Wednesday, April 25, 2012

AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

Not the best photo I've ever shot of a record cover (or merged), but this post has been in draft form for many months, while I waited to get a version of a Guest Post from from my pal Scott.  Rather than bug him, I am going ahead without him.  Scott won't mind.  I was reading a book recently on AC/DC, and found out that Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap was almost not released in the US.  It was not until five years after it was first released in Australia, AC/DC's homeland, and after lead singer Bon Scott had died - that the US version came out.  Some of the songs here are the aptly named "Rocker," and - "There's Gonna Be Some Rockin'" - some say a tad mellow for this band, which does not do mellow.  Every show I've seen, they have always played the title cut, which opens this album.  "Problem Child" is standard-issue AC/DC.  Plus "Squealer."   One of the great rock songs ever is called, "Ain't No Fun (Waiting Round to Be a Millionaire)" - the story of trying to make it big.  And "Ride On" is a nice bluesy number.  The band's lineup here had Mark Evans on bass, later replaced by Cliff Williams.  Many people think this is AC/DC's best album.  It's right up there.

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