to me the story of Back in Black is one of the greatest miracles in all of rock
because how do you lose your lovable lead singer in 1979 on the heels of your hottest record to date (Highway to Hell) where you sell out arenas around the world,
audition new singers, find one (relatively unknown Brian Johnson), have him co-write with you and the very next year,
it turns out in 8 weeks during a typhoon in the Islands, you’ve made the greatest hard rock album of all time
the 2nd best selling record in history next to Thriller.
that shouldn’t happen. your 7th album shouldn’t have so many great songs.
Consider The Eagles, who also knew how to write songs and sell records, their 7th album was Long Road Out of Eden.
of course there are exceptions (Floyd, Dylan, Stones) BUT STILL AFTER ALL OF THOSE OLD BON SCOTT ERA RIFFS YOU STILL HAVE ALL THESE NEW ONES IN YOUR BACK POCKET MALCOLM?
but my biggest question is a real one: what the fuck is What Do You Do For Money Honey and Givin The Dog A Bone
and Let ME PUT MY LOVE INTO YOU of all songs
batting 3, 4, 5 on the 2nd best selling album of all times?
Isn’t it super obvious that you begin Back in Black with the title cut,
then that goes into the super obvs pop single of Shook Me, yada yada
you flip over the record and there’s Hells Bells and Shoot to Thrill followed by the filler?
How is it inside-out?
How is this never discussed?
How has Angus never been asked “was there a fuck up at ATCO?”
Because that would be fantastic.
Instead here we are 1,000 years later and I’ve gotta figure out how Shook Me All Night Long ended up being the 7th Song of the 7th Son and