The sixth Australian and the fifth internationally released full-length studio album by the legendary Australian Hard’n’Heavy band.
"Highway To Hell" is the final album of AC/DC recorded with Bon Scott, the lead singer who provided the band with a fair share of its signature sleaze. Just months after its release, Scott literally partied himself to death (the official cause cited as acute alcohol poisoning) after a night of drinking, a Rock & Roll fatality that took no imagination to predict. In light of his passing, it's hard not to see "Highway To Hell" as a last testament of sorts, being that it was his last work and all, and if Scott was going to go out in a blaze of glory, this certainly was the way to do it. It's tempting to say that Scott might have been prescient about his end - or to see the title track as ominous in the wake of his death - trying to spill it all out on paper, but it's more accurate to say that the ride had just gotten very fast and very wild for AC/DC, and he was simply flying high.
After all, it wasn't just Scott who reached a new peak on "Highway To Hell"; so did the Young brothers, crafting their monster riffs into full-fledged, undeniable songs. This is their best set of songs yet, from the incessant, intoxicating boogie of "Girls Got Rhythm" to "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)". Some of the credit should also go to Robert John "Mutt" Lange, who gives the album a precision and magnitude that the Vanda & Young LPs lacked in their grimy charm. Filtered through Mutt's mixing board, AC/DC has never sounded so enormous, and they've never had such great songs, and they had never delivered an album as singularly bone-crunching or classic as this until now.
Album was originally released by Albert Productions, who licensed the album to Atlantic Records for release outside of Australia. On 25 May 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.
Remastered re-release. 180 Gram Vinyl.
Columbia/Sony Music, 1979/2009 (5107641). Made in Netherlands.
1. Highway To Hell 03:26
2. Girls Got Rhythm 03:23
3. Walk All Over You 05:08
4. Touch Two Much 04:24
5. Beating Around The Bush 03:55
6. Shot Down In Flames 05:21
7. Get It Hot 02:24
8. If You Want Blood (You've Got It) 04:32
9. Love Hungry Man 04:14
10. Night Prowler 06:13
Total playing time: 43:00 min.