AC/DC - Back in Black

2009-08-18 08:14
With lead singer Bon Scott succumbing to an alcohol induced demise in early 1980, few people would've expected hard rockers AC/DC to deliver the goods on the follow up to their gold-selling debut Highway to Hell (1979). Down and out they might've been, but in new vocalist Brian Johnson the Young brothers, Angus and Malcolm found the perfect voice to re-ignite their hard rock 'n roll revolution.

With the reclusive and all round studio eccentric, South African born producer "Mutt" Lange at the helm, AC/DC were not afraid to wear their downbeat mood on their sleeves honing their hard rock rifferama into new heights of high voltage exhilaration. Anthems such as the strident "Back in Black" alternate with spectral hymns like "Hell's Bells" while mellower moods ("Shoot to Thrill") slide into full throttle war cries ("Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution"). And then of course, there's the Led Zeppelin delirium of "You Shook Me All Night Long" and the death is not the end dirge of the wake elegy "Have a Drink on Me."

Thanks to Epic securing the American rights to the AC/DC back catalogue, Back in Black finally receives a reissue worthy of its cult status. While the lush digi-pack replete with comprehensive notes, rare and exclusive photographs is definitely tailored towards the trainspotting collectors market, the sheer visceral exhilaration of the remastered sound is worth the price of re-admission alone.

Epic have given AC/DC's 1980 cult classic the re-issue it deserves. It's lush extras and remastered sound are sure please fans and collectors alike.

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