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AC/DC - Powerage (10/10) - Australia - 1978

Genre: Hard Rock
Label: Elektra
Playing time: 39:47
Band homepage: AC/DC


  1. Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation
  2. Down Payment Blues
  3. Gimme A Bullet
  4. Riff Raff
  5. Sin City
  6. What’s Next To The Moon
  7. Gone Shootin’
  8. Up To My Neck In You
  9. Kicked In The Teeth
AC/DC - Powerage

The fifth Bon Scott AC/DC album, ‘’Powerage’’, was a reckless, Rock n Roll vaudeville parade. Continuing from the harder edge savagery of ‘’Let There Be Rock’’, Young, Young and Scott delivered what some say as the finest record the band has ever released. The track list reads like a best of with a couple of choice cuts for the ‘DC connoisseur.


Opening with the brisk Blues rattle and roll of ‘’Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation’’, the familiar AC/DC sound perfected on the previous albums was still in vogue. The rumbling bass of Cliff Williams; the steady uncomplicated drums of Phil Rudd; the water tight rhythm guitar of Malcolm Young and the soloing of Angus. Added to that the showmanship and sneer of Bon Scott on vocals, ‘’Powerage’’ was hitting all the right notes. However it went that bit further, a big bit further.


Honing their skills from the almost constant touring AC/DC where now approaching massive and this translated into the studio form. ‘’Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation’’ might have been the old sound of AC/DC but what followed: the thumping tirade of ‘’Down Payment Blues’’, the rash street fighting bustle of ‘’Gimme A Bullet’’, the Metal racket of the classic ‘’Riff Raff’’ and the casual brilliance of ‘’Sin City’’, propelled these Aussie ragamuffins from the good to the great. The ROLLING STONES style of ‘’What’s Next To The Moon’’ didn’t drop the beat or the standard and fear not the Blues and Hard Rock swagger of AC/DC was never in doubt. In ‘’Gone Shootin’’ the band recorded what can be considered one of their very finest compositions. Leaving us with the rattle and roll of the imaginatively titled ‘’Up To My Neck In You’’ and the ‘’Whole Lotta Rosie’’ sounds of the hard hitting ‘’Kicked In The Teeth’’, with Angus bending strings like there’s no tomorrow and Scott straining those vocals with much menace and panache.


A definite highlight in the back catalogue of a band that continues to set the benchmark for all that follows.

(Online October 24, 2007)

Chris Doran

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