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Great Metal Albums of 1984: AC/DC- 74 Jailbreak

Posted in 1980s, Heavy Metal, Heavy Metal and the 1980s, Music, Rock, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2017 by 80smetalman

Being predictable again! If you have been following me for some time, you have probably already guessed that I am posting about an AC/DC album because tribute band Hell’s Bells came to town. They did and unlike my post about the previous two AC/DC albums, I actually went to see them last night. You know, sort of for inspiration but I really don’t need any to see Hell’s Bells or post about AC/DC’s 1984 album, “74 Jailbreak.”

Pity the Foo

First the show, Hell’s Bells were supported by the Foo Fighters tribute band, Pity the Foo. Now, except for the videos I’ve seen on the Kerrang channel, I have no experience of the Foo Fighters. But if they are anything like the tribute band on stage, then maybe I should delve into some of their back catalogs. Pity the Foo honoured the band they were tributing on this evening. They were tight and if they weren’t playing Foo Fighters material, they could have played anything, even their own material and played it very well. The two Foo Fighters songs I know they played were “Monkey Wrench” and “A Long Road to Ruin” were good examples of how good this band was. When they left the stage, they had accomplished their mission of warming things up for the headliner. Pity not many people bothered to turn up and see them.

Hell’s Bells ascend the stage. God, I wish my hand was steadier.

If I went into great details of Hell’s Bells performance, then all I would need to do is copy and paste previous posts about them. What I can say is that last night was their best performance ever in the five times I’ve seen them. Like always, they were note perfect in regards to AC/DC and played an array of AC/DC classics that everyone in the audience will have heard at least their favourites. For me, it was “You Shook Me All Night Long,” “Highway to Hell” and they ended with “Whole Lotta Rosie.” One thing they did different was play “Ace of Spades” in dedication to Lemmy. When they left the stage at the end of an hour and a half, which flew by too quickly, there wasn’t one disappointed person in the room.

Another thing I noted was the huge age range in attendance. I’ll be turning 56 next month and I can happily say that I wasn’t the oldest person in the room, not by a long shot. However, there were second and third generation AC/DC fans there as well. Many bands who last for over four decades aren’t as able to pick up followers from the younger generations. I remember the generation just below me regarding the Rolling Stones as golden oldies. They don’t say that about AC/DC.

Angus’s double does his strip act.

Hell’s Bells taking it home.

Unfortunately, Hell’s Bells didn’t play any songs off the “74 Jailbreak” album. Yes, I know in reality that it’s and EP but talk about five grab you by the throat songs. These were tracks that were only previously released in Australia and made available to the rest of the world as part of this EP. My question here is why they waited so long before treating us to them. With the benefit of hindsight, one might have thought that they might have released this in 1980 after Bon Scott’s tragic death. After all, his vocals are simply fantastic on the album. “Jailbreak” did feature on the “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” album but it’s a good opener. Likewise, “Baby, Please Don’t Go” is a good closer. Many an AC/DC album has those so nothing new in that department. However, it’s the three songs in the middle that make the album for me. All of them feature some pretty nifty guitar work compliments of Angus Young but my favourite of all is the middle track, the very bluesy sounding “Show Business.” Angus just cooks on this one and I now put him on the same shelf as some other great blues guitarists. So my question here is why isn’t this album or EP talked about more in AC/DC circles?

Track Listing:

  1. Jailbreak
  2. You Ain’t Got a Hold on Me
  3. Show Business
  4. Soul Stripper
  5. Baby, Please Don’t Go


Bon Scott- vocals

Angus Young- lead guitar, backing vocals

Malcolm Young- rhythm guitar, backing vocals

George Young- bass, backing vocals, drums

Rob Bailey- bass

Mark Evans- bass on “Jailbreak”

Phil Rudd- drums, percussion on “Jailbreak”

Tony Currenti- drums, percussion on tracks 2-4

Peter Clack- drums, percussion on “Baby Please Don’t Go”

Whenever people talk about AC/DC albums, it seems that “74 Jailbreak” doesn’t get mentioned. My guess is it’s because it’s considered an EP. EP or album, there are five great songs on here and that’s more great songs that many other bands have on one entire album. Maybe Hell’s Bells will play some songs from it next time they come to town.

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Great Rock Albums of the 70s: AC/DC: Let There Be Rock

Posted in 1980s, Heavy Metal, Heavy Metal and the 1980s, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2011 by 80smetalman

This is the first time I’ve done a back to back post with the same act. Usually when I think of the great rock artists from the 70s, there is one album that sticks out. However, with AC/DC, this isn’t the case. None of the four albums they put out between 1976-78 stick out for me, I love them all equally. This post looks at the second of these, “Let There be Rock.” But don’t worry, the other two albums in this group, “Powerage” and “If You Want Blood, You Got It” will definitely be featured in future posts. There is a method to my madness.

“Let There Be Rock” picks up perfectly from where “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” left off. It continues to showcase the hard rock sound that is unique to AC/DC and each time I listen to it, I start headbanging from the opening notes of “Go Down” and don’t stop until the final notes of “Whole Lotta Rosie.” Other highlights include the title track that tells the story of the origins of rock through great music and after listening to the track, I totally agree that Hell ain’t a bad place  to be.

Track Listing:

1. Go Down

2. Dog Eat Dog

3. Let There Be Rock

4. Bad Boy Boogie

5. Problem Child

6. Overdose

7. Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be

8. Whole Lotta Rosie

As I wrote each track down, I found myself singing that track in my head, that shows what a kick ass album it is. Scott, Young, Young, Evans and Rudd prove themselves to be the good tight band which would see them climb to the top a few short years later, although this would be the last album for bassist Mark Evans.


Bon Scott- vocals

Angus Young- lead guitar

Malcolm Young- rhythm guitar

Mark Evans- bass

Phil Rudd- drums

It was albums like this one why AC/DC are still a great live act even after all these years including an account in “Rock And Roll Children” which took place in 1985. If you listened to “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,” then why don’t you continue the party and listen to “Let There Be Rock.” You won’t be disappointed.

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Great Rock Albums of the 70s: AC/DC- Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

Posted in Heavy Metal, Heavy Metal and the 1980s, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2011 by 80smetalman

I didn’t hear of this album until 1981 when it was re-released in the U.S. By that time, AC/DC had already climbed to the precipice of rock with killer albums like “Highway to Hell” and “Back in Black.” “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” was originally released back in 1976, when practically no one outside of Austrailia knew who they were. This was a shame because back then, AC/DC definitely had the hunger which many acts who haven’t made it to the big time have and this album is living proof of that.

Like Judas Priest, AC/DC were an act that paid their dues throughout the 70s before making it big in 1979 and 80. I was one of the many, who after hearing either “Highway to Hell” or “Back in Black,” explored the early discography of this band. So, when this particular album came out, I immediately went out and bought it and I haven’t regretted it for one minute. 

While the album showcases AC/DC’s hard rocking sound that millions around the world have come to love, it also shows a more humourous side to them. Listening to the lyrics of the title track and the double entendre behind “Big Balls,” which must still give the PMRC a stroke, brings a smile to my face each time I have listened to it over the past 30 years. “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” continues to be one of those lost treasures still enjoyed today.

Track Listing:

1. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

2. Love At First Feel

3. Big Balls

4. Rocker

5. Problem Child

6. There’s Gonna Be Some Rockin’

7. Ain’t No Fun (Waiting Around to be a Millionaire)

8. Ride On

9.  Squealer

Bon Scott- vocals

Angus Young- lead guitar

Malcom Young- rhythm guitar

Mark Evans- bass

Phil Rudd- drums

This is a classic album from one of the classic bands of all time. If you haven’t heard this album in a while, take it out and relive some great classic rock by a greatly loved band.

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