Tuesday, March 6, 2018

AC/DC to reissue Back In Black on cassette for Record Store Day

AC/DC will reissue their 1980 classic, “Back In Black”, on cassette as part of Record Store Day 2018 on April 21.

The limited-edition run of 2,500 copies delivers the band’s first record with singer Brian Johnson, which went on to become the biggest selling rock album of all time – with sales of more than 50 million copies worldwide – placing it second on the all-time sales list behind only Michael Jackson’s 1982 smash, “Thriller.”

Launched with the lead single, “You Shook Me All Night Long”, the project reached No. 4 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 22 million copies Stateside.

Produced by Mutt Lange, “Back In Black” was released five months after the passing of AC/DC frontman Bon Scott, who died after a night of heavy drinking in London … and shortly before the group were set to enter the recording studio. The record’s black cover served as the band’s tribute to Scott, who was poised for international stardom with the group following the success of 1979’s “Highway To Hell.”

The annual Record Store Day event celebrates the culture of independent record stores by playing host to in-store events/performances, signings and special product releases on a global scale – for more details, visit recordstoreday.com

The AC/DC family suffered the loss of legendary musician and producer George Young at the age of 70 last October and the passing of retired guiatrist Malcolm Young at 64 in November following a long battle with dementia.

With guitarist Angus Young the sole remaining original member, AC/DC’s future remains unknown.

Axl Rose – who stepped in to help the band complete their world tour in support of 2014’s “Rock Or Bust” after Johnson was sidelined with hearing loss issues – has previously said that he and Angus have discussed the possibility of recording together, as rumors of the possible pairing continue to surface occasionally.

See also:

REPORT: AC/DC will record and tour with Axl Rose
Former AC/DC singer Brian Johnson recalls exit from band
AC/DC: Malcolm Young charity tribute concert announced
VIDEO: Son of AC/DC legend Malcolm Young performs with tribute band
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