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AC/DC - Let There Be Rock (9/10) - Australia - 1977

Genre: Hard Rock / Heavy Metal
Label: Atlantic
Playing time: 40:52
Band homepage: AC/DC

Tracklist:

  1. Go Down
  2. Dog Eat Dog
  3. Let There Be Rock
  4. Bad Boy Boogie
  5. Problem Child
  6. Overdose
  7. Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be
  8. Whole Lotta Rosie
AC/DC - Let There Be Rock

There’s real menace to AC/DC’s fourth album. Arguably the most Metal sounding of their records, ‘’Let There Be Rock’’ is a ferocious, unbridled, exuberant and feral monster dressed in sweat, swagger and hard work. This was AC/DC on the cusp of mega-stardom and they didn’t miss a trick.

 

Often overlooked by ‘’Highway To Hell’’ and ‘’Back In Black’’ in terms of mass appeal, ‘’Let There Be Rock’’ is coveted by the harder edge ‘DC fans as something to behold. Whilst previous albums concerned with the seemingly simplistic blues boogie riffing and sleazy lyrical content, ‘’Let There Be Rock’’ endeavoured to turn up the heaviness introducing much more speed and tighter playing culminating in a raft of songs that stand head shoulders above much of AC/DC’s later offerings.

 

And with tighter playing, came better songs. No less than five of the tracks from ‘’Let There Be Rock’’ can still be heard on AC/DC tours. ‘’Let There Be Rock’’, ‘’Bad Boy Boogie’’, ‘’Problem Child’’, ‘’Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be’’, and the ubiquitous ‘’Whole Lotta Rosie’’ are very much the back bone of the classic AC/DC sound that still influences and resonates to this day.

(Online February 4, 2008)

Chris Doran



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