Wednesday, December 12, 2007

456. AC/DC - Back In Black (1980)

Track Listing

1. Hell's Bells
2. Shoot To Thrill
3. What Do You Do For Money Honey
4. Given The Dog A Bone
5. Let Me Put My Love Into You
6. Back In Black
7. You Shook Me All Night Long
8. Have A Drink On Me
9. Shake A Leg
10. Rock 'n' Roll Ain't Noise Pollution


Wow, look at those song titles, none more crass. And yet, and yet... This is a really fun album, It is hard for a band in a genre I pretty much dislike to make me bob my head at most songs and if AC/DC are experts at something it is shitting little gold nuggets. Particularly the deservedly famous Back In Black and You Shook Me All Night Long, which are supremely catchy tracks.

This wouldn't be an album that I would put on if I was by myself, but two summers ago while DJing a private 80's party I did include both Back In Black and You Shook Me All Night Long because they are both such fun little things. And I can tell you people were dancing to them.

AC/DC are pretty much lowest common denominator music, but that implies that it is hard to dislike at least some tracks by them whoever you are. Still, as an album it is probably too much, I'd stick to the singles and even then only a couple of them at any given time. After a full album you are actually quite tired of them. Still, fun.

Track Highlights

1. Back In Black
2. You Shook Me All Night Long
3. Hells Bells
4. Given The Dog A Bone

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

Back in Black contained some of AC/DC's biggest hits, including the title track "Back In Black", "Hells Bells," and "You Shook Me All Night Long". Angus Young has stated that the album's all-black cover was a "sign of mourning" for Scott, as black is the traditional color of mourning. It went on to become AC/DC's most popular album, the fifth best-selling album of all time, and the biggest selling album by any band, with more than 42 million copies sold worldwide. In 2006 Back in Black was certified by the Recording Industry Association of America as the fifth best-selling album in the United States, with 21 million copies sold. Despite its massive commercial success, it is not AC/DC's highest charting album, peaking at #4; their next album, For Those About to Rock We Salute You, hit #1 in 1982.

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