SD 16033 Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Produced by Vanda & Young
Released on September 1976
US CHART POSITION #3 . . . 6x PLATINUM RECORD
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SD 16033 cover
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K ronomyth 3.0: BON VIVANT, BON MORT. Maybe the rock & roll Fates knew what they were doing when AC/DC’s third album didn’t get a US distribution deal. The excellent High Voltage had, after all, barely scraped the Top 150 and the most that might be expected from Dirty Deeds was more (or less) of the same. Instead, the album lay unheard by most Americans until the AC/DC phenomenon was at gale force after Back In Black, when it was released to a now-adoring American audience and quickly rose to number 3 on the charts--at the time, though briefly, the band’s highest US chart position—eventually selling over 6 million copies here. We’ll need to wind the clock back a bit, however, to get a proper perspective of Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. The album was originally released in 1976 in an Australian version (unique cover, unique tracks, unique track listing) and the more widely known International version [which featured “Rocker” and “Love At First Feel” instead of “R.I.P. (Rock In Peace)” and “Jailbreak”]. I’ve only heard the International version, and it is hands-down one of the band’s best albums in terms of songwriting. “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheep,” “Big Balls,” “Problem Child” and “Ride On” are some of the best Bon-era bits, bar none. You may not find as many Angus guitar solos on here, and there are times when Mark Evans just seems to be hitting the same note over and over, but pound for pound this stuff is still worth its weight in pure gold. Of course, if T.N.T. or Let There Be Rock had been the prodigal son resurrected instead of Dirty Deeds, the band’s mythology might be different. Instead, Americans have the memory of Bon come back to say goodbye, a million-dollar check he couldn’t cash in hand, loosed from this mortal coil before he could repent, rattling about in the heavy metal hall of heroes like Marley’s ghost and, just maybe, having more fun than we are right now. [And kudos to Columbia for the 2003 remasters. They totally rock.]

SD 16033 back cover SD 16033 lyric sleeve 80202-2 cover
SD 16033 back cover SD 16033 lyric sleeve 80202-2 cover

TRACK LISTING


  1. DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP
  2. AIN'T NO FUN (WAITING ROUND TO BE A MILLIONAIRE)
  3. THERE'S GONNA BE SOME ROCKIN'
  4. PROBLEM CHILD
  5. SQUEALER
  6. BIG BALLS
  7. R.I.P. (ROCK IN PEACE)
  8. RIDE ON
  9. JAILBREAK

    International release track listing
  10. DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP    3:46
  11. LOVE AT FIRST FEEL    3:05
  12. BIG BALLS    2:39
  13. ROCKER    2:46
  14. PROBLEM CHILD    5:43
  15. THERE'S GONNA BE SOME ROCKIN'    3:14
  16. AIN'T NO FUN (WAITING ROUND TO BE A MILLIONAIRE)    6:57
  17. RIDE ON    5:47
  18. SQUEALER    5:12

    All titles by A.Young/M.Young/B.Scott

CREDITS

MARK EVANS --
PHIL RUDD --
BON SCOTT --
ANGUS YOUNG --
MALCOLM YOUNG --
Hipgnosis -- sleeve design & photos
Paul Canty -- inner sleeve photos
SMAY Vision -- 2003 reissue booklet design

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
AUS'L September 1976 Albert LP APLP.020  
UK November 1976 Atlantic LP K 50323 lyric sleeve
ARG 1976 Atlantic LP/CS SLIN-3207/98200  
COL 1976 Atlantic LP 23(7031)00252  
GER 1976 Atlantic LP/CS ATL/K4 50323 lyric insert
VEN 1976 Atlantic LP 200.2848  
US March 27, 1981 Atlantic LP/CS SD/CS 16033 lyric sleeve
BRA 1981 Atlantic LP 20060 lyric sleeve
CAN 1981 Atlantic LP XSD 16033  
JPN 1981 Atlantic LP P-10994A  
YUG   Suzy LP ATL 50323 inner sleeve
US 1994 Atco CD/CS 92414 digital remaster
AUS'L 1995 Albert CD 477084  
JPN 2001 Atlantic CD AMCY-6220  
US February 18, 2003 Sony Legacy LP/CD 80202-1/2 180g vinyl, deluxe edition remaster
UK 2003 Epic CD 510760-1/2 180g vinyl, digital remaster
KOR 2003 Epic CD CPK-2927  
JPN 2007 Sony CD SICP-1701  

 

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