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AC/DC’s 1979 album digitally remastered and reissued in a special digipak plus a 16 page full color booklet containing all original album art, many unpublished photos, classic memorabilia and new 2003 liner notes. Epic. What Highway to Hell has that Back in Black doesn’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 words, on crunchy, hook-heavy metal classics like the title track, and on ”Get It Hot” which is more roadhouse rock than metal, he had the perfect instrument for such wild-living anthems. Too perfect, it turned out. –David Cantwell

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  • Ignore the naysayers who criticize this album and AC/DC in general. AC/DC is one of the greatest bands in rock history. Whether you consider them blues-rock, hard rock, heavy metal, or just down-to-earth rock ‘n’ roll, they do it great. Don’t believe me? Look at all the albums they’ve sold and their tremendous fan base.
    Anyway, back to the review…
    Even though I wasn’t born in the ’70s, it was a great time for music. Bands like Led Zeppelin, KISS, Aerosmith, Queen, Rush, Deep Purple, Blue Oyster Cult etc. etc. etc., were achieving great success and producing great albums. AC/DC was no acception.
    Although such early albums like “High Voltage” and “Let There Be Rock” were hard-rockin’ classics, AC/DC was never really considered a “commercial” success. And by that, I DO NOT mean a sell-out band. I just mean that their records didn’t sell as well as some other bands. However, that all changed with “Highway To Hell”. I read that as of May ‘06, “Highway…” sold more than 7 million copies. More than that, Highway To Hell was a statement. If the ’70s were closing out, they were closing out with a bang.

    “Highway To Hell” 10/10: Absolutely killer song! The heavy guitar, especially in the solo section, and the groovy, pounding drums partner with the anthemic lyrics. Great rocker with a great hook. This is the type of song that everybody can like. My mom even loves this song whenever she hears it on the radio!
    “Girl’s Got Rhythm” 10/10: Terrific follow-up to the title track. Fantastic, blues riff and great chorus. I wouldn’t be surprised if this was released as a single.
    “Walk All Over You” 10/10: This five-minute headbanger shows AC/DC’s maturity as songwriters. Love the progressive intro and the fast riff and drumbeat show just how hard these guys can rock. Awesome solos and great ending, THIS is a great song.
    “Touch Too Much” 10/10: Very cool song with a catchy chorus and some hard-rockin’ guitars/drum combo. I just love it when Bon Scott sings “She’s got the body of Venus with arms.”.
    “Beating Around The Bush” 10/10: SPECTACULAR!!! I love this song, in fact, it’s ones of my favorites on the album. The lyrics are funny and do a great job accompanying the rhythm that boasts a killer guitar riff.
    “Shot Down In Flames” 8/10: Very good opener to the B-side of the album. Like I said, there are no weak tracks, but this one doesn’t stand out as much as some tracks from the first half of the disc.
    “Get It Hot” 10/10: Probably the first AC/DC song I know that’s only two and a half minutes, but definitely NOT filler. The riff is simple, but catchy, and this would serve as a great song to dance to.
    “If You Want Blood (You Got It)” 9/10: Another catchy one that just seems to be an awesome track to listen to while driving down the highway, for some reason or another.
    “Love Hungry Man” 9/10: Once again, the lyrics really accompany the rhythm, and this is a great track about a common rock and roll topic… basically, finding a great woman by love at first sight. It’s been done before, but this is something of a stand-out.
    “Night Prowler” 10/10: Slower, almost epic song and an interesting way to close out the album. Although it’s kinda dark, I heard somewhere it pokes fun at something or another. I don’t really know what, but this song is, kinda obviously, something to listen to at night. Right at the end, Bon Scott quotes Mork and Mindy by saying, “Shazbot! Nanu nanu!” This was rumored to be the last take ever recorded by Scott, and the creepy thing about it is how “Shazbot! Nanu! Nanu!”, was a way Mork used to end transmissions with his home planet with.

    Anyway, “Highway To Hell” is a classic rock album that should be in everybody’s collection, especially if you love ’70s music, hard rock, blues-based stuff, and of course, AC/DC! Rock on!

    Posted on March 6, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • “Highway To Hell” is a great rock & roll album. It has a famous 1-2-3-4 punch (“Highway To Hell”, “Girls Got Rhythm”, “Walk All Over You”, “Touch Too Much”), not to mention the title song from their first live album “If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)”, as well as the blues classic “Night Prowler”. The tiresome argument – as to whether this is the best AC/DC album, or 1980’s “Back In Black” with Brian Johnson – is moot. They are BOTH classic and they sit on the same high pedestal. You can’t say that Bon Scott is better or worse than Brian Johnson… they’re simply different in their own right. It’s like saying Sammy Hagar was better with Van Halen than David Lee Roth. Sure it’s hard to replace an original, but the successors can grow to be classic rock Gods as well. Such is the case here with AC/DC. This delux digipak has fantastic remastered digital sound along with a 16-page booklet complete with original album artwork and various assorted photos (dig the picture of Angus standing in front of the band throwing the can full of paint). “Highway To Hell” is full of catchy hooks and driving intense songs for serious head bangers. Bon Scott’s last album is a timeless piece of music that still sounds incredible today.

    Posted on March 6, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • “Highway To Hell”, released in 1979 was lead singer Bonn Scott’s last album with AC/DC due to his untimely death. The album was a landmark for AC/DC and included their first ever radio hit (in the U.S.) in “Highway To Hell”. The album is a hard rock lover’s dream, with big power chords, lead breaks and powerful vocals. The songs that standout on this release (which make up for more than half the album) are the title track “Highway To Hell”, “Girls Got Rhythm”, “Shot Down In Flames”, “Get It Hot”, “If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)”, “Walk All Over You”, and “Touch Too Much”. This newly remastered cd which is now under the Epic label sounds much better than the older 1994 remastered version. The bottom end, mid-range and output level have all been increased dramatically. I’ve actually compared them and found this new release to be the superior of the two. The digipak that holds the cd is very attractive and includes a booklet with colorful photos, etc. If you enjoy groups such as Judas Priest, UFO, Def Leppard, Krokus, Scorpions, etc. than you’ll won’t be disappointed with “Highway To Hell”.

    Posted on March 6, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Wow…. this is what remastering is good for. The sound, the energy and intensity is incredible. This sounds like it was just recorded yesterday! Now, if you haven’t heard at least one song off this album, chances are you are a complete recluse. This is one of the ultimate hard rock/heavy metal masterpieces of all time. Every song rocks hard and every song is a winner. No fillers here. So quit wasting your money on all this nu-metal and modern pop garbage and get some of the REAL stuff.

    Posted on March 6, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Hello fellow AC/DC fans, I have 2 thoughts on this release and it goes for the rest of the catalog reissues as well. If you have never bought this release or bought a copy before 1994 then I would definitely buy this. The package and the sound are great. However, if you, like myself bought the first “original tapes remastered” version released in 1994 , I would pass. It sounds exactly the same as the new “original two track remasters”. If you want to upgrade for the pkg(new cd booklet) then go for it. If you are looking for miracle updated sound forget it. By the way, the 5 stars are for the point of view of “I don’t have this yet and wonder if its worth it.” For me the person on the third round of AC/DC reissues, it rates 2 stars for the Digipak and Book!

    Posted on March 6, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now