AC/DC - Back In Black (Vinyl)

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Back in Black is the seventh studio album by Australian rock band AC/DC. It was released on 25 July 1980 by Albert Productions and Atlantic Records. It is the band's first album to feature lead singer Brian Johnson, following the death of previous lead singer Bon Scott.
After the commercial breakthrough of their 1979 album Highway To Hell, AC/DC was planning to record a follow-up, but in February 1980, Scott died from alcohol poisoning after a drinking binge. Instead of disbanding, they decided to continue on and recruited Johnson, who was previously vocalist for Geordie.
The album's all-black cover was designed as a "sign of mourning" for Scott.
As their sixth international studio release, Back in Black was an unprecedented success. It has sold an estimated 50 million copies worldwide, and is one of the best-selling albums in music history. The band supported the album with a yearlong world tour, cementing them among the most popular music acts of the early 1980s. The album also received positive critical reception during its initial release, and it has since been included on numerous lists of "greatest" albums.

 



Where I grew up (all over Maine, USA), upon release this album was practically handed out to every male with hair down to or past their shoulders and every female who believed in the psychic power of the camel toe. After that it was given to you moments after birth, usually on cassette.

AC/DC are my brother's favorite band (mine was Black Sabbath). As such, I heard everything they recorded up to Fly on the Wall. I was really, really sick of them by then and most especially Back in Black, as it was an omnipresent sound in rural Maine living. Everywhere you went, there it was: "I'M BAHAHAHAHACK!! BAHAHAHAHACK!! I'M BACKIN' BLACK!! YES I"M BACK IN BLAAACKUH!"

Angus Young's hard as nails power chording and terse blues attack solos, Phil Rudd's artless four to the floor drumming, Malcolm Young and Cliff Williams ultra-steady rhythms and Brian Johnson's Marlboro Man at 70 howl; it all combined to sound like fascism to me. I hated it.

It wasn't until Rick Rubin turned AC/DC's formula into a kind of folk art (see his late 80's production work with The Cult, Danzig, and Four Horsemen among others) that the power of this simple idea came into focus for me. While I won't say it made me fall in love with them, it did garner them a measure of respect that I didn't afford them prior as, in regards to straight up, balls out hard rock, Back in Black is hard to beat.

Twenty five years on from their domination of hesher culture, I can hear any number of AC/DC albums and relish in their no frills power.

By: Marshottenot.


A1 Hells Bells
A2 Shoot To Thrill
A3 What Do You Do For Money Honey
A4 Givin The Dog A Bone
A5 Let Me Put My Love Into You
B1 Back In Black
B2 You Shook Me All Night Long
B3 Have A Drink On Me
B4 Shake A Leg
B5 Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution



Band logo and album title are embossed on the front of matte cover. Comes with printed innersleeve. 1xLP 180g heavyweight vinyl reissue.
Originally released as Atlantic 16018 on July 25, 1980