AC/DC - Highway to Hell
NME.COM feature on AC/DC - Highway to Hell album including album review, artwork, tracks, listen now, tour dates, discography and more.
Release date: 12 July 2002
Nudity, duck-walking and huge solos… Angus Young makes grown men weep in LA. Los Angeles (December 6)
- Jan 5, 2009
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- Oct 3, 2008
Let's not piss about. You can debate this and argue that but certain things we hold to be self-evident and one of those things is that [a]AC/DC[/a] are the fuckin' greatest.
- Feb 24, 2000
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Late singer will be honoured with a statue in Kirriemuir, Scotland
AC/DC - Highway to Hell: Wikipedia Album Entry
Highway to Hell is the sixth studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released in July 1979. It is also AC/DC's fifth international studio album. All songs were written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young, and Bon Scott. It was the last album featuring Bon Scott, who died early the following year.
The album has ten tracks:
1. "Highway to Hell" – 3:28
2. "Girls Got Rhythm" – 3:23
3. "Walk All Over You" – 5:10
4. "Touch Too Much" – 4:27
5. "Beating Around the Bush" – 3:56
6. "Shot Down in Flames" – 3:22
7. "Get It Hot" – 2:34
8. "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)" – 4:37
9. "Love Hungry Man" – 4:17
10. "Night Prowler" – 6:27
All songs were written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young, and Bon Scott.
It was originally released by Albert Productions, who licensed the album to Atlantic Records for release outside of Australia, and was then re-released by Epic Records in 2003 as part of the AC/DC Remasters series. On May 25th 2006, Highway To Hell was certified 7x platinum by the RIAA. In 2003, the album was ranked number 199 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Highway to Hell is the last AC/DC album recorded with lead vocalist Bon Scott before his death in February 1980. The final words spoken by Scott on the album are "Shazbot, na-nu na-nu," phrases used on the then-popular American sitcom, Mork and Mindy, by lead character Mork (a visiting extraterrestrial played by Robin Williams).
Highway to Hell was the first AC/DC album not produced by Harry Vanda and George Young. Pre-production of the album began in January 1979 with demos cut at Albert Studios in Sydney, Australia, where they met the intended producer, Eddie Kramer. Kramer was fired before a single track had been completed, and Robert John "Mutt" Lange was brought in to replace him. The change proved to be fortuitous, with Lange also producing the band's biggest sellers, Back in Black and For Those About to Rock. The album was recorded during sessions in February 1979 at Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida and March-April at Roundhouse Studios in London, England.
In Australia, Highway to Hell was released with a slightly different album cover, featuring flames and a drawing of a bass guitar neck superimposed over the same group photo used on the international cover. Additionally, the East German release had different and much plainer designs on the front and back, apparently because the authorities were not happy with the sleeve as released elsewhere.
Bon Scott – lead vocals
Angus Young – lead guitar
Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Cliff Williams – bass, backing vocals
Phil Rudd – drums
Robert John "Mutt" Lange – producer
Mark Dearnley – engineer
Billboard Music Charts (North America) - album
1979 Pop Albums No. 1
Billboard (North America) - singles
1979 Highway To Hell Pop Singles No. 2
1992 Highway To Hell(Live) Mainstream Rock Tracks No. 11
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The song in question is Loch Lomond,
which goes something like the following:
I'll take the high road
Somewhere a clock strikes midnight
And there's a full moon in the sky
You hear a dog bark in the distance
You hear someone's baby cry
You're the one I've waited for
I need your love more and more
I don't know what your name is
I don't know what your game is
I've been around the world
I've seen a million girls
There ought to be a law
There ought to be a whole lot more
Going out on the town
Just a me and you
Gonna have ourselves a party
Just like we use to do
Smiling face and loving eyes
But you keep on telling me all those lies
How do you expect me to believe
Honey I ain't that naive
Out of my way I'm running high
Take your chance with me and I'll give it a try
Ain't no woman in the world I know
'Cause I ain't looking for (an overflow?)
It was one of those nights
When you turned out the lights
And everything comes into view
She was taking her time