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Stiff Upper Lip [Reissue]
     

Stiff Upper Lip [Reissue]

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by AC/DC
 

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It's been more than a quarter-century since AC/DC bulldozed its way across the hard-rock landscape, leaving scores of tattered eardrums and kicked-in craniums behind -- which would make this an ideal time for quiet reflection on that history, right? Not in this universe, mate: The Aussie assault-machine has had five years to refuel, and it sounds as if most of that

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It's been more than a quarter-century since AC/DC bulldozed its way across the hard-rock landscape, leaving scores of tattered eardrums and kicked-in craniums behind -- which would make this an ideal time for quiet reflection on that history, right? Not in this universe, mate: The Aussie assault-machine has had five years to refuel, and it sounds as if most of that downtime has been spent revving the turbo-chargers to achieve maximum thrust. Angus Young's brute-force riffing remains virtually unchanged since AC/DC's onset, which gives plenty of old-fashioned Neanderthal punch to straight-forward chuggers like "Come and Get It" and the splendidly sleazy title track. Most of the dozen tracks (notably "Come and Get It" and "I Feel Safe in New York City") further the band's classic take on the meaning of life -- namely getting drunk, getting laid, and getting out of town -- with renewed emphasis on Brian Johnson's razor-gargling voice. There's not a power ballad in the bunch, but then again, you don't go to a steakhouse expecting watercress sandwiches, do ya?

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Stiff Upper Lip, AC/DC's 15th studio album, may not reach the heights of Back in Black or Highway to Hell, but it delivers strongly and satisfyingly. It's the record that the highly touted, Rick Rubin-produced Ballbreaker should have been: a simple, addictive, hard album, bursting with bold riffs and bolstered by a crunching, thrillingly visceral sound. Sure, there are absolutely no new ideas, but that's the point. AC/DC know their strengths and they embrace them. And why shouldn't they? Nobody writes a better riff than Malcolm and Angus Young; each song has a riff so catchy, it feels like you've heard it for years. Is there anything earth-shaking? Hardly, but it's largely terrific nonetheless, just because AC/DC are so good at what they do. It's simple music, to be sure, but it's unassumingly musical and, in a way rather smart. If making music like this was really that easy, why can't anybody else do it this well? Some bands are capable of knocking out one record like this -- one, maybe two. AC/DC do it nearly every time out. They've never really stretched, yet that's why they have one of the most reliable catalogs in rock & roll. When you put on one of their records, you know what you're in for, and they always deliver. With Stiff Upper Lip, they're not at classic status, but they're still top-notch. This may not be the first AC/DC record for a collection, but once you're into their scene, it's a fine place to be. [Legacy reissued the CD in 2007.]

Product Details

Release Date:
04/17/2007
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0886970829021
catalogNumber:
708290

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

AC/DC   Primary Artist
Brian Johnson   Vocals
Phil Rudd   Drums
Cliff Williams   Bass Guitar
Angus Young   Guitar
Malcolm Young   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

Mike Fraser   Engineer
Angus Young   Composer
Malcolm Young   Composer
Eric Altenburger   Digital Manipulation
Alli   Art Direction
Dean Karr   Contributor
Eric Attenburger   Retouching
Alan Di Perna   Liner Notes
Masa Ito   Liner Notes
Ricky St. Pierre   Equipment Technician
Arnaud Durieux   Memorabilia
Yamani Watkins   Photo Production
Geoff Banks   Equipment Technician
Richard Jones   Equipment Technician
George Young   Producer,Audio Production
Mista Dean Karr   Art Conception
Mark Alfrey   Sculpture
Stan Lok   Sculpture

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Stiff Upper Lip 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
AC/DC is back to their bluesy-thumping roots.This album is destined to be a classic, with NOT ONE track that is not GREAT! I have a hard-time picking favorites with AC/DC, but this album goes back to their peak years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is ac/dc at its old self it,s taken 18 years but now there back with thumping tunes. more albums like this boys?
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of the best rock and roll records in a long while. it is pure, simple hard boogie rock. these guys still carry on the tradition of pure no nonsense rock,like the sword, and the new york city based band Lord Awesome. Lord Awesome in particular are up and coming as well and they put on the best live show out there, they have an energy and a presence comparable to ac/dc themselves. i have seen them so many times. you all should check them out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great cd lots of great songs and with phill rudd back behind the drums it brings it back to the classic back in black line up/ acdc still has the power to rocknroll and shake the foundations all night long/
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a big ac/dc fan (since '78) but this is just plain BAD. Boring boring boring! IN a nutshell, Brian Johnson's voice is terrible, Angus' riffs are slow and dull, Phil Rudd drums like he doesn't give a turd, and the lyrics are fourth grade level. I can't believe the five star ratings given this album by reviewers. My only conclusion is that these fools are all twelve years old and also like Eminem, Kid Rock, and Limp Bizkit. This album is a DISGRACE to the Bon Scott era and sad proof of how far a once great band has sunk. Overall there are twelve songs on this album, and to put it simply nine of them are unlistenable. Three you can listen to, but those three are nothing special at all. Simply an awful album. Here's a typical chorus: "I feel safe in new york city, i feel safe in new york city I feel safe in New york city, etc etc etc". BORING BORING BORING. ENOUGH ALREADY Angus!! Please retire!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Horrid singing, boring riffs, unbelievably repetitive choruses, and SLOW I mean SLOOOOOOOOW drumming. Without question their most boring and uninspired album. So let me understand, guys - five stars for this album means it's as good as Back in Black? Sure, children - and N'SYNC rocks harder than Led Zeppelin. Bottom line: this once great band needs to retire ASAP. The magic's gone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm sick and tired of people comparing AC/DC albums to "Back in Black." AC/DC does not want to make another "back in Black," and never will. This album is bursting with classic, blues-driven rock. "Stiff Upper Lip," "Meltdown," "Safe in New York City," and "House of Jazz" are seeped in the blues displayed on the earler albums such as "High Voltage." Though not a good album to start listening to AC/DC, "Stiff Upper Lip" shows that the Aussie bad boys won't stop till the last member drops.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again, AC/DC does it again. Stiff Upper Lip is a very good album with bluesy hard rock genre. I read in a review somewhere down there that the people who gives this album a 5 star are nothing, but a 12 year old kids that like Limp Bizkit and Kid Rock. Sure, this album is not good as Back In Black or Highway To Hell, but it's good. No N Stynck does not rock harder than Led Zeppelin, cause N Stink suck. I don't if it is true, but I like to point out that I'm 17 year old who is a big AC/DC fan and hates Limp Bizkit and Kid Rock. At first I was worry about the album because how it sounded like, but I wasn't disappointed. I love this album and I really give this album 4 1/2 out of 5, except the star rating doesn't have a half star. The thing I do sort of agree is Angus riffs are really strong and Phil's drums aren't pounding it hard. But the songs are good and album is great, it's not, but is repeats a lot. I recommend that you get this album, but be very careful. The best songs are Stiff Upper Lip, Hold Me Back, and Satellite Blues. I hope AC/DC makes a new album
MushRoomHeadfan101 More than 1 year ago
this album is just complete awesomeness this is ac/dc at their best ac/dc will always rock brian johnson is not a lame old lead singer hes the best lead singer on the planet along with a bunch of other lead singers this band is the best of the best ac/dc is the best of the best
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album, along with AC/DC's '95 album, Ballbreaker, bring us back to old fashion rock and roll that has been missing for so long...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, they are back and they are good! ''Stiff Upper Lip'' is 100% AC/DC!! Itú good what they do, isn´t it? Keep up the good work, lads!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a awesome cd/ stiff upper lip by ac/dc is well made rocken. a great cd with a great time.brian johnson and the gang still shows that they can rock affter all these years get this cd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like the new songs, there awsome. Im there if you guys go on tour again. The Ballbreaker tour was exelent! My ears were ringing for a week, yah!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Totally mint deluxe!! AC/DC rulz!
Guest More than 1 year ago
it rocks, like always from the boys
Guest More than 1 year ago
The one and only, the best of the best - AC/DC is back with their brand new and absolutely brilliant album!!! You must buy this for sure, lads!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album could have come out in 1982 as a follow up to Back In Black and For Those About To Rock. It's like Angus said on MTV (more Tupak viewing), the only thing that has change about their music is the cover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
AC/DC's new CD is great and has awesome hits like Cant Stand Still and Meltdown. This is really a CD for rock fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album sucks except for like one song which is &quot You Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll&quot other than that this sucks and what I really think makes it sucks well theres two things one is Brian Johnson is a horrible singer now hes old he is not a good vocalist anymore two most of these songs dont even sound like rock they are all just they dont sound like old acdc ok it just doesent and three horrible lyrics, and just horrible songwriting so unless your deaf save yourself from the awful already deafening horrible album this is by not buying it
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