WhatHighway to Hellhas thatBack in Blackdoesn't is Bon Scott, AC/DC's original lead singer who died just months after this album was released. Scott had a rusty, raspy, scream of a voice, like he might break into a coughing fit at any moment. In other … see full wiki
Whereas I am not a revvered fan of AC/DC, this CD rates as their best to my ears. These hard rocking aussies still pack plenty of slam bam razors edge hard rock on this recording. However, many of the tunes have a catchy yet slick arrangement which sticks in your ear.
The first four songs are truly excellent. The opening riff on Highway To Hell is very captivating and the song stays very focused throughout. Girls Got Rhythm is a another super driving tune that hooks the listener. Walk All Over You and Touch Too Much keep the pace going.
The other tunes are certainly not bad. Love Hungry Man actually goes at a different pace than the rest of the tunes. And there are some good ellabroate gutiar solos that kick off Beating Around The Bush But the final track, Night Prowler closes the CD on a very high note. That tune certainly sets a scary note between the crunching gutiars and Bon Scott's gritty scary vocals. At least old Bon went out on a high note with his last recording.
You really have to like your rock n roll good and hard to appreciate AC/DC. However, its the focused tunes coupled with the clever arrangements by John "Mutt" Lange trell me that this is the AC/DC record to start with.