Highway to Hell
Review score: 78%
Review Date: January 2013
Source: Rock Hard Reviews
It would be quite a challenge to find someone who hasn’t heard of the title song, or at least heard it played in a TV show or movie. This album is an AC/DC classic and one of my favourites.
Okay, this is probably more of a Paul Jack album, so don’t tell him I reviewed it before he got the chance. Some time a few years ago I raided his music collection and this album jumped out at me (I wish I meant that literally).
Maybe the most appealing thing about AC/DC is that they’re always fun. Their songs are either happy songs about how happy they are to be musicians, or scary stories about the women they met along the way. They also have a pretty unique sound, so you can tell their stuff instantly (Well, you could if Airbourne didn’t sound pretty similar. Don’t think that’s a bad thing, their stuff is cool too).
Highway to Hell
The intro is instantly recognisable from those first few notes. I’m sure it makes good driving music; I’d pick it if I could drive. It’s a chill out song that must have been written when the band was in a good mood since one of the lines is ‘hey, I’m in a rockin’ band’. It’s full of energy and the chorus is there to be sung along to.
I’m going to pretend I didn’t just replay it for the third time and move on to another song…
Girl’s got Rhythm
I can’t say anything about the girl, but this song definitely has rhythm. It’s got a good beat and it’s written well. If you listen to the words it’s bound to bring a smile to your face. I don’t think I need to explain what the song is about. It’s their same old formula, but it works for them and it’s another good song.
If you want Blood (You’ve got it)
If You Want Blood has another introduction that immediately grabs you. They seem to have liked the chorus so much that the whole band wanted to sing it. While it does paint a rather disturbing mental image, it’s another fun song. You’ll find yourself singing along after a few listens.
Love Hungry Man
This one is a change of pace. It’s a bit slower and more chilled out. The title makes it pretty clear what it’s about. A good song for ending a long day.
Okay, I’m going to stop picking out songs now or I’ll list the whole album.
It’s a good album, and the one I listened to most out of Paul Jack’s collection. It’s perfect music for relaxing and the lyrics are amusing in places if you really listen to them. I’d recommend this album to anyone. It’s a great addition to anyone’s collection.
“Shazbot na-nu na-nu.”
Paul Jack responds:
Ha – so that’s who nicked my ACDC CD. I’ll be having that bad boy back thank you Tali!
OK, I can agree with your score of 78%. Highway to Hell is a great classic rock album from 1979. Don’t entirely agree with your intro though, cos I’m old enough to remember the Richard Ramirez / Night Prowler controversy which you young 'uns can read about here.
I would like to mention the cover art though, which is simply fantastic, showing Bon Scott in an impish pose reminiscent of Mick Jagger. The AC/DC poster version of the Highway to Hell cover is just the thing to brighten up the wall of anyone with an interest in classic rock.
Kudos for signing off your review with the line from Mork and Mindy BTW.
Track List (may vary)
- Highway to Hell
- Girl’s Got Rhythm
- Walk All Over You
- Touch Too Much
- Beating Around the Bush
- Shot Down in Flames
- Get it Hot
- If You Want Blood (You’ve got it)
- Love Hungry Man
- Night Prowler