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99.5 The Mountain and Columbia Records are celebrating the 40th Anniversary of AC/DCs Highway to Hell with new re-release. The album came out July 27th 1979 and is now re-coming out again in 2019! Register below for 40th Anniversary of AC/DCs Highway to Hell with new re-release album. One lucky person will win the AC/DC grand prize: (1) Vinyl, (1) CD, (1) T-Shirt, (1) Magnet.

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AC/DC – 40 YEARS ON THE HIGHWAY TO HELL

This month, AC/DC will celebrate 40 years of Highway To Hellwith rare and unreleased video, exclusive merch and exciting giveaways.

On their sixth studio album, the Australian group turned up the heat and burned brighter than ever before, spreading their no-bull rock ‘n’ roll to a global audience. With more than 8.5 million copies sold around the world, Highway To Hell marked the beginning of a bold new chapter in AC/DC’s history—and, at the same time, the bittersweet ending of another.

Known for their tried-and-true musical approach, Highway To Hell nonetheless marked a step forward for the stalwart band. For the first time, the group did not collaborate with longtime producers Harry Vanda and George Young (elder brother to guitarists Angus and Malcolm). After some stops and starts, including an aborted session with Jimi Hendrix engineer Eddie Kramer, the band approached Robert John “Mutt” Lange (who’d collaborated with Graham Parker & The Rumour and the Boomtown Rats).

The sessions, though grueling and far longer than any the band had undertaken at the time, were productive: Mutt’s work ethic meshed well with AC/DC’s, and the band even learned from his techniques. “He was meticulous about sound, getting right guitars and drums,” Angus Young later told Mojo. “He would zero in—and he was good too on the vocal side. Even Bon [Scott, lead singer> was impressed with how he could get his voice to sound.”

Released in the summer of 1979, Highway To Hell became the first AC/DC album to reach the Top 20 of Billboard’s album chart, and the title track marked their first appearance on the magazine’s Hot 100 survey. It also became the band’s third Top 20 album in their native Australia, and their first Top 10 in England. In a retrospective review published by Rolling Stone in 2003, the album was lauded for helping the group “graduate from the back of the bar to the front of the arena…the songs are more compact, the choruses fattened by rugby-team harmonies.” The magazine ranked Highway To Hell No. 197 on its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Unfortunately, the band’s biggest success yet was followed by their greatest setback: Bon Scott, AC/DC’s iconic frontman, died less than a year after its release. Against all odds, and with the encouragement of Scott’s family, the band pressed on; their next album, 1980’s Back In Black (also produced by Mutt Lange and featuring vocalist Brian Johnson), became one of the biggest-selling albums of all time. But it was Bon’s triumphant, final statement in Highway To Hell that established AC/DC as a rock ‘n’ roll force to be reckoned with—a fact that still stands to this day.

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