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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 a long time. Their signature energy chord rock was once the sonic average bearer of the style they pioneered, summarised in Rolling Stone's assertion that they 'are one of many most sensible demanding rock bands in history'. the gang has transcended their Australian roots to develop into an international phenomenon. Their albums continually move platinum they usually have earned their acceptance as the best bands at the planet.

The band's stay arsenal contains 'It's some distance to the head (If you need to Rock 'n 'Roll); 'Highway to Hell and 'You Shook Me All evening lengthy' and their effect is felt this present day as strongly as ever. 2008's Black Ice offered an awesome greater than 1.5 million copies in its first week, and might move directly to promote seven million copies around the globe, spending numerous weeks at the best of the Billboard best two hundred. In November 2012, stay at River Plate used to be published – the band's first reside album for 20 years.

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It is just a foot-tapping thing. I am not out to impress anyone. ’ Elaborating on the Vanda/Young approach to producing records, engineer Mark Opitz – who would become the pair’s apprentice – recalled, ‘Harry and George ran a very tight little family. While working for Vanda/Young, I learned that, obviously, attitude is a very important thing, but more importantly what I really learned from those guys is you have to be able to tap your foot to it, which is dancing basically. It’s got to be able to affect you in that physical sense, whether it’s AC/DC or a pop group, you find yourself moving to it.

Where attention turned to crafting the album’s lyrics, Angus told rock journalist Murray Engleheart that Bon Scott was a team player in the course of the band’s creative process. If he presented the band with a lyric idea they thought could be improved upon, ‘you’d say to him, “Bon, you can do better than that,” and he would. ” Mal would help him, give him a few lines or an idea and then he’d flow away or he’d ask me if I had any dirty poetry anywhere! ’ In laying down the album’s lead and rhythm guitar tracks, Angus revealed to Masino that, unlike on future albums, ‘Mal played solos on four tracks from our first album, when the two of us had traded off.

I was called in at one stage to look at some problem with the gear in Studio 1 and was introduced to the entire band. Bon went out of his way to be friendly and insisted that I stayed for a beer – life’s tough in some jobs! Being the junior engineer, I did not have a lot to do with AC/DC directly. ’ Opitz recalled, ‘Albert Studios had two main studios. One was just our studio – Harry, George and I – and that housed a Neve console, which was a great console. I’d been lucky because, prior to that, I’d gotten to work on the Abbey Road console at EMI, and then I was working with the classic Neve.

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