For the second time, AC/DC have supplied the soundtrack to a movie (see: Who Made Who
, the soundtrack to Stephen King's Maximum Overdrive
). This release basically amounts to a cool "best of" CD. While Who Made Who had some new material, Iron Man 2 is the straight classics, with a few unexpected surprises thrown in. Since AC/DC have never released a "best of" CD, this is about as close as you're likely to get. And it's just fine.
I'm guessing Jon Favreau had a lot to do with the picking and choosing and sequencing of songs, and he's obviously an AC/DC fan. I mean, "Evil Walks"? There are even songs from the Backtracks
box set and the most recent AC/DC opus, Black Ice
. As such, Iron Man 2 is a pretty damn good single disc overview of the whole AC/DC shebang. It flows well, it has an excellent mix of Bon and Brian, and the sound is as good as any of the AC/DC remasters available. Lyrically, it even (very) loosely relates to Iron Man 2 ("War Machine", "Evil Walks", "Back In Black", use your imagination). In short, it rocks. Buy this with Who Made Who, you will essentially have all the AC/DC that a newbie would need, and a fair chunk of deep cuts as well.
The deluxe edition packaging is awesome to behold, with shiny cover art, a generous booklet (loads of Iron Man and band photos in here) and a DVD. The DVD is nothing to write home about, the new video of "Shoot To Thrill" and a making-of featurette being the main features. The live stuff is great, but a fair bit has been previously released on official AC/DC DVDs before. Still, I have no complaints. It's good viewing and you way as well consider it a freebie at this price.
Fans who already own the whole AC/DC back catalogue won't need this, but I bought it anyway. As a car disc it's fun, and probably a lot better than any actual "best of" CDs you can think of, due to the inclusion of obscure tracks. But it works. The album flows and rocks, and those obscure tracks deserve a second look-see. I'd forgotten how cool the song "The Razors Edge" is, and it totally fits the Iron Man vibe.
If you need some more AC/DC in your life, some more iron in your blood, go for it. You won't be let down. Personal highlights for me include:
"The Razors Edge"
"If You Want Blood (You've Got It)"
"Cold Hearted Man"
"Rock n' Roll Damnation"
But the whole thing is great, not a weak track in the bunch. 4 stars.