Met haar ruige, rauwe, volle gitaargeluid heeft de Australische groep AC/DC de hardrock in de jaren '70 diepgaand beïnvloed. De Aussies worden wel de grondleggers van de heavy metal genoemd, maar zij omschrijven hun muziek zelf als rock-'n-roll. De broers Angus en Malcolm Young vormden de groep in 1973. Twee jaar later kwam het eerste album uit en begon de nationale en internationale opmars. Daar leek even een einde aan te komen toen zanger Bon Scott in 1980 overleed, maar de groep besloot toch door te gaan. Met nieuwe zanger Brian Johnson bracht zij in hetzelfde jaar Back in Black uit, haar meest succesvolle album ooit. In de jaren erna was AC/DC een van de belangrijkste rockbands ter wereld.
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Metal - Verschenen op 18 november 1997 | Columbia
Despite Brian Johnson’s brilliant efforts behind the mic for almost forty years (ignoring the hazy period when he was fired at the end of the Rock or Bust tour), hardcore AC/DC fans will always say that Bon Scott was the band’s most iconic singer. Bonfire is primarily aimed at them. It’s less of a compilation and more of a tribute to the frontman who tragically died in 1980. It’s a testimony of their golden era. Most of the tracks are live versions (making up three of the five discs) recorded either during sessions (Live From the Atlantic Studios) in 1977 or during the Pavillon de Paris concert filmed in 1979 for the film Let There Be Rock. Rare demo versions of some of the band’s classics can be found on the Volts volume, alongside two live performances and a track from TNT, an album only released in Australia in 1975. Bon Scott injected fun into rock’n’roll, mixing it with a subtle decadence and his own magnetic charm. He died from alcohol poisoning in London in 1980, months before the group released Back in Black. So, seeing a record that doesn’t feature Scott appear in this box set as a fifth disc might seem a bit strange. But the band’s biggest commercial success is also a great farewell. It’s a kind of electric announcement that pays tribute to the former singer with songs that are now unavoidable classics. Because while Bon Scott is unforgettable, AC/DC is eternal. © Chief Brody/Qobuz
Metal - Verschenen op 25 juli 1980 | Columbia
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When an intoxicated Bon Scott died by choking on his own vomit in February, 1980, no one envisaged a future for AC/DC. However, the Anglo-Australian band succeeded in finding a replacement for their legendary lead singer. Brian Johnson from the band Geordie rose to the challenge against all odds and imposed a powerful, primarily high-pitched singing style which differed greatly from that of his predecessor. With its legendary black cover, Back in Black marked the birth of a new AC/DC and contains a series of incredible tracks. On guitar were the Young brothers (Malcolm with his Gretsch and Angus with his unstoppable Gibson SG), constantly trying to outdo each other’s genius both through the effectiveness of their riffs and the precision of their solos (notably on Back in Black and You Shook Me All Night Long). As well as pure AC/DC (What Do You Do for Money Honey), they give us some thick boogie with a ZZ Top twang (Have a Drink on Me), theatrical hard rock à la Led Zep (Shake a Leg), and let us not forget the ode to the God of Blues (Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution). Cliff Williams and Phil Rudd finish the job by providing the record with a concrete bassline and strong rhythm, doing so with great finesse. Upon the release of Back in Black on July 15th, 1980, fans were, without surprise, torn on the question of Brian Johnson. Could the band go on without Bon Scott? The record’s success and the world tour that followed quelled any debate and, forty years later, no one questions the decision for a second. With 50 million units sold, Back in Black is the second best-selling album of all time, just behind a certain Thriller by Michael Jackson… © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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