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AC/DC's 'Back in Black' - a retrospective

Monday, July 25: 5:50 p.m.
Posted by Jason Hanley

On July 25, 1980 AC/DC released Back In Black, an album that became an instant classic and is still one of the top selling rock albums worldwide.  It is not hard to hear why.  In the liner notes to the 2003 re-issue of the album David Fricke wrote that “Back In Black was, and still is, a marvel of rock & roll synchronicity.”  The record features songs that are still classic rock anthems today including “You Shook Me All Night Long” and “Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution.”  Produced by rock legend John “Mutt” Lange, the entire forty-two minutes are filled with heavy melodic guitar riffs, a steady pounding rock rhythm section, and the gritty, screeching voice of…Brian Johnson.

The story of Johnson’s role as lead singer is what pushes Back In Black past the realm of classic albums and into the space of rock mythology.  The album was a rebirth for the band only months after previous lead singer Bon Scott passed away February 19, 1980.  At the time, it seemed amazing that AC/DC could find a new singer who captured the passion, growl, and attitude of Scott’s voice – a voice that was at ...


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