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  • Audio CD (4 May 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000024ZAW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
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AC/DC's fourth album is the lull after the triumph of Let There Be Rock and before the mighty peaks of If You Want Blood You've Got It and Highway To Hell. Powerage contains all the familiar AC/DC trademarks: Bon Scott's rather less than Yeatsian lyrical vision ("Rock & Roll Damnation", "Up To My Neck In You"), Angus Young's brilliantly minimal guitar playing, a rhythm section as relentless and efficient as an infantry regiment, and the astute production of former Easybeats Harry Vanda and George Young. However, it lacks a truly transcendent moment, a "Whole lotta Rosie" or a "TNT". Of course, even an average AC/DC album is still an eloquent lesson in the fundamentals of rock & roll, and by that token Powerage is still capable of blowing most opposition out of the water. Bon Scott's exultant declaration of working-class solidarity, "Riff raff", is worth six Bon Jovi albums on its own. --Andrew Mueller

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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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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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This is AC/DC`s best album buy far. OK it`s fare to say it`s an AC/DC fans AC/DC album but don`t let that fool `ya. This album doesn`t have the hits of Highway or Back in, but all the songs on this album are good catchy tunes in there own right. This version is the best, it has backing vocals on it. These were removed from the original european vinyl version but i think they improve what was allready an outstanding album. As has been pointed out in another review i also miss Cold Hearted Man. But at least this time round we get "Rock`n`Roll Damnation" . This has both Angus & Malcolms best guitar sound they ever got in a studio buy far. The arrangments of the songs show a growing maturaty. This was a band on the up & it shows. The lyrics also show a greater maturity as well Bons famous sense of humours still there but now there`s a genuine sense of menace & desperation of the hard life. "Down Payment Blues" "Gimme A Bullet" "Up To My Neck" "Riff Raff" My personnal fav track is "Gone Shootin" again showing a darker side of life type lyrics, even " Sin City" has a dark brooding edge. It`s worth noting that even the band themselves think this is there best kept secret, Buy it & find out why !!
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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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Back in the day - I was lucky enough to witness the sheer 'shock and awe' of the Bon Scott line-up of AC/DC on a cold Monday night in Dublin's 'Camden Ballroom'.

The venue was one of those small balconied rectangular halls that holds maybe 400 bodies - so Angus and Bon were able to do their Guitarist on my Shoulder routine as they made their way round the overlooking balcony area to the other end of the hall. Hanging precariously over the edge (now facing the stage) - they stopped moving to allow the spotlight to hit Angus as Bon held him aloft. Angus riffing away – sweat and schoolboy short pants - Bon’s cheeky grin as Angus laid into yet another hair-raising guitar solo on the 'long version' of "Let There Be Rock".

They opened with "Live Wire" - then went into the new "Sin City" and by the time that huge stop/start riff in "Kicked In The Teeth" was threatening the old hall's rafters – the audience was worshipping at their Aussie feet. To this day the memory of it turns me on – like an old rocker turned to mush. They only did about an hour but they were utterly incredible – and like Thin Lizzy and Dire Straits in 1978 – they were toured into the ground – tight like a well-oiled machine that knew what it could do – slaughter all in front of them. I swear but at that moment – AC/DC were the greatest hard-rocking band in the world bar none (an accolade many feel hasn’t changed a jot in 2016).

As someone who has spent over 20 years working in record shops - it's a tale I never tire of re-telling. Which brings me to another high - the 'fans' AC/DC album – the "Empire Strikes Back" of their vast catalogue - 1978's "Powerage".
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