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Artist: AC/DC

Title: Powerage

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AC/DC Powerage Album Cover


Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1978

Label: ATCO

Catalog Number: SD-19180-2


Bon Scott vocals
Phil Rudd drums
Cliff Williams bass
Angus Young guitar
Malcolm Young guitar


1.  Rock and Roll Damnation  3:35
2.  Down Payment Blues  6:00
3.  Gimme a Bullet  3:21
4.  Riff Raff  5:14
5.  Sin City  4:40
6.  What's Next to the Moon  3:28
7.  Gone Shootin'  5:04
8.  Up to My Neck in You  4:10
9.  Kicked in the Teeth  3:52
Total Running Time:  39:24

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Rikker Mortis Date: April 28, 2001 at 16:05
Rather average AC/DC effort though by no means their worst.

From: Stu Date: June 14, 2001 at 0:00
This is their best sounding album. My fave is still Highway to Hell and Back in Black. But this a solid effort! Its a must own!

From: Dusty Date: July 8, 2001 at 20:48
This album is not as popular as Back In Black and Highway To Hell but I like it because its AC/DC and it shouldn't matter what song they do they are all classics.Sin City,Whats Next To The Moon and Rock and Roll Damnation are my favorites.

From: Ghost of Bon Date: August 6, 2001 at 1:17
This is an awesome fuckin' album and all of you should get it right now and play it as loud as you can! Every last song here is a classic and the music is as powerful and well-recorded as ever. Quit your job (if you have one) and listen to Powerage today!

From: John Date: February 14, 2002 at 11:20
This album was a classic the first day it came out,it's a must own,along with everyother AC/DC cd.They are the best band in history.

From: jason Date: May 4, 2002 at 23:28
I am a BIG AC/DC fan and I have to say, this is one of their best! I say that because this album had the best of both worlds. What I mean is, it is raw and sloppy like the first two and also somewhat polished as well. YOU NEED THIS ALBUM!!

From: dokken6008 Date: June 19, 2002 at 3:26
Hello to all fellow AC/DC and Kix lovers. Has anyone ever noticed that Kix totally ripped AC/DC's 'Riff Raff' tune on their 'Show Business' disc? There's no doubt about it--first listen to the ORIGINAL, 'Riff Raff', then proceed to turn on 'Put My Money Where Your Mouth Is' and the intro sounds exactly the fucking same!! And make no mistake about it: KIX were huge fans of AC/DC's and don't cover the band saying that KIX had no prior knowledge of copying AC/DC--the band played 'Riff Raff' LIVE--

From: dokken6008 Date: June 19, 2002 at 3:29
--as an opener on one of their live bootleg discs!! Oh, I still love Kix anyway. I always wanted the band to make another 'Hot Wire' or something to that effect and the next thing I know the band broke up (1995/96). 'It's a shame it had to be like that, it's a shame it had to start like that... Tonight I'm gonna love you just the same, oh yeah.... Tonight I'm gonna love til the end.....'

From: stickan Date: July 3, 2002 at 16:01
listen to up in my neck in you

From: jason (FA - Q) Date: July 4, 2002 at 2:40
Sorry Stickan, but you don't have it right. What you mean is.............. 'Up To My Neck In You.'

From: Lil Al Date: July 8, 2002 at 18:50
'POWERAGE' is the best AC/DC LP. Bon at his best. HighWay To Hell is right up there, but 'Gimme a Bullet' & 'Rock N Roll Damnation' 'What's Next To The Moon' are classics. Saw them twice with Bon Scott. Three times with Brian Johnson. Have all their LP's (Including bootlegs and Imports)

From: Lil Al Date: July 8, 2002 at 18:53
Speaking of 'RIFF RAFF' there's a riff of Rick Derringers in there, and a Ted Nugent lick as well....

From: Indigo Shift Date: July 9, 2002 at 6:38
The cover of this album scared the shit outta me when I was a kid. And that's about all there is to that.

From: Knuckles Date: August 6, 2002 at 13:46
Song for song,this is my favorite ACDC.

From: The Fizzy One Date: October 28, 2002 at 21:00
One of the things I like best about this album is that radio hasn't discovered it yet and hasn't beaten every song into the ground, and that makes this one all the more a treasure. Damn good songs besides. Not quite as loud as LTBR and Highway, but not quite as raw as the first two, like Jason pointed out. A nice middle ground. The Fizz Picks: 'Down Payment Blues,' 'Riff Raff' (yes, I DID notice the resemblance to that Kix tune, but Kix used to be an AD/DC cover-band in the late '70's) ...

From: Fizz Date: October 28, 2002 at 21:02
As I was saying: ... 'What's Next to the Moon,' Kicked in the Teeth' and of course the inimitable 'Gone Shootin'.'

From: ART Date: November 23, 2002 at 20:38
This is a classic album, true AC/DC style. Albums like this made the 70's, 80's, & early 90's a great perieod for music. This new stuff sucks!

From: Enrique Date: January 14, 2003 at 10:26
Powerage is a good AC DC album but I would like to know where is the song 'Cold hearted man' ????????? Disapear between the LP (10 songs) and the CD (9 songs)

From: jason (FA - Q) Date: February 8, 2003 at 23:49
'Cold Hearted Man' is on the Australian album, but Atlantic Records (for what ever reason) didn't want it on the U.S. release. I think it's a great song. Atlantic Records did that with a few AC/DC songs like, 'Carry Me Home' and 'Love Song'. Another two great songs that didn't get released in the U.S.

From: rising power Date: March 24, 2003 at 0:10
This is the last album that has a coalmine production. After this one you got Mutt Lange with his huge(but not polished) production. Songs like Sin City,Rock 'n roll damnation and Up to my neck in you I play with my band.

From: visitor Date: August 12, 2003 at 7:11
Jason, from which albums were 'Carry Me Home' and 'Love Song' deleted by Atlantic Records? I have the Powerage album with 'Cold Hearted Man' but have never heard of those songs! Would be great to find them somewhere..!

From: Blue Tequila Date: August 12, 2003 at 9:01
Here are the different songs on the Australian & European albums. Dirty Deeds contains 'R.I.P.' (Rock in Peace) & 'Jailbreak'. High Voltage is totally different and contains 'Love Song' 'Stick Around' + the songs from '74 Jailbreak (except 'Jailbreak'). T.N.T. is basically the U.S. High Voltage w/'School Days'. 'Crabsody in Blue' was on Let There Be Rock, and 'Cold Hearted Man' was on the European Powerage release...

From: Blue Tequila Date: August 12, 2003 at 9:07
'Carry Me Home', 'Rockin' in the Parlour', 'Fling Thing', 'Snake Eye', & 'Down on the Borderline' were all unreleased b-sides. Jason feel free to add anything I missed...hope this helps visitor.

From: visitor Date: August 13, 2003 at 13:11
Yep, thanks Blue Tequila!

From: ac/dc_*bitch* Date: November 24, 2003 at 19:31
are the order of the songs the exact same on the album? this is important someone answer me please! ha, anyways ac/dc is a fuckin legend, for those about to rock i salute you.

From: jason (FA-Q) Date: November 24, 2003 at 20:22
YES! The order showen here is the same as on the album/tape/CD. Unless you have the French 3LP Box Set version of this album which inclues a song called 'Cold Hearted Man.' By the way, you can ask me anything about AC/DC. There ain't too much I don't know about this band. Oh, and you're right! AC/DC are fuckin' legends!!

From: red Date: February 6, 2004 at 13:35
I love Bon Scott era AC/DC and pretty much hate the Johnson Era stuff. This is a fantastic album and somewhat overlooked. I think it is their best, just a little better than Highway to hell or Let there be rock. I mean c'mon, Sin City and Rock and roll damnation are worth it alone.

From: Blue Tequila Date: February 6, 2004 at 17:33
Just got the Epic remaster. Brian Johnson era AC/DC is what I grew up with and have never been a huge fan of their pre-1980 material but I love this album. They captured such a pure sound here and the entire thing is just a treat to listen to.

From: Dave Date: February 11, 2004 at 18:31
This album is interesting in that AC/DC backed off a bit from the raw/hardness of LTBR and focused more on the blues/groove thing. This is an EXCELLENT album, as are all the Bon Scott albums.

From: quin Date: March 20, 2004 at 20:53
does anyone know if the digitally remastered cd should have 47 tracks on it? because mine does and i cant find any of these songs on it anywhere?

From: Blue Tequila Date: March 20, 2004 at 21:17
Mine only has 46 tracks on it...wait-no, just the 9 tracks listed above. Have you tried using different cd players to see if it plays? It could be the player your using is too old for the type of disc it is. One of my old cd players always showed Stiff Upper Lip as having 20+ tracks on it and wouldn't play anything. Just a thought...

From: quin Date: March 21, 2004 at 2:01
i tried it in all of my cd players and it says its 47 tracks on all of them and its a bunch of kids songs and songs in spanish, i dont think its really a powerage cd even though it has the right picture on it, thanks anyways blue tequila

From: Gar Date: March 21, 2004 at 2:30
Remind me not to shop where you do!

From: poophead Date: April 14, 2004 at 20:47
This is a good CD

From: jason (FA-Q) Date: May 13, 2004 at 22:33
No poophead, it's a great CD.

From: Big Papa K Date: June 19, 2004 at 1:02
Maybe the forgotten album of the Bon Scott era as there are no radio standards on this one like the other Scott albums. This is a surprise as this contains some of their strongest work in 'Down Payment Blues', Sin City', and 'Rock N Roll Damnation'. Another must have album. 9/10

From: Propant Date: December 2, 2004 at 13:44
This one was their best one with Bon. If you're an original line-up fan this one's the one.

From: Swriter Date: April 23, 2005 at 18:26
very raw, great one that gets neglected at times, Sin City!!!! one of the top acdc tunes ever, Down Payment is very cool as well as Gone Shootin, good one!!!

From: dabunsoyn Date: September 6, 2005 at 17:05
Well, it's less of a secret than it was 10 years ago... but this is AC/DC's top release. All the pieces fall together with this one and the sound that Vanda & Young created for these guy's is just, well, perfect. They've managed to capture the raw edge and couple it with some stella production values..... The guitar histrionics are kept in check and the focus is on the riffin, rhythm's and the groove. Also, Bon Scott is at his kicking & spitting best. It's the one i always return to... Flawless.

From: JSpillman Date: November 30, 2005 at 23:27
Masterpiece! I can't believe the current rating is less than 9 (8.7). This is easily my favorite AC/DC album and may very well be my all-time favorite by anyone. This is the perfect mix of hard rock, blues and heavy metal. This kind of music needs to be taught to the kids of the world for the future.

From: poproxx2007 Date: December 23, 2005 at 3:34
Glad to see people respect this cd and see it as the classic its always been! 10/10 Best of the Bon albums!

From: aMetalhead1966 Date: February 13, 2006 at 15:39
So much has been said 'bout AC/DC that words become futile in trying to speak of how MANY Bands on this site have been influenced by them! Quite simply they ARE the Rule as to which all Hard Rock, Metal,etc bands are judged!I have listened to them since this came out and it is still my fave of the Bon years. In fact ALL the Bon releases are my faves..this being the current one! 10/10!!

From: roisin dubh Date: May 24, 2006 at 13:02
Great album, very bluesy & edgy. Not one of their best but not one of their worst either

From: m&m Date: September 2, 2006 at 23:05
Best Bon Scott album of all. Not very popular which makes it even better since it isn't overplayed. I love the way they tell a story with these awesome riffs. Every song rocks.. awesome, check it out.

From: Metalmusicman Date: January 2, 2007 at 17:59
I really love this band, but I tought this album was below average the whole way through and that is hard to say, but nothing here stood out for me at all. While none of it is bad, none of it is...you know AC/DC doing what they do. Not bad, but one that can wait till then end of the catalog for me.

From: edwithmj Date: October 14, 2008 at 17:29
One of the best albums. Raw, hard rock. All songs are good and have great guitar and vocals. To be honest I'm astonished that people say this is an average album, it's brilliant!

From: erik Date: October 16, 2008 at 7:07
like red I love the Bon Scott era AC/DC and pretty much hate the Johnson Era stuff. superb album. rock as it should be

From: pie75 Date: March 5, 2009 at 7:15
wow! what an album and i'll have everybody on here know it was keith richards who said that this is 1 of the greatest rock and roll albums he's ever heard don't know why radio stations never played songs off here never mind my stereo has thousands of times down payment blues,give me a bullet and gone shootin r my favourites here a classic that's all that needs 2 be said buy now people

From: fcmahlzeit Date: June 21, 2009 at 10:43
My favourite AC/DC - Album of all times...and the guys put out a whole lot of classic albums. Rock 'n' Roll Damnation, Down payment Blues, Riff Raff...the album is briliant from the beginning to the end.

From: Doug Date: October 21, 2009 at 13:07
9th grade, sitting in a music theory class and this kid puts on Powerage on an old, school issued turntable. The needle goes to "Sin City." Man, I was hooked. Went home, bought it that day!

From: erik Date: October 21, 2009 at 15:42
Sinsational album. Man oh man what band. Every song rocks but Rock and Roll Damnation, Riff Raff, Sin City and Up to my Neck in You make this album shine. The era with BS is unmatched. 90/100

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: September 28, 2012 at 17:02
The dark horse of the Bon Scott years, as only "Sin City" seems to be known outside of hardcore fans. And that's not even the best song here! Overally, the disc seems a little less heavy than Let There Be Rock, but that doesn't take anything away from Powerage. Not a bad song here, but my favorites are "Riff Raff," "Down Payment Blues," "What's Next To The Moon" and the top spot, "Rock 'n' Roll Damnation," one of the band's best, most overlooked songs ever!

From: edwithmj Date: January 24, 2015 at 7:58
Time to expand on my previous comment. This is my second favourite AC/DC album. My favourite song has to be Riff Raff followed closely by Gimme A Bullet and Sin City. The other major highlight is Gone Shootin' but really this is a filler-free album. If you like loud guitars and even louder vocals, this is for you.

From: Doug Date: January 26, 2015 at 17:04
One of the best hard rock albums of all time.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 13, 2016 at 12:21
Powerful and dirty Hard Rock in here ...tracks 1,3,4,5,7,8 & 9 are a pure blast of Rock & Roll...Bon Scott,we miss you bro .85/100

From: Doug Date: November 20, 2017 at 14:05
Seems fitting for me to express my deepest condolences on the passing of Malcolm under the listing of my favorite AC/DC album. Malcolm was the heart and soul of this great band, and he will be missed.

From: Auslander Date: May 22, 2021 at 4:40
Some say this is Acca Daccas best. I'm of the opinion it is the least ruined by excessive radio airplay. You can listen to this album even today and it isn't wrecked by over-familiarity. Yep, it's ACDC with Bon at his absolute peak. I do like Brian as well, but there was something about Bon Scott that can never be replaced. Due to each song being strong, and zero of them overplayed (only really Rock N Roll Damnation got much play, maybe Sin City a little bit) I think Powerage is my favourite ACDC album.

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