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After three solid albums with producer Mutt Lange behind them and the band now a mega-million selling institution, the boys decides to strip down the machine. Even for a band that never indulged heavily in drum fills and guitar solos, Flick of the Switch feels pared down. From the pencil sketch cover art to the production (handled by the band themselves), there is an obvious desire to return to their scrappy, fists-up Aussie roots. Real rock 'n' roll, as played by purists who grew up in the thick of it, is what this album is about. The title track is a booming, no-frills rocker with Brian Johnson providing one of his most throat-shredding performances. "Landslide" shows off their long-dormant boogie rock side with a thundering blues/heavy rock hybrid.

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Very Underrated

By the time 1983 rolled around AC/DC had grown tired of what they perceived to be the unnecessarily overblown production of their previous three albums. The band had found themselves forced to cart around a batallion of cannons and a gigantic bell for each of their stage shows just to accommodate the sound created on the albums For Those About to Rock and Back in Black, respectively. It shouldn't be too surprisng, then, to note that as the band prepared to compose their new album, Flick of the Switch, they had a desire to return to their roots and bring back the raw edge of their earlier releases. Flick of the Switch contains no songs that would be considered classics of mainstream rock radio, unlike their previous releases, and in fact very few of the songs from this album have been played live beyond their initial support tour. This, however, is quite a shame because Flick of the Switch has some awesome material that is unfortunately often overlooked by casual fans of the band.

The album isn't pefect by any means (that honor goes to Back in Black and/or Highway to Hell), and not all of the songs are created equal, but there is enough good material here to warrant a full purchase if you are so inclined. If you're looking for specific singles to sample for purchase, however, I highly recommend the bluesy rocker "Badlands" as well as "Rising Power," the title track, and "Guns for Hire." If you're new to the band then this wouldn't be the first album I would purchase, but when you're ready to explore some of their deeper cuts this is as good a place as any to start.

Classic no-frills AC/DC!!!

Flick the switch to on with this classic album. Acca-Dacca are all about straight up true Rock N' Roll and this album is a great example of awesome music without the gimmick.

While it doesn't have any of their well known anthem-breakers, this is a must have for any true AC/DC fan!

So glad they are a part of the iTunes library finally as this album was tough for me to find in person.


This is my top favorite album. And i think it's the best.


Formed: 1973 in Sydney, Australia

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

AC/DC's mammoth power chord roar became one of the most influential hard rock sounds of the '70s, and is now one of the defining sounds of rock and metal. In its own way, it was a reaction against the pompous art rock and lumbering arena rock of the early '70s. AC/DC's rock was minimalist -- no matter how huge and bludgeoning their guitar chords were, there was a clear sense of space and restraint. Combined with Bon Scott's larynx-shredding vocals, the band spawned countless imitators over the next...
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