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For Those About to Rock We Salute You

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  • Of course, following up 1980’s record breaking “Back in Black” would be quite difficult, whether you make that assumption by sales or by quality. But leave it to AC/DC to carry on the true tradition of classic rock-n-rollers, with 1981’s “For Those About to Rock (We Salute You).” Here, the band explores all of their expected territory with epic rock anthems (the classic title track) and the predictably fashioned wine, women, and song scores (‘Let’s Get it Up,’ ‘Put the Finger on You’). But in a stunning yet well balanced manner, AC/DC brings listeners to a world on the streets, taking elements of frustration (the excellent ‘Spellbound’), distrust (superbly crafted ‘Night of the Long Knives’) and rebellion (‘Breaking the Rules’). ‘COD’ is classic AC/DC all the way, while the marvelous rockers ‘Evil Walks’ and ‘Snowballed’ seem to contradict the quintet’s classic subject matter. Lead vocalist Brian Johnson’s lyricism and bellows give the album its broad feel, while the guitar playing of Angus & Malcolm Young lead the rhythm section of Cliff Williams and Phil Rudd. Here in its remastered form, “For Those About to Rock” is one of AC/DC’s peak accomplishments.

    Posted on February 27, 2010