The miking of the tom–toms — if we were using them — depended on their role. 2 in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums, in October 2010,[52] and included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die in 2005. All contents copyright © SOS Publications Group and/or its licensors, 1985-2021. So, if we had a couple of takes that sounded like they might go together well, I’d do a rough mix and test edit on quarter–inch tape. tony platt, the recording engineer, writes. Johnson recalled that: "It was hardly any kind of studio, we were in these little concrete cells, comfy mind, you had a bed and a chair. You may login with either your assigned username or your e-mail address. They then checked the test pressings before the record was released on 25th July 1980. You weren’t trying to make the room do something it didn’t want to do. "Shoot to Thrill" AC/DC songs tend to chug along at a fairly workmanlike pace, but "Shoot to Thrill" is … O.K. Atlantic Records disagreed with the cover, but accepted if the band put a grey outline around the AC/DC logo. Record condition - Good + Sleeve condition - Good. In 1989, it was ranked No. Sometimes it would be a 50 Watt head and the appropriate cabinet, sometimes it would be a 100 Watt head, and there were a couple of different 100 Watt heads that had their own textures. Original paper inner sleeve in great shape. Mutt and Tony recorded the follow–up, Back In Black with new lead singer Brian Johnson at Compass Point Studios. Sleeve has wear marks to edges and creases. It’s exactly the same recording a track: at a certain point you go click — now we’ve captured the sound, the performance and the right arrangement. This would go on to sell more than 50 million copies worldwide while becoming the second-highest–selling album of all time after Michael Jackson’s Thriller. AC/DC - Back in black. Soon the engineering credits were gathering pace with Toots & the Maytals’ Funky Kingston, the Wailers’ Catch A Fire and Burnin’ and Sparks’ Kimono My House before Platt went freelance in 1974. Welcome to Brian Johnson’s first project with AC/DC; taking over the spotlight from an iconic vocalist while performing numbers that certainly tested his own talents. The album also received positive critical reception during its initial release, and it has since been included on numerous lists of "greatest" albums. He had this thing where he didn't want people to listen to the album down the road and say there's no way someone could sing that, they've dropped that in, even the breaths had to be in the right place. Out of the takes that we had, we chose the best one and, because there were no samplers in those days, spun it in. [6], As the new decade approached, the group set off for the UK and France for the final tour dates of their breakthrough release. "Angus Young does come up with killer riffs", he wrote in Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s (1990), "though not as consistently as a refined person like myself might hope, and lead singer Brian Johnson sings like there's a cattle prod at his scrotum, just the thing for fans who can't decide whether their newfound testosterone is agony or ecstasy. Winehouse predominantly based the album on her tumultuous relationship with then-ex-boyfriend and future husband Blake Fielder-Civil, who temporarily left her to pursue his previous ex-girlfriend. Barry Diament – mastering (original CD releases), This page was last edited on 7 January 2021, at 12:57. DO buy the album as it is a must for any collection, but if you want the album on vinyl I would suggest looking for an original or earlier reissue. Product Details. These recordings did not suffice due to the sound of a flurry of birds flying away at each bell hit. According to the official AC/DC website and most worldwide releases, track four is "Given the Dog a Bone". *sales figures based on certification alone^shipments figures based on certification alonesales+streaming figures based on certification alone, This article is about the album by AC/DC. 35. [28], On 13 December 2007, the album was certified 22× multi-platinum by the RIAA, denoting 22 million American sales. “I hadn’t worked at Electric Lady before, but I’d always been quite a fan of Westlake rooms and the one in Studio A was really good. Back In Black (Rmst) by AC/DC (Vinyl, Jan-2012, 1-Disc Set, Import) 4.7 out of 5 stars. “Hitting some of those notes was a real challenge,” says Tony Platt who engineered Back In Black alongside producer Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange after having mixed Highway To Hell and overdubbed a Scott vocal. Eastlake rooms were largely about dampening everything down and controlling the sound as much as possible, whereas Westlake tuned the room to its characteristics. Tony Platt in 1980.“Being there was like having died and gone to Heaven,” he says. ")[17] Lange focused particular attention on Johnson's vocals, demanding perfection out of each take.[18]. “Everything about it pointed towards music. We had to lock the doors at night because she'd warned us about these Haitians who'd come down at night and rob the place. All rights reserved. Released in July, 1980, Back in Black was the first AC/DC album recorded without former lead singer Bon Scott, who died in February of that year. BACK IN BLACK. He stated in a 2009 Mojo magazine interview that his new bandmates told him the song’s words should be celebratory rather than morbid. The Recording of Back in Black at Bahamas. Comes in a new, poly In the room there were at least a couple of ambience microphones, including a Neumann stereo mic which I moved around sometimes over the top of the drums and sometimes more towards the guitars. Offers are set close to asking price due to eBay turning this feature on after a few days of being listed. The album's all-black cover was designed as a "sign of mourning" for Scott. “I know this is of great interest to a lot of people, but it honestly wouldn’t make the slightest bit of difference if somebody recreated the exact same combination. The mix took place at Island’s Basing Street Studios where I also recorded a few overdubs: some backing vocals on ‘Highway To Hell’ and the lead vocal on ‘Night Prowler’. 1984 [LP] by Van Halen (Vinyl, Mar-2015, 2 … Harrington credited producer Lange for drawing AC/DC further away from the blues-oriented rock of their previous albums, and toward a more dynamic attack that concentrated and harmonized each element of the band: "the guitars were compacted into a singular statement of rhythmic efficiency, the rhythm section provided the thunderhorse overdrive, and vocalist Johnson belowed and brayed like the most unhinged practitioner of bluesy top-man dynamics since vintage Robert Plant." I’m not crazy about horn–loaded monitors, but something about the way Westlake rooms were balanced really appealed to me. I was staying with a friend in Kensington while doing the Broken Home album, and every day, when Mutt picked me up in his car on the way to the studio, he’d have a cassette recording that Malcolm and Angus had sent him from the previous day’s auditions in order to get his feedback. So, I took a bit of time working out how to set everybody up, wandering around while hitting a snare drum. 1980 AC/DC “Back In Black” Eng/mix Atlantic 1980 Foreigner “ 4 “ Eng Atlantic (from Zomba onwards) 1980 Iron Maiden “Phanton of The Opera Prod/eng EMI 1980 Samson “Head On” Prod/remix GEM 1981 Trust “March ou Creve” Prod/eng CBS 1981 Samson “Shock Tactics” Prod/eng GEM 1981 Starfighters “Alley Cat Blues” Prod/eng Jive Record has surface marks but plays with only a little background noise. “As I couldn’t get the Rolling Stones’ mobile, I used Ronnie Laine’s mobile, which was in an Airstream caravan. Titled Back In Black, AC/DC’s seventh studio LP took its name from the track that, penned as a tribute to the recently deceased frontman, featured Johnson’s defiantly upbeat lyrics in addition to an opening guitar riff that would help make the song one of the band’s signature tunes. “There was a massive amount of pressure on Brian’s shoulders, but everyone was very sympathetic and supportive of him. [50] That same year, Back in Black was included by Time in its list of the 100 Greatest Albums of All Time. “We put screens around Brian as he wanted to have some privacy and didn’t like the idea of everybody staring at him,” Platt recalls. Shop Back in Black [LP] VINYL at Best Buy. You're only young but you're gonna die. Within two weeks it … [61] American death metal group Six Feet Under recorded a cover of the entire album under the title Graveyard Classics 2.[62]. “We had a number of different Marshall heads and cabinets, and we used a different combination on each song. [27] It topped the British chart for two weeks and remained in the top 10 of the American chart for more than five months. In April 1980, just two months after lead singer Bon Scott’s death from a night of heavy drinking at a London club had prompted heavy metal pioneers AC/DC to consider disbanding, lead guitarist Angus Young, his rhythm guitarist brother Malcolm Young, bassist Cliff Williams and drummer Phil Rudd were back in the studio. In fact, most of the numbers had titles that ended up being used. Second, for all the Back in Black gtr geeks out there, would you mind relating any and everything you can about the ungodly and utterly amazing guitar tones on that record? That same year, Platt engineered a record by Spooky Tooth guitarist Luther Grosvenor, as well as a New Age album by Henry Wolff and Nancy Hennings that was the first to feature singing bowls and Tibetan bells. Although they preferred to record their next effort in the UK, there were no studios available, and the Bahamas presented a nice tax advantage. The band supported the album with a yearlong world tour, cementing them among the most popular music acts of the early 1980s. The foundry brought forward production on the bell, which turned out perfectly tuned, and it was recorded with Ronnie Lane's Mobile Studio. So, once he went in to record a vocal he had to stay there, because returning to the control room would have meant a change of temperature and humidity that wouldn’t have been at all good for his voice. The bell itself weighed one ton because that was the largest feasible size to take on tour, but the pitch of the bell as you hear it on the record is an octave lower than the actual bell; it was slowed down to half–speed to replicate the sound of a two–ton bell that would have been impossible for the band to take on the road with them or to hang in the venues. 82 on its list of the Top 100 Albums. We’d turn them up until the cabinets were biting the right amount and the space around the cabinets was lighting up in the right way. Alongside them was Scott’s replacement, Brian Johnson, helping record a follow–up to the group’s breakthrough album, Highway To Hell. It was like, 'Again, Brian, again – hold on, you sang that note too long so there's no room for a breath'. [28] Back in Black's American success prompted Atlantic, the band's US record company, to release their 1976 Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap album for the first time in the US; in May 1981 it surpassed Back in Black on the US chart at number three. That April, when the sessions for Back In Black were about to commence at Chris Blackwell’s Compass Point Studios in Nassau, there was a slight delay due to AC/DC’s equipment briefly being held by customs while a hurricane messed with the facility’s electrical system which, being on a Caribbean island, was already erratic. Six months later, he then became a fully fledged tape op at Basing Street Studios, owned by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell. “Then, when I returned to England, Adam Sieff introduced me to Mutt Lange. "[59] In 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die (2008), Tom Moon said Back in Black's "lean mean arena rock" and the production's "delicate balance of power and finesse" defined the commercial side of heavy music for years after its release. The views expressed are those of the contributors and not necessarily those of the publishers. 77 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time",[48] maintaining the rating in a 2012 revised list. Oh, she was fearsome, she ruled that place with a rod of iron. WITH INNER SLEEVE. Back On Black Records are set to release the official reissue of the D.R.I. – the details about the recording of B in B are quite widely documented but the basics are. Meanwhile, Mutt would be listening to the song and discussing the arrangement with the guys, making changes that would also impact the sound. I do have various preferred microphones but will always vary my choices to suit the room and the particular instruments. The Young brothers composed all of the music for Back In Black while, in the tradition of Bon Scott, Brian Johnson penned his own lyrics. Still, none of this prevented Tony Platt from making the necessary preparations. Release Date. In fact, unhappy with the solo on ‘Shoot To Thrill’, he replaced it when we were at Electric Lady to do the mix and, as we didn’t have the radios with us, I had a lot of trouble matching the sound. Since its original release, the album has been reissued and remastered multiple times, most recently for digital distribution. On 9 December 2019, it was certified 25x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). [26], After Back in Black was released, AC/DC's previous records Highway to Hell, If You Want Blood You've Got It, and Let There Be Rock all re-entered the British charts, which made them the first band since The Beatles to have four albums in the British Top 100 simultaneously. 190 on the same magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Back in Black BMG--3. There have been so many times when people have asked me to get them a sound like Angus, and I’ve generally said, ‘We’ll need a Marshall head, we’ll need a Marshall 4x12, we’ll need a Gibson SG and we’ll need Angus. As there wasn’t a lot of ambience, I had to feed stuff out through speakers in the room at Island [Basing Street] to give it ambience and a sense of space. The starting points are relevant in that respect, but the fine tuning is always going to be totally different every time you visit it. Generally speaking, we only ever turned up the amplifiers as far as we needed to — it wasn’t a matter of starting on 11 and then turning them down. [12], As the band commenced writing new material for the followup to Highway to Hell, vocalist Bon Scott, who began his career as a drummer with The Spektors, recorded the drum tracks on demo recordings of "Let Me Put My Love Into You" and "Have a Drink on Me". So, whenever he had a moment of ‘I’m not sure I can do this,’ there were plenty of people around to tell him quite clearly that he could. This, in turn, prompted him to think, “Well, no pressure there, then.”. However, after placing microphones in the belfry I discovered that what no one had considered were the birds living inside there. Back In Black marked the first Acca Dacca release with Brian Johnson on vocal duties — following the tragic death of Bon Scott in 1980.Prior to his work with the Aussie hard rock titans, Johnson cut his teeth fronting British rock act Geordie. After the commercial breakthrough of their 1979 album Highway to Hell, AC/DC was planning to record a follow-up, but in February 1980, Scott died from alcohol poisoning after a drinking binge. Those vocals were absolutely incredible and what he achieved was quite extraordinary. Last December, "Back in Black" was certified by the Recording Industry Association Of America for U.S. shipments of 25 million copies. We were in a part of the world where music was a part of everybody’s life, so the studio staff there were great. Accordingly, the studio was cleared and he then stood at the back of the live area to perform his vocals. Maintaining quality control, both Tony Platt — who would also engineer AC/DC’s 1983 album Flick Of The Switch — and Mutt Lange were involved in the Back In Black mastering by Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk in New York. Following its completion, the group mixed Back in Black at Electric Lady Studios in New York City. That was the only way to do it because I had to consider what we were going to mix and slow it down to half–speed. October 20, 2010. [51] It was listed at No. At the advice of Lange, the group brought in Geordie singer Brian Johnson, who impressed the group. Share 4th June 2007 | Show parent “Compass Point was a wonderful place,” he asserts. Being that I had a short time in which to record this before flying to New York to do the mix, I put up 15 or 16 microphones all around in different places, and recorded across 24 tracks using lots of Neumann U87s and some AKG 451s. A couple of years later, he made his debut as a producer on Aswad’s self–titled first album, and thereafter he also served as chief engineer at a West Sussex studio named Pebble Beach Sound Recorders for his best friend, guitarist–producer Adam Sieff. 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