Let There Be Rock

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Let There Be Rock
ACDC-LetThereBeRock.jpg
International cover
Studio album by
Released21 March 1977
RecordedJanuary–February 1977, Albert Studios, Sydney, Australia
GenreHard rock, blues rock, rock and roll
Length40:19 (Australian)
41:01 (International)
LabelAlbert Productions
ProducerHarry Vanda, George Young
AC/DC chronology
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
(1976)
Let There Be Rock
(1977)
Powerage
(1978)
Alternative cover art
Original Australian cover
Original Australian cover
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 the fourth studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC. It was the band's third studio album released internationally and the fourth to be released in Australia. It was also the last AC/DC album to feature Mark Evans on bass. 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.

Background[edit]

In late 1976 AC/DC were in a slump. "It was very close to being all over", manager Michael Browning said. "Things were progressing very well in London and Europe. We'd been through a whole thing with the Marquee where they broke all the house records. We'd done the "Lock Up Your Daughters" UK tour and the Reading Festival. It was all shaping up really well." [1] "In the middle of the tour, I get a phone call saying Atlantic Records in America didn't like the Dirty Deeds album", said Browning. "That, in fact, they were going to drop the group from the label. And that's when things got really bad."

"There was always a siege mentality about that band. But once we all found out that Atlantic had knocked us back the attitude was: 'Fuck them! Who the fuck do they think they are?’ So from that point onwards it was: 'Fuck, we’ll show them!’ We were seriously fucking pissed off about it. It didn’t need to be discussed. We were going to go in and make that album and shove it up their arse!”

— Mark Evans

Artwork[edit]

The Australian cover features the fingers of guitarist Chris Turner, from Australian band Buffalo. "There was a bloke called Colin Stead, who was in Buffalo for about ten minutes," Turner recalled. "He was also the centrefold photographer for Playboy. He phoned me up and said he was doing the album cover for Let There Be Rock, but AC/DC were out of town, so could I help out? He wanted a flash guitar run up and down the neck. Apparently, when he saw it, Angus said, 'He's got fat fingers, hasn't he?'"[2]

The cover of the international version, released on 25 July 1977, marked the first appearance of the band's now iconic logo, designed by Gerard Huerta. The photograph used for the international cover was taken at a concert on 19 March 1977 at the Kursaal Ballroom, Southend, Essex, UK, by rock photographer Keith Morris.[3] The band were on tour in England on the date of the earlier Australian release and were scheduled to perform at Hemel Hempstead Pavilion, UK, although the date was cancelled.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[5]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[6]
Classic Rock4.5/5 stars[7]
The Quietusfavourable[8]
Spin Alternative Record Guide5/10[9]
MusicHound Rock4/5[10]

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 in a retrospective review, 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.[4] In 2001, Q magazine named Let There Be Rock as one of the 50 Heaviest Albums of All Time.[11]

Eduardo Rivadavia of AllMusic enthuses, "Let There Be Rock sees AC/DC's religious-like respect for the simple art of making rock & roll brought to its logical conclusion: a veritable gospel to the glory of rock, canonized here in hymn-like worship. The near-epic title track to what is widely regarded as the best Bon Scott-era album, the song is a holy testimony, bringing good news to all those who believe in the healing power of rock & roll - amen! Oh yeah, it also kicks unholy ass!" David Fricke of Rolling Stone wrote of the album in a 2008 cover story, "AC/DC's early albums were perfectly frenetic, but inconsistent. Their second U.S. LP was almost all killer. Scott sings 'Bad Boy Boogie' and 'Problem Child' like he's the enfant terrible...Angus' solos are true white heat." Amazon.com calls the LP "a break from the early 'novelty' approach to songwriting and a move to the more focused album-oriented view that the band would perfect." In 2006, AC/DC biographer Murray Engleheart wrote that Let There Be Rock "elevated AC/DC to the status of an album band, something that had previously been the exclusive domain of the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Who and Led Zeppelin." In 2000, Angus Young recalled to Guitar World that producer Mutt Lange once told him "of all the many albums we'd done with my brother George and his partner, Harry Vanda, the one Mutt wished he would have done, where he was envious of George, was Let There Be Rock." Band biographer Jesse Fink writes, "Wherever AC/DC ended up in the annals of rock history, this album would stand for all time as an expression of their unrivaled might as a guitar band."[12]

Track listing[edit]

Australian version[edit]

All tracks are written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Bon Scott.

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Go Down"5:31
2."Dog Eat Dog"3:35
3."Let There Be Rock"6:06
4."Bad Boy Boogie"4:27
Side two
No.TitleLength
5."Overdose"6:09
6."Crabsody in Blue"4:44
7."Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be"4:14
8."Whole Lotta Rosie"5:24

International version[edit]

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Go Down"5:31
2."Dog Eat Dog"3:35
3."Let There Be Rock"6:06
4."Bad Boy Boogie"4:27
Side two
No.TitleLength
1."Problem Child"5:25
2."Overdose"6:09
3."Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be"4:14
4."Whole Lotta Rosie"5:24
  • 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 US, Canada and Japan, "Crabsody in Blue" was featured instead of "Problem Child".

Personnel[edit]

AC/DC

Production[edit]

  • 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
  • Artwork by Richard Ford
  • Cover Lettering by Gerard Huerta
  • Liner notes: Murray Engleheart

Charts[edit]

Chart (1977) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 19
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[13] 10
French Albums Chart 9
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[14] 42
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[15] 37
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 29
Swiss Albums Chart 12
UK Albums Chart (OCC)[17] 17
US Billboard 200[18] 154

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[19] 5× Platinum 350,000^
France (SNEP)[20] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[21] Gold 250,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[22] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[23] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[24] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wall, Mick. "Let There Be Rock: The album that saved AC/DC's career". Loudersound. Loudersound.
  2. ^ Wall, Mick (May 2012). "Let there be light! Let there be sound! Let there be rock!". Classic Rock #170. p. 42.
  3. ^ "AC/DC Tour History - 19 Mar. 1977 Southend (Kursaal Ballroom)". www.ac-dc.net. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Let There Be Rock -AC/DC". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 November 2009.
  5. ^ "AC/DC: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  6. ^ C. Strong, Martin. Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Canongate. ISBN 1841955515.
  7. ^ Rock, Classic (25 July 2019). "AC/DC: Let There Be Rock album review". Loudersound. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  8. ^ Marszalek, Julian (27 March 2017). "40 Years On: Revisiting AC/DC's Let There Be Rock". The Quietus. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  9. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 1841955515.
  10. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel, eds. (1999). "AC/DC". MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. ISBN 1-57859-061-2.
  11. ^ "In our Lifetime #2". Rocklist.co.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
  12. ^ Fink, Jesse (2013). The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC. Australia: Ebury. p. 148. ISBN 9781742759791.
  13. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – AC/DC – Let There Be Rock" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  14. ^ "Charts.nz – AC/DC – Let There Be Rock". Hung Medien.
  15. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – AC/DC – Let There Be Rock". Hung Medien.
  16. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – AC/DC – Let There Be Rock". Hung Medien.
  17. ^ "let there be rock | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  18. ^ "AC/DC Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  19. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2013 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 10 August 2020.
  20. ^ "French album certifications – AC/DC – Let There Be Rock" (in French). InfoDisc. Select AC/DC and click OK. 
  21. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (AC/DC; 'Let There Be Rock')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  22. ^ Salaverrie, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (PDF) (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Madrid: Fundación Autor/SGAE. p. 953. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  23. ^ "British album certifications – AC/DC – Let There Be Rock". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Let There Be Rock in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  24. ^ "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. 

External links[edit]

  • Lyrics on AC/DC's official website