Reviewed: January 2018
Released: 2017, Voyageur
Another excellent entry in Popoff’s respected ‘Album By Album’ series. This time AC/DC gets the treatment.
My mind-set was a bitter-sweet mix of nostalgia and sadness when I read Martin Popoff’s new book AC/DC ALBUM BY ALBUM. I got it in the mail just a few days after the death of Malcolm Young.
Not much has changed in terms of quality, production and presentation in this collaboration with Popoff and Voyaguer Press. Everything they have done is top notch and I’ve lost track of how many books they have done together, including several in these way cool, Album by Album by album series. This really attractive coffee table book is packed with trivia and info and very nice visuals.
In case you are not familiar, the theme is that Popoff picks a, shall we say, ‘legacy’ band, interviews a bunch of name guys, and the go through the bands entire catalogue, album by album, and analyze the hell out of the thing. It is a lot more fun than it might sound! Special guests include a variety of people such as musical heavy-weights Dave Ellefson (Megadeth) and Jay French (Twisted Sister) as well as the lesser known Michael Hannon of the way under-rated band, American Dog. Popoff also included not one, but two ex-AC/Dc drummers, Rudd and Wright. It was also nice to have producers who worked with the album, interviewed as well. All of the folks have a nice CV in the back so you know who you are reading about.
One thing that struck me, and it was a feature that Popoff alluded to, was that despite the perception of AC/Dc being a very simplistic band, there was no shortage of people who had very intellectual and analytical things to say about the catalogue even the lesser loved albums. Another part I really enjoyed is that each album gets equal love and respect. I most enjoyed reading about the four post-RAZOR’S EDGE albums and indeed went back and re-listened to some of them when a fresh ear, especially since these are among the lesser valued albums in their long and prolific career.
AC/DC ALBUM BY ALBUM is one of many, many books about the band but this is a fitting and timely tribute to the (formerly) hard-working rockers, written by the fans, for the fans.