Ballbreaker

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Ballbreaker
Studio album by AC/DC
Released 26 September 1995
Recorded 1994–95
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 49:47
Label EastWest, Albert, Epic
Producer Rick Rubin, Mike Fraser
AC/DC chronology
AC/DC Live
(1992)
Ballbreaker
(1995)
Stiff Upper Lip
(2000)
Singles from Ballbreaker
  1. "Hard as a Rock"
    Released: 1995
  2. "Cover You in Oil"
    Released: 1996
  3. "Hail Caesar"
    Released: 1996

Ballbreaker is the thirteenth Australian and twelfth international studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released in September 1995. It was their first studio album in five years, since 1990's The Razors Edge. The album featured the return of Phil Rudd, who had been fired from the band in 1983 as a result of drinking and drug problems and a feud with Malcolm Young.[1] It was produced by prolific producer Rick Rubin, who had briefly worked with AC/DC in 1993 to produce their single "Big Gun" for the soundtrack to the film Last Action Hero.

Production started at the Record Plant Studios in New York City, but the band became dissatisfied with the sound there and moved to Los Angeles' Ocean Way Studios.[2]

Two weeks into the US leg of the Ballbreaker World Tour, four gigs were cancelled so that Brian Johnson could attend his father's funeral. During the tour, MTV cartoon characters Beavis and Butthead appeared in the intro during concerts.[3] Five of the album's songs were played live: "Hard as a Rock", "Boogie Man", "Cover You in Oil", "Hail Caesar", and "Ballbreaker".

Ballbreaker was re-released in 2005 as part of the AC/DC Remasters series. It is currently certified 2x platinum by the RIAA in the US, for sales in excess of two million.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[5]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Angus Young and Malcolm Young. (Copyright J. Albert & Son Inc.-ASCAP). 

No. Title Length
1. "Hard as a Rock"   4:31
2. "Cover You in Oil"   4:32
3. "The Furor"   4:10
4. "Boogie Man"   4:07
5. "The Honey Roll"   5:34
6. "Burnin' Alive"   5:05
7. "Hail Caesar"   5:14
8. "Love Bomb"   3:14
9. "Caught with Your Pants Down"   4:14
10. "Whiskey on the Rocks"   4:35
11. "Ballbreaker"   4:31

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1995 Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1
Billboard 200 4
UK Albums Chart 6

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

Certification[edit]

Country Sales Certification
United States 2,000,000 2x Platinum[7]
Finland 38,732 Gold[8]
Preceded by
One Hot Minute by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
8–14 October 1995
Succeeded by
Daydream by Mariah Carey

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AC/DC History". AC/DC — Bedlam in Belgium. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2 August 2008. 
  2. ^ HARD ROCK MAG - HS2 - December '96 Interview with Cliff Williams
  3. ^ Video on YouTube
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Review: Ballbreaker – AC/DC". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 
  5. ^ Ehrlich, Dimitri (13 October 1995). "Ballbreaker Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Dunn, Jancee (16 November 1995). "Review: AC/DC – Ballbreaker". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 
  7. ^ RIAA.com
  8. ^ Kulta- ja platinalevyt IFPI.fi