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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, August 3, 1979
Vinyl, Original recording remastered, October 14, 2003
Audio, Cassette, Original recording remastered, August 16, 1994
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Their first collaboration with Mutt Lange-and their first big hit in the U.S. This was Bon Scott's swan song.
What Highway to Hell has that Back in Black doesn't is Bon Scott, AC/DC's original lead singer who died just months after this album was released. Scott had a rusty, raspy, scream of a voice, like he might break into a coughing fit at any moment. In other words, on crunchy, hook-heavy metal classics like the title track, and on "Get It Hot" which is more roadhouse rock than metal, he had the perfect instrument for such wild-living anthems. Too perfect, it turned out. --David Cantwell
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.83 x 5.54 x 0.49 inches; 3.04 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Epic
- Item model number : 2110091
- Original Release Date : 1979
- Run time : 41 minutes
- Date First Available : April 30, 2006
- Label : Epic
- ASIN : B00008BXJG
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #382 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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As a new vinyl plays great, with fantastic sound.
Then you follow this masterpiece with Brian and "Back in Black." Rock and Roll Heaven...
What I want to remark on is how great the vinyl copy is. It is truly like hearing it for the first time again. The remaster on 180gm vinyl is punchy without being overly compressed. It is definitely worth picking up!
Oh yeah, back to AC/DC. While this may not be my favorite of their albums, it has some great cuts, like "Shot Down in Flames." It still transports the listener. Walk All Over You" is consummate AC/DC, and Angus melts the notes at every turn. And, what would AC/DC be without its definitive signature song of "Highway to Hell?" Well, they'd still be a great band and I'd still be buying their albums!!? Highly recommended for all ages, but remember to share it with your parents!
The other concert fav is "Shot Down in Flames", another classic AC/DC cut. Other major cuts include "Girls Got Rhythm" AND "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)", the last also the title of their first "live" album.
This is pure AC/DC at there best. With the pedigree of this band, (Vanda/Young productions, the older brother of the the AC/DC guitarists were members of the EASYBEAT's ("Friday on my Mind"), you can't go wrong with this classic album of the 70's.
With the clone rock of this generation, its nice to see some of the originators still sell out.
A good buy!
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Luckily enough I did get to see the Bon Scott line-up of AC/DC on that tour in Dublin – a wow that still tingles my weary bones nearly 40 years after the event. Cocky, self-knowing and lecherous towards anything in a skirt (pencil or otherwise) – he was also possessed of a set of rasping pipes and a rapier wit – the kind of lead singer that made your mama worry and your daddy reach for the garden hatchet - ready to tame that excited appendage should it come looking for some post-gig daughter dipping.
Bon Scott was one of the best front men I've ever seen. Up there with Phil Lynott and Johnny Rotten - the kind of guy who was impossible to ignore and impossible not to like and their hour of adrenalin-fuelled Aussie Hard Rock on that cold Monday night was some of the most amazing Rock 'n' Roll I've ever seen. AC/DC had it 'all' in that moment - a genuinely awesome thing to behold. And then only a few months later - it was gone...
After the blistering no-holes barred "Let There Be Rock" set in 1977 and the lukewarm reception to the excellent but more muted "Powerage" in 1978 – it was do or die for the Australian hard rockers – and time for a change. That smart move turned out to be a Producer – ROBERT 'MUTT' LANG – who gave AC/DC and their sensational new material the spit and polish it needed for American radio. Suddenly the world went nuts for the Pop-Rock of "Girls Got Rhythm" and "Get It Hot". In fact "Highway To Hell" could be called a 'classy' AC/DC album - if I can say such a thing about a bunch of misogynistic Hades-loving reprobates. Here are the horn 'n' tail details...
UK released May 2003 - "Highway To Hell" by AC/DC on Epic/Albert Productions EPC 510764 2 (Barcode 5099751076421) is a 10-Track CD Remaster of the 1979 US LP and plays out as follows (41:42 minutes):
1. Highway To Hell
2. Girls Got Rhythm
3. Walk All Over You
4. Touch Too Much
5. Beating Around The Bush
6. Shot Down In Flames [Side 2]
7. Get It Hot
8. If You Want Blood (You've Got It)
9. Love Hungry Man
10. Night Prowler
Tracks 1 to 10 are their sixth studio album (5th in the UK) "Highway To Hell" - released 3 August 1979 in the USA on Atlantic SD 19244 and in the UK on Atlantic K 50628. Produced by ROBERT JOHN LANG (aka 'Mutt' Lang) – it peaked at No. 8 in the UK and No. 17 in the USA.
Unlike "Let There Be Rock" and "Powerage" that have track anomalies requiring pages of explanation – "Highway To Hell" was a globally synchronised release – same 10 songs everywhere. This Epic 2003 CD reissue has what they call 'ConnecteD Technology' that allows you to access online content via your computer but I'm buggered if I've ever bothered. The card digipak is the same for all of these reissues - very tasty and tactile - picture CD - a 16-page booklet crammed full of colour photos, press adverts, picture sleeves of 7” singles, stage passes and Angus and Bon in various manic live poses (ERNIE WELCH liner notes). They’ve reproduced handwritten lyrics for "Highway To Hell" and "Shot Down In Flames" and the unique Australian artwork for Albert Productions APLP-040 is on the back cover. The inner pouch has Angus chucking a bucket of paint at something while the others giggle.
The GEORGE MARINO Remaster (done in the USA) is from 'original master tapes' and sounds sharp - rocking like the beast it is (aided by MIKE FRASER and AL QUAGLIEREI in the transfers). Some have complained there's too much treble but I'm thinking Lang put that polish on the finished product on purpose. This CD rocks and you can feel it on every song.
What I love about "Highway" is that everything clicks – the whole damn album is brilliant. Each track comes in – does the business – and leaves. The pace changes fast to slow – and at the centre of it – there's Angus riffing away like a loon while Bon finally has his vocals clearer than ever. And unlike 1980’s "Back In Black" which I found cold and uninviting – "Highway" is full of fun – Bon’s mischievous and downright un-PC lyrics making you giggle (and occasionally wince). As you navigate killer riff number one hundred and ten – you can just see him at the microphone – that twinkle in his eye and bulge in his pants. This guy has been there - drunk from the fountain of Rock 'n' Roll and set up camp in its life-replenishing waters (possibly wee-wee’d on its outer walls). Album tracks like "Get It Hot" and the fantastic slow riffage of "Night Prowler" still impress - while "Beating About The Bush" and "Shot Down In Flames" are anthems that fans get tearful about to this day.
Best Rock Band on the planet then and many would argue that in 2016 - not a lot has changed. Genius...and I miss him...
So after a couple of Brian Johnson era albums, including naturally "Back in Black", I have taken a step backwards (in AC/DC catalogue terms) and currently have "Highway to Hell" playing as I write this review, and I can't fault it. To be honest there isn't much, if anything, that I can add to the praise that has been heaped on "Highway To Hell" in the nearly 40 years since its original release in 1979. Opening with the excellent title track and maintaining a consistently high standard throughout, but with sufficient variety and colour to maintain interest, "Highway to Hell" is truly one of the greatest rock albums and is well deserving of its place in the Rolling Stones 500 greatest albums of all time list.
So 5 stars, no ifs or buts ...
(And I am not going to throw fuel on the Scott vs Johnson argument, but I do like BS's rasping growl which suits the music and the lusty hard living (but slightly tongue in cheek) lyrics to an absolute T, enough said.)
Disappointing that in this day and age, 140g and 180g pressings are of poorer quality than those less weighty albums pressed in the 1970's.
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In terms of songwriting it is not a patch on, for example, Let There Be Rock, and I just don't like the production, which somehow negates the super-crisp guitar sound of the earlier albums.
A good way of describing it is this: do you like the Brain Johnson-era albums? You'll like this.