Label: Columbia - 88697392382,Sony BMG Music Entertainment - 88697392382 • Format: CD Album, Repress Digipak • Country: Brazil • Genre: Rock, Blues • Style: Hard Rock, Blues Rock
It was the band's fourteenth internationally released studio album and the fifteenth in Australia. Released internationally on 20 Octoberit was produced by Brendan O'Brien. The album's development was delayed because Couldnt Love You More - Various - Ashes To Ashes Series 3 Original Soundtrack guitarist Cliff Williams sustained an injury and the band changed labels from Elektra Records to Sony Music Entertainment.
O'Brien tried to recapture the rock sound of the band's early work, as opposed to the blues orientation of Ballbreaker and Stiff Upper Lipwith suggestions such as adding " soul crooning " to Brian Johnson 's singing. The songs were mostly recorded live in the studio; engineer Mike Fraser used only sparse overdubs and effects to keep the tracks as close to the originals as possible.
Black Ice was released exclusively in physical formats, as the group did not sell its music digitally at the time. Walmart got exclusive rights to distribute the album in North America. Black Ice is the final album to feature the Back in Black -era lineup of the band, with founding rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young leaving the band in September after being diagnosed with dementiaeventually dying from the illness in The production of Black Ice was delayed for several reasons.
Johnson explained that the brothers had done most of the lyrical job, and his collaboration was that he "helped with melody and just filling in gaps that I thought needed filling in". According to Fraser, the band had not rehearsed the songs before entering the studio. Fraser tried to not alter the original recordings — "I used Pro-Tools purely as a tape machine " — with no effects on the bass and rhythm guitar, sparse delay and reverb effects on the vocals and other instruments and overdubs were only used for the lead guitar and vocals.
The first title considered for the album was Runaway Train. Malcolm suggested using a photograph of a famous derailment for the cover, but reconsidered after he found that Mr. Big had used it for their album Lean into It. He said, "it rolled off the tongue" and it reminded him of "radio warnings up north of black ice.
He thought the two previous studio albums, Ballbreaker and Stiff Upper Lipwere blues-influenced. Johnson was worried that the rest of the band would think this did not suit the band's style of hard rock and roll, but the band was quite receptive. Both musicians expressed contentment with their roles in the band; Rudd said, "I'm not repressing skills. Angus said that when composing with Malcolm they share ideas to make each track "work together" to form a complete album,  and Johnson added "these songs belong together.
It's about five boys having a damn good time in a studio. Most of Fiesta Del 73 - Akatz - Fiesta Del 73 / 10 Especial album's tracks are about rock and roll itself—Angus stated, "Certain songs just seem to come to life when you add that phrase".
The CD version was also available in a hardcover, deluxe edition with a Renzo Gallo - L Spaciafôrnell booklet containing exclusive new illustrations, studio and live photographs of the group and lyrics. The LP was sold through the official website and through independent record shops in the US. Angus declared, "If we were on iTuneswe know a certain percentage of people would only download two or three songs from the album — and we don't think that represents us musically.
In North America, Walmart made a deal for the exclusive distribution of Black Icethough a few independent music shops ordered copies of the album from foreign outlets. New York and Los Angeles and Chicago may be covered, but in the heartland of America, Walmart may be the only gig in town. The cover art of Black Ice was drawn by Joshua Marc Levy, art director for Columbia and a longtime fan of the band who volunteered for the project among "many people at Sony who desired to Modern Girl - Sheena Easton - The Greatest on it".
He said, "We know most people will only purchase the record once, in their colour of choice. (Reprise) Sandblasted Skin - Pantera - Original Album Series me, it's not Money Made - AC/DC - Black Ice. What matters is that fans enjoy it. Music is the essence. After working with the cover for the album, provisionally titled Runaway TrainLevy went on vacation and travelled Money Made - AC/DC - Black Ice Pearl Jam on their tour.
After a concert in Washington D. The record company liked it and requested he do two more in the same style, which became the red Money Made - AC/DC - Black Ice white versions. During the promotional photography sessions, Levy made the deluxe edition art.
The tracks on the album did not have much influence on the artwork as Levy had heard "maybe 5 songs at that point", but he found it curious that his artwork fit the title track "Black Ice", which was not among the tracks he had heard. Atop the image there is a cog with an Santiago - Loreena McKennitt - The Mask And Mirror of Angus with his fist in the air resembling the statue on Stiff Upper Lipbecause Levy "just thought it was great as a continuing icon.
Critical reviews of Black Ice were generally favourable according to Metacriticwhich provided a normalised rating of 69 out of based on 24 reviews from mainstream critics. However, some reviewers found the album inconsistent, overly long or formulaic.
Entertainment Weekly ' s reviewer Clark Collis wrote that "even 's fairly monochromatic Stiff Money Made - AC/DC - Black Ice Lip had more varied material",  Brian Hiatt of Rolling Stone felt that Black Ice "feels longer than its 55 minutes, thanks to a stretch of throwaway rockers",  and Robert Forster of The Monthly thought that a shorter running time would "maximise the album's impact", given he found the first four songs and the title track the best for sounding more diverse, while the other tracks were let down by poor songwriting and a "numbing predictability".
The tour lasted for shows in 11 legs, with the last in Senza Una Donna - Various - Discos PedidosSpain, on 28 June All tracks are written by Angus Young and Malcolm Young.
Production . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Sample of the album's lead single, " Rock 'n' Roll Train ". The song is centred around guitar riffs and elemental drum beats,  and features harmonic backing vocals during the chorus.
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