Iron Man 2 (soundtrack)

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Iron Man 2
Soundtrack album by AC/DC
Released April 19, 2010 (2010-04-19)
Recorded July 1975 – April 2008
Genre Hard rock, blues rock, rock and roll
Length 60:15
Label Columbia
Producer
AC/DC chronology
Backtracks
(2009)
Iron Man 2
(2010)
Live at River Plate
(2012)

Iron Man 2 is a soundtrack album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released on 19 April 2010 as the soundtrack to the film of the same name. The album was announced on 26 January and is seen as being used in the same sense as Who Made Who was for Stephen King's Maximum Overdrive, not a greatest hits collection but a compilation album which contains both hits and lesser known tracks. Unlike Who Made Who, however, there are no new songs. Co-Chairman of Columbia Records, Steve Barnett said "Jon Favreau's vision and passion for AC/DC's music blend seamlessly into this incredible film; the music really underscores the high energy and excitement of the film." The album features an almost half-and-half mix of songs from both the Bon Scott and Brian Johnson eras of AC/DC.[1] The album features fifteen tracks from ten different albums, ranging from 1975 to 2008, and was mixed by Mike Fraser. Only two songs ("Shoot to Thrill" and "Highway to Hell") were used completely in the film, while one song ("Back in Black") was actually featured in the previous film. "Thunderstruck", "War Machine", and "The Razors Edge" were used in trailers and commercials for the film. The album has sold over 3 million copies.

Music video[edit]

On 26 January 2010, a music video was released featuring "Shoot to Thrill" with exclusive footage from the film Iron Man 2. The live concert footage used in the video was filmed in late 2009 in Buenos Aires.[1] Upon the album's release, another music video featuring footage of the Buenos Aires concert and Iron Man 2 footage was released, this time featuring live audio from the "Highway to Hell" performance.

Reception and chart performance[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
BBC (favorable)[3]
Kerrang! 3.5/5 stars[citation needed]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of the online music database AllMusic gave the soundtrack a mixed review, stating that "this is good guts-and-guitar music, its only flaw being that it plays it totally safe…unless you stop to consider that it might be a bit of a risk to pitch a collection of 30-year-old music to the teenage audience of Iron Man 2."[4] The BBC gave the album a positive review, stating "Younger listeners might find it all a bit clichéd, but remember: AC/DC are the originators, their imitators responsible for diluting the package’s potency. For those about to rock, raise another salute to your enduringly enthralling forefathers."[3]

Iron Man 2 debuted at No. 1 in the UK Albums Chart upon its release, giving AC/DC their third No. 1 album in the U.K. after Back in Black and Black Ice.[5] The album debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, selling 76,000 copies in its first week of release.[6] It became the band's eighth top 10 set in the U.S.[6] It reached No. 1 on Mainstream Rock Albums and stayed No. 1 for five consecutive weeks.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Music Original release Length
1. "Shoot to Thrill"   Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Brian Johnson Back in Black (1980) 5:17
2. "Rock 'n' Roll Damnation"   Young, Young, Bon Scott Powerage (1978) 3:37
3. "Guns for Hire"   Young, Young, Johnson Flick of the Switch (1983) 3:26
4. "Cold Hearted Man"   Young, Young, Scott Powerage (1978) 3:34
5. "Back in Black"   Young, Young, Johnson Back in Black (1980) 4:16
6. "Thunderstruck"   Young, Young The Razors Edge (1990) 4:53
7. "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)"   Young, Young, Scott Highway to Hell (1979) 4:37
8. "Evil Walks"   Young, Young, Johnson For Those About to Rock We Salute You (1981) 4:23
9. "T.N.T."   Young, Young, Scott T.N.T. (1975) 3:34
10. "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be"   Young, Young, Scott Let There Be Rock (1977) 4:15
11. "Have a Drink on Me"   Young, Young, Johnson Back in Black (1980) 3:57
12. "The Razors Edge"   Young, Young The Razors Edge (1990) 4:23
13. "Let There Be Rock"   Young, Young, Scott Let There Be Rock (1977) 6:07
14. "War Machine"   Young, Young Black Ice (2008) 3:10
15. "Highway to Hell"   Young, Young, Scott Highway to Hell (1979) 3:28

DVD with deluxe edition[edit]

[7] [8]

No. Title Length
1. "Shoot to Thrill" (Iron Man 2 version)  
2. "The making of Shoot to Thrill music video"    
3. "Highway to Hell" (live at River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires, 2009)  
4. "Rock 'n' Roll Damnation" (Live at Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, 1978)  
5. "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)" (Highway to Hell music video, 1979)  
6. "Back in Black" (live at Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, Madrid, 1996)  
7. "Guns for Hire" (live at Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI, 1983)  
8. "Thunderstruck" (live at Donington Park, 1991)  
9. "Let There Be Rock" (live at Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, Madrid, 1996)  
10. "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be" (live at Circus Krone, Munich, 2003)  

Personnel[edit]

Additional music[edit]

Music not included in the Iron Man 2 soundtrack but featured in the film:

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna by Cast of Glee
Canadian Albums Chart number-one album
15 May 2010
Succeeded by
Forgiveness Rock Record by Broken Social Scene

Release history[edit]

Country Date
United Kingdom 19 April 2010
United States 20 April 2010
Australia 23 April 2010

References[edit]

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