“Iron Man 2” (Soundtrack) by AC/DC

Artist: AC/DC
Title: “Iron Man 2” (Soundtrack)
Label: Sony Music
Release Date: 4/19/2010
Genre: Heavy Metal/Hard Rock
Rating: 4.5/5

As I’ve noted in a number of postings on the websites companion blog “PiercingMetal Musings”, we are BIG fans of the comic book medium here at the Metal Command HQ and that same mentality applies to any big budget film that relates to the stuff. A few short weeks ago saw the release of “Iron Man 2” from Marvel Studios and this is the third film in what is proving to be a wonderful connected universe. It stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man if you are not up to speed and he is perfect for the role. It’s been super cool to see this character on the big screen and I remain hopeful about what is coming down the creative pike from the studio. Now this review is not about the film but the soundtrack that accompanies it since it’s a collection of AC/DC tunes and in some sense can be considered a sequel to their “Who Made Who” album. That was a Greatest Hits Compilation for a film called “Maximum Overdrive” and I should admit that while I own the CD I never, ever saw the film. Let’s go over what is to be found on this release.

The first thing you might notice is that the album is missing some clear staple numbers and that is because they were on “Who Made Who” and I think that at the end of the day I prefer that to be the case. Why repeat yourself and cause buyer hesitation. Personally speaking I like buying the hits compilations since it’s something good for trips and as presents to those who might not yet have a command in a bands catalog for some reason. The second thing to notice is that unlike “Who Made Who”, the “Iron Man 2” soundtrack features “8” songs by the late great Bon Scott. This allows for a lot deeper inclusions which is never a bad thing in my mind. I was always more the fan of the bands overall “hits” as opposed to knowing any of the deep cuts but I was still a fan when it came down to it. I never got to see Bon in concert with the band but am so glad that he lives on is so many incredible songs. For me, many of the favorites are present in equal portion to those that I never gave enough attention to. Having them here on this album allows them to educate me more on other areas of the bands catalog. There is nothing wrong with that.

I made sure to wait until I had seen the film to do this quick overview because I figured you would want my thoughts on it as a supporter of the Marvel Universe. I have to say that I felt this film was okay at best with some good moments and some bad. The villain is Whiplash who I never liked in the Iron Man comics. I’m not sure why we haven’t gotten Mandarin or Titanium Man, Crimson Dynamo etc. There are a few bigger bads in Tony Starks world. There are some new characters introduced which allows for expansion of the universe which is great and oh yeah there is a bonus scene after the credits so don’t leave once they begin. Closing up if you need an additional solid hits compilation it’s safe to add this one to your library.

Track Listing:
1. Shoot to Thrill from “Back in Black” (1980)
2. Rock ‘n’ Roll Damnation from “Powerage” (1978)
3. Guns for Hire from “Flick of the Switch” (1983)
4. Cold Hearted Man from “Powerage” (1978)
5. Back in Black from “Back in Black” (1980)
6. Thunderstruck from “The Razors Edge” (1990)
7. If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It) from “Highway to Hell” (1979)
8. Evil Walks from “For Those About to Rock We Salute You” (1981)
9. T.N.T. from “T.N.T.” (1975)
10. Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be from “Let There Be Rock” (1977)
11. Have a Drink on Me from “Back in Black” (1980)
12. The Razors Edge from “The Razors Edge” (1990)
13. Let There Be Rock from “Let There Be Rock” (1977)
14. War Machine from “Black Ice” (2008)
15. Highway to Hell from “Highway to Hell” (1979)

Official Website: http://www.acdc.com
Official Film Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Man_2

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