AC/DC is generally regarded as a titanic force in the world of heavy rock, occupying a sphere of seminal influence right alongside Kiss. These Australian guitar gods--led by Angus Young, an axe-wielding man-boy in a school uniform--churn out songs laced with sexual double entendre and heavy riffs. Since the mid-1970s, Angus and his brother, Malcolm, have survived a stormy band history, including the death of original singer/wildman Bon Scott, all the while bashing out their simplistic, yet highly addictive, brand of bluesy riff-rock.
AC/DC''s 1979 album digitally remastered and reissued in a special digipak plus a 16 page full color booklet containing all original album art, many unpublished photos, classic memorabilia and new 2003 liner notes. Epic.
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
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