AC/DC - Powerage
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Release date: 05 May 1978
Nudity, duck-walking and huge solos… Angus Young makes grown men weep in LA. Los Angeles (December 6)
- Jan 5, 2009
Rock 'N' Roll Train
- Oct 3, 2008
Let's not piss about. You can debate this and argue that but certain things we hold to be self-evident and one of those things is that [a]AC/DC[/a] are the fuckin' greatest.
- Feb 24, 2000
Band want late singer be honoured with a statue in Kirriemuir, Scotland
Rock giants digitally release 16 studio recordings and assorted albums for the first time
Late singer will be honoured with a statue in Kirriemuir, Scotland
AC/DC - Powerage: Wikipedia Album Entry
Powerage is the fifth studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released in May 1978. It is also AC/DC's fourth international studio album. All songs were written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young, and Bon Scott.
It was originally released on Atlantic Records, and reached #133 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart in the US, eventually going platinum there. The album was re-released in 2003 as part of the AC/DC Remasters series.
Powerage is the first AC/DC album to be released nearly simultaneously in both Australian and international markets, and the first to use just one cover image for both. It was also the first to feature the same track listing on all versions, with the exception of European vinyl editions. These included "Cold Hearted Man", a song that has not been officially released on any other AC/DC album, and some omitted "Rock 'n' Roll Damnation".
Powerage marked the studio debut of bassist Cliff Williams. It was the band's last Bon Scott-era studio release to feature production work by Harry Vanda and George Young.
 Australian / US & all CD releases
"Rock 'n' Roll Damnation" – 3:37
"Down Payment Blues" – 6:03
"Gimme a Bullet" – 3:21
"Riff Raff" – 5:11
"Sin City" – 4:45
"What's Next to the Moon" – 3:31
"Gone Shootin'" – 5:05
"Up to My Neck in You" – 4:13
"Kicked in the Teeth" – 4:03
Some cassette copies, such as the original Canadian issue had an alternate track listing. For example, "Sin City" was the first song on side 1, while "Rock 'n' Roll Damnation" was the first song on side 2. All other tracks appear in the order of the original Australian/US release.
European LP release
"Rock 'n' Roll Damnation" – 3:05
"Gimme A Bullet" – 3:00
"Down Payment Blues" – 5:50
"Gone Shootin'" – 4:19
"Riff Raff" – 5:13
"Sin City" – 4:47
"Up to My Neck in You" – 4:58
"What's Next to the Moon" – 3:15
"Cold Hearted Man" – 3:34
"Kicked in the Teeth" – 3:45
All songs composed by Angus Young, Malcolm Young, and Bon Scott.
Initial editions of the European LP release featured a different mix of the album. It had a 'harder' sound than the later version, with small variations in vocals and/or guitar tracks, and occasionally extra sections and longer or shorter fades. This version omitted "Rock 'n' Roll Damnation from the tracklist. The first cassette issue of the album also features this mix.
The album was later remixed for the American market, with that new mix replacing the original European mix, and becoming the global standard. That mix is still used on all AC/DC 'Powerage' CD releases today.
Bon Scott - lead vocals
Angus Young - lead guitar
Malcolm Young - rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Cliff Williams - bass, backing vocals
Phil Rudd - drums
Producers: Harry Vanda, George Young
Engineer: Mark Opitz
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They say that you play too loud
Well baby that's tough
They say that you got too much
Can't get enough
Two faced woman with the two faced lies
I hope your two faced living made you satisfied
Tell me baby I was your only one
While you've been running around town
I know that it's evil
I know that it got to be
No I ain't doin' much
Doin' nothing means a lot to me
Feel the pressure rise
Hear the whistle blow
Bought a ticket of her own accord
To I dunno
See it on television every day
Hear it on the radio
It ain't humid but it sure is hot
Down in Mexico
Diamonds and dust,
Poor man last, rich man first, Lamborginis, caviar,
I got a burnin' feelin'
Well I've been up to my neck in trouble
Up to my neck in strife
Up to my neck in misery
For most of my life
Well I tied my baby to the railroad track
Cannonball down the line
Givin' that woman just one more chance
Give it to here one more time
She had the word, and the way
The way of letting me know
She knew the game, called the play
Ooh, she hit me low