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  • Audio CD (December 12, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wea International
  • ASIN: B00005A3W7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,902 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rock 'n' Roll Damnation
2. Down Payment Blues
3. Gimme a Bullet
4. Riff Raff
5. Sin City
6. What's Next to the Moon
7. Gone Shootin'
8. Up to My Neck in You
9. Kicked in the Teeth

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Powerage is one of AC/DC's best albums.
James Platt
The best songs are ROCK 'N' ROLL DAMNATION, RIFF RAFF, SIN CITY, GIMME A BULLET, and my personal favorite GONE SHOOTIN'.
BIOHAZARD
There is no other album I have that I can listen to the whole thing straight through and love every song!
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75 of 82 people found the following review helpful By BillM on August 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Ah, how far to go here? Well, I'm older now, and I'm as 'zen' on this subject as any other. Sooo...

Powerage is the best rock 'n roll of album of all time. Not the most important or most influential; not with the widest variety nor highest reach(although this IS AC/DC's widest & highest album); not the most seductive or inspiring; but the best.

Sgt Pepper, Exile On Main Street, and Physical Grafitti are all timeless masterpieces too, but whatever Elvis, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Little Richard & Jerry Lee Lewis were aiming at all those years ago, Powerage hit dead center.

An amazingly raw, blistering sound, but at the same time incredibly tight grooves. Hard rock you can headbang AND dance to, indeed. Like someone once said, AC/DC does what no one else can do, better than anyone else.

This was the first album w/Cliff Williams and he kicked the band up to a whole new level. Fantastic production by Vanda/Young, the last one they did before Mutt Lange took over. The remastering is indescribably brilliant, showcasing the equally brilliant interplay between Angus & Malcolm. The lead & rhythm guitars are distinct, loud, and powerful. No way you'd believe this album was released in 1978 if you didn't already know.

And what rhythms and leads they are. Nine incredible riffs, instantly memorable. Easy to play(the riffs NOT the solos, of course), perhaps, but almost impossible to write. And the seven solos are among Angus' best, especially on Gone Shootin'. Fast solos, medium solos, slow solos, and on Damnation & Bullet no solo at all.

There is simply not a wasted or extraneous second here. Yngwie, Satriani, Vai, and all the rest of the shredders never wrote anything close to Sin City or Riff Raff.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Patrick W. Schubert on May 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Albums like LET THERE BE ROCK, HIGHWAY TO HELL, and BACK IN BLACK have long overshadowed POWERAGE in terms of overall sales and popularity. However, song-for-song, POWERAGE is the strongest collection, in my opinion.
WHY?
Well, to begin with, LET THERE BE ROCK, may contain more well known classics, such as "Problem Child", "Rosie", and the title track. But, it also contains more forgettable material like "Go Down" and "Badboy Boogie". On the other hand, there simply isn't a weak cut on POWERAGE. Plus, the production is better.
HIGHWAY TO HELL and BACK IN BLACK are classics, no doubt about it. However, I feel that Mutt Lange seriously robbed the band of its power with his slick production techniques. Compare HIGHWAY TO HELL to POWERAGE and the songs are about as equally good. But, POWERAGE, while well-engineered, has a rawness and intensity to it that Lange's pop-friendly production does not. HIGHWAY may be easier to digest, but POWERAGE is tougher and more unrelenting.
BACK IN BLACK is automatically docked points in my book because Bon isn't on it. I mean no disrespect to Brian Johnson, but Bon was the definitive AC/DC frontman, hands-down. And, again, I think Lange drained much of the intensity out of some excellent songs in order to achieve a sound that was more easily accepted by the masses. I know, alot of AC/DC fans will argue that BIB sounds "HUGE". Granted, it's very well engineered and produced, but, to me, it sounds way too glossy. This sound may work well for Def Leppard, but it just neuters AC/DC's sound. I think that Young and Vanda had a better understanding of how AC/DC should sound on record.
So, there you go. Take or leave this review, but don't skip POWERAGE.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bud Sturguess on August 4, 2002
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If the title of my review is a bit misleading, let me start by clarifying that in my view, 1978's "Powerage" is the best of AC/DC's era with the late singer Bon Scott (God rest his soul). But be warned, all you narrow-minded rockers who only expect the standard guitar-driven salutes to booze and women, "Powerage" is different, and far exceeds the limitations of AC/DC's previous works (and even some material after it). This record is far more accomplished, making it the most progressed and traditionally intelligent album of their '70's era.
Graced with Bon Scott's sneering howl and an unexpected bluesy spark, "Powerage" shows AC/DC at one of their peaks; the tracks are excellent and fit the band perfectly. 'Rock and Roll Damnation' is one of the most poignantly written blistering rock songs of all time, while 'Down Payment Blues,' 'Riff Raff,' 'Gimme a Bullet,' and 'Kicked in the Teeth' make it seem as if a Delta blues band attended an AC/DC concert and changed their tune. 'Sin City' is a growling and dare I say forewarning look at Las Vegas infidelity, while 'Up to My Neck in You' and 'Gone Shootin' (a true classic) are superb. But the highlight of "Powerage" is no doubt 'What's Next to the Moon,' which is sheer poetry from the view of a gritty rock and roller.
It's a shame that "Powerage" has been slightly obscured by its predecessor (1977's "Let There Be Rock") and its follow-up (the hit "Highway to Hell") because this set exceeds both of them. And though it is superior than AC/DC's other 70's material, it still matches them perfectly--even if it shines brighter.
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