had delivered to date in the studio; the band pummels you with a few chords, Bon shadow boxes with his inner demons and Angus knocks you out with a short, fast solo. More often than not, albums like If You Want Blood get “restored” to their original form with time; tracks are re-sequenced, added, unedited. That hasn’t happened yet. It remains today in much the same form: defiantly thin, unrepentantly perfect in places, with a veneer of sneer and a modicum of bonhomie. It may not be the perfect live album, but I wouldn’t change a thing after all these years.

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AC/DC: “Guns For Hire” (1983)

Kronomyth 10.1: GO FLICK YOURSELF. This is not the best song from what was not their best album, Flick of The Switch. It does have a great little guitar solo in it and all of the subtlety you’d expect from a band that put a penis on their last album cover, For Those About To Rock. Lyrically, the song mixes sexual innuendo with outlaw imagery; it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but no one listens to AC/DC for the lyrics. The flip side features “Landslide” in what appears to be an edited version at 3:17. I was going to confirm that this morning, but then I remembered that my phono cartridge is actually upstairs in my bedroom where my wife is sleeping, and I don’t want to wake her up just to listen to an AC/DC song, which I suppose is one of the fundamental differences between the sexes, since I’m pretty sure if you woke a guy up and said “Sorry, I need to listen to an AC/DC song” they would totally understand.

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Fly On The Wall (1985)

Kronomyth 12.0: SHOO TO THRILL. Fly On The Wall is the book report scribbled out in the early morning before first period. Disappointing, because the band is capable of great things. And yet AC/DC had laid the foundation for raw and simple heavy metal, so overthinking the music would be antithetical to their, um, idiom. The trouble with Fly, as it turns out, isn’t the hurried state of the songwriting but the harsh state of Brian Johnson’s voice; it’s so unintelligible in spots that a lyric sheet is actually necessary. Or maybe not, since if you know the song title then you’ve already got half the lyrics. There are a number of AC/DC fans who will tell you this is underrated, good dirty fun, and it is… if your idea of fun is hearing AC/DC live down to their potential. If you don’t like the band, this is just the sort of fuel you’re looking for—and in 1985, a lot of folks were gunning for AC/DC and youth-corrupting rock and roll in general. Although nothing on here belongs with their best work, you can salvage some of it: “Shake Your Foundations,” “Sink The Pink.” Both of those songs turned up on Who Made Who, however, so you can opt out of owning Fly if you want. At this stage, AC/DC’s music had become a predictable product: head-banging rhythms, lascivious lyrics, great guitar solos and lots of energy. Fly On The Wall delivers on these four cornerstones, but barely. The band who exemplified cartoonish rock excess in the ‘70s was becoming a caricature of rock in the ‘80s, even as they tried to take a stand against the greater evil, hair metal. Aerosmith kind of had the same problem for a little while before they just gave in to it. If you’re convinced that there’s no such thing as a bad AC/DC album, I won’t disavow you of the notion. I will agree that what separates a good AC/DC album from a bad one is probably a combination of timing and two or three great songs. If you’re determined to buy this record, get it on compact disc since the vinyl version is punchless.

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AC/DC: “Danger” (1985)

Kronomyth 11.1: RODNEY DANGERFEEL. A little caution is in order here, since AC/DC was currently struggling to generate any electricity in the studio. Maybe it was the loss of longtime drummer Phil Rudd, but it felt like work not fun on Fly. Back in business indeed. Both this and the B side are identical to the elpee versions, so if you already own the album, I’m sorry. It’s a good thing the metal armies had new recruits like Metallica and Megadeth and Anthrax, because the old metal magicians like AC/DC, Black Sabbath and Dio were wand’ing aimlessly as the 80s progressed (regressed?). Of course, that’s only my opinion and there seems to be no shortage of AC/DC fans who will tell you that album X is their all-time favorite, even when X equals Flick of The Switch or Fly On The Wall. I do appreciate that AC/DC was trying to keep things simple at a time when most rock guitarists were more worried about their makeup than their pickups, but there’s a thin line between simple and stupid which “Danger” would seem to cross. I don’t have any gripes about “Back In Business;” it’s rock solid and would have made my shortlist for a third single. Note that the Australian single featured “Hell Or High Water” on the B side, a song that also has the less-than-rare distinction of being better than “Danger.”

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AC/DC: Who Made Who (1986)

Kronomyth 12.0: TRUCK & ROLL. Who Made Who served as the soundtrack to the Stephen King film Maximum Overdrive, mixing three new tracks (two of them instrumentals) with popular selections from their catalog. Little mention is made of the movie itself (a small blurb on the back cover tells us this is “the official soundtrack from the Stephen King film Maximum Overdrive”), as Atlantic was likely content to let consumers perceive this as the next release from AC/DC. (The movie, to paraphrase the immortal Homer J., was the “suckiest bunch of trucks that ever sucked.”) The three new tracks were recorded in the same studio as Back In Black with producers Harry Vanda and George Young; the instrumentals are a cut above your usual soundtrack music, and “Who Made Who” rocks. Who Made Who was as close as AC/DC had come to releasing a greatest hits record, and some fans took it as such, gorging on the band’s greatness. I’ve read elsewhere that Stephen King picked these songs himself (to be taken with the usual grain of salt), and crabsodyinblue.com notes that the version of “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)” was remixed for this movie (I can’t corroborate since I don’t have the original). Just something to chew on, since the first theory would explain the inclusion of “Ride On,” the second why “For Those About To Rock” sounds so crisp and calculated to my ears. In all honesty, Who Made Who doesn’t function any better as a catch-all of hits than Back In Black. The inclusion of “Sink The Pink” and “Shake Your Foundations” from Fly On The Wall is self-serving, the two new instrumentals largely unnecessary, and the packaging stingy (as most soundtracks are). But compared to the lackluster movie, it’s clear who the real kings are.

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