ARTIST: AC / DC
TITLE: Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
YEAR RELEASED: 1976 (except for the US, where it was 1981)
CHART ACTION: #3 (finally, in 1981). Top 5 in Australia!
SINGLES: Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (#4 Mainstream, #47 UK), Love at First Feel, Ride On. Jailbreak was on the Aussie album and hit #10 there.
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Big Balls, Problem Child
LINEUP: Bon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Mark Evans, Phil Rudd
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Now a classic piece of wax, this was passed over by their US record company until AC/DC became too big to ignore.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Somehow, the geniuses at Atlantic Records thought an album “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” and “Problem Child” wasn’t worth releasing. Well, that wasn’t too bright was it?
Sure, some of the filler is definitely filler, and “Big Balls” is fine for 12-year olds everywhere, but there’s enough good stuff here to forgive some of the puerile stuff. Most of the tracks rock despite the cringe on your face, and it’s all in good fun, innit?
The Australian version and the International / US Version had some big differences, and really the latter version flows better but loses two good tracks and adds just one.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The International Version added “Love at First Feel” (a plus) and “Rocker” (meh) and loses “RIP (Rock In Peace)” and “Jailbreak” (both minuses).
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No unless you count the two versions.
GRADE B: Any record with “Problem Child” gets an upgrade!