I caught em live on the “Ballbreaker” tour and little did I know that would be the last time I would watch em live.
“Ballbreaker” is a favourite, the same way “Flick Of The Switch” is a favourite. It feels rawer and bluesier. Both albums came after massive periods of success in “Highway To Hell/Back In Black/For Those About To Rock” and “The Razors Edge”.
“The Razors Edge” was that popular that it gave the band a 16 year victory lap. In other words it was still selling when this album and others came out, along with the monster known as “Back In Black”.
Released in 1995, it’s album number thirteen based on the Australian releases. Otherwise its number 12 based on the international releases.
The only change to the band line up was the return of Phil Rudd on drums, replacing Chris Slade.
But the producer this time is Rick Rubin although most of the work is credited to Mike Fraser as Co-Producer, engineer and mixer. And many years later, Malcolm Young said it was a mistake to work with Rubin who was absent for a lot of the sessions.
Hard As A Rock
It’s a favourite. I like the clean tone, droning open string riff to start the song and then it explodes into distortion with the Young brothers jamming on a B5 chord.
Cover You In Oil
The walking guitar riff reminds me of “Ice Cream Man” from Van Halen. And while Brian Johnson was hard as a rock in the first song, now he’s asking if he’s allowed to cover someone in oil.
I like the single note riff that Malcom plays in the Verse while Angus strums away in the higher register.
And when the Chorus kicks in, I like what Angus plays on the higher register. And the lyrics are simple, “I’m your furor baby”.
The riff is derivative and the title is derivative of “Night Stalker”. But hey, AC/DC built a career on being derivative.
The Honey Roll
The riffs in this song are virtually unknown but they are as good as anything that came from the “Back In Black” album.
A simple riff on a lightly distorted electric kicks off the song. And I like how Rudd builds the intro.
Check out the groove on the verse riff.
How good does this start off?
It reminds me of all the things I like about AC/DC like “Dirty Deeds”, “Whole Lotta Rosie” and “TNT”.
I said “Hail”.
I don’t know what kind of a bomb a love bomb is, but its Wikipedia definition has love bombing as an attempt to influence a person by demonstrations of attention and affection.
The Chorus is catchy, but the lead break is my favourite.
Caught With Your Pants Down
I like the Intro. Sleazy.
In the verses, “Whole Lotta Rosie” went around in the 90’s.
And how good are the chromatics in the Chorus.
Whiskey On The Rocks
This song subliminally makes me drinks whiskey.
The riff is excellent, iconic, but when the bass of Williams and Rudd kick in, that’s when you know it’s gonna be a great AC/DC song. A perfect song.
In the end, there are no bad songs here or a skippable track. And seeing em play most of this album on the tour, it’s definitely a favorite.
In Australia it went straight to number 1 (as most albums of AC/DC do here), along with Sweden and Finland.
It was a Top 10 album in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Norway, New Zealand, Switzerland, UK and US.
Certified 3x Platinum in Australia. 2x Platinum in the U.S. Platinum in France and New Zealand. Gold in Austria, Finland, Germany, Switzerland and the U.K.
In other words, the return of AC/DC was cemented.