AC/DC : LET THERE BE ROCK
Label : Atco
Time : 40:52
Release Year : 1977
Review (AllMusic) : Let There Be Rock, the fourth AC/DC album - and first to see simultaneous international release - is as lean and mean as the original lineup ever got. Shaved down to the bone - there are only eight tracks, giving this a lethal efficiency even with a couple of meandering jams - this is a high-voltage, brutal record, filled with "Bad Boy Boogie." It has a bit of a bluesier edge than other AC/DC records, but this is truly the sound of the band reaching its peak. There's the near majesty of "Let There Be Rock," there's Bon Scott acknowledging with a wink that "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be," and then there's the monumental "Whole Lotta Rosie." Which gets down to a key thing about AC/DC. If Led Zeppelin were celebrating a "Whole Lotta Love," AC/DC got down to the grimy details in their leering tribute to the joys of sex with a plus-sized woman. And that's AC/DC's allure in a nutshell - it's sweaty, dirty, nasty rock, music that is played to the last call and beyond, and they've rarely done that kind of rock better than they did here.
Review (Wikipedia) : Let There Be Rock is the fourth studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released in March 1977. All songs were written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young, and Bon Scott. It was originally released in Australia on Albert Productions. A modified international edition was released on Atlantic Records in June 1977. Let There Be Rock was also the last AC/DC recording to feature bassist Mark Evans, who previously played on T.N.T. (1975) and Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1976). On 3 April 1977, AC/DC filmed a live performance of "Dog Eat Dog" for Australia's Countdown. In July 1977, the band further promoted Let There Be Rock by filming a music video for the album's title track. Recorded in a church in Sydney's Surrey Hills known as the Kirk Gallery, it featured Scott as a priest and the rest of the band as altar boys. The album cover features fretting image of Buffalo's Chris Turner's fingers on a guitar neck. This edition was eventually repackaged with the international version's cover, marking the first time an Australian AC/DC album cover was matched to its corresponding international edition. In 1980, AC/DC released a live concert motion picture titled AC/DC: Let There Be Rock. In 1997, an expanded audio recording of this concert was released on CD as Let There Be Rock: The Movie, on discs 2-3 of the Bonfire box set.