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Dem Vinyl Boyz Ep 31 - Back In Black


Were back this week with Dem Vinyl Boyz to listen to one of the most well received metal albums of the 80’s, ACDC’s “Back In Black.” Following the bands initial success with hit album “Highway to Hell”, they were already planning their next big follow up album. Sadly, around February of 1980, lead singer Bon Scott passed away from alcohol poisoning after a drinking binge. The band decided instead of disbanding, they would bring in Brian Johnson, former singer for Geordie. Fashioned with an all black cover symbolizing the mourning of late band mate Bon Scott, “Back in Black” was an unprecedented commercial and critical success.

Based on its commercial and critical success alone, this album can be considered one of the best selling albums in music history, selling over 50 million copies world-wide. Some of the album’s success relates to the yearlong world tour supporting the album that cemented them among the most popular music acts of the early 1980s. The album was certified 25× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), making it the fourth best-selling album in the United States, and the best-selling album that never reached the top spot on the American charts. The album received positive critical reception at the time of its initial release, and has since been included on numerous lists of “greatest” albums.

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