After conquering Australia, then a few rocky years and rocky albums chasing American attention, AC/DC finally got massive mainstream success, just in time for Bon Scott to die after only the briefest taste. Looking at the albums that came before this time, there are plenty of enduring hits and hard rock classics. But what gave Highway to Hell the honour of being that crossover to bring them massive mainstream success?
The title track kicks things off with one of Malcolm Young’s most memorable riffs. It’s simple, it’s sparse, it leaves plenty of room to breathe and it drives home that signature AC/DC freight train relentless sound that has been the backbone to everything that’s right about this band for so many years. (more…)