12 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

AC/DC cracked the seal on the '90s with one of the best riffs of their career. That would be "Thunderstruck," the opening track on The Razor's Edge. Some shuffling occurred prior to the band recording this adrenaline shot of an album in British Columbia. Drummer Singer Wright stepped out to work with Dio and veteran drummer Chris Slade was brought in for the ever-present pummeling back beat. Brian Johnson stepped aside as lyricist for this album, leaving Malcolm and Angus completely in charge of songwriting for the first time. It was a smart move. In addition to "Thunderstruck," the band brought out "Moneytalks," probably the closest thing the band ever came to writing a pop song. Then there was "Are You Ready"–one of their fiercest calls to action. The gritty edge and booming chants on this album were a welcome reminder for a new generation that pure, unadulterated rock 'n' roll was fiercely alive and well.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

AC/DC cracked the seal on the '90s with one of the best riffs of their career. That would be "Thunderstruck," the opening track on The Razor's Edge. Some shuffling occurred prior to the band recording this adrenaline shot of an album in British Columbia. Drummer Singer Wright stepped out to work with Dio and veteran drummer Chris Slade was brought in for the ever-present pummeling back beat. Brian Johnson stepped aside as lyricist for this album, leaving Malcolm and Angus completely in charge of songwriting for the first time. It was a smart move. In addition to "Thunderstruck," the band brought out "Moneytalks," probably the closest thing the band ever came to writing a pop song. Then there was "Are You Ready"–one of their fiercest calls to action. The gritty edge and booming chants on this album were a welcome reminder for a new generation that pure, unadulterated rock 'n' roll was fiercely alive and well.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
432 Ratings

432 Ratings

lokeyguy ,

WOW!!!

As the girl from poltergeist exclaims "They're Here". Way to go Apple. It's been a long time coming.

AGB rock ,

Excellent

A classic album. Thunderstruck is one of the best songs of all time, and live is crazy! I'm really happy about it. It was time of ACDC in iTunes!

Treeman ,

A Great Comeback

Unless you are a fan old enough to appreciate the significance of this album in AC/DC's history, words cannot explain how much this effort turned the tables for Angus & Co. By the end of the 80's, AC/DC had pretty much been written off. They had plummeted from the top of the charts in the early 80's to barely scraping the top 40 by 1985. The late 80's showed a slight improvement, but the band's albums were still getting no airplay and quietly being bought by only the faithful. Thankfully, there were a lot of them.

All of that changed in the fall of 1990, when MTV started playing the hell out of the "Thunderstruck" video. When the album came out a month later, it hit number two on the charts and stayed in the top ten for months. Suddenly AC/DC were everywhere... again. "Moneytalks" hit MTV around the holidays and became the band's first top 40 hit in ten years. By years end the album was double platinum and still selling. Its now one of their best sellers of all time.

But is it good? Yes. The first four tracks are among the best ever recorded with Brian Johnson, and "Are You Ready", "Got You By the Balls" and "Shot of Love" are all strong. The entire album has a punchy sheen of production, thanks to producer Bruce Fairbairn. Some fans don't like this sound, and it is occasionally a little dated, but overall it makes even the most forgettable tunes ("Mistress for Chirstmas") lively. A great addition to the band's catalog.

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