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Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Released in Australia in 1976-but not in the U.S. 'til '81! A tawdry rock classic: the title track plus Big Balls; Problem Child; Squealer , and more.

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While Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap sounds like every other AC/DC album, it is distinguished by a lyrical puerility spectacular even by Bon Scott's standards. Two tracks--"Love at First Feel" and "Squealer"--are ruminations on the morality of sex with schoolgirls. "Big Balls," ostensibly a narrative from the perspective of an aristocrat socialite, is actually a somewhat labored excuse for the band to chant "We've got big balls." This juvenile posturing was, to a large degree, AC/DC winding up their burgeoning foreign audience by playing to stereotypical expectations of Australians. On Dirty Deeds, however, AC/DC try too hard. Only on "Ain't No Fun (Waiting Round to Be a Millionaire)" is Scott's laconic wit deployed to real effect: the sheer glee in the line "Get your fuckin' jumbo jet off my airport!" is almost worth the album's purchase price. --Andrew Mueller
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 18, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00008BXJ4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (292 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,676 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I just wanted to put in my two cents about the Australian version of "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap". Despite its rather hefty price, it offers some bonuses not available on the U.S. or English versions.
1) The artwork is noticeably different, and almost gives the album an "underground" or "independent" feel.
2) The remastered version sounds terrific. Granted, this is probably not substantially different than the U.S. remastered edition, but it puts the two versions on similar sonic ground.
3) The song "Dirty Deeds" on the Aussie edition is a slightly longer version than on the U.S. release; you'll notice it toward the song's end where Bon sings the line "Dirty Deeds" a couple more times and also adds in a little extra squeal.
4) The Aussie version includes all of the song lyrics in the CD booklet. Nice to know for sure what Bon was saying!
5) Maybe most significantly, this album includes the killer song "Jailbreak" in lieu of "Rocker" (an excellent song in its own right, which is found on the Aussie album "T.N.T." or the U.S. "Dirty Deeds"). "Jailbreak" was the reason I bought the Aussie vinyl album back in the early 80's instead of the U.S. version. Great anthemic album closing track and delivers all of the goods you'd expect from the Bon-era AC/DC. (I realize that the "'74 Jailbreak" EP was released in the U.S., it's just kind of cool to have that song on the actual album from which it was originally taken.)
To sum up, the Aussie CD is a worthwhile purchase for the diehard AC/DC-Bon Scott fan, who is looking for the version as it was originally released Down Under, which includes some noteworthy bonuses. I strongly recommend this CD. (This version is also included in the Aussie 6-CD Box Set No. 1, if you've got the $$). Whatever version you have or buy, enjoy!
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When I pulled up this album on Amazon I just automatically presumed that every AC/DC fan in the world had posted their 5-star review of this absolute classic. I am almost saddened by the sight of so many mediocre reviews of the album that perhaps best symbolizes the dirty and dangerous lifestyle and creed of my all-time favorite band. I had this album on LP when I was in college 20 years ago, it was an import. My fraternity brothers used to steal it out of my room and would take it to their own for their raucous "room parties." I was forever tracking that album down for my own sinister parties. This album resonates true attitude and spirit; this is the album that proves that AC/DC is and always has been the "real thing" and not some contrived spit-up of a hair sprayed psuedo band that The Industry normally tries to sell. This is a road house band that turns it up as loud as the amps can go and then they just let loose. This album is perhaps a bit more "personal" than some of the others, and I've always liked that because it gives tremendous insight into the mechanics and thinking of one of the most intriguing bands of all time. The occasional moments of mellowness here merely let you catch your breath.
If you've never seen AC/DC in concert then you probably don't know what I'm talking about. If you have, then you do. This band, at least in their prime, had a menacing sound that was beyond comprehension. The first time I saw them was in 1978. Angus was 19. AC/DC was the "warm-up" band at Oakland Coliseum's "Day on the Green" (they'd open up the green for a series of huge open-admission concerts). AC/DC came out. I knew them only from "TNT" which was getting some air play.
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It baffles me why the original Australian LP's aren't the standard. The sequencing is better and the complete 70's aussie albums would mean we wouldn't have to worry about EP's like '74 Jailbreak' and two Box Sets (the only track you'd miss would be the B-side 'Cold Hearted Man' and the two Dave Evens era tracks "Can I Sit Next To You Girl" and "Rockin' In The Parlor"). Imagine the uproar if, say, it was the U.S Beatles catalogue as the standard instead of the U.K one.

To date, the '93 CD's are now deleted (some Australian stores have old stock if your lucky) and the 1986 T.N.T is the only uncut version of as the '93 uses tracks from the U.S versions with the fade outs.

Like others have said below, stick with the original 70's albums if you can.
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The AC/DC of Bon Scott was never ever matched by the Brian Johnson AC/DC. Johnson really did a heroic job in handling the job that Bon did, but he was never ever a shade from tha late Scott. Scott had a better voice, MUCH better lyrics, much more charm and tone variations in his voice.
Johnson managed to be a part of the marvellous BACK IN BLACK album, but a few years later his voice was totally shot. He's a very important part of the band, that lives like the Stones do, for example: an entity, a myth.
DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP was released in Australia in 1976, but Atlantic shelved it for the American market and simply did not release it. THey simply tought it was not good enough. Only after Bon died and after the success of BACK IN BLACK, they released it in America, in 1981 (FIVE YEARS LATER!!). In doing so, they simply destroyed the original album, cutting from it possibly the best song: JAILBREAK. Go figure why...LOVE AT FIRST FEEL is a good song, but nowhere as good as JAILBREAK. And they added ROCKER, which was already available in the original Australian album T.N.T., sacking R.I.P (Rock In Peace).
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