92446-2 Powerage
Produced by Vanda and Young
Released on May 25, 1978
UK CHART POSITION #26 . . . US CHART POSITION #133 . . . PLATINUM RECORD (10/4/90)
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V ery loud and pretty lame. The last few albums were clever and contained some classic bits: “Problem Child,” “Big Balls,” “It’s A Long Way To The Top.” Nothing on Powerage is essential AC/DC, though some folks have salvaged “Sin City” and “Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation” just for a keepsake. The problem isn’t power; the album (especially the digital remaster) rocks. Angus Young’s guitar is front and center, truncheoning the listener with chords or branding them with a burning solo. The problem is the material; Powerage isn’t inspired. Bon Scott is ineffectual, with nothing new to say and no new way of saying it. A sense of humor would have helped, since in that context Bon was positively charming, but there’s nothing funny about Powerage. It gets back to the idea of a mythology in their music: Powerage doesn’t add to the mythology. This is just product that’s well-crafted in spots while leaving a general impression of shoddiness. When they threw in intelligent music, the shoddiness came off as playfulness, but nothing on Powerage is so intelligent. There’s really not much more to say about it; the whole thing is unremarkable. In order to fill out the review a little, I’ll mention that I do “cheer” for certain albums to be better than they are. For example, I wanted Steve Hackett’s Cured, Cat Stevens’ Foreigner and Yes’ Tormato to be better than they were, largely because they fell into a “classic” period of music for the artist. But the fact is, some bands release duds in the midst of otherwise very good albums. Powerage, in my opinion, is such a dud. If I don’t warn you away from it with both arms waving, it’s because AC/DC fans aren’t so easily scared.

92446-2 back sleeve
92446-2 back sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. GIMME A BULLET
  2. DOWN PAYMENT BLUES
  3. GONE SHOOTIN'
  4. RIFF RAFF
  5. SIN CITY
  6. UP TO MY NECK IN YOU
  7. WHAT'S NEXT TO THE MOON
  8. COLD HEARTED MAN
  9. KICKED IN THE TEETH

    US track listing
  10. ROCK 'N' ROLL DAMNATION    3:35
  11. DOWN PAYMENT BLUES    6:00
  12. GIMME A BULLET    3:21
  13. RIFF RAFF    5:14
  14. SIN CITY    4:40
  15. WHAT'S NEXT TO THE MOON    3:28
  16. GONE SHOOTIN'    5:04
  17. UP TO MY NECK IN YOU    4:10
  18. KICKED IN THE TEETH    3:52

    All compositions by Angus Young and Bon Scott

CREDITS

PHIL RUDD -- drums
BON SCOTT -- vocals
CLIFF WILLIAMS -- bass
ANGUS YOUNG -- guitar
MALCOLM YOUNG -- guitar
Mark Opitz -- engineer
Jim Houghton -- photography
Bob Defrin -- art direction

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
AUS'L/NZ 1978 Albert LP APLP 030  
UK May 1978 Atlantic LP K50483  
US May 25, 1978 Atlantic LP/CS SD/CS-19180  
ARG 1978 Atlantic LP 83817  
CAN 1978 Atlantic LP KSD 19180  
GER 1978 Atlantic LP ATL 50 483  
YUG   Suzy LP ATL 50483  
MEX 1981 Atlantic LP LWA-5407  
US/GER October 1994 Atco CD 92446 digital remaster
EEC May 5, 2003 Epic CD 510762 digital remaster
US 2003 Epic LP/CD E 80204  
RUS   CD-Maximum CDX 798154 repackaged w. BLOW UP YOUR VIDEO

 

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