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  • At this point, I really don’t need to tell you the story behind “Back in Black.” You already know that it’s the first AC/DC album since founding member Bon Scott’s death and the first featuring replacing singer Brian Johnson. You already know that it’s one of the biggest-selling albums around the world. And you already know that it’s the Aussie-based group’s best album to date. What you may NOT know is that the repackaged and remastered edition is a must-have, even if you already own prior versions on LP, cassette, or CD. Re-released around the time the band received Rock and Roll Hall of Fame status, “Back in Black” appears in a Digipak cover with cool photos of the band, as well as a nice booklet with more pictures and a well written commentary by Rolling Stone veteran editor David Fricke. And the sound quality? I personally listened to the previous CD edition and this version back to back, and not only can you hear the difference but also FEEL the difference. The new version projects with more force and clarity. The previous CD was okay as it was, but Sony really took it to a whole new level. You’ll get to hear tracks like “Hells Bells,” “Back in Back” and “Shoot to Thrill” like you never heard them before. So this review should end any speculation as to whether you should buy “Back in Black” again. You can never own too many copies of an album like this, and Sony gave it the upgrade it richly deserves.

    Posted on February 11, 2010