Let There Be Rock

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For the song, see Let There Be Rock (song).
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Let There Be Rock
Studio album by AC/DC
Released 21 March 1977
Recorded January–February 1977, Albert Studios, Sydney, Australia
Genre Hard rock, blues rock, rock and roll, boogie
Length 40:19 (Australian)
41:01 (International)
Label Albert
Producer Harry Vanda, George Young
AC/DC chronology
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Let There Be Rock
Australian edition
Singles from Let There Be Rock
  1. "Dog Eat Dog"
    Released: 21 March 1977
  2. "Let There Be Rock"
    Released: 30 September 1977 (UK)
    31 October 1977 (AUS)
  3. "Whole Lotta Rosie"
    Released: June 1978 (UK)
    November 1978 (AUS)

Let There Be Rock is an album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC. It was the band's third internationally released studio album and the fourth to be released in Australia. All songs were written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Bon Scott.

It was originally released on 21 March 1977 in Australia on the Albert Productions label. A modified international edition was released on 25 July 1977 on Atlantic Records.


Let There Be Rock was also the last AC/DC recording to feature bassist Mark Evans, who previously played on T.N.T. (1975) and Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1976).[1]

On 3 April 1977, AC/DC filmed a live performance of "Dog Eat Dog" for Australia's Countdown. In July 1977, the band further promoted Let There Be Rock by filming a music video for the album's title track. Recorded in Cleveland St. church in Sydney's Surry Hills known as the Kirk Gallery,[2] it featured Scott as a priest and the rest of the band as altar boys.[3]

The album cover features an image of Buffalo's Chris Turner's fingers on a guitar neck.[4] This edition was eventually repackaged with the international version's cover (see image), marking the first time an Australian AC/DC album cover was matched to its corresponding international edition.

In 1980, AC/DC released a live concert motion picture titled AC/DC: Let There Be Rock. In 1997, an expanded audio recording of this concert was released on CD as Let There Be Rock: The Movie, on discs 2–3 of the Bonfire box set.

International release[edit]

As with AC/DC's previous albums, there are differences between the Australian and international versions of Let There Be Rock. The original vinyl version of the album released for international markets contained the same track list as the original Australian release. However, Atlantic Records removed the racy song "Crabsody In Blue" (about the problems of crabs) from later pressings of the international version. It was subsequently replaced with a shortened version of the song "Problem Child" from the Australian version of the album Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, which was originally released in September 1976. "Crabsody In Blue" was later released on the box set Backtracks, which was released in 2009. All international CD releases contain the modified track listing from the later vinyl pressings of the international version.

The cover for the international version also marked the debut of the band's now iconic logo, designed by Gerard Huerta. The photograph used for the cover was taken on 19 March 1977 at the Kursaal Ballroom, Southend, Essex, UK.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

Australia (and original international vinyl)[edit]

All songs written and composed by Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Bon Scott

No. Title Length
1. "Go Down" (5:20 for vinyl) 5:33
2. "Dog Eat Dog"   3:35
3. "Let There Be Rock"   6:07
4. "Bad Boy Boogie"   4:28
5. "Overdose"   6:09
6. "Crabsody in Blue"   4:45
7. "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be"   4:15
8. "Whole Lotta Rosie"   5:22


Side One
No. Title Length
1. "Go Down" (Length 5:18 for vinyl) 5:31
2. "Dog Eat Dog"   3:34
3. "Let There Be Rock"   6:06
4. "Bad Boy Boogie"   4:27
Side Two
No. Title Length
1. "Problem Child"   5:24
2. "Overdose"   6:09
3. "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be" (Length 4:21 for vinyl) 4:14
4. "Whole Lotta Rosie"   5:24
  • Most CD releases feature this track listing along with a slightly longer version of "Go Down".
  • Track 5, "Problem Child", was originally released on Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap in 1976. This is a shortened version of the original, missing the reprise coda.
  • For the original vinyl release, in all markets other than the USA and Japan, "Crabsody in Blue" was featured instead of "Problem Child".



  • Producers: Harry Vanda, George Young
  • Engineer: Mark Opitz
  • Mastering supervisor: Michael Fraser, Al Quaglieri
  • Mastering: George Marino
  • Digital assembly: Eugene Nastasi
  • Art direction: Bob Defrin
  • Liner notes: Murray Engleheart



Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars[9]

Reception to Let There Be Rock was generally positive; according to Allmusic, which gave the album a rating of four and a half out of five stars, AC/DC played "sweaty, dirty, nasty rock" and the band had "rarely done that kind of rock better than they did" on Let There Be Rock.[8] In 2001, Q magazine named Let There Be Rock as one of the 50 Heaviest Albums Of All Time.[10]


  1. ^ Saulnier, Jason (30 September 2011). "Mark Evans Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Murray Engleheart with Arnaud Durieux, AC/DC Maximum Rock & Roll: The Ultimate Story of the World’s Greatest Rock-and-Roll Band, (New York: Harper Collins, 2006), 201.
  3. ^ Video Footage and Liner Notes, Family Jewels 2-Disc DVD Set 2005
  4. ^ "AC/DC - Let There Be Rock - Chris Turner". Crabsody in Blue. Retrieved 2014-03-09. 
  5. ^ Let There Be Rock at AllMusic
  6. ^ "Chart Stats - AC/DC - Let There Be Rock". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 31 July 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "American album certifications – AC/DC – Let There Be Rock". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  8. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Let There Be Rock -AC/DC". Allmusic. Retrieved 29 November 2009. 
  9. ^ "AC/DC: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "In our Lifetime #2". Rocklist.co.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 

External links[edit]

  • Lyrics on AC/DC's official website