By Joe Bonomo
Published in 1979, AC/DC's "Highway To Hell" was once the notorious final album recorded with singer Bon Scott, who died of alcohol poisoning in London in February of 1980. formally chalked as much as "Death by means of Misadventure," Scott's loss of life has endlessly secured the album's acceptance as a partying primer and a bible for deadly habit, branding the album with the thrill chaos of alcoholic extra and its turn aspect, early dying. the simplest songs on "Highway To Hell" in achieving Sonic Platonism, translating rock &roll's transcendent beliefs in stomping, dual-guitar and eighth-note bass riffing, a Paleolithic drum mattress, and insanely, recklessly bizarre yet enjoyable vocals. Joe Bonomo moves a three-chord essay at the strength of youth, the sturdiness of rock &roll fandom, and the transformative houses of reminiscence. Why does "Highway To Hell" topic to an individual past non-ironic little ones? mixing interviews, research, and memoir with a fan's point of view, "Highway To Hell" dramatizes and celebrates a undying album that one critic acknowledged makes "disaster sound just like the most sensible enjoyable within the world."
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Its secure place in the AC/DC pantheon was hardly immediate. Like the band itself, Highway to Hell faced a long way to the top. Billboard weighed in with a review a week before the album’s release, an assessment that did little to boost early sales. “Just as a tiger can’t change its spots,” said the anonymous critic, “this veteran Australian band can’t change the style it has been playing since its inception. High energy, lowbrow heavy metal is what this quintet plays and it is played well. Outside of two blues ﬂavored tunes each cut is up-tempo in a Foghat/Foreigner vein.
He’d moved to England in the midSeventies, and produced albums by Graham Parker and the Rumour, XTC, Motors, and the Boomtown Rats, among others — but there is little indication in those records of the mammoth, tuneful clamor that Lange would come to create with AC/DC. The fellas needed to clear their head and refocus. Conﬁdent if a bit gun-shy after the Kramer disappointment, they met with Lange at Roundhouse Studios, in London. An epochal album, ascension on worldwide radio, charts, and tours, and tragedy in the subsequent ten months would forever alter AC/DC’s career and legacy.
It’s like liquid love,” Bon squeals, barely suppressing the grin that knows just how outrageous the line is. The band is fantastically loud and tight by the end of the song, Malcolm the foreman steering the smirking riff as Williams and Rudd provide the solid chassis. ” the guys shout seconds from the song’s end, and it’s that moment that I loved when I ﬁrst heard the tune; these girls don’t just hang out in the back seat, they’re silhouettes for everything that rock & roll promises. • 34 • A C / D C ’ S H I G H WAY T O H E L L To young guys, at least.