When asked to pick the best AC/DC album, it's a tough call for me between POWERAGE and LTBR. Although POWERAGE is my personal fave, LTBR is right on it's heals.
No other AC/DC album has the same loud, obnoxious, nasty guitar sound that LTBR has. Period. It's evident from the very first track "Go Down" to the very last track, the classic "Whole Lotta Rosie," and on everything in between that Angus and Malcolm just plugged in, turned it to 11, and went for the jugular. If there's every been a good argument that AC/DC are a heavy metal band (which they whole-heartedly deny), LTBR (both the album and song) is that argument.
Not only is the guitar sound great, but the songs on a whole are magnificent. Bon's writing continues to grow from the earlier albums, combining sex, drugs, and rock n' roll with a good dose of humourous storytelling. Again, "Whole Lotta Rosie" is a prime example, as is the title song. Who else but Bon could pull off a shag story about a 19 stone woman so eloquently!?! To quote Angus, Bon truly was a "gutter poet!" In addition to the lyrical content, the hooks on this album are HUGE! The title track and "Dog Eat Down" are excellent showcases of the boys ability to work out some of the catchiest licks in rock history.
Bottom line, this is an essential album for any AC/DC fan (or any rock fan in general). If you're just starting out, you can't go wrong with this one. If you're an old timer, like me, this remaster brings the sound to an even better level, so even if you have other copies of LTBR, it's well worth the effort to get this one!