11 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It seems fitting for AC/DC's last album of the 20th century that they would reunite with drummer Phil Rudd. This 1995 album then marked the return of the core group that recorded the essential Back in Black in 1983. Rarely more rock solid, this watertight unit also benefited from having Rick Rubin behind the production console. Here was someone who understood the basic, primal impetus behind hard rock wasn't about musical prowess or complexity, it was about banging riffs, passion, and choruses that make you never want to let go of the night. AC/DC sounds impeccably on point with tracks like "Hard as a Rock" and "Burnin' Alive," both of which ring out with anthemic authority. The band's leeringly lurid song titles reach an all-time high here while other new tracks like "Hail Caesar" and "The Furor" show off something close to political outrage. 

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EDITORS’ NOTES

It seems fitting for AC/DC's last album of the 20th century that they would reunite with drummer Phil Rudd. This 1995 album then marked the return of the core group that recorded the essential Back in Black in 1983. Rarely more rock solid, this watertight unit also benefited from having Rick Rubin behind the production console. Here was someone who understood the basic, primal impetus behind hard rock wasn't about musical prowess or complexity, it was about banging riffs, passion, and choruses that make you never want to let go of the night. AC/DC sounds impeccably on point with tracks like "Hard as a Rock" and "Burnin' Alive," both of which ring out with anthemic authority. The band's leeringly lurid song titles reach an all-time high here while other new tracks like "Hail Caesar" and "The Furor" show off something close to political outrage. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
99 Ratings

99 Ratings

juggsjudy ,

BALLBREAKER!!! 1995

WOW! I remember I was 16 when this album came out and I've loved it ever since. Great tunes on here "Hard As A Rock", "Cover You In Oil", "Hail Ceaser", "Whiskey On The Rocks" & "Ballbreaker" are all fan favorites. This album also displayed a more subtle bluesy guitar sound that complimeneted their signature hard rock riffs very well. It was a departure of their classic tone and one more suited for the times. Awesome job guys!!!...awesome!!!

drunk&annoyed ,

Memories

Hard As A Rock will forever remind me of my buddy getting worked over onstage at his bachelor party by 3 strippers. Need I say more...

Acdcfan ,

"You Alright, Ballbreaker!"

I have the complete AC/DC catalog and can say that are my all time favorite band. Out of all the albums I always keep coming back to this album. The production is full and punchy with great bass response. You can almost picture the boys recording these songs in a dark dingy room with smoke lingering in the air and empty beer mugs. Despite AC/DC's raw style, this album is a polished recording and in my opinion is their last "great" album.

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