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Let There Be Rock

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Let There Be Rock, the fourth AC/DC album -- and first to see simultaneous international release -- is as lean and mean as the original lineup ever got. Shaved down to the bone -- there are only eight tracks, giving this a lethal efficiency even with a couple of meandering jams -- this is a high-voltage, brutal record, filled with "Bad Boy Boogie." It has a bit of a bluesier edge than other AC/DC records, but this is truly the sound of the band reaching its peak. There's the near majesty of "Let There Be Rock," there's Bon Scott acknowledging with a wink that "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be," and then there's the monumental "Whole Lotta Rosie." Which gets down to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Let There Be Rock, the fourth AC/DC album -- and first to see simultaneous international release -- is as lean and mean as the original lineup ever got. Shaved down to the bone -- there are only eight tracks, giving this a lethal efficiency even with a couple of meandering jams -- this is a high-voltage, brutal record, filled with "Bad Boy Boogie." It has a bit of a bluesier edge than other AC/DC records, but this is truly the sound of the band reaching its peak. There's the near majesty of "Let There Be Rock," there's Bon Scott acknowledging with a wink that "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be," and then there's the monumental "Whole Lotta Rosie." Which gets down to a key thing about AC/DC. If Led Zeppelin were celebrating a "Whole Lotta Love," AC/DC got down to the grimy details in their leering tribute to the joys of sex with a plus-sized woman. And that's AC/DC's allure in a nutshell -- it's sweaty, dirty, nasty rock, music that is played to the last call and beyond, and they've rarely done that kind of rock better than they did here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2003
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998020320
  • Catalog Number: 80203
  • Sales rank: 2,105

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Go Down (5:31)
  2. 2 Dog Eat Dog (3:34)
  3. 3 Let There Be Rock (6:06)
  4. 4 Bad Boy Boogie (4:27)
  5. 5 Problem Child (5:24)
  6. 6 Overdose (6:09)
  7. 7 Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be (4:14)
  8. 8 Whole Lotta Rosie (5:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
AC/DC Primary Artist
Bon Scott Vocals, Group Member
Mark Evans Bass
Phil Rudd Drums, Group Member
Cliff Williams Bass
Angus Young Guitar, Group Member
Malcolm Young Guitar, Group Member
Mark Tufty Evans Bass, Group Member
Technical Credits
George Marino Mastering
Mark Opitz Engineer
Harry Vanda Producer
Bob Defrin Art Direction
Murray Engleheart Liner Notes
George Young Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ROCK 'N ROLL BEDLAM

    It was on this album that AC/DC formulated their now classic hard, 4/4, no crap sound to a tee. From the start of the distortion-laden Go Down to the fuzzed out, semi out of control, amp-busting end to 'Whole Lotta Rosie', the band is in overload throughout. 'Go Down' has an infectious , rhythic riff that makes you tap or stomp your feet. 'Dog Eat Dog' is a straight forward, in your face testament to the unfairness of life. 'Let There Be Rock' proves that you can create much drama with just 4 chords-- it's all in how they're played. Bad Boy Boogie is a defiant, unabashedly proud anthem of lechery. 'Overdose', the slow song of the group, is the closest thing to a love song here, but blasted out with a B/A/E staccato chord progression that pounds one into submission, and it even starts with Malcolm Young playing a B7 chord -- most of AC/DC's chords are major or 5th. Problem Child is every bad boy's dream scenario. Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be is a good 'been done wrong' song and of course 'Whole Lotta Rosie', with it's towering staccato base riff just blows any hope of a ballad in the mix completely out of the water--if you listen closely near the end, you can actually hear Angus Young's amplifier blowing out. This whole album has an incredibly live, one-take feel. Too bad all bands can't get it this good on live takes with no overdubs. Simply put, a loud joy to hear, and blistering proof of this band's energy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    KINGS OF HEAVY METAL!!!

    One of the most influencial if not thee most influencial hardrock records ever. This is heavy metal in its purest form. It just defines the style perfectly. High screeching vocals, wild guitarsoloing, 4/4 rhythms and chugging chords. All down with 100% rock n roll energy. And offcourse you've got the longhaired jeans, T-shirts and sportshoes look just like a proper heavy metal band should look. An absolute rock classic that no rocker should be without!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ac/dc's best

    this is an awsome cd bon scott is the best angus has some killer riffs . let there be rock , hell aint a bad place to be and whole lot of rosie are the best

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Lets talk AC/DC. They were an underrated band until Highway to hell, and of course Bon Scott would die and they would replace him with lead screecher Brian Johnson. As a result Back in Black would be released and it would be there last Truly great album, but dont get me wrong they were good albums after that, they were just not as good. Now, AC/DC before Highway to hell is somthing music critics rarly speak of. As for this album, its right up there with Highway to hell and Back in Black. It has everything you want in a great rock album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gives a new meaning to the phrase ´Rock On´!

    This album, AC/DC´s second international release after High Voltage, is one of the most underrated albums of all time. The eight-track record features one of the most amazing displays of guitars, sly vocals and musical thought ever put down on record. If you love guitar playing and especailly solos, you won´t be disappointed with this album. In Let There Be Rock (the album, not the song) you can testify exactly how talented Angus and Malcolm Young are (remember that Angus plays the solos, but Malcolm is the brains behind the masterpieces). If you want to headbang for an hour by yourself or if you want to throw a party for a hundred friends, you can´t go wrong with this album. From the provocative ´Go Down´ to the beginning as told by Bon Scott in ´Let There Be Rock´ to the live classic of ´Whole Lotta Rosie´ this album is guaranteed to make you want to buy more of them. To me, this is the best album AC/DC has produced in the 70s, better than Highway To Hell, but just better because Highway To Hell is an excellent album as well. If you want to know exactly what AC/DC is all about, all you have to do is buy this album and hope that they release a new album, because we miss them!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This album is great!

    AC/DC's second album, Let There Be Rock seems like a bestselling album. Dog Eat Dog is an awesome song. Every song on Let There Be Rock is an awesome song. Problem Child is also on AC/DC's Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. Enjoy this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OUTSTANDING

    By far the best recording ever. I own only one AC/DC recording. Because none of the others compared.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An underrated classic

    Perfect vocals, excellent guitar work, especially on the title track. With songs like "Whole Lotta Rosie" and "Problem Child, you gotta love the album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rock and Roll!

    i love the fact that the guitars on this album are left at their rawest as opposed to other ac/dc records. they sound as if sm-57s were stuck in front of the marshalls and vanda/young just hit record on the tape machine! i think this makes for the rawest, most rockin', most honest sound for ac/dc. the vocals provided by bon scott gives ac/dc it's personality that brian johnson never quite managed impose on the band.

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