Ten Notable Albums Recorded in South Florida
Highway to Hell -- AC/DC
The final album recorded with original singer Bon Scott, Highway to Hell spawned the indelible title track and became the first AC/DC album to break into the American top twenty. It was a career-maker for the band, and marked their first collaboration with producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange, the man who would help steer them to further success later on.
Although sessions began in their native Australia, much of the album was recorded at Criteria, followed by subsequent work at Roundhouse Studios in London. The band's final release of the '70s, it was unveiled on August 3, 1979, and subsequently became one of the successful hard rock LPs of all time.
461 Ocean Boulevard -- Eric Clapton
Clapton's second solo album was an auspicious venture for a number of reasons. For one thing, it was recorded in the immediate aftermath of his heroin addiction. For another, it came on the heels of his efforts as part of Derek and the Dominoes, a fortuitous endeavor that, in many ways, made this album possible.
The Dominos' bassist Carl Radle took the initiative to hand Clapton a demo tape containing songs written by him and other members of Criteria Records' studio band, and even went so far as to pay Clapton's rent at 461 Ocean Boulevard in Golden Beach. The namesake album that was released in 1974 paid huge dividends and contained the cover of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff," which eventually reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, the only Clapton single ever to climb that far.