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Flick of the Switch [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

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  • Audio CD (July 1, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00009MGR1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,651 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rising Power
2. This House Is On Fire
3. Flick Of The Switch
4. Nervous Shakedown
5. Landslide
6. Guns For Hire
7. Deep In The Hole
8. Bedlam In Belgium
9. Badlands
10. Brain Shake

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Originally released in August of 1983, "Flick of the Switch" is a damn fine AC/DC record, and if you love the band, I really can't understand not digging it.

In the liner notes for this 2003 remastered version of "Flick..." (which sounds great, by the way), Malcolm Young explains that the band wanted to get back-to-basics with this record, which they produced themselves, and you can see what he means--the album has a real live-in-the-studio sound to it, with guitars exploding out of the speakers, plus all but two of the tracks are under 4 minutes, and they've completely ditched the special effects a la the bell tolls on "Hells Bells" or the cannons on "For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)". Also, Brian Johnson's vocals are at their gloriously piercing best throughout.

The liner notes also state that the album is "remarkably varied". Is this a joke or what? One thing that there sure as hell isn't a lot of on this album is variety. The boys do a nice job of mixing up the tempos--you have your slower paced tunes ("Rising Power", "Nervous Shakedown", "Deep In The Hole"), medium-fast tunes (title track, "Guns For Hire", "Bedlam In Belgium"), and fast tunes ("Landslide", "Brain Shake")--but that hardly makes for a "remarkably varied" batch of songs. One thing I won't argue about though is that the album is indeed very consistent.

The album starts off with "Rising Power" which is one of those great AC/DC stompers, with a brilliant sequence of kickass riffs. Likewise, "Nervous Shakedown" has another great sequence of riffs and builds spellbinding tension before breaking into the call-and-response chorus. The title track, with its sly guitar licks, is a ton of fun.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BACK IN WHITE! May 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
A classic, powerful cover that is white hot.

I can't tell you how much i adore this album, it never leaves my stereo! it's been that way for a long time. My FLICK OF THE SWITCH cassette tape literaly melted into the tape deck from being overplayed.I own the whole AC/DC catalog and this is king of the mountain. When listeing, one can not help to recall the classic Bon Scott days, this is best described as BACK IN BLACK and POWERAGE thrown in a blender. One can not help but resist the high energy of RISING POWER or simpley keeping oneself from bursting out in flames over THIS HOUSE IS ON FIRE. Or what about the raw guitar assault of GUNS FOR HIRE? or the Elvis like boogie of BRAINSHAKE?

Anyone getting sick of BACK IN BLACK being played for the 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000th time? go throw on the switch and find out about this overlooked classic.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated, and misunderstood. May 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
When this particular album came out, many pretty much gave up on AC/DC right there; if it wasn't bells and cannons, those "fans" would have nothing to do with it. While definitely under produced and probably in need of more work than was put into it, Flick of the Switch is a back to basics, no-nonsense type of album. It was meant to be pure, raw, hard rock, so raw in fact, the album cover even gives the feeling of a bootleg.

Again, it needs work. But they honestly, did not have the time; the record label basically said, "Ok, the tour starts on such-and-such-a-date; when do you think you can have an album ready to tour with?" Not only is that alot of pressure, but it doesn't even give alot of time to come up with new material, let alone perfect it. When one understands both this factor, and the idea behind the album, one can begin to truly appeciate what it's supposed to be.

Trust me. The album's worth the $10 it'll cost you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my all time favorite from ac/dc! November 12, 2004
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Format:Audio CD
Ah, this old lost classic, even though i'm not what you would call a hardcore fan of this band, this album is definatly one of my favorite hardrock albums. i would pick this album over classics like "back in black" or "highway to hell", in my opinon, "flick of the switch" is just as good as BIB. i am glad that they reissued this album and now it sounds better and has better packaging then the original did. this is often the ignored ac/dc album but i don't know why because this is ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS AC/DC EVER MADE! malcolm young has even stated that he thinks "flick of the switch" is the bands most underrated effort. "guns for hire" is one of the best ac/dc songs ever written, this whole album is an electric shock, it is their most energetic album w/ songs like "this house is on fire" "nervos shakedown" "bedlam in belgium" the title cut, ect. you can't go wrong by getting this, just a shot of pure rock!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE REAL FAN/NOT THE REAL FAN September 6, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Malcolm Young's solo album with little brother being fed his usual raw meat; George and Harry still in the shadows- probably just piano duty by now, helping to coax out the last great configurations of the genre this band stamped before the Hair scene- Malcolm now mature with the studio savvy to put his nuts on the line without big brother or Mutt. Pure vision, pure attitude, pure AC/DC essence, what Mal really envisioned in a band! Cut with live tracks and some of Phil Rudd's best right hooks; and Brian Johnson's last biblical studio session before the pipes burst (should have fired him after Wall); but we still love him- but Mal is stubborn you know! AND like I said before- and I really like the dude- but Nikki Sixx: You can wake up in a hundred body bags and live 200 years but you will still never make an album half as good as Flick of The Switch!
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Published 16 days ago by joseph j wittrock
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the first AC/DC albums I ever bought when ...
One of the first AC/DC albums I ever bought when i was 17
Published 1 month ago by jamie lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good cd
Published 1 month ago by FRED TAYLOR
1.0 out of 5 stars I love AC/DC, but this album is an abomination!!
I remember when I was accumulating AC/DC's back catalog years ago (by purchasing cassettes) and I got around to buying this album. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gene Siskel
5.0 out of 5 stars AD/DC rocks!
You can't go wrong with this classic CD. I have been wanting it for a while & finally gave in!
Published 3 months ago by Kristen A. Vangsness
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome metal cd excellent artists
this is an awesome often forgotten album by the best. bedlam in belgium. just underrated buy it learn it pass on the knowledge boy o. just what dr. dude ordered.
Published 4 months ago by psycho headhunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Another hidden gem
I recently did another review about the great Powerage album. I called it the hidden gem and it certainly is for the Bon Scott era of ACDC. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Grant
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Release
Coming off of the heels of an artistic commercial high from the previous For Those About to Rock and Back in Black releases, AC/DC go for a leaner and stripped down production in... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Thirty-Ought Six
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT GREAT AC DC!!!!!!!!!!!
The Brian Johnson years with AC DC are AMAZING!!!!!FLICK OF THE SWITCH is GREAT!!!!! The first 3 with Brian raspy vocals(BACK IN BLACK, FOR THOSE ABOUT and this one) are... Read more
Published 15 months ago by FLUMINENSE
2.0 out of 5 stars Two good songs
I was excited to hear this after one of my friends was raving about it and then realized it's been in my collection for over 20 years collecting dust. Read more
Published 18 months ago by White Chicken
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