Today’s album was released in Australia in 1976, but didn’t make it to the United States for 3 more years. That said, we have the next release from AC/DC, and we have the next round of double-entendres and not-so-double-entendres with “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”. As my friend Mike noted while we are listening, there are just certain songs you know from the very first chord, and that is one of them.
Leading the charge again, we have Bon Scott and the Young brothers, with much more naughty than nice. After the title track, we have “Love at First Feel”, and the timeless high society classic, “Big Balls”. Next comes another straight-up borrow from Little Richard, “Rocker”, and side one ends with another strong groove, “Problem Child”.
Side two isn’t quite as much fun, but there is one really strong highlight, the slow blues roll-out on “Ride On”. I always enjoy hearing AC/DC change pace, and this song is one of their very best examples of how that works. A simple formula perhaps, but another really strong album that shapes their defining sound in the 1970s.