AC/DC had vibe in studio on Powerage
According to Williams, a big reason why the album is so good is the vibe the band had recording it, which was pretty much live in studio.
“The guys had already been in the studio for a while and we went in to do what turned out to be the Powerage album. Great work environment. Albert Studios there in Sydney was a great little rock and roll room…Great producers,” said Williams in a Bass Frontiersinterview. “Obviously a lot of chemistry there being brothers. Just a real fiery, energetic work environment. It was really a tremendous experience.”
The album opener, “Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation” shows the band flexing their muscles in a new way with a heavy dose of maracas providing the extra feel.
Then there’s “Gone Shootin'”, a slower tempo track where the band lets the fantastic groove do the talking.
You’ll notice “Up To My Neck in You” sounds more like the songs on “Let There Be Rock” and that’s because it was started during those recording sessions.
“Gimme A Bullet” and “Down Payment Blues” are two of the best songs AC/DC have ever recorded, but like the rest of the album, they are definitely underrated in the canon of the band’s legacy.
Heck, the album even got a ringing endorsement from Rolling Stones legend Keith Richards, who said it’s his favourite AC/DC record.