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Artist: AC/DC

Title: Flick of the Switch

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AC/DC Flick of the Switch Album Cover

 

Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1983

Label: Atlantic

Catalog Number: 7 80100-2

Personnel

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

Tracks

1.  Rising Power  3:43
2.  This House is on Fire  3:23
3.  Flick of the Switch  3:17
4.  Nervous Shakedown  4:22
5.  Landslide  3:56
6.  Guns for Hire  3:25
7.  Deep in the Hole  3:17
8.  Bedlam in Belgium  3:48
9.  Badlands  3:37
10.  Brain Shake  4:00
  
Total Running Time:  36:48

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Wade Date: March 8, 2001 at 14:32
This is the other of my favorite AC/DC albums!! cover to cover 10++

From: Rikker Mortis Date: April 28, 2001 at 16:09
Nervous Shakedown rules.

From: Mike G. Date: June 26, 2001 at 9:09
This album is very, very underrated!! This album is right up there with Back In Black!! It just rocks!!! It has that same vibe and fire that Back in Black had, just not as intense!! Should have been called Back In Black II. What a GREAT album!!!!!!!

From: SHAG Date: October 15, 2001 at 13:22
I have to agree with Mike G. on this one!! GREAT ALBUM!!! Picked up where Back in Black left off!!

From: RL Date: March 30, 2002 at 11:55
Rock-n-Roll, MF! This is a great record, you can't help but groove to it- VERY UNDERRATED! Check it out, one of their very best, and certainly their second best with Brian, next to Back In Black. Title track totally kicks ass, 'This House Is On Fire', all songs rock to the bone. If you don't have it yet, do yourself a favor and get it ASAP! Bon would have been proud!

From: Desslar Date: April 5, 2002 at 12:28
Easily their worst, but it's still AC/DC. Decent but tired and uninspired songs.

From: dokken6008 Date: April 18, 2002 at 3:29
AC/DC's peak in mediocrity. A couple of decent tracks here, a bunch of throwaways there. Even the good tracks aren't THAT good, AC/DC spent far too little time on 'Flick Of The Switch' (I guess you could say the same for 'Stiff Upper Lip', even though I thought it to be pretty good). This was a self-produced record by the band--not a good idea. The production totally sucks and the good tunes are too few and far in between to call this a very good cd. 7.2/10.

From: richierocker Date: May 25, 2002 at 14:04
It took me awhile to get into this album and now I think its awesome, some kick ass beats and great rock n roll attitude, a definite for any fan.

From: koogles Date: June 24, 2002 at 18:23
Flick of the switch is right... the switch to 'auto pilot' mode that AC/DC used in order to coast through the rest of the 1980s. A few good romps here (the obligatory 'gun' track: 'Guns For Hire') and 'Bedlam in Belgium'. So much talk in the above posts about ass kicking, I have to wonder if Beavis and Butthead are using aliases these days. Hmmm... strange I should find them here. (sarcasm)

From: Troy Date: June 29, 2002 at 8:11
I have to agree - talk about underrated. I think this is one of AC/DC's best albums. Great tunes here regardless what others say. I found this to be stronger than many of their other albums in the 90's and more recently. I would still recommend this after Let There Be Rock, Back in Black and Highway to Hell.

From: dokken6008 Date: July 5, 2002 at 3:10
Well, AC/DC released a total of twenty-four songs from their two albums 'The Razor's Edge' and 'Ballbreaker' + 'Big Gun' from '93 which was issued on the Last Action Hero soundtrack, so there isn't really a whole lot to compare. The 90s was a time for AC/DC to tour and kick back. But back in the 80s the band threw out FIVE studio records along with plenty of B-sides and the three new tunes from 'Who Made Who' so what is the comparison?

From: rising power Date: March 23, 2003 at 23:14
This album is the greatest HEAVY METAL album of alltime.

From: Blue Tequila Date: March 24, 2003 at 4:19
Totally agree with you Rising Power! I never even knew this album existed for the longest time because no one listened to it. When I did find it I was told Bon had done the singing not Brian, so I delayed buying it until I found out Brian did do the vocals on it. The first time I heard it, it totally blew me away! It was so raw and powerful and different from anything else I had heard from AC/DC. The whole album just keeps your head banging. Still my fav!

From: MAND PIAVICA Date: June 10, 2003 at 14:10
THOTE TE QIFSHA AC DC'TE MU NE CICA SE JANE GRUP LENG FARE TA CAJNE KOKEN E KARIT .TANI E 2'TA PYET MAND KARI A KENI NDONJE PIDH TA QI SE VDIQ FARE PO KUJT I PLASI KARI PER AC DC .NE FUND PERSHENDET GJITHE CUNAT QE SHKRUAJNE KETU DHE NATYRISH FTON PER QIRJE TE GJITHA PIDHAT QE SHKRUAJNE PO KETU.HAJT PRA SHNET KARIN NE PIDH E DURET NE CICA TE NA RROJE SALI BERISHA!!!!

From: BUKURIE KUCI Date: June 10, 2003 at 14:12
SA TE BUKUR QE JANE DHE KTO AC/DC'TE MOR AMAN?!

From: VERA METOHU Date: June 10, 2003 at 14:15
VERE PAK ATE KENGEN ME MAMANE NGA AI GRUPI CE KA EMRIN AY MO AMAN.PO PO THOTE KOMUNIST SUATI S'KA KENGE SE DO FLEJME GJUM SE ESHTE DREKE.DHE THUAJ ATI KUCIT XHUXHIT TE ZHDUKET NGA SHTEPIJA JONE TANI SE DO JA SHKUL TE GJITHA FLOKET

From: KUCI Date: June 10, 2003 at 14:17
CA KOMUNISTI JE MER SUAT SI JE KAQ KOMUNIST TI TANI CA TI TANI CA

From: visitor Date: August 12, 2003 at 6:51
This was my first ever AC/DC album and MAN did it blow up a young boy's world..! Afterwards I've bought the other albums too, but listen to this maybe more often than the others. Every time I listen to this, I get nostalgic and feel again the moment when I first heard this and realised that rock'n'roll music kicks ass! 'Guns for hire' is an incredible track, as well as the title track & Bedlam in Belgium... hell, they're all great! 10/10!!!

From: visitor Date: August 13, 2003 at 13:21
By the way, I've always wondered what's the catch in the album cover..? Am I just stupid or why can't I see the point there? Somebody reaching for something on the shelf..? And what does that have to do with the album title? Help me, people! What do you make out of it?

From: Gar Date: August 13, 2003 at 15:58
No no no. It's the back of Angus Young pulling down an oversized power switch. 'Flick of the Switch', get it? On the record cover the image is slightly raised giving it a 3-D effect.

From: visitor Date: August 14, 2003 at 8:44
Oooooh... it's all clear to me now. Thanks Gar! I thought 'Flick of the Switch' was about someone opening a switchblade. How wrong can one be? =)

From: keebler Date: October 4, 2003 at 13:41
i like this album alot and i played the hell out of it when it first came out but it seems to be a album alot of people don't know about.

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From: Whiplash1972 Date: October 19, 2003 at 0:40
This was actually the first AC/DC album I ever owned. While I like 'Flick of the Switch' and 'This House is on Fire' alot, the rest of the disc does little for me. There are FAR better AC/DC albums than this one.

From: visitor Date: November 16, 2003 at 17:26
In my opinion Guns for Hire is one of AC/DC:s most underrated songs. I think it's the best one on this album. It's a pity that they don't play any of the tracks from this album or for example Fly on the Wall in their live gigs!

From: jason (FA-Q) Date: December 13, 2003 at 19:31
WOW!! What a great album, start to finish! When you get down to the last 3 songs the album really starts to rock. Bedlam in Belgium is such a great song. I would tell you to give it a listen, but I'm sure you already have.

From: acdcrocks Date: January 2, 2004 at 0:52
how come i cant find this album anywhere in the states?

From: acdcrocks Date: January 2, 2004 at 0:53
how come i cant find this album anywhere in the states?

From: Fat Freddy Date: January 2, 2004 at 20:18
To the guy who asked where to find this album in the states: The entire AC/DC catalog was re-issued in mid-2003 by Epic/Legacy Records so it should be fairly easy to find nowadays. The reissues don't have any bonus tracks but they're packaged in a nice cardboard digi-pak with lots of vintage photos and cool liner notes in the booklet. Happy hunting and hope this helps...

From: holyroller Date: February 23, 2004 at 23:28
A lost classic. Nuff said.

From: luke Date: May 10, 2004 at 23:58
'Flick of the Switch is easily one of the most underrated albums in rock'n' roll. And certainly AC/DC's most underrated peroid! It's SUCH A SHAME that this album didn't sell like it should've. I went int olistening to this album thinking it would be bad, but by the title track, I was wondering how i could've ever thought that! If you kinda lik AC/DC, Buy it, you'll love it. And if you're a big AC/DC fan, GO BUY IT RIGHT NOW! YOU'LL FRIGGN' LOVE IT! Bottom Line: Get It, Play it,and you'll Love it

From: jason (FA-Q) Date: May 13, 2004 at 22:43
Fat Freddy, Yer wrong boy... Epic/Legacy Records DID NOT re-issue the entire AC/DC catalog in mid-2003. Infact, they didn't re-issue any of it, SONY Records did! And now you know.... YOU'RE WELCOME!

From: Rockhead Date: May 14, 2004 at 4:09
Bearing in mind that Sony and Epic are one in the same-I suppose 9playing Devil's advocate) the info was correct-IT'S A PLEASURE

From: jason (FA-Q) Date: May 15, 2004 at 17:27
You see... Now I knew someone was going to catch that.

From: Big Papa K Date: June 19, 2004 at 1:11
A nice comeback album after the dissapointing 'For Those About To Rock We Salute You'. This starts the trio of albums in the Johnson era that are mostly forgotten, but this is a strong album in itself. the title track should have been as big of a hit as most of their other title track songs ('Back In Black' and 'Highway To Hell'). 9/10

From: Propane Date: December 2, 2004 at 13:58
Masterfully executed gem! Two discs in a row were every song is great. Not a lot of bands could do that.

From: cort Date: April 6, 2005 at 20:51
I guess i'm gonna sound like a broken record but I have thought that 'Flick' is one of the most underrated AC/DC albums ever or for that matter of any band!I have thought that for a while!Kind of like Brian Johnson's answer to Bon's Dirty Deeds!!!!Awesome album!!!

From: poproxx2007 Date: December 23, 2005 at 3:30
My favorite AC/DC album. Back In Black II.....My first concert October 1983 LA Forum AC/DC with Fastway. Changed my life. 9 years old then I became a hard rock fan for life!

From: roisin dubh Date: September 26, 2006 at 2:01
Average AC/DC album, not bad but nothing special

From: poproxx2007 Date: November 28, 2006 at 11:35
Almost a year since I posted above on this and I feel the same about this sonic slab of savagry. The best AC/DC album period for the Brian Johnson years. Picks up where Back and Black left off with enough swagger than a wolverine hopped up on crytal meth. 10/10

From: Metalmusicman Date: January 2, 2007 at 18:42
This is the first Ac/dc album that started what I feel is a trend that will haunt them for the rest of the decade and then some. That trend is putting out albums that have a few really stellar tracks and a whole lot of filler and I love this band too much to slam them over and over again. So this will be my last review for the band, as it really applies to all following discs as well. I keep buying each new release hoping for more, but 'Stiff Upper Lip' is as close as it's got. I'll keep trying.

From: underworld king Date: November 23, 2008 at 6:42
One of my favorite AC/DC albums. If I remember correctly several tracks got plenty of airplay in San Antonio, Texas. I still reach for this one quite often as it is my second favorite after Back in Black of the Brian Johnston fronted AC/DC.

From: pie75 Date: March 14, 2009 at 9:31
i see people are split on the reviews of this album why? they just wanted to get back to basics after they had bells and cannons going on in the last 2 but people this is a very raw and hard ass album and i love phil rudds drumming on here he certainly left with a bang from start to finish it rocks love rising power,nervous shakedown,badlands and bedlam in belguim best i think this is the most underrated albums in rock i really love it and so should you

From: rick kerch vzla Date: July 24, 2013 at 22:52
This album marked a pre & post AC/DC sound IMO...an edgy Hard Rock but at the same time with a catchy "american style" vibe..."Rising Power","Flick Of The Switch","Landslide","Guns For Hire" & "Brain Shake" are my faves...85/100


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