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Artist: AC/DC

Title: Ballbreaker

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AC/DC Ballbreaker Album Cover


Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1995

Label: EastWest Records

Catalog Number: 61780-2


Angus Young lead guitar
Malcolm Young rhythm guitar
Brian Johnson vocals
Cliff Williams bass
Phil Rudd drums


1.  Hard as a Rock  4:30
2.  Cover You in Oil  4:32
3.  The Furor  4:10
4.  Boogie Man  4:07
5.  The Honey Roll  5:34
6.  Burnin' Alive  5:05
7.  Hail Caesar  5:14
8.  Love Bomb  3:14
9.  Caught With Your Pants Down  4:14
10.  Whiskey on the Rocks  4:35
11.  Ballbreaker  4:31
Total Running Time:  49:46

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Stu Date: June 14, 2001 at 0:06
Solid AC/DC CD. Must own.

From: Devon Date: July 12, 2001 at 12:11
A great album from the thunder of down under. Rock on.

From: SIXXSWINE Date: October 18, 2001 at 11:34
I had very high expectaions for this one when I bought it way back when. I was very disappointed, when HARD AS A ROCK failed to be the strong lead off track I expected. The drums are weak, not punch at all, in fact I happen to have a kid that's three that has more punch that this! Rick Rubin was brought in to help not detract from the sound. Now I'm out $15.00, but I have a new coaster. 5.0 because some riffs are great.... SIXXSWINE

From: M. Allen Date: January 3, 2002 at 17:45
This is AC/DC on autopilot; not their worst album, but not their best either, not by a long shot. After the slick, polished, commercial sound of 'Razor's Edge,' this release had a rawer feel that might have worked if the band had bothered to pen better songs. Instead, we get your basic AC/DC guitars, your basic riffs, basic vocals, and basic hard rock tunes. I'm not trying to break the band's balls here, but they can do much better than this.

From: dokken6008 Date: March 17, 2002 at 5:06
'Ballbreaker' really isn't the stink-bomb that everyone tries to tell you it is. The riffs are fun, the music is good and the lyrics are as sleazy and as sex-driven as ever. The real problem with this album is with the lame-ass production (if you can call it that) in part by that overpaid lazy-ass son of a bitch, Rick Rubin. The production is totally flat with no vibe--exactly the opposite of 'The Razor's Edge'. The songs are good, my only other complaint has to do with the return of Phil Rudd.

From: jason Date: May 5, 2002 at 20:52
Being the big AC/DC fan that I am, I have to say that I love it. BUT!...I think it could have been alot better if Brian Johnson would have written the lyrics. Angus & Malcolm have written the lyrics for Ballbreaker, The Razors Edge and Stiff Uper Lip and it shows. It is A good album, but like I said. Brian NEEDS to be apart of the writing.

From: Desslar Date: May 6, 2002 at 2:22
The first 2 tracks are fantastic, but then the album slowly slides into mediocrity (for AC/DC that is, which means it's still better most metal out there). As some have mentioned, some of the lyrics are just painful, especially the ridiculous Honey Roll, which must have Bon rolling over in his grave. After the very tight Razor's Edge, the songwriting is inconsistent and often dull here. At least there is still some punch, which will disappear almost completely on the next album.

From: dokken6008 Date: June 27, 2002 at 3:37
Man, I forgot how much I used to love this album. The other year I had 'Ballbreaker' in my cd player nonstop and almost always when I never even thought about leaving this cd at home when before I went out driving. AC/DC since 1995 have returned to making the sleazy hard rock raw blues that they did back in the 70s. This one is a keeper for sure and the riffs kick a lot of ass esp. on 'Ballbreaker'. Just crank up the bass for this cd. High point: 10 great tunes. Low point: 'Cover You In Oil'.

From: Desslar Date: June 27, 2002 at 17:33
Cover You in Oil is a classic AC/DC tune!!! Awesome video!!

From: dokken6008 Date: June 30, 2002 at 18:11
Okay, difference in opinion. Never saw the video, though--would be great. Is it true that 'Cover You In Oil' was released as a single at one point in other countries?

From: jason (FA - Q) Date: June 30, 2002 at 23:15
D-6008, This is what I know about the 'Cover you In Oil' single. It was released in the U.S. in Nov. '95 and is not available for retail. Also, the filming of the video was recorded in London on Nov. 27th & 28th 1995 and was directed by David Mallet. I hope that I cleared everything up for you?

From: dokken6008 Date: July 1, 2002 at 2:55
Your name should be Answer-man, j. Cool. I always thought that the fantastic title-track--'Ballbreaker'--was top-notch and basically a tie with 'Hard As A Rock', so why the hell wasn't that tune released as a single? It was one of AC/DC's sleaziest tracks of all-time (as was the entire 'Ballbreaker' cd!!). I'm cleared up for now, dawg. Thanks.

From: dokken6008 Date: July 1, 2002 at 2:59
Also, I agree with your 'Johnson-Young-Young' writing duty mention above in on your first 'Ballbreaker' post. You are correct because with the help of Brian, AC/DC is allowed more breathing room and brings somewhat of a new creativity as he IS outside of the Young family.

From: Desslar Date: July 1, 2002 at 16:29
I saw the Cover You in Oil single on sale in Japan. The video involves Angus doing his thing (as usual) while a bunch of hot chicks get oil (or some liquid) poured over their barely clad bodies. Sweet! Maybe the best AC/DC video I've ever seen. They're usually really boring.

From: dokken6008 Date: July 2, 2002 at 22:07
I wish I saw it, man. I wish I saw it.

From: jason (FA - Q) Date: July 2, 2002 at 22:21
If you want to see it, you better get a plane ticket. It's only available in the Australian & New Zealand box set '1996 Australian Ballbreaker Tour Souvenir.'

From: dokken6008 Date: July 5, 2002 at 3:18
Well, maybe one of these days. Thanks for the info once again, j.

From: MDLMISTRO Date: July 18, 2002 at 13:14
Great CD!! I think they need a little more sexual references in there songs, this one didn't have that much!!!!

From: anthony rogers Date: December 13, 2002 at 16:28
acdc rules and u people suck but

From: Blue Tequila Date: December 14, 2002 at 0:31
I believe it's spelled butt anthony rogers. Don't worry though, in second grade you will learn to spell more than just cat, dog, and but. Ummm...I mean this was a decent album, kind of boring. 'The Honey Roll' is a great song, funny as hell. 'Whiskey on the Rocks', 'The Furor' and 'Burnin' Alive' are my favs.

From: Dean Date: January 20, 2003 at 11:08
AC/DC Have never made a bad album and this is one of the funniest

From: samolice Date: February 19, 2003 at 19:09
In my opinion this is a future classic ACDC album! Simple but great riffs. A must. After all that time, they are always on top. BIG RESPECT 10/10

From: rising power Date: March 24, 2003 at 1:28
At first I didn't like Rick Ruben's production. Yet it does have somethig done to earth about it. This album was released in a totall different musical climate than Razors Edge. Hardrock was changed in for Grunge and Punk and when Stiff upper lip came out NU-metal and camp-rock(Vines,Hives) were the fashion. AC/DC has seen it all pass yet AC/DC remain undestroyable.

From: keebler Date: October 4, 2003 at 13:55
this one is okey i don't think it's great but i do like the title track alot.

From: Tony Date: March 30, 2004 at 22:57
It doesn't get much better than the double shot of 'Hard As...' and 'Cover You In..'. What a great one-two punch to start a album!!! After the first 4 songs though you might find yourself hitting the skip button every once in a while. It feels like they're sssooo close to letting it rip on the rest of the tunes but it just seems they can't get over the hump. For what was musically coming out in 96' though this was a godsend at the time!!

From: Big Papa K Date: June 19, 2004 at 1:20
Probably my least favorite AC/DC album of their career. The songs get very bluesy and Johnson's voice sounds the worst of his career. Still, tracks such as 'Cover You In Oil', 'Ballbreaker', and 'Hard As A Rock' are good. 6/10

From: Propane Date: December 2, 2004 at 14:14
Weak lyrically, not a whole lot of drive but ass kicking guitbox solos. Still, a must.

From: poproxx2007 Date: November 28, 2006 at 11:55
Johnson's voice sounds like masturbating with a cheesegrater!! Rick Rubin was a bad choice making AC/DC become a parodie of themselves. Cats F++++ing sounds better than some of these songs. They're worse slab imo.

From: Refugee80 Date: August 5, 2007 at 20:40
the Razors Edge was their last good album this and Stiff upper lip are rubbish but for 1 or 2 songs Ballbreaker being the only worthwhile song here, Funny how it takes them 5 to 8yrs to make an album nowadays and then when it is done its rubbish

From: pie75 Date: March 15, 2009 at 8:43
this isn't such a bad album just not as good as the 1 that came before it it also see's the return of phil rudd no drummer soundd better with ac/dc then himi think rick rubin's production is average to say the least he tried 2 make them 2 raw why didn't he do what he did with big gun that was fine anyway still a worthy addition hard as a rock is great as is cover you in oil,boogie man,burning alive,whiskey on the rocks and ballbreaker considering all that grunge crap that was around at the time this was a breath of fresh air

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 9, 2017 at 22:14
Keep in mind that I was 15 years old when Ballbreaker was released. But I dug them and understood their importance. However, when I heard "Hard As A Rock" on the radio, for the first time, they sounded old. A big part of it is Rick Rubin's production: it's muted and muffled and just kinda limps out of the speakers. It would be fine production, for something twenty years earlier, and not to say that AC/DC ever did much to update. But the returning Phil rudd's drums sound like somebody punching pillows, andj the guitars lack that essential bite. Forget 11, this is cranked to maybe 7. And then there's poor Brian Johnson now plainly showing signs of wear on his poor, cigarette-ravaged, nearly-50-year-old pipes. Some good songs here, but most are mediocre at best, and a few are just plain weak. The band continues to lose energy and velocity as well, falling further into midtempo plodding.

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