For Those About to Rockby AC/DC
AC/DC's hot streak began to draw to a close with For Those About to Rock We Salute You. While Back in Black was infused with the energy and spirit of paying tribute to Bon Scott, it became apparent on the follow-up that the group really did miss Scott more than it initially indicated. Brian Johnson's lyrics started to seem more calculated and a bit clichéd, lacking Scott's devil-may-care sense of humor. And the band itself slowed down the tempo frequently, sounding less aggressive and inspired. There is still some decent material here -- the title track, for example, which became a concert staple with cannon-firing sound effects.
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Performance CreditsAC/DC Primary Artist
DC Track Performer
Technical CreditsMark Dearnley Engineer
Robert John "Mutt" Lange Producer
David Thoener Engineer
Brad Tolinski Liner Notes
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Despite having the one major self titled single "For Those About To Rock We Salute You" this album has plenty of other tracks filled with Malcolm Young's classic power chord, Anugu's heavy riffs and Brian Johnson's walings make this a must have AC/DC CD.
If you liked Back in Black, you should like this. The songs are a little slower and more mellow, but their just as good. From the title track and Let's Get it Up, to C.O.D. and Spellbound, this cd rocks. I'd highly suggest getting it.
This is a weird but very strong album. AC/DC not only plays hard rock, but they also play heavy metal, and strangely they also sound a little bit of dance music. Don't ask why. I sometimes think this album negelected from AC/DC.
For Those About to Rock is hated by many casual AC/DC fans. And it's not hard to see why. This album is always going to linger in the shadow of Back in Black, which was released the year before. Back in Black, of course, was the band's most accesible album and their commercial masterwork. With For Those About to Rock, AC/DC realized that trying to top Back in Black was probably a bad idea. They tried some new things on this record. Some of it worked and some of it didn't. AC/DC were more subtle and progressive in places, a risky move for the band used to their typical formula without much variation. If you are into the Brian Johnson era, buy Back in Black first, then this album or Flick of the Switch. Either way, you will be disappointed at first, as nothing compares to Back in Black. But time and repeated plays reveal a handful of gems on these albums, especially for fans of the Brian Johnson stuff. Of the first three Brian Johnson-sung AC/DC albums, For Those About to Rock is probably the weakest, but it's still necessary for serious fans, for the title track alone. It's a good album, if not great. Keep in mind that the band had just become widely popular and needed to get this album on the shelves for marketing as soon as possible.....
I am a metal fan and I really like this album and track 1 (for those about to rock) is a song you can air guitar to really easily. THIS IS A REALLY AWESOME ALBUM, I LOVE IT!