AC/DC - Black Ice

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Black Ice is the fifteenth studio album (fourteenth international) by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released in October 2008 via Columbia Records.

Black Ice was recorded in Canada with producer Brendan O’Brien and was the first release of new studio material since Stiff Upper Lip (2000), a gap of eight years. The album is also the longest running of all the band’s studio albums to date with fifteen tracks, clocking in at 55 minutes. This writer wonders whether the number of tracks was deliberately chosen to align with the fifteenth studio album.

All the songs on the album were written by Malcolm and Angus Young. Brendan O’Brien wanted to re-create the sound of the band on earlier albums such as Highway to Hell and Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, encouraging the band to focus on the choruses, which he felt were the strongest part of AC/DC’s songs. The basic tracks were performed and recorded by the band live in the studio with Johnson’s lead vocals added later. The album was recorded onto analogue tape as O’Brien felt the analogue medium captured the sense of rock and roll better than recording digitally.

The results of this approach shine, as Black Ice is one of the band’s strongest albums in years. Many critics felt the band had returned to the sound of the Vanda and Young production years. The songs were concise, tight and filled with strong, hooky choruses. The lead single “Rock ‘n’ Roll Train” is a classic AC/DC song and the supporting world tour featured a full sized locomotive weighing 3,500kg on stage.

The album made history be debuting at #1 on album charts in 29 countries, and became the second highest selling album worldwide in 2008.

At the ARIA Music Awards of 2009, Black Ice won in the categories of Best Rock Album and Highest Selling Album; it was nominated for Album of the Year and AC/DC were nominated for Group of the Year. At the 51st Grammy Awards in 2009, "Rock 'n' Roll Train" was nominated for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and at the 2010 ceremony, Black Ice was nominated for Best Rock Album and the track "War Machine" won the Best Hard Rock Performance category.

This album became the last to feature founding member Malcolm Young, who was forced to leave the band in September 2014 after being diagnosed with dementia, eventually passing away in November 2017.

Malcolm went out on a high with the release of this album, and the subsequent Black Ice World Tour, which played 168 shows from 2008 until 2010, grossing more than $440 million. Live At River Plate (2011) is a live album released from that tour.

Check out the tracks:  "Rock 'N' Roll Train"; "Big Jack"; "Anything Goes"; “Black Ice”; and "War Machine".

This double album 2LP record set is on 180 gram black vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve with printed inner sleeves, pressed in Europe.

 

For Black Ice AC/DC were:

  • Brian Johnson - Lead Vocals
  • Angus Young - Lead Guitar
  • Malcolm Young - Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals
  • Cliff Williams - Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
  • Phil Rudd - Drums & Percussion

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Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

Rock N Roll Train

4:21

A2

Skies On Fire

3:34

A3

Big Jack

3:57

A4

Anything Goes

3:22

B1

War Machine

3:09

B2

Smash N Grab

4:06

B3

Spoilin' For A Fight

3:17

B4

Wheels

3:28

C1

Decibel

3:34

C2

Stormy May Day

3:10

C3

She Likes Rock N Roll

3:53

C4

Money Made

4:15

D1

Rock N Roll Dream

4:41

D2

Rocking All The Way

3:22

D3

Black Ice

3:25

SKU 886973837719
Record Label Columbia Records
Label / Model # Sony
Catalogue Number 88697 38377 1
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 20 October 2008
Original Release Date (Year) 20 October 2008
Barcode # 886973837719
Shipping Weight 0.5750kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Vinyl, Embossed Gatefold Sleeve, Printed Inner Sleeves
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Hard Rock
Genre Classic Rock
Format VINYL LP

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