EK 80203 Let There Be Rock
Produced by Vanda and Young
Released on March 21, 1977
UK CHART POSITION #17 . . . US CHART POSITION #154 . . . 2x PLATINUM RECORD
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EK 80203 cover
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K ronomyth 4.0: DEVILS AND ANGUS. It happens somewhere in the middle of Let There Be Rock: Angus, Bon and Malcolm step back for a moment, leaving Mark Evans and Phil Rudd to rattle together like hot breath in the heaving chest of an animal that’s been running at full bore for twenty minutes. Only it’s not them breathing, it’s you. Let There Be Rock is a relentless record that just absolutely beats you into beautiful submission with the same two fists (named Bon and Angus) all day and all night. If there is a more quintessential hard rock record than this, I haven’t heard it. AC/DC displays a raw understanding of rock and roll that few bands (maybe The Who) ever approached. The title track and “Problem Child” are the universally acknowledged classics, but in fairness there isn’t a track on here that doesn’t deserve at least five minutes of hero worship. I may regret these words some day, but listening to this album I believe that Angus Young really is the greatest rock guitarist in the world. He is an artist of the brutefull, and in his hands the guitar is an instrument of destruction, stripping away a world of false modesty and decency with every crushing blow, leaving only the animal essence, panting, wanting, a mass of sinew, bone and desire. At his side, the lecherous Scott, leering at the prospect of a “Whole Lotta Rosie” and wallowing in the profanity of “Let There Be Rock” and “Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be.” Behind them, the superlative drumming of Rudd, the steady support of Malcolm and Mark, the smoke-spewing tank chassis from which Bon and Angus fire their missiles. The simplicity and directness of Let There Be Rock is still stunning today, more than 30 years onward. If you haven’t heard this record, then you don’t know bumpkis about Angus.

EK 80203 picture sleeve
EK 80203 picture sleeve
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TRACK LISTING

    AUSL track listing
  1. GO DOWN
  2. DOG EAT DOG
  3. LET THERE BE ROCK
  4. BAD BOY BOOGIE
  5. OVERDOSE
  6. CRABSODY IN BLUE
  7. HELL AIN'T A BAD PLACE TO BE
  8. WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE

    UK/US/Int'l track listing
  9. GO DOWN
  10. DOG EAT DOG
  11. LET THERE BE ROCK
  12. BAD BOY BOOGIE
  13. PROBLEM CHILD
  14. OVERDOSE
  15. HELL AIN'T A BAD PLACE TO BE
  16. WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE

    All compositions by Angus Young, Malcolm Young & Bon Scott

CREDITS

MARK EVANS -- bass
PHIL RUDD -- drums
BON SCOTT -- vocals
ANGUS YOUNG -- guitar
MALCOLM YOUNG -- guitar
Bob Defrin -- original album art direction
SMAY VISION -- reissue booklet design
Jonathan Postal -- photography
Bob Gruen/Starfile -- photography
Chuck Pulin/Starfire -- photography

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
AUSL March 21, 1977 Albert LP/CS APLP/TCAPLP.022 unique gatefold cover
UK 1977 Atlantic LP K-50366  
US/CAN June 23, 1977 Atco LP/CS SD/CS 36-151  
COL 1977 Atco LP 23(7931)00324  
GER 1977 Atlantic LP ATL-50366  
JPN 1977 Atlantic LP P-10412A  
MEX 1977 Atlantic LP LWA-6107  
GER   Atlantic CS 90413-4  
AUSL   Albert CD 477085-2  
AUSL   Albert CD CDP7-46666-2  
GER 2000 Atco CD 92445-2 digital remaster
JPN 2001 Atco CD AMCY-6221  
US 2003 Epic LP/CD E/EK 80203 digital remaster, 180g vinyl
UK 2003 Sony LP/CD 510761-1/2 digital remaster, 180g vinyl
JPN 2007 Sony CD SICP-1702 digital remaster

 

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