Friday, February 26, 2010

AC/DC: DOTM (Update)


Not sure why I decided to do this. I was listening to a local radio station earlier this evening and one of their songs came on the radio and I started thinking how long this band has been together and how consistent they have remained with their music. Some critics have complained that they make the same album over and over again. I gotta think though of the old cliche, if it isn't broke, don't fix it. They might write similar albums throughout their career but they play what they are good at and their songs kick butt so why bother trying to reinvent the wheel?

This band has put out some darn good music over the past 35 years. For instance, the album Back in Black is one of highest selling albums of all time and is actually the highest selling album worldwide released by a band. This is actually my favorite album of theirs and I actually prefer the Brian Johnson-era AC/DC over the Bon Scott-era.

After this post I will be doing one of my 10 for 2010 lists for this band.

High Voltage
Released in Australia only in February 1975 by Albert Records.
Produced by Harry Vanda and George Young.
Band lineup:
Bon Scott - vocals; Angus Young - guitar; Malcolm Young - guitar; George Young - bass; Tony Currenti - drums
Tracks: 8
Singles: "Baby Please Don't Go"

T.N.T.
Released in Australia in December 1975 by Albert.
Produced by Harry Vanda and George Young.
Lineup changes:
Mark Evans - bass; Phil Rudd - drums
Tracks: 9
Highlights:
"TNT" and "High Voltage"

High Voltage
Released internationally in May 1976 by Atlantic Records.
Produced by Harry Vanda and George Young.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 9
Highlights:
"It's a Long Way to the Top" and "She's Got Balls"
This album has been certified triple platinum in the United States.

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Released in Australia in September 1976 by Albert.
Released internationally in December 1976 by Atlantic.
Produced by Harry Vanda and George Young.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 9
Highlights:
"Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" and "Big Balls"
This album reached #3 on the 1981 Pop Albums Chart and has sold over 6 million copies in the United States alone.

Let There Be Rock
Released in Australia in March 1977 by Albert.
Released internationally in June 1977 by Atlantic.
Produced by Harry Vanda and George Young.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 8
Highlights:
"Whole Lotta Rosie"
This album reached #154 on the 1977 Pop Albums Chart and been certified double platinum in the United States.

Powerage
Released in May 1978 by Atlantic.
Produced by Harry Vanda and George Young.
Lineup Changes:
Cliff Williams - bass
Tracks: 9
This album is certified Platinum in the United States.

If You Want Blood You've Got It
Live album released in the United Kingdom in October 1978 by Atlantic.
Released in the United States in December 1978 by Atlantic.
Produced by Harry Vanda and George Young.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 10

Highway to Hell
Released in July 1979 by Albert/Atlantic.
Produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 10
Highlights:
"Highway to Hell" and "Night Prowler"
This album reached #17 on the 1979 Billboard Pop Albums Chart.
It has sold over 7 million copies in the United States alone.

Back in Black
Released in July 1980 by Albert/Atlantic.
Produced by Mutt Lange.
Personnel Changes:
Brian Johnson - vocals
Tracks: 10
Highlights:
"Hells Bells" "Shoot to Thrill" "Let Me Put My Love Into You" "Back in Black" "You Shook Me All Night Long" and "Rock and Roll Aint Noise Pollution"
This album reached #4 on the Billboard 200 in 1980 and has sold over 22 million copies in the United States alone.
It is the 2nd highest selling album of all time (Thriller is the 1st - yuck!) and is the highest selling album by a band.

For Those About to Rock, We Salute You
Released in November 1981 by Albert.
Produced by Mutt Lange.
No personnel changes.
Tracks: 10
Highlights:
"For Those About to Rock"
This album reached #1 on the 1981 Billboard 200 Chart and has sold over 4 milliion copies in the United States.

Flick of the Switch
Released in August 1983 by Albert.
Produced by AC/DC.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 10
This album is certified Platinum in the United States.

'74 Jailbreak
Released in October 1984 by Atlantic.
Produced by Harry Vanda and George Young.
Contained material previously recorded and released originally on Australian only albums and comprises the Bon Scott-era AC/DC.
Tracks: 5

Fly on The Wall
Released in June 1985 by Albert/Atlantic.
Produced by Angus Young and Malcolm Young.
Personnel Changes:
Simon Wright - drums
Tracks: 10
This album reached #32 on the 1985 Billboard 200 and is certified Platinum in the United States.

Who Made Who
Soundtrack album released in May 1986 by Albert.
Produced by Mutt Lange, Harry Vanda, George Young, Angus Young, and Malcolm Young.
Comprised of mostly previously released material as a soundtrack to the Stephen King movie Maximum Overdrive. The title track, as well as the instrumentals "DT" and "Chase the Ace" were recorded specifically for this album.
This album has sold over 5 million copies in the United States.

Blow Up Your Video
Released in January 1988 by Albert.
Produced by Harry Vanda and George Young.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 10
Highlights:
"Heatseeker"
This album is certified Platinum in the United States.

The Razors Edge
Released in September 1990 by Atco Records.
Produced by Bruce Fairbaim.
Lineup Changes:
Chris Slade - drums
Tracks: 12
Highlights:
"Thunderstruck"
This album reached #2 on the 1990 Billboard 200 chart and has sold over 5 million copies in the United States.

Live
Live album released in October 1992 by Albert/Epic.
Produced by Bruce Fairbairn.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 14

Ballbreaker
Released in September 1995 by Albert.
Produced by Rick Rubin and Mike Fraser.
Lineup Changes:
Phil Rudd - drums
Tracks: 11
This album reached #4 on the 1995 Billboard 200 chart.

Bonfire
Box set released in November 1997 by East West.
Various produced.
Contains 5 CDs (including a remastered version of Back in Black)
Disc One: Live From the Atlantic Studios - 8 tracks
Disc Two: Let There Be Rock the Movie 1- 6 tracks.
Disc Three: Let There Be Rock the Movie 2 - 8 tracks.
Disc Four: Volts - 10 tracks.
Disc Five: Back in Black (remastered) - 10

Stiff Upper Lip
Released in February 2000 by Albert.
Produced by George Young AC/DC.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 12
Singles:
"Stiff Upper Lip" "Safe in New York City" and "Satellite Blues"
This album is certified Platinum in the United States.

Black Ice
Released in October 2008 by Columbia.
Produced by Brendan O'Brien.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 15
Singles:
"Rock n Roll Train" "Big Jack" "Anything Goes" and "Money Made"
This album reached #1 on the Billboard 200 and is certified double Platinum in the United States.
It was nominated for a Grammy in 2010 for Best Rock Album and Best Hard Rock Performance.

Backtracks
Box set released in November 2009 by Columbia.
Tracks:
Disc 1 consists of 18 tracks.
Disc 2 consists of 15 tracks.
Disc 3 consists of 14 tracks.

Iron Man 2
Soundtrack album scheduled to be released April 2010 by Columbia Records consisting entirely of previously released tracks.
Tracks: 15








Just a quick note. This post marks my 100th Discography Of The Moment post.

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