Johnson, Brian

Band members               Related acts

- Brian Johnson - vocals




- Geordie





Genre: rock

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Strange Man

Company: MCA

Catalog: MCA-5351

Year: 1982

Country/State: UK

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG+

Comments: still in shrink wrap; opened and played once; lower right corner is creased

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4731

Price: $9.00

Cost: $66.00


Success has a way of breeding success.  That seems to be the case with Brian Johnson.  Prior to replacing Bon Scott in AC/DC Johnson had spent the mid-1970s fronting the band Geordie.  While the band was quite popular in their native Australia, they couldn't get arrested throughout the rest of the world.  That all changed post-"Back In Black".  


While the liner notes are scant, 1982's "Strange Man" serves to pull together ten tracks from the 1974-77 Geordie catalog.  Largely penned by  guitarist Vic Malcolm, I have to admit that material such as ''Got To Know' , 'Give You Till the Morning' and 'Ain't It Just Like a Woman' is surprisingly good in a radio friendly Zepplin influenced way.  Elsewhere Johnson's instantly recognizable voice makes it easy to see why AC/DC grabbed him.  While virtually every one of these ten tracks is worth hearing, though I'm a little puzzled with the track selection.  None of Geordie's mid-1970s glam-influenced hits are includes ('All Because of You' and 'Can You Do It).  Still, the album should appeal to AC/DC fans and anyone who likes stuff like Def Leppard.

"Strange Man" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Got To Know   (Vic Malcolm) - 3:21

2.) So What   (Vic Malcolm) - 4:10

3.) Mama's Going To Take You Home  (Rob Huxley - S. Birnbach) - 2:55

4.) Give You Till Morning   (Vic Malcolm) - 3:50

5.) Ain't It Just Like a Woman   (Vic Malcolm) - 3:50


(side 2)
1.) She's a Teaser   (Vic Malcolm - Joe D'Ambrose) - 3:17

2.) Strange Man   (Vic Malcolm) - 3:28

3.) Can You Do It   (Vic Malcolm) - 3:10

4.) All Because of You   (Vic Malcolm) - 2:48

5.) House of the Rising Sun (traditional arrangement) - 4:56




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