AC/DC in the Studio. The Stories Behind Every Album by Jake Brown

By Jake Brown

AC/DC have reigned over rock 'n' roll for nearly 4 many years. Their signature energy chord rock was once the sonic common bearer of the style they pioneered, summarised in Rolling Stone's assertion that they 'are one of many most sensible difficult rock bands in history'. the crowd has transcended their Australian roots to turn into an international phenomenon. Their albums continually pass platinum and so they have earned their attractiveness as the most effective bands at the planet.

The band's dwell arsenal comprises 'It's far to the pinnacle (If you must Rock 'n 'Roll); 'Highway to Hell and 'You Shook Me All evening lengthy' and their effect is felt this day as strongly as ever. 2008's Black Ice offered an fantastic greater than 1.5 million copies in its first week, and may cross directly to promote seven million copies world wide, spending numerous weeks at the most sensible of the Billboard best two hundred. In November 2012, dwell at River Plate was once published – the band's first reside album for 20 years.

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Not like the Americans’ no-bullshit rock ’n’ roll, which takes two years to record. [The band] had very, very definite ideas what it is they wanted to be. ’ ‘In that field, you’re always looking for bigger and better bass drums, bigger and better snare drums, and as a result everything comes up with it. We never worried that much about whether things were that correct as sounds. To us, it was always more important whether it had the balls and the atmosphere – you know, whether it had the heart.

And I like Johnny Winter. He’s got a lot of power in his blues. For rock ’n’ roll I like Chuck Berry’s playing. ’ For Angus, growing into his own style as a lead player was a natural evolution, as brother Malcolm told Mojo. ’ As for his own influences, Malcolm recalled in an interview with Guitar Player, ‘I got my ear into Eric Clapton with John Mayall’s Blues Breakers, as well as the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and things like that. George was in London and I used to ask him, “Pick me out anything that you think is good at the moment,” and he’d send me over a parcel of albums.

Years later in a conversation with rock journalist Murray Engleheart, he added that, heading into the studio, the group consensus had been: ‘We said, “we’ll just make a fucking good guitar album! ’ We knew exactly what we wanted, which was to have three really strong live tracks to flesh out the set. “Whole Lotta Rosie” we knew would be a sure-fire winner, and “Bad Boy Boogie” and “Let There Be Rock” were the other two we felt would really go the distance on stage. ’ Let There Be Rock was knocked out in a quick few weeks of recording in January and February 1977.

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