During a recent interview with Switzerland’s SRF 3 radio station, AC/DC’s lead guitarist, co-founder, and songwriter, Angus Young, revealed which is the most ‘hard rock guitar‘ album of their career.
As you know, AC/DC released their 17th studio album ‘Power Up/PWR UP‘ on November 13, 2020. The album ranked number 1 in almost twenty countries in less than a week. It was also named the fastest-selling album of 2020 as 117,000 copies were sold in the first week.
Even though Angus had expressed his appreciation of the new album in previous interviews, and paid tribute to his deceased brother Malcolm for his contribution in the writing process, he hadn’t said that this is his favorite album of AC/DC.
Thus, in a recent interview, Angus was asked which one of AC/DC‘s albums he would play to a person who has never listened to the band before. Instead of saying his ‘favorite,’ Angus preferred to reveal the album he believes is ‘pure hard rock guitar.’
Interestingly, he used Malcolm’s words to describe his preferred album, ‘Let There Be Rock.’ It was the band’s fourth album which was released in 1977 and had achieved great critical acclaim. It turns out that when they were making their album, their brother and producer George asked them what they wanted to get out of this album.
Malcolm said that they wanted an album ‘that’s just gonna be pure hard rock guitar’ and that is what they did. Angus still believes that it is the album is ‘pure magic‘ and the one that really defined AC/DC‘s music and position in the rock scene.
It looks like even though the years have passed and Malcolm has left us, the brothers have never stopped seeing eye to eye. Thus, it should not be surprising that Angus’ preferred album turned out to be ‘Let There Be Rock.’
Here’s what Angus said in the interview.
“‘Let There Be Rock’, for me, is the album. And the reason why I like ‘Let There Be Rock’ is because my brother, George, who was producing it, when he said to us at the beginning, when we were making that record, he had me and Malcolm and he was sitting with us and he said, ‘What sort of album do you wanna do this time?’
And Malcolm just looked at me, and he said, ‘We just want an album that’s just gonna be pure hard rock guitar.’ And I thought it was great because everyone else in the world was into whole other genres — there was punk music, there was new wave; it was all this other stuff that was coming out — and I just thought, ‘This is pure magic.’ And that album defined AC/DC in my eyes. That’s when I went, ‘This is a great band.'”
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