ARTIST: AC / DC
TITLE: Let There Be Rock
YEAR RELEASED: 1977
CHART ACTION: #154 US, #17 UK
SINGLES: Dog Eat Dog, Let There Be Rock, Whole Lotta Rosie (#68 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Go Down, Problem Child, Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be
LINEUP: Bon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Mark Evans, Phil Rudd
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: AC / DC’s best early album gives them a UK fan base.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: After Atlantic refused to release Dirty Deeds, AC/DC went back to the studio, determined to give the world an album that no one could resist, without compromise. They succeeded.
From the opening notes “Go Down” to the end of “Whole Lotta Rosie”, the boys cranked out a loud and fierce record that illustrated all of the high points of the band. Bon Scott’s leering vocals are on point, Malcolm and Angus Young burn out riffs and guitar magic, and Phil Rudd’s drums give everyone a unwavering platform. In the midst of the beginnings of punk, the rise of disco, and the decline of glam and prog, AC/DC delivered uncompromising, ugly rock-and-roll.
Of the eight tracks, nearly every single one is recognizable as an AC/DC staple. For a band that’s gone on as long as they have, that’s praise indeed.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Soon after the release, Cliff Williams replaced Mark Evans as bassist.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Kinda – Atlantic replaced “Crabsody in Blue” with “Problem Child” from Dirty Deeds. That’s an A+ replacement.
GRADE A: An essential Bon Scott AC/DC recording. Play loud, of course.