Original Release: 1980

There are several reasons why BACK IN BLACK is the first album to be reviewed on this 2007 version of Site Of The Hydra. It's not just that BACK IN BLACK is one of the greatest album's ever, and is probably the biggest selling Metal album of all time, etc. You see, BACK IN BLACK was the first vinyl album I ever owned, and thus will always hold a special place in my musical life.

I'd guess that I was about 13 years old when I bought this vinyl. I still have that very vinyl, and while it is showing signs of wear'n'tear (due to being played so often, till I finally gave in and joined the Compact Disc revolution sometime during the mid-90s) it is still a much treasured item. It will forever remind me of the start of my personal little journey through all these years of Metal...

The album was originally released in an all black cover, featuring an embossed logo and title. This was as a mark of respect to the great BON SCOTT, who sadly passed away during February 1980. The vocals on BACK IN BLACK are handled by BRIAN JOHNSON. There is, and always has been, a lot of debate over the BON and BRIAN era's. So before we go any further, I'd just like to point out that I personally equally enjoy both! All the AC/DC albums are fantastic. In fact, AC/DC are probably the only band on the planet who have never even made a bad song!

Musically, this is probably the perfect album. I've been listening to it for over 25 years now, and I sure cannot find any fault with it! Like all the AC/DC albums, it features the fantastic rhythm section foundation for ANGUS to show us how a guitar should be played, and BRIAN JOHNSON's vocals are amazing.

After the above, you may be surprised to know that BACK IN BLACK is probably only my second favourite AC/DC album - stay tuned to find out which album could possibly top it!

Side A
Hells Bells
Shoot To Thrill
What Do You Do For Money Honey
Givin' The Dog A Bone
Let Me Put My Love Into You
Side B
Back In Black
You Shook Me All Night Long
Have A Drink On Me
Shake A Leg
Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution
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