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Most critics complain Back in Black, the album AC/DC recorded after the death of their original lead screamer Bon Scott, is ridiculously juvenile, obvious, snickering, bludgeoning, derivative, single-minded about sex and booze, a big cartoon. All true, of course, and--on rock 'n' ragers like "What Do You Do For Money Honey," "You Shook Me All Night Long," and the title track--all great. As Scott's replacement Brian Johnson reminds us, loud and crunchy, no-holds-barred "rock and roll ain't noise pollution...it makes good, good sense." Never trust anyone who refuses to drink domestic beer, laugh at the Three Stooges, or crank Back in Black. --David Cantwell

Customer Reviews:

  • AC/DC Back In Black
    One of the greatest rock and roll albums ever! A must have for everyone! If you do not have this one yet, what are you waiting for? If you had a choice for the 3 best albums ever, this would definately be one of them!...more info
  • Best AC/DC Album Ever!!
    Back in Black was the first AC/DC album that I ever bought, and it instantly made me a fan of AC/DC for life. They are definately one of the greatest rock bands to ever grace the planet, and they're one of my favorite rock bands as well. I got this album about nine years back, and it's been one of my favorite albums since then, and I still listen to it to this day forward. I would also go on to collect all of AC/DC's albums since then including other classics such as Highway to Hell (1979), Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1976), For Those About To Rock We Salute You (1981), and The Razor's Edge (1990), but Back in Black is without question AC/DC's best album ever, as well as one of the best selling albums of all time. Released on July 21, 1980 Back in Black is 10 tracks of pure loud, raunchy, high octane, balls-out, straight-up hard rock from beginning to end. This is also the first AC/DC album to feature singer Brian Johnson who replaces the band's original singer Bon Scott who died on February 19th of that same year from heavy drinking. Brian's raspy style vocals are just awesome and very effective throughout this whole album. Angus Young's guitar solos are just excellent on here, he's always been one of my favorite lead guitarists, and his brother Malcom is also an awesome rhythm guitarist as well. Cliff Williams's bass is pretty good and it keeps up with the guitars just fine, and Phil Rudd's drumming is simple, but it sure gets the job done. I really like the sound of his drums on here.

    Every song on Back in Black is just excellent, and it also features some of AC/DC's biggest hits as well, including the slow, brooding opener "Hells Bells" which begins with slow tolling bells and then the great intro riff kicks in, and then the drums also kick in seconds later. I like Angus's solo around the 3:35 mark of the song. "Shoot to Thrill" is another big hit, and a faster high energy rocker. The chorus is just great, I like the one line "Too many women with too many pills". The riffs are great too as well as Angus's soloing. Other favorites on the album include track three "What Do You Do For Money Honey" and track five "Let Me Put My Love Into You". The title track "Back in Black" is another one of the band's best songs, and it's also a tribute to Bon Scott as well. The main guitar riff is just excellent, it's simply one of the most memorable riffs that I've heard on any song. Track seven "You Shook Me All Night Long" is another one of the band's big hit singles, and also one of the best hard rock songs ever. How could any hard rock fan not love a song like this? The main riff is just crunchy and addicting. Brian's vocals are great, especially in the chorus, and the solo by Angus is just awesome. This definately one of my favorite AC/DC songs ever, it just never gets old. Another one of my favorites "Have a Drink on Me" is an awesome, catchy blues rocker, and it's also a great song to listen to while rocking out or sipping on a cold beer (I prefer Coors Light). Track ten "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" is an excellent anthemic album closer with great lyrics and a solid, memorable sing-a-long chorus, and the guitarwork is great too. This is another one of my favorite songs on here, and an excellent way to end a classic rock masterpiece.

    Overall, Back in Black is an essential hard rock album that not only rocks hard, but it hits hard as well. No hard rock/metal cd collection should not be complete without a classic album like this. I highy recommend this album to any AC/DC fan young or old. If you're a newbie, hey this would definately be a great album to start with. Buy this album now, crank the volume up, and play it loud......more info
  • Move Over Britney! AC/DC Still Rocks Number 1! *****
    AC/DC Back in Black will forever be the greatest Album of all times! Even my kids who are just tweening and coming of age agree! This album is addictive, and brings back soo many happy, fond, memories!...more info
  • A Classic
    This is the Quintessential AC/DC album. Anyone who has heard an AC/DC song has probably heard one of the many hits from this album. I haven't gone to a wedding or Company Xmas party(with a DJ) where I haven't heard at least "You Shook Me All Night Long"!...more info
  • 5 Stars...c'mon, was there ever any doubt?
    AC/DC is one of those rare bands that all these years later, I can honestly say that I still enjoy listening to--almost as much as I did when I first heard it back in '80. It's also one of the ONLY bands that bring me and my oldest son together...something I cannot say about the music MY Father used to listen to.

    Debates have raged for YEARS over who is better, Brian or Bon...? Honestly I love 'em both. While to this day SOME people have a problem being able to distinguish between the two (and some of those people even consider themselves FANS), I noticed the difference the second Brian began singing on the very first track I heard, which I believe was the title track. It took all of maybe 45 seconds for me to become a total convert. As long as I can get that old AC/DC FEEL, I honestly didn't care who sang it.

    Originally Back In Black was a tribute album to the late Bon Scott, and at that point nobody in the band had a clue whether or not the record would be well received enough to warrant staying together or splitting up for good. I think virtually everyone was stunned to recoginize that not only did the band pull out all the stops with Back In Black, but the band was far from over. Good thing, too.

    This new incarnation is EVERY bit as impressive as everyone is saying it is. I think a LOT of us have heard so-called Re-Mastered CD's that just don't live up to the hype, but that certainly isn't the case here. Those of us who listen to detail almost to the point of being a Geek about it can tell you that the process mastered here with this version truly has out-done themselves. Kudos to the Producers who literally made magic happen. Crisp and clean, very clean. I've been in the broadcasting business now for nearly 20 years and one of the perks and also one of the downfalls is constantly hearing songs recorded digitally, and some older songs recorded analog-style just plain suck. It's painfully obvious when that hiss plays where a recording has or hasn't been either done or done well...but once again, for those of you who go out of your way to look for that sort of dynamic in the recordings you listen to, boy have you have GOT to listen to this one.

    While arguments will probably continue to soar over the inclusion of Back In Black as one of the Top-10 Greatest Heavy Metal albums of all time (in my opinion it VERY much deserves to be ON that list), there is NO doubt that this Re-Mastered version is (at this moment anyway) the cream of the crop. Worth EVERY penny for you to upgrade your collection....more info
  • Music to ROCK by!! Take THAT Metamorpho!
    Yo. It's me, Guido, the guide that rarely comes to the aid of that old goat Metamorpho. I'm tellin ya-that guy is bonkers. I'm here with his laptop at one of my favorite New Yawk singles bars-The Fishnet. Man-are the babes here hot or what???? Yous guys gotta join me for a round of drinks. Hot! I'm tellin ya!
    Yeah- I couldn't stand it no longer and took his computer to write a real review for a change. I dunno what happened to dat cranky Seer. Thought the psychedelic reviews ruled. But, as yous guys no, his taste in music now is waterlogged and lacks ENERGY BOOST!!! He coulda listened to me and reviewed good stuff like this. But no. Nevermind the asylum. The next stop for him will be the old folks home. I'm tellin' ya.
    I ain't good at tellin' the history of AC/DC. Besides, yous nose all dat already. But, what I am good at is noing great heart pumping, mind-blasting, tough grinding ROCK MUSIC dat jolts your body into total aliveness! (Yes-even guides can feel alive-at times).
    Slow start to "Hells Bells" which then moves into dat famous rock groove. But don't relax peeps. No. Each cut here is gonna take you out to a steep, snowy slope, drop you a thousand feet and speed you along an endless glacia (not unlike the ice cube in Guido's drink).
    AC/DC are masters of the rock guitar riff. Listen to that tough lead on "Back in Black". I dunno. How great is great? Time and time they score. (My heroes in that department). Yo-listen to "Shoot to Thrill" and the hard thrust of the groove. This is livin' peeps. And they don't let up! "What Do You Do For the Money Honey" is more of the same. Moving Guido to a heightened sense of prowess! Ones gotta be bold and bring things to a point, if ya catch ma drift.
    Alot of dese songs are about women and sex, sex and women, women and women, and sex sex sex. Hey, let's not kid ourselves. Dese things are eternal-even in ma world. Guido's favorite is "Let Me Put My Love Into You" for obvious reasons.
    Peeps- ya can waste your time reading that wrinkly Seers reviews. Be ma guest. But he will never write a review about a crank-it-up Rock classic like "Back In Black". It is what good Rock is all about. No lame ballads, no moody crying, just right on, straight ahead tunes that grab ya and won't let go. Listen to it LOUD!! So loud that me and my group will hear it at The Fishnet. Oh yeah. You would all have fun with me around. Guaranteed.
    Anyway, gotta go. Bartender brought me my 6th drink and there's this gorgeous blonde in the corner givin' me the eye. Take ma werd-get "Back in Black". Tell em Guido sent ya. Time for me to go into action. Showtime!!!

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  • Still A Great Album
    This album belongs in every serious rocker's collection. A great, rocking album from one of the greatest rock bands ever....more info
  • This one definitely goes up to 11.
    What more can I say that hasn't already been said? This is one of the greatest hard rocking albums of all time. AC/DC sounds like they are playing on top of a cliff as lightning is striking in the background. I don't need to say any more. Buy it already....more info
  • After All These Years It's Still Going Strong
    It's hard to imagine that an album released 26 years ago, in August 1980, would still be selling hot to this very day. Many of the albums that first came out back then are either out of print or selling at a much slower rate now than they were in late 1980. Not this one. Australian band AC/DC's first production with Brian Johnson as the lead singer is still "flying off the shelves", if you would call it that. To this day, the album with the pitch-black cover and a title to match it have sold over 21 million copies in the USA alone, and about 40 million copies worldwide. In the USA, this number of copies would land "Back In Black" among the top 5 best-selling albums of all time, including all of the various editions and formats that have come out since 1980.

    This latest version of Back In Black is a new, improved version over the other editions, primarily regarding the package, and also the sound. The deluxe digipak includes pictures and information of the band, some of which were not seen before within the album jacket. Also, the sound quality has been enhanced, with more audible details and wider range of notes and the intensity of the beats. This is likely the result of new digital technology, which was not quite as developed in the early 1980s when the album was initially produced. Those listeners who have older editions in their collection along with this one can listen to them in succession and compare them. Then they can hear the difference for themselves.

    Within this package is a collection of ten great songs, some of which were released as singles in the USA, and many of which were heard on the radio. Each of these tracks shares the features of Brian's screaming vocals and the trademark guitar solo act, which is found about midway through each song. The album begins with the mid-tempo "Hell's Bells", which starts with a bell ringing, and then an instrumental intro joins the bell, and then Brian starts singing. If you count the bell, you will notice that it rings a total of 13 times. "Shoot To Thrill" follows, a fast-paced number which would make a good dance song for parties or night clubs. Next comes "What Do You Do For Money Honey", a moderately fast track in which Brian performs the verses, then screams the chorus with a higher-pitched voice. Here the guitar solo is found both in the middle and at the end. Another moderately fast-paced selection, "Givin The Dog A Bone" comes afterward, where Brian first sings the verses; next he sings the title line and then the group echoes the title line in the chorus. This would also make a good dance song in parties or night clubs. Somewhat softer in volume and energy is "Let Me Put My Love Into You", in which the rest of the group joins Brian in singing a relatively melodic chorus, with good harmony. This piece slows down at the ending part, which concludes the first half of the album.

    The second half of the album (side two of the original LP or cassette, or starting with the 6th track of the CD) begins with the title track "Back In Black", a mid-paced song with a prominent rhythm. Perhaps this song has significance for the group, in which they make a come-back with the new singer after the death of their first singer, Bon Scott. It was a hit in the USA. Another popular hit is "You Shook Me All Night Long", a creative and well-written love song, in which Brian sings the verses and everybody joins in for the melodic chorus. This piece has a good strong beat throughout, after the distinctive guitar intro. "Have A Drink On Me" is the B-side of the previous track (on the 45 vinyl single), which also has a powerful beat and could be a good party song. "Shake A Leg" is a fantastic dance song, which begins in a stop/start fashion but then picks up the pace. A good guitar accompaniment to the vocals evolves into a great guitar solo in the middle with fast picking and phenomenal fretwork. The album ends with "Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution", which starts out with a slow pounding beat and a lecture. This relatively slow-paced song makes a statement in response to criticism of rock and roll, and portrays a great finale to this musical production.

    This album comes after the untimely death of Bon Scott, the previous lead singer for this renowned group. Many bands might have decided to end their production of albums and songs after losing a member, especially the lead singer, but AC/DC did not give up after this tragedy. Instead, they found a singer who could fill the role once held by Bon Scott (though he could never actually replace the original singer himself: there will never be another Bon Scott). With his own unique voice and manner of presentation, Brian Johnson has the high energy and driven vocal style that proved suitable for an AC/DC lead singer. This album, "Back In Black", demonstrates that with its phenomenal sales volume and popularity. Music which is still enjoyed by long-time fans and sought out by newer listeners (many of whom were probably not even born yet when the album was originally produced) many years after its original appearance would earn the label "classic". "Back In Black" certainly deserves this honorable title....more info
  • Good as Gold
    The entire album is good, head banging, body rocking fun that lifts you out of your chair and onto the floor to shake it, shake it, shake it, shake it, shake it! I love all kinds of music. My heart, though, belongs to rock, and this is the bruising, sexy rock that I missed during my R & B and Rap years. But, I'm Back...In Black!...more info
  • One of the best
    This is the first album with new lead singer Brian Johnso. He is way more amazing than Bon. no offense Bon, but when brian came in, AC/DC became rock stars. Back in Black is on the top 5 best selling cds in america and world-wide. They released three singles on this record. Hells Bells, Back in Black and You shook me all night long. My personal favorite is Shoot To Thrill and Given The Dog A Bone. Most critics critisize it for being but a sex album. Which is true, like You shook me all night long, What do you do For money honey, Let Me Put My Love Into You. This is the album that made me listen to more older music. When I played this and the first track Hells Bells, the sound was so freakin amazing...more info
  • GREAT,THE LEAD SINGER IS ONE OF THE BEST
    BACK IN BLACK IS ONE OF THE BEST HARD ROCK ALBUMS EVER.IT IS AMONGST MY TEN FAVOURITE ALBUMS ALONG WITH HIGHWAY TO HELL.I REALLY MISS BON SCOTT,EVEN THOUGH BRIAN JOHNSON DOES A GREAT JOB.HE IS MUCH BETTER THAN MARK KNOPFLER WHO JUST CANT SING AT ALL.THIS ALBUM IS A MASTER PIECE AND IS VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED....more info
  • Rightfully one of the greatest albums and examples of triumph over tragedy 28 years on
    AC/DC's sixth US release Back In Black is one of rock's all-time classic records.
    Released in July of 1980, this album was a classic case of triumph over tragedy. After the death of lead singer Bon Scott (their larger than life frontman) from an accidental drinking binge, the band were faced at quitting. However, it was Bon's own parents who recommended that the band soldier on.
    Guitarists Angus and Malcolm Young, bass player Cliff Williams and drummer Phil Rudd enlisted Welsh born singer Brian Johnson and soldiered on. The band relocated to Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas with returning producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange and engineer Tony Platt to record this classic masterpiece. Instead of going reggae or carribean (whereas many bands who went there experimented with some carribean sounds, save ELP who recorded their album Love Beach at that same studio in 1978), Back in Black was all about the three fundamentals of rock and roll. Sex, drugs and rock n' roll and Brian screams rather than sings.
    The opening "Hell's Bells" is a masterpiece with lead guitarist Angus' guitar riff. The bell at the intro came to the band whilst Malcolm was in the restroom and was recorded at a bell foundry in England as the album was being mixed in New York. "Shoot to Thrill" was inspired by the old Western movies and instead of guns, guitars are the weapons for the rock and roll outlaws. The following three tracks "What Do You Do For Money Honey", "Given the Dog a Bone" and "Let Me Put My Love Into You" are all great rockers which still sound great today.
    The album's second half kicks off with the title track which came about from a riff on the Highway to Hell tour and was another Top 40 hit for the band. The Top 40 hit "You Shook Me All Night Long" is a classic despite the fact Mutt wanted less words but AC/DC outvoted him. "Have A Drink On Me" is a great riff from rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young and is a great send-off to Bon. "Shake a Leg" is next and is a killer rocker. The closing "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" is a kiss-off to the band's critics with a classic evangelist parody from Brian at the intro.
    The album became AC/DC's first US Top 5 album (hitting #4 in the fall of 1980) and is their biggest seller (21 million copies and counting in the US alone). In 2003, a new remaster was released and the sonic quality and booklet is phenomenal and the digi-pak art reminds me of the original LP sleeve.
    Highly recommended! ...more info
  • Bon who??
    Best album by ACDC I loved Bon Scott but Brian Johnson is a one in a million replacement. Its so rare for lightning to strike twice for a group after a lead singer goes but here it did. 5 stars best of the best!!!!!!...more info
  • Best AC/DC Album
    I know some would argue Highway To Hell is the best(which I also like) but Back In Black has more hits.I recently bought the remastered version because my original I bought in 1986 was scratched up,the remastered version doesn't sound any better but the Digi-Pak is cool.I wish they still made HDCD because they were 20bit as opposed to 16bit....more info
  • Still a classic!
    Bought this for my 11 & 8 year old boys and they love it. Brings me back to the late 70's or early 80's when I was starting to listen to Rock....more info
  • it rocks, man.
    man, this album rocks, man. that naughty schoolboy angus young, man he rocks! he should be in school studying, man. but, man, he ain't. he's on stage rocking, man. school is for fools, man. get a guitar and rock. an if you can't rock. then get this album and rock to it, man. don't take no bollocks from no one, man. rock on....more info
  • Rock, y
    Los rumores apuntan a que Bon Scott dej¨® escritas las canciones de este disco antes de morir ahogado en su propio v¨®mito tras una fuerte borrachera. Parec¨ªa imposible superar "Higway to hell", pero "Back in black" es la cima no s¨®lo de la banda, sino de todo un g¨¦nero m¨²sical: el heavy metal nunca volver¨¢ a significar lo mismo que en la d¨¦cada de los ochenta. El cambio de compa?¨ªa ha demostrado que los japoneses (Epic) son m¨¢s cuidadosos y cari?osos con sus ediciones que los dinosauros de Atlantic....more info
  • AL RESCATE DEL ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    QUE EPOCA PODRIDA LOS 80 PARA EL ROCK....MUCHO TECLADITO Y PEINADOS RAROS..PERO HACIA FALTA ESTA OBRA MAESTRA EN ESOS TIEMPOS ...Y POR QUE NO AHORA???? EXCELENTE SUCESION DE TEMAS QUE DESTROZAN LAS MOLECULAS DE OXIGENO QUE RONDAN TU CABEZA Y QUE ESTUPIDAMENTE OXIDAS.. CUANTA CRUDEZA, ARROGANCIA, CALENTURA, POLENTA Y DESENFADO ESCUPEN ESTOS TEMAS.. ESPECIAL PARA ENCENDER CUALQUIER NOCHE DE ESAS EN QUE ESTAS TIRADO SIN SABER DONDE CORRER...QUE PODRIAS HACER POR DINERO, NENA? DEJAME PONER MI AMOR EN TI...SACUDE LAS PIERNAS...QUE MAS LE PODRIAMOS DECIR A UNA MUJER????? JA, JA, NO , NO ES EXCESO DE MACHISMO.....ES SOLO ROCK N ROLL Y A MI ME GUSTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!...more info
  • A classic that should be in any rocker's collection
    Why would anybody consider buying this? You should already own it! I am ashamed of you that you are reading reviews and considering one of the absolute classic rock and roll albums. I hope that either your previous copy wore out, you are 12 years old and just being introduced to this or you just arrived from another planet and know nothing about culture.

    BANG YOUR HEAD AND ROCK ON DUDE!...more info
  • THE GREATEST HARD ROCK ALBUM OF ALL TIME!
    Actually, Led Zeppelin's catalog surpasses any other band's in terms of musical quality, but for an album that is focused on balls to the wall hard rock, Back in Black is IT. Nearly every song is killer, no filler. Well, for me "Let Me Put My Love Into You Baby" and "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" are kind of lame, but the strength of the other tracks just demolishes any of the album's weaknesses. Everybody knows the greatness of "Hells Bells", the title song and "You Shook Me...", but I think an overlooked song is "Have A Drink On Me"...THE GREATEST HARD ROCK SONG EVER! I thought that when I was 14 (when I bought the album) and still think that today (I'm now 41). A bluesy, killer intro riff, catchy chord changes...and that passage from where it builds up after the solo into that SCORCHING last verse (kind of like a bridge at the end of the song)...KICKS A*S!!! That song alone is worth twice the price of the whole album!

    So if you're only going to buy one AC/DC album, this is it, hands down. 20 million buyers of this disc are not wrong....more info
  • AC/DC Back In Black
    After being sad about Bon Scotts death AC/DC set out too find the replacement singer. They soon found what they were looking for, Brian Johnson and than set out work on there biggest album too date 1980's Back In Black. By the time they were done recording it they had 10 hard rock tracks that were destined too sell such classics as, "Hells Bells", "Shoot To Thrill", "Back In Black", to the hard rock ballad, "You Shook Me All Night Long", things never stop rocking on here. Though its not the same as Bon Scott era AC/DC i think it lives up too that. Too date this album has sold over 25 million copies worldwide and still sells to this date. And its actullay a silent tribute too Bon Scott. It truly was the beginning of an era and era thats still living to this day with AC/DC's upcoming realese, "Black Ice"....more info
  • it shook me
    The single, "Shook me all night long," was what got me hooked on AC/DC. The groove, the sound, even the odd-ball vocals had me paying attention.

    This album is hands down a rival for their best work. It's energetic, entertaining, and sounds good at any volume. Sure, it's "meat and potatoes" rock, but it doesn't need anything fancy.

    Kick back, crank it up, and enjoy!...more info
  • Mello AC
    Rumored to stand for "Away from Christ/Devil's Children" or "both ways," this is a mellower offering with some hits from the MTV video period. Among the best albums the band has done, they're arguably even bigger today than they were in their prime. Not seriously satanic, or even intimidating. ...more info
  • Excellent
    The CD arrived in the condition described by the seller in a timely fashion. Excellent!...more info
  • <<< FEEL >>>
    So many bands consider AC/DC music as simple three chord blues but this is just not accurate enough. So many bands try to cover these classic songs but they never get it right or hammer it home. The reason of course is what is called "feel". The sound of this album is so atmospheric, you could cut it with a knife. You can feel the sadness, the anger and despair of losing Bon. You can feel the sense of urgency to make what had to be the best product of their career and what you get out of listening to this is an education. You learn exactly why AC/DC has outsold The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, and even the mighty Led Zeppelin because the music is never pretentious. It never tries to be more than just what it is which is good time, hard driving sweat soaked rock and roll and it is sincere.

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  • I think you're an idiot.
    Obviously, the person who wrote the review below me knows absolutely jack squat about music... apparently Led Zeppelin, Queen, Pink Floyd and AC/DC must pale in comparison to his bands... I bet he thinks The Who and The Beatles suck too.

    Long story short, for anyone out there that appreciates music at all, you must buy this album. Music these days is so overproduced and overpitched to kids that it's almost a crime against humanity. From the moment this album starts to the final chord it's all classic rock and roll. "Shoot to Thrill" is probably one of the greatest songs ever made. Blast it in your car and drive down an interstate... you'll probably get a speeding ticket, but it's worth it. Keep on rocking....more info