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Powerage

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  • Audio Cassette (Dec 12 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wea International
  • ASIN: B00005A3W7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 108 customer reviews
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HIGH QUALITY DIGI-PACK/ INCL. 16 PAGE BOOKLET/ RERELEASE/REMASTERED

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AC/DC's fourth album is the lull after the triumph of Let There Be Rock and before the mighty peaks of If You Want Blood You've Got It and Highway to Hell. Powerage contains all the familiar AC/DC trademarks: Bon Scott's rather less than Yeatsian lyrical vision ("Rock & Roll Damnation," "Up to My Neck in You"), Angus Young's brilliantly minimal guitar playing, a rhythm section as relentless and efficient as an infantry regiment, and the astute production of former Easybeats Harry Vanda and George Young; however, it lacks a truly transcendent moment, a "Whole Lotta Rosie" or a "T.N.T." Of course, even an average AC/DC album is an eloquent lesson in the fundamentals of rock & roll, and by that token Powerage still blows most opposition out of the water. Bon Scott's exultant declaration of working-class solidarity, "Riff Raff," is worth six Bon Jovi albums on its own. --Andrew Mueller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Albums like LET THERE BE ROCK, HIGHWAY TO HELL, and BACK IN BLACK have long overshadowed POWERAGE in terms of overall sales and popularity. However, song-for-song, POWERAGE is the strongest collection, in my opinion.
WHY?
Well, to begin with, LET THERE BE ROCK, may contain more well known classics, such as "Problem Child", "Rosie", and the title track. But, it also contains more forgettable material like "Go Down" and "Badboy Boogie". On the other hand, there simply isn't a weak cut on POWERAGE. Plus, the production is better.
HIGHWAY TO HELL and BACK IN BLACK are classics, no doubt about it. However, I feel that Mutt Lange seriously robbed the band of its power with his slick production techniques. Compare HIGHWAY TO HELL to POWERAGE and the songs are about as equally good. But, POWERAGE, while well-engineered, has a rawness and intensity to it that Lange's pop-friendly production does not. HIGHWAY may be easier to digest, but POWERAGE is tougher and more unrelenting.
BACK IN BLACK is automatically docked points in my book because Bon isn't on it. I mean no disrespect to Brian Johnson, but Bon was the definitive AC/DC frontman, hands-down. And, again, I think Lange drained much of the intensity out of some excellent songs in order to achieve a sound that was more easily accepted by the masses. I know, alot of AC/DC fans will argue that BIB sounds "HUGE". Granted, it's very well engineered and produced, but, to me, it sounds way too glossy. This sound may work well for Def Leppard, but it just neuters AC/DC's sound. I think that Young and Vanda had a better understanding of how AC/DC should sound on record.
So, there you go. Take or leave this review, but don't skip POWERAGE.
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I dont understand how the official reviewer could say that this album is "average".To me all the songs are great and even though nothing here could really work as a single thats part of its appeal.There are songs on here are longer and better than most of the ones on High Voltage and Highway To Hell.Dont get me wrong I like those 2 albums a lot but to me this is the best AC/DC album of the Bon Scott era.Simply put the songs on here all rock and rock hard.Rock N Roll Damnation is one of the best hard rock songs ever recorded,Down Payment Blues and Gimme A Bullet have some of Bon's finest vocals,Riff Raff,Gone Shootin(which has some of the best rythm guitar on any AC/DC album) and Sin City are the 2 best songs on the album.Whats Next To The Moon,Up To My Neck In You and Kicked In The Teeth are all about attitude to the nth dedree. Overall this album is a masterpiece and even better than the classic Highway To Hell.
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Malcom and Angus both cite this as their favorite studio album, and while one might assume it`s just because they`re sick of being lauded for "Back in Black", after a few listens you begin to see why. The songs on "Powerage" aren`t as instantly identifiable or radio-friendly as their better-known material, but there isn`t a bad cut on the record, and it`s a wonder how some of them have been so overlooked. "Damnation" is the band at it`s best, with a simple but effective guitar part accompanying Scott, who stretches his vocal chords to their absolute limit. Another top-shelf track is "Riff Raff", which is like "Whole Lotta Rosie" on overdrive". Throw in the bass-heavy thump of "Gimme a Bullet" and the sprawling "Gone Shootin`", and you`ve got nothing short of a classic hard rock album. "Sin City" is also a criminally underrated track from this band. In fact, it`s amazing that even fans of AC/DC are largely unaware of this album, since I`d rate it as their best second to, of course, BIB.
Not a great jumping off point for beginners or casual fans of the band, but no true AC/DC-phile`s collection is complete without "Powerage"
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The songs on 1978's "Powerage" may not be as instantly memorable as the "Back In Black" or "Let There Be Rock"-albums, but the quality of the material is uniformly high with virtually no filler (and how many rock records can you say that about?).
"Rock 'n' Roll Damnation" is a great, mid-tempo rocker with a catchy, descending chorus, "What's Next To The Moon" is a bluesy, vastly underrated masterpiece with a groovy, shuffling backbeat, and "Sin City" is as good as anything Scott ever penned.
Bon Scott's vocals were never better than on "Powerage", and neither was his way with words, or Malcolm Young's ability to bash out one masterful riff after another on his battered Gretch Firebird guitar.
You may have to listen to this album a few times before you start to really appreciate it, but eventually it will grow on you. "Down Payment Blues", "Sin City", "Gone Shootin'" and "What's Next To The Moon" are among the grooviest, most muscular rockers AC/DC ever comitted to tape, even if most of them are less shout-along-friendly than "Whole Lotta Rosie" and "Highway To Hell". Still, musically and lyrically, this is AC/DC - and Bon Scott in particular - at the top of their game.
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