Rock History

Rebecca’s Picks – Albums You Should Own: Highway to Hell by AC/DC

Just last week I was talking about how much I was enjoying the local classic rock radio station one weekend because I don’t listen to this stuff much anymore. My whole point was that you cannot deny the impact of “Classic Rock” on the rock and roll of today and that listened to in moderation, this is still great stuff and a lot of fun. Well I am happy to add Rebecca to the fold here at The Rock and Roll Report as she delves into her record collection to give you some examples of albums she thinks you should own. You can contact Rebecca at her MySpace page at Take it away Rebecca!

Hello everyone!

rebecca.jpgMy name is Rebecca. I love music. Specifically, rock and roll music.

Every week I will be sharing an album with you. It could be an album from the 60’s, the 70’s, or the 80’s. These albums will all have one thing in common. You should own them.

You might ask, “Why the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, Rebecca?”

I might answer, “Well, being (cough-cough) 40-ish, these are the eras I know the best. I was in high school in the late 70’s-early80’s, and my main hobby was going to concerts and buying albums. I still own many of these albums on vinyl, (That’s the stuff they used to make records out of) not counting the ones a certain ex-boyfriend took off with.”

I still attend a lot of shows, and regard many musicians as friends. I myself am not a musician. I own a sweet Stratocaster, which I play badly. While I was researching these albums, I asked many musicians to tell me the albums that had influenced them the most, the music that made them decide that they had to make music themselves. I got a surprising variety of answers, and I still think that it’s a fascinating question to ask someone.

So, check out my column…you never know, you might learn a little rock and roll history. At the very least, you’ll find out about an album that rocks!

AC/DC Highway To Hell

Track List
1. Highway To Hell
2. Girls Got Rhythm
3. Walk All Over You
4. Touch Too Much
5. Beating Around The Bush
6. Shot Down In Flames
7. Get It Hot
8. If You Want Blood (You Got It)
9. Love Hungry Man
10. Night Prowler

all songs written by Young, Young, and Scott
Released July 1979 on Atlantic Records
Produced by Mutt Lange

Band members
: Angus Young-lead guitar, Malcolm Young-rhythm guitar, Phil Rudd-drums, Cliff Williams-bass, Bon Scott-lead vocals

When “Highway To Hell” came out in the summer of 1979, it was a most welcome antidote to the other albums being released at the time. The crunchy power chords and thumping bass line were present, but producer Mutt Lange had colored the songs with his own crisp, clean sound. It was much more polished than the band’s previous albums, but still managed to stay raunchy, dirty, and loud. Bon Scott, who died of alcohol poisoning just seven months after “Highway To Hell” was released, once said, “All the songs we do are about one of three things…booze, sex, and rock and roll.” Hell yeah.