Iron Man 2 is a soundtrack album for the 2010 film of the same name consisting of music by Australian hard rock band AC/DC. It was released on April 19, 2010. Iron Man 2: Original Motion Picture Score, a separate film score album featuring music composed by John Debney, was released on July 20, 2010.
The album consists of fifteen tracks originally released on ten different albums between 1975 and 2008, with the music drawn almost equally from the Bon Scott and Brian Johnson eras of AC/DC. Some of the material was remixed by Mike Fraser for possible inclusion in the film, but, of the songs included on the album, only "Shoot to Thrill" and "Highway to Hell" were ultimately featured in the film, while "Thunderstruck", "War Machine", and "The Razors Edge" were used in trailers and commercials; "Back in Black" had been featured in Iron Man (2008). Like the soundtrack album for Stephen King's 1986 film Maximum Overdrive, which is titled Who Made Who and also exclusively features music by AC/DC, Iron Man 2 has been seen as,
"a companion piece to a movie about a Marvel Comics hero who takes care of business with heavy fists, steel will, and righteous fury."
The album was a commercial success, reaching number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States and number 2 in the United Kingdom. It was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
The album was met with mixed reviews from critics. Some praised the album's selection of songs and its faithful reproduction of the band's classic sound, while others criticized the album for being too much of a greatest hits compilation and for lacking any new material.
Despite the mixed reviews, Iron Man 2 was a commercial success and helped to introduce AC/DC to a new generation of fans. The album's success also led to a resurgence of interest in the band's back catalog, and to a number of new tours and live albums.
|Original Release: 2010.
|Catalog No: 88697661581.
|Size: 12" Double Vinyl Record.