AC/DC-Let there be rock, 1977
For many people there was one band that was the first band that you really got into. For a lot of people around my age it was Kiss. For me it was AC/DC for sure. They were the first band I really got into so they can either be thanked or blamed for that. I like some of the Brian Johnson material, but it's like a different world from the Bon Scott material. Bon Scott was a solid singer, a good showman and a fantastic writer who could effortlessly blend humor in with catchy lyrics. There was only one Bon Scott. This is not my favorite album of theirs, but it's likely my third favorite from their long career. However I think it was a real transition album for them. The previous albums showed some sparks, but they lacked some energy at times as well. However "Let there be rock" doesn't pretend to be anything but a solid rock album plain and simple. The riffs are simple yet straight ahead, the vocals are rough but fit in perfectly and even the production has a good raw sound to it. The band sounds excited on this album and perhaps that's what they needed at this point so that remained hungry. The next two albums "Powerage" and "Highway to hell" were their best in my opinion. Yet I feel it was this album that really began to pave the way for those later releases. Just listen to "Dog eat dog" and you can hear Angus pulling everything out of the simplest chords, Bon Scott uses the lyrics to their fullest, the backing vocals are rough like they should and the rest of the band is giving their awe. There is a difference between playing the music and milking it for all it's worth. In their prime this band could do the latter choice as well as anyone in the business. AC/DC had some weak albums later in their career and their energy was scattered at best later on, but there is no doubt that were on fire in the 70's. Other favorite tracks include the title track, Whole lotta Rosie and Overdose.