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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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