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Powerage [Limited Edition, Import]

AC/DC Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (16 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Import
  • Label: Wea
  • ASIN: B00004YWE7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,405,816 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is real Rock and Roll.....trust me. 5 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Powerage is probably their best album. Its just got something thats hard to describe, a kind of mean gritty attitude but always looking forward. I think its got something to do with the late Bon Scotts outlook on life, Born to Lose-Live to Win and even if you can't win at least try to have fun on the way! I think Powerage, of all Bon Scotts AC/DC albums, gets the message across on this album the best. Oh and 'Downpayment Blues' is THE best AC/DC song ever....so now you know.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmosperic and relentless 15 April 2005
By SimonD VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
After setting the standard with the intense Let There Be Rock AC/DC released this superb album Powerage. As a whole there is a vented frustration as the band's expectation of success which has not quite arrived and vocalist Bon Scott's aspirations and dreams of that success come to fruition coupled with a darker look on life and social commentary. Don't be fooled into thinking this is not a huge rock album, it is, but it flows with a hard edged high octane heavy as hell blues. With Malcolm on the left and Angus on the right the definition between their guitars is superbly mixed by Vanda and Young. Malcolm's riffs flow and roll with a deftness that establish him as one of the best rhythm guitarists, whilst Angus is slightly more overdriven and bites with a vengeance and his soloing show his great understanding for not only the songs melodies but also the overall feel making them so emotive. Cliff Williams's bass playing here interacts with Phil Rudd's understated but essential drumming. Rudd and Williams do so much here so well that you almost don't notice, the mark of a truly great rhythm section which gives the album its 'groove'. Last but not least is Bon Scott, his whisky soaked vocal and his exceptional lyrics and melodies. His commentary on his divorce, the desire for revenge (what's next to the moon) lost love, (Gone Shootin') and social commentary (Riff Raff) and his dream of what will happen when he becomes successful whilst not having any money with just the dream to keep him going (Down Payment Blues) give this album a hugely personal touch and it is his tour de force. Do a search for lyrics, Powerage, and read them. Outstanding.
This is not soppy nonsense; its gut wrenching and vicious heavy rock 'n' roll played by a band that is so together the songs seem effortless.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ALL -TIME CLASSIC 1 Sep 2006
Format:Audio CD
In truth, very few albums deserve 5 stars (which seem to get thrown around the reviews section like confetti at times), but with 'Powerage', AC/DC delivered a bonafide classic. Everything seemed to come together on this record - the songs, the lyrics, the riffs, and not a filler in sight. The superb production job of Vanda and Young completes this gem. Not only is this the greatest AC/DC album, but it's quite simply, it's one of the best Hard Rock records ever made. It's very difficult to pick highlights, but 'Down Payment Blues' has always been my favourite, closely followed by 'Gimme A Bullet'. Angus Young was at the top of his game at this time (1978), as was the still much missed Bon Scott (has there ever been a more charismatic frontman?) This, and the same years' live 'If You Want Blood...' are the band's 5 star masterpieces. Many AC/DC retrospectives claim 'Highway to Hell' is the best, but good as that is, it fails to meet the standard of 'Powerage' due to a few fillers and Mutt Lange's too polished production.

I have to complete this review with a complaint directed at Sony - other reviews have mentioned the absence of 'Cold Hearted Man'(on the original UK/European version of the LP). This track is only available on download from connection to the official website via this CD. Fans don't need this gimmick, what they do need however, and deserve, is this essential track included on the CD where it belongs. Furthermore, the digipack format is not welcome at all, it is prone to fingerprints, damage and dust. Sony and all other companies, please take note!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I gave it 5 stars, not three!!

This is the motherlode, the record where Malcolm, Angus, Bon, Phil and new boy Cliff hit the peak of their creative powers and produced an absolute masterpiece of simple, grooving, tough, bluesy rock n' roll. Every song is brilliant, it's all highlights.

To see them live at this point in time was to witness the finest high energy rock band ever at their thrilling, frenzied best but this studio offering presented them in a new, surprisingly and wonderfully grown up light. The novelties and gimmicks had gone and been replaced by songwriting, structure and lyrics of the highest quality, while the sound still had that fantastic raw edge that George Young and Harry Vanda managed to capture best.

It's the sound of a band utterly confident in its abilities but still resolute in its conviction to record uncompromising music unswayed by commercial pressures. It's also the much missed Bon Scott's finest hour as a singer and lyricist. Rock and roll music does not get better than this. An album for the ages.

One small gripe about the remaster - "Cold Hearted Man" should be on it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
There are enough long reviews about this album detailing each and every track, and I could write one too, but it's simply not needed. Everyone needs a comparison in a review to latch onto and sum things up for them........ This album is Bon Scott's `Back in Black'. At worst some tracks are good, but most of them are outstanding hard rock songs. Not a weak track on there and a phenomenal package. More thundering and consistent than Highway to hell in my opinion, and when you consider the quality of that album, you appreciate just HOW good `Powerage' must be to warrant such a comment. Essential listening for any rock fans and criminally overlooked by many in rock journalism fraternity. Buy several copies as backups and to lend out to educate those around you!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent Album from Top group, possibly the best AC/DC made with Bon Scott as lead singer.
Published 22 days ago by SuperEng
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Pure unadulterated rock and roll.
Published 1 month ago by Josh McEwan
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, ACDC At There Very Best
This album is ACDC at there hard rock brilliance, Powerage features 9 excellent tracks & no fillers & showcases the band at there very best were everything just came together, The... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Timelord007
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best hard rock albums ever.....
Along with 'High Way to Hell' ,'Powerage' is one the best hard rock albums ever. Its a stripped down, white -knuckle,bare fanged beast of a thing. Read more
Published 5 months ago by os
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable album
As a relative newcomer to the AC/DC collection, i only had Back in Black and Black Ice and rated them highly, but always thought the lyrics were kind of uninspired, and both... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dove Grundison
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting there
Studio-wise, one of the better albums. The band were getting in better production, & the music was better for it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. DM Griffiths
3.0 out of 5 stars powerage
Not as good as I thought it was going to be but ok the older ac/dc is not as good as the later ones
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Clive Maurice
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure blues and total rock n roll
This album has to be greatly under rated, I love this slick guitar and excellent Bonn Scott vocals, to be honest and this is no slight on Brian Johnston, Bonn is by far the better. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Uel Millar
5.0 out of 5 stars powerage acdc
the name of this album says it all power, its rock n roll at its best and one of acdc,s finest i brought this album when it first came out just replacing it with a cd its has good... Read more
Published 9 months ago by martin james lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars THE best ACDC album
This is the best album ACDC ever made. Its a golden oldie from 1978, Bon Scott screaming like a truck went over his foot! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ms. E. J. Baker
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