Back in Black [DualDisc]

Back in Black [DualDisc]

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by AC/DC

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These Australian hooligans could have folded up their tent and skulked off into oblivion after the death of charismatic frontman Bon Scott, but they chose option B, which meant downing a few bottles of "sustenance," enlisting an even more over-the-top singer, and recording this balls-out disc. New recruit Brian Johnson wasted no time in letting people know that he…  See more details below


These Australian hooligans could have folded up their tent and skulked off into oblivion after the death of charismatic frontman Bon Scott, but they chose option B, which meant downing a few bottles of "sustenance," enlisting an even more over-the-top singer, and recording this balls-out disc. New recruit Brian Johnson wasted no time in letting people know that he intended to stay the debauched course, yowling through anthem after hedonistic anthem, including "You Shook Me All Night Long," "Let Me Put My Love into You," and, of course, the massive title track. Yes, there's a nod to their fallen comrade -- the mournfully tolling bell and jagged guitar intro to "Hell's Bells" -- but AC/DC apparently figured that Scott would be best remembered by carrying his torch (as well as his libido and liquor stash) on and on. Two decades later, that decision seems wiser than ever. A pure trash-rock classic.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The first sound on Back in Black is the deep, ominous drone of church bells -- or "Hell's Bells," as it were, opening the album and AC/DC's next era with a fanfare while ringing a fond farewell to Bon Scott, their late lead singer who partied himself straight to hell. But this implies that Back in Black is some kind of tribute to Scott, which may be true on a superficial level -- black is a funeral cover, hell's bells certainly signify death -- but this isn't filled with mournful songs about the departed. It's a more fitting tribute, actually, since AC/DC not only carried on without him, but they delivered a record that to the casual ear sounds like the seamless successor to Highway to Hell, right down to how Brian Johnson's screech is a dead ringer for Scott's growl. Most listeners could be forgiven for thinking that Johnson was Scott, but Johnson is different than Bon. He's driven by the same obsessions -- sex and drink and rock & roll, basically -- but there isn't nearly as much malevolence in his words or attitude as there was with Scott. Bon sounded like a criminal, Brian sounds like a rowdy scamp throughout Back in Black, which helps give it a real party atmosphere. Of course, Johnson shouldn't be given all the credit for Back in Black, since Angus and Malcolm carry on with the song-oriented riffing that made Highway to Hell close to divine. Song for song, they deliver not just mammoth riffs but songs that are anthems, from the greasy "Shoot to Thrill" to the pummeling "Back in Black," which pales only next to "You Shook Me All Night Long," the greatest one-night-stand anthem in rock history. That tawdry celebration of sex is what made AC/DC different from all other metal bands -- there was no sword & sorcery, no darkness, just a rowdy party, and they never held a bigger, better party than they did on Back in Black.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

AC/DC   Primary Artist
Brian Johnson   Vocals
Phil Rudd   Drums
Cliff Williams   Bass
Angus Young   Guitar
Malcolm Young   Guitar

Technical Credits

John H. Jackson   Producer
Brian Johnson   Composer
Robert John "Mutt" Lange   Producer
Tony Platt   Engineer
Angus Young   Composer
Malcolm Young   Composer
David Fricke   Liner Notes
Bob Defrin   Art Direction
Sean Evans   Art Direction
Michael Rubenstein   Producer
Kryssy Bloch   Design Producer
Dana Austin   Executive Producer
Nahum Chiappa   Sequencers
Mike Nack   Authoring
Marc Stecker   Authoring

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Back in Black 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was given this album for my 10th birthday. I had been exposed to elvis and the Beatles, but nothing like this. It changed my view of rock forever and led me to find many other bands, but it has always been my favorite album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is one of the best examples of guitar masterry avaliable. An all-around great piece of work, the riffs will send chills down your spine, along with Brian Johnson's screaching vioce. A must-have for any fan of rock and roll, this was a breakthrough album that started all of the new stuff you hear on the radio today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best AC/DC CD out there featuring one of their best songs ''Back In Black''. This CD will have you rocking all night long. Heavy Metal at its best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
back in black is deffitly oneincredible and verry great cd that ac/dc ever created all 10tracks are true rockers and the whole thing jams all the waythrew also brain johnsons volcalsare awesome and great gutairplaying by angus young and malcomyoung and the shakeing bass ofcliff wilams and the earthquakeand rattle shakeing drums byphill rudd is an true rockn rollwinner put all 5 of these forcestoghter and you will know thatac/dc is one of the best heavey metal bands of all time
Guest More than 1 year ago
Back In Black is the Best Hard Rock Album of All Time Period. It still blows you away 22 years after its release. If your looking for love ballads, get lost.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Back in Black is not only the best AC DC album ever, but it is also one of the best heavy metal albums ever. This is a true classic that should be in every metal fan's music collection, this disk will never get old to listen to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ths CD is definitely a must have for all AC-DC fans. Classic rock is a lot better than the new stuff.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can not get enough of this CD. Period. I am speechless and annoyed that I can't listen to it every moment of every second!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd rocks. You can't go wrong with a album like this by one of rock's greatest bands ever to pick up a microphone and a guitar.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Listen to me, if you are any type of rock fan, or even any type of music fan at all, you've got to have this cd. I don't care if you hate AC/DC, this cd is incredible, and it is obviously their best selling album ever. Without Brian Johnson singing this, it wouldn't have been anywhere near the success it was. Don't get me wrong, Bon Scott was good, but Brian is about 4 times as good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I own every AC/DC album to date, and this one is still the best. Brian Johnson was the best replacement for Bon Scott, and proves it on Hells Bells, and Back In Black. Every single song on here is a winner, You Shook Me All Night Long being the best, in my opinion. The title track, holding one of the most popular riffs in rock history, is the strongest point for Angus Young on this album. AC/DC explores new heights in pop-rock with You Shook Me All night Long, being one of the most pop hook-laden tracks in history. this is one of the greatest albums of all time, and you dont have to be a huge rock fan in order to love this. This is classic rock, and nothing could be better than this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite album. If you like any kind of hard rock, buy this album. You'll thank me later.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're crazy about rock n' roll, then this album is a must. AC/DC is one of the greatest bands ever. This album is simply the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best CDs that I own. If you are into Rock and Heavy Metal check it out. I absolutely love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even more than any Led Zeppelin album (including 'Led Zeppelin IV'), this was the album that rocked a thousand high school parking lots across the nation (then again, Zep IV had close to a decade of holding the top spot before 'Back in Black' came out in 1980). I read somewhere that 'Back in Black' is the biggest-selling hard rock/metal album of all time (again, beating out Zep IV, or any Metallica album for that matter) and for good reason -- it was so accessible, the songs were memorable, almost pop (in comparison to any other decent hard rock/metal except for maybe MTV-era Aerosmith) and it just plain rocked like a rock band should.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd rocks!!!!!!! This has some of the best ac/dc songs of all time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is awesome the way you sing and play! My favorite songs are: Back In Black, Hells Bells and Have A Drink On Me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best album I have ever seen in my 13 years of life. AC/DC is one of my favorite bands,but this the best album ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Back in black is the best album i've ever bought. great songs its the best rock band that well live forever. Rock on
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most of this album is great exept for The fact that Johnson isnt as Good as Bon Scott, This would show in the latter years, But this is still the Bands Greatest Album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not just the biggest selling hard rock/metal album, this is the BIGGEST SELLING ALBUM BY ANY BAND IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. Bigger than any Led Zep, Beatles album. You can not consider yourself a true music fan if you do not on this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There was every reason it shouldn't have worked at all: Bon Scott was irreplaceable, for starters. What he lacked in certain "singer" areas, he more than made up for in others: an ex-drummer-turned-singer with an impeccable sense of time and phrasing. He was a skinny, naturally-cut Aussi whom one sensed wasn't playing -- he walked it like he talked it, for real. Naturally, like the pantheon of great drummers (Keith Moon, John Bonham et al) he did indeed drink himself to death. How could anyone possibly replace him? Cut to early autumn 1980 and a band who dearly missed their irreplaceable mate and yet knew they were at their prime. What should have surely spelled disaster for any band on the planet became, instead, an absolute classic of rock 'n roll. It has been said before, but bears repeating: if you don't own this album, you don't deserve to be called a rock 'n roller! Song for song, the band (perhaps no hard rock band) would never again equal the seamless, hungry flawlessness that is their first album with an unknown singer (Brian Johnson) replacing an iconic seasoned living legend (Bon Scott). A similar feat would never, EVER be repeated. Buy this album!
MetaLHeaD101 More than 1 year ago
this cd is just awesome just awesome i bought this cd and highway to hell and dirty deeds done dirt cheap and the two cd collection of ac/dc live this band is just perfect this band still blows me away even tho my favorite lead singer of ac/dc is no longer with us this band is just perfect just perfect