81650-1-E Who Made Who
Produced by Harry Vanda & George Young
Released on May 1986
UK CHART POSITION #11 . . . US CHART POSITION #33 . . . PLATINUM RECORD (3/24/87), 5x PLATINUM (1/22/01)
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W ho Made Who served as the soundtrack to the Stephen King film, “Maximum Overdrive,” mixing three new tracks (two of them instrumentals) with popular selections from their catalog. Little mention is made of the movie itself (a small blurb on the back cover tells us this is “the official soundtrack from the Stephen King film Maximum Overdrive”), as Atlantic was likely content to let consumers perceive this as the next release from AC/DC. The new single, “Who Made Who,” is a meet ‘n pertaters rocker that pretty much consists of one chord, while the instrumentals “D.T.” and “Chase the Ace” are little more than musical intermissions between songs. So how did this album ever sell five million copies in the US? Er, “You Shook Me All Night Long,” “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You), “Hells Bells,” hello. This may be as close as AC/DC has come to releasing a greatest hits package, and some fans took it as such, gorging on the band’s greatness. I’ve read elsewhere that Stephen King picked these songs himself (to be taken with the usual grain of salt), and crabsodyinblue.com notes that the version of “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)” was remixed for this movie (I can’t corroborate since I don’t have the original). Just something to chew on, since the first theory would explain the inclusion of “Ride On,” the second why “For Those About To Rock” sounds so crisp and calculated to my ears. In all honesty, Who Made Who doesn’t function any better as a catch-all of hits than Back In Black. The inclusion of “Sink The Pink” and “Shake Your Foundations” from Fly On The Wall is self-serving, the two new instrumentals simply unnecessary, and the packaging stingy (as most soundtracks are). But compared to the lackluster movie, it’s clear who the real kings are.

81650-1-E back cover
81650-1-E back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. WHO MADE WHO    3:26
  2. YOU SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG    3:30
  3. D.T.    (Malcolm Young/Angus Young)    2:55
  4. SINK THE PINK    4:11
  5. RIDE ON    (Malcolm Young/Angus Young/Bon Scott)    5:48
  6. HELLS BELLS    5:11
  7. SHAKE YOUR FOUNDATIONS    4:50
  8. CHASE THE ACE    (Malcolm Young/Angus Young)    2:59
  9. FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK (WE SALUTE YOU)    5:43

    All songs written by Malcom Young/Angus Young/Brian Johnson unless noted

CREDITS

BRIAN JOHNSON --
CLIFF WILLIAMS --
SIMON WRIGHT --
ANGUS YOUNG --
MALCOLM YOUNG --
George Bodnar -- photos

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
AUS'L   Albert LP APLP431068  
UK May 1986 Atlantic LP WX57  
US May 1986 Atlantic LP/CD/CS 81650  
ARG   Atlantic LP 89100  
CAN 1986 Atlantic LP/CS 78 16501/4  
GER 1986 Atlantic LP 781.650  
JPN 1986 Atlantic LP P-13269 lyric insert
KOR 1986 High Light LP J182  
AUS'L   Albert CD 338602  
JPN 2001 Warner CD AMCY-6230  
US April 29, 2003 Sony/Epic LP/CD 80211 digital remaster
EUR April 30, 2003 Sony LP/CD 510769 digital remaster

 

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