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  • In February 2003, the American distribution rights to AC/DC’s back catalog transferred over to Epic, their new label. Epic then reissued the band’s catalog as remastered digipacks containing lavish, expanded booklets with plenty of rare photographs, memorabilia and notes.Although the digipacks may wear a little too easy, the sound is terrific, clean and muscular, enhancing the raw qualities of the original record. And “Back In Black” certainly deserves this kind of loving treatment; it is AC/DC’s best and most popular album by far, having sold well over forty million copies worldwide, which makes it one of the ten best-selling albums ever, regardless of genre.(AC/DC remains the single best-selling hard rock or heavy metal band in the world, nearing the 150.000.000 mark, and outselling bands like The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, and even the mighty Led Zeppelin.)”Back In Black” is one of rock’s all-time classic records. Not a single weak track is included, even the lesser-known album tracks are strong, and it is filled with powerful riffs, huge hooks and tough, bluesy grooves.The lyrics are a joke, of course, all booze and sex and rock n’ roll, and Brian Johnson screams rather than sings, but AC/DC at the top of their game wrote the best, catchiest hard rock songs you can imagine, like the grand, anthemic “Hell’s Bells” or the magnificent title track.And AC/DC doesn’t just thrash away or plod along like your average heavy metal band; they literally swing on “Have A Drink On Me”, and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young churns out one sturdy riff after another. Just listen to the incredible groove he lays down on songs like “Given The Dog A Bone”, “Back In Black”, “You Shook Me All Night Long”, and the slow, bluesy (and superbly sleazy) “Let Me Put My Love Into You”.Hard rock doesn’t get any better than this. In fact, it barely ever gets this good.

    Posted on February 11, 2010