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Fly On The Wall
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2004
I have to disagree with the folks who say that this is a bad first album for AC/DC fans simply because it was mine. And it was the first CD I got when I saw the remastered versions. I am by no means a die-hard but I've always liked the band. Being a teenager during the glam rock craze, I had a few AC/DC tapes in my collection and would always pop this one in my walkman if I wanted to listen to something more earthy and real.
In reference to the "poor" production remarks made by some others. I see the point, but I remember the videos on MTV for this album including the 45 minute video LP. They showed the band in a dive bar simply playing the songs. I've always associated this imagery with the band and have never really looked for slick production in an AC/DC album. They are one of the few, in my mind at least, where the producer could make it easy for himself by hitting the record button, sitting back and having a beer and let the band do their thing. However, those looking for a Back in Black pt2, will be disappointed.
Starts off with the title song and you don't stop tapping your feet or your steering wheel for the next nine tracks that come after. Simplistic lyrics, great guitar riffs by Angus, and that one of a kind voice by Brian Johnson. The only track I was not wild about "First Blood" all the others hold up pretty well. The remaster come with a nifty booklet showing photos of the band on tour and a web link with videos from the album. This should not be a question of whether or not those should get this as your first AC/DC album. It just shouldn't be the *only* one. A great buy from one of the best rock bands.
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on March 17, 2004
This album is one of AC/DC's least popular and know albums. Mostly i guess because of the sound quality, i dont know what they where doing, but it is kind of hard to hear Brians voice during alot of songs! The Re-Issue has made it a little clearer and improved the sound, but still not enough to really make the songs fully shine! Some tracks sound incomplete and shoul have been worked on a bit more!
Beeing an AC/DC fan, this is one of my favorite albums, but i wouldnt recomend it to any non-ac/dc fans, or new comers to the band! it really IMO is liked by the AC/DC fans, a few tracks tickle a few un-be-knoweths fancy... but these songs wenrt recorded too good. and unless youve heard the title track played live you probably wouldnt understand the impact it has!
Beeing a re-issue it probably should have had WHO MADE WHO , DT and CHASE THE ACE included from the "Who Made Who" album, seeing as how so many people dont want that album because it only contiains 3 tracks, plus a few extras from other albums! because its a soundtrack to Maximum Overdrive! and so many people buy it because they think its a greatest hits, but its not, and they end up disapointed by it!
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on November 6, 2003
For a very long time, my AC/DC library stopped at For Those About to Rock. I didn't even acknoweldge that they recorded any albums after that. About a year ago I finally said what the hell and bought Flick of the Swith. It was about as weak as I expected. I think I've listened to it two or three times since. Well, I got the bug again a few days ago and decided to try my luck one more time, so I bought the next album. And I'm surprised at how good it is! It's not their best of course, I wasn't expecting another Highway to Hell or Back in Black. But it's great stuff. AC/DC is one of those bands that basically keeps churning out the same handful of songs album after album. Sometimes the wind is at their back and sometimes it isn't. Well, this time it was. Back in Black, For Those About to Rock and Flick of the Switch all had a certain "dark" sound to them, and understandably so. On this it sounds like they finally cheered up and wrote their first upbeat album since the Bon days. These are just good catchy anthemic rock songs that AC/DC does best. I think it's better than Flick of the Switch, at any rate.
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on August 26, 2003
This album sits alongside AC/DC's previous effort, "Flick Of The Switch", as their least interesting.
There are two pretty good songs on "Fly On The Wall", namely "Sink The Pink" and "Shake Your Foundations" (both of which can be found on the soundtrack album "Who Made Who"). The rest is cookie-cutter mediocrity...the lyrics seem forced and clichéd, the music in completely uninspired, lacking the hooks and riffs that make AC/DC's best songs so memorable, and Brian Johnson's voice is mixed far into the background.
"Fly On The Wall" was a commercial and critical failure, and it's not hard to understand why. It's steeped in mediocrity, and comparing it to "Highway To Hell", "The Razors Edge", "Let There Be Rock" and the greatest hard rock album ever, "Back In Black", makes it look like even more of a disappointment.
This one is only for completists.
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on August 27, 2003
Brian Johnson's voice was practically gone by that time. Also, the production is simply horrible here.
The songwriting is good, however, and would make for a good listen, except for the problems mentioned above.
The fact is that AC/DC virtually died when Bon died. The guy was simply irreplaceable. He was the missing link that finally launched the Young brothers to stardom. Due to sheer talent, their momentum was so good, the inspiration at a peak, that BACK IN BLACK would have been a success with any singer, be it Brian Johnson or another. That they managed to record album after album after Bon's death, itás a tribute to their quality.
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on June 24, 2004
Many people seem to hate this album for the reason that it doesn't really have any huge hits like Back In Black or High Voltage. I actually like this one a lot though. The songs "Sink The Pink", "Danger", and "Shake Your Foundation" are all good songs. I definately think this is not their best album but it's definately worth buying if you really like the band. If you don't have Back In Black, High Voltage, Dirty Deeds and/or Highway To Hell, I suggest you go buy those before this and then maybe get this.
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on December 4, 2003
Having at one time, been a great AC/DC fan, I was sadden at this release. Looking back I can see why. No new ground was made. Still the same old AC/DC, sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll, with the same old sound. Shake Your Foundations, and Sink The Pink, are the two best known songs off this cd, but that is not saying alot. Boring with a capital B. The playing is lifeless. Only Playing With Girls, seems to have any fire behind it. At least this time, they didn't produce the cd, like they did with the awful FLICK THE SWITCH.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I still remember how disappointed I was when I first bought this album when it was released. Unlike a lot of other AC/DC fans, I LOVED "Flick Of The Switch," and I anxiously awaited the follow-up. Boy, was I in for a letdown. The problem with this record is, there is just nothing here that grabs you by the throat like on their earlier releases. "Shake Your Foundations" is the only song that stands out, if only for the chants of,"AI AI OH!" The saddest thing about this record, though, is that it was all downhill from here for the boys. Except for a brief resurgence with "The Razor's Edge" in 1990, AC/DC was never the same again. Brian Johnson's voice started to go soon after that, and you can only remake the same record so many times before people finally get tired of the shtick.
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on October 27, 2003
I Think brian johnson sounds like bob seger on speed.
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