Rolling Stone - 3.5 Stars - Very Good
Spin (6/88, p.70) - "...AC/DC can peel the paint off your walls. BLOW UP YOUR VIDEO is so boss--it's like an eleven on the volume knob of bossness..."
This is a Hyper CD, which contains regular audio tracks and also provides a link to the artist's website with the help of a web browser.
AC/DC: Brian Johnson (vocals); Angus Young, Malcolm Young (guitar); Cliff Williams (bass); Simon Wright (drums).
Recorded at Studio Miraval, Le Val, France. Originally released on Atlantic (81828). Includes liner notes by Alan Di Perna.
In the late '80s, with bands like Guns N' Roses finding stardom with stripped-down, loud rock & roll, AC/DC couldn't have picked a better time to release BLOW UP YOUR VIDEO. The album found an extremely receptive U.S. audience, and was the band's first record to reach the top 10 since FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK WE SALUTE YOU. And while it wasn't as consistent as some of the band's classic releases, BLOW UP YOUR VIDEO was easily one of the best hard rock/heavy metal releases of that time.
"That's the Way I Wanna Rock N Roll" was an instant AC/DC classic, and the raging "Heatseeker" became an eventual concert staple. Other tracks like "Go Zone," "Kissin' Dynamite," and "Some Sin for Nuthin'" were standouts as well. BLOW UP YOUR VIDEO proved to be drummer Simon Wright's final album with the band (he would leave after the ensuing tour to join Dio). BLOW UP YOUR VIDEO set the stage perfectly for AC/DC's next album, the blockbuster THE RAZOR'S EDGE.
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