By Joe Bonomo
Published in 1979, AC/DC's "Highway To Hell" used to be the notorious final album recorded with singer Bon Scott, who died of alcohol poisoning in London in February of 1980. formally chalked as much as "Death via Misadventure," Scott's dying has without end secured the album's popularity as a partying primer and a bible for deadly habit, branding the album with the joys chaos of alcoholic extra and its turn part, early loss of life. the easiest songs on "Highway To Hell" in achieving Sonic Platonism, translating rock &roll's transcendent beliefs in stomping, dual-guitar and eighth-note bass riffing, a Paleolithic drum mattress, and insanely, recklessly peculiar yet enjoyable vocals. Joe Bonomo moves a three-chord essay at the energy of early life, the sturdiness of rock &roll fandom, and the transformative houses of reminiscence. Why does "Highway To Hell" topic to a person past non-ironic kids? mixing interviews, research, and memoir with a fan's viewpoint, "Highway To Hell" dramatizes and celebrates a undying album that one critic acknowledged makes "disaster sound just like the most sensible enjoyable within the world."
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Dearnley, one of Roundhouse’s house engineers, considered his task clearly. “I regarded the engineer’s role as one of getting the best sound possible onto tape,” he says. “This was sometimes achieved in conjunction with the producer, but often it was the engineer’s sole responsibility. ” Recording AC/DC, Dearnley quickly discovered, became an intuitive balance of studio knowhow and hands-off recording. ” To this day, Dearnley is asked how he got the brutal yet clean guitar sound on these sessions.
One of the few songs by other artists that AC/DC would cover was Big Joe Williams’ standard “Baby, Please Don’t Go,” issued as the ﬁrst song on their debut album in 1975. The guys likely dug Big Joe’s biography: he was a belligerent, itinerant bluesman who spent his formative years in the Delta as a walking musician who played work camps, jukes, store fronts, and streets and alleys from the South through the Midwest. Williams was a hard-working, highly unique and ramshackle kind of player who favored a funky nine-string guitar and a jerry-rigged, homemade amp.
After circling the ground ﬂoor, Young took his act up to the ﬁrst balcony, then the second, giving virtually every pair of eyes in the audience a close-up of his contorted, emaciated and heavily sweating little body. ” The guys had precious little time to enjoy any afterparty street jawing. On July 13, sandwiched between gigs in Omaha, Nebraska and San Diego, California, they flew 4,500 miles to Rijnhallen, Arnhem in the Netherlands where they were ﬁlmed for the VeronicaCountdown TV show. “Hey!