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AC/DC To Release Backtracks Box Set Nov. 10

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My expensive Christmas just keeps getting more expensive as one more mega box set has been announced just in time for the season of giving. 

AC/DC — that most Christmas of bands — has announced details for a new box set called Backtracks, and like just about every other major artist they're releasing it in multiple formats.  The standard edition box will feature 2 CDs and 1 DVD, filled with live and studio rarities as well as videos dating back to 1977 through the present.  The DVD is being billed as a third disc to the 2-DVD Family Jewels DVD package, previously released and still available separately.

For the hardcore, there's a deluxe edition which adds a second DVD, an LP, a third CD, and comes packaged in — wait for it — a working guitar amplifier package.  The deluxe also comes with a load of memorabilia of varying degrees of interest:  164-page coffee table book and an Original Memorabilia Reproductions Envelope, a Bon Scott parrot tattoo replica, an AC/DC logo guitar pick, an Australian Money Talks dollar, three b&w fine art lithographs of never-before-seen photos of the band in the Alberts Studio in 1977 and more.

The set favors the Brian Johnson era over the Bon Scott years, which probably makes sense as the Bonfire box set was more heavily weighted towards Scott. 

AC/DC's Backtracks joins R.E.M.'s Live at the Olympia, U2's Unforgettable Fire re-issue, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' Live Archive among this year's big ticket Christmas box sets. 

BACKTRACKS STANDARD BOX SET
CD 1 [STUDIO RARITIES]

1. Stick Around
2. Love Song
3. Fling Thing
4. R.I.P. (Rock In Peace)
5. Carry Me Home
6. Crabsody In Blue
7. Cold Hearted Man
8. Snake Eye
9. Borrowed Time
10. Down On The Borderline
11. Big Gun
12. Cyberspace

CD 2 [LIVE RARITIES]

1. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (Sydney Festival 1/30/77)
2. Dog Eat Dog (Apollo 4/30/78)
3. Live Wire (Hammersmith Odeon 11/2/79)
4. Shot Down In Flames (Hammersmith Odeon 11/2/79)
5. Back In Black (Landover, MD 12/21/81)
6. T.N.T. (Landover, MD 12/21/81)
7. Let There Be Rock (Landover, MD 12/21/81)
8. Guns For Hire (Detroit, MI 11/18/83)
9. Sin City (Detroit, MI 11/18/83)
10. Rock And Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution (Detroit, MI 11/18/83)
11. This House Is On Fire (Detroit, MI 11/18/83)
12. You Shook Me All Night Long (Detroit, MI 11/18/83)
13. Jailbreak (Dallas, TX 10/12/85)
14. Highway To Hell (Moscow 9/28/91)
15. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) (Moscow 9/28/91)
16. Safe In New York City (Phoenix, AZ 9/13/2000)

DVD “Family Jewels Disc Three”

VIDEOS

Big Gun
Hard As A Rock
Hail Caesar
Cover You In Oil
Stiff Upper Lip
Satellite Blues
Safe In New York City
Rock N Roll Train
Anything Goes

BONUS VIDEOS
Jailbreak
It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘N’ Roll)
Highway To Hell 
You Shook Me All Night Long 
Guns For Hire
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (LIVE Album Promo)
Highway To Hell (LIVE Album Promo)

BONUS FEATURES
The Making Of Hard As A Rock
The Making Of Rock N Roll Train

COLLECTOR’S EDITION DELUXE BOX SET
CD1 [STUDIO RARITIES]

1. High Voltage (Original Australian Full Edit)
2. Stick Around
3. Love Song
4. It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘N’ Roll) (Original Australian Full Edit)
5. Rocker (Original Australian Full Edit)
6. Fling Thing
7. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (Original Australian Full Edit)
8. Ain’t No Fun (Waiting Around To Be A Millionaire) (Original Australian Full Edit)
9. R.I.P. (Rock In Peace)
10. Carry Me Home
11. Crabsody In Blue
12. Cold Hearted Man
13. Who Made Who – 12” extended mix
14. Snake Eye
15. Borrowed Time
16. Down On The Borderline
17. Big Gun
18. Cyberspace

CDs 2-3 [LIVE B-SIDES]

CD 2

1. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (Sydney Festival 1/30/77)
2. Dog Eat Dog (Apollo 4/30/78)
3. Live Wire (Hammersmith Odeon 11/2/79)
4. Shot Down In Flames (Hammersmith Odeon 11/2/79)
5. Back In Black (Landover, MD 12/21/81)
6. T.N.T. (Landover, MD 12/21/81)

7. Let There Be Rock (Landover, MD 12/21/81)
8. Guns For Hire (Detroit, MI 11/18/83)
9. Sin City (Detroit, MI 11/18/83)
10. Rock And Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution (Detroit, MI 11/18/83)
11. This House Is On Fire (Detroit, MI 11/18/83)
12. You Shook Me All Night Long (Detroit, MI 11/18/83)
13. Jailbreak (Dallas, TX 10/12/85)
14. Shoot To Thrill (Donington Park, 8/17/91)
15. Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be (Donington Park 8/17/91)

CD 3

1. High Voltage (Donington Park 8/17/91)
2. Hells Bells (Donington Park 8/17/91)
3. Whole Lotta Rosie (Donington Park 8/17/91)
4. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (Donington Park 8/17/91)
5. Highway To Hell (Moscow 9/28/91)
6. Back In Black (Moscow 9/28/91)
7. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) (Moscow 9/28/91)
8. Ballbreaker (Madrid 7/10/96)
9. Hard As A Rock (Madrid 7/10/96)
10. Dog Eat Dog (Madrid 7/10/96)
11. Hail Caesar (Madrid 7/10/96)
12. Whole Lotta Rosie (Madrid 7/10/96)
13. You Shook Me All Night Long (Madrid 7/10/96)
14. Safe In New York City (Phoenix, AZ 9/13/2000)

LP

SIDE A
Stick Around
Love Song
Fling Thing
R.I.P. (Rock In Peace)
Carry Me Home
Crabsody In Blue

SIDE B

Cold Hearted Man
Snake Eye
Borrowed Time
Down On The Borderline
Big Gun
Cyberspace

 
DVD 1 “Family Jewels Disc Three”

VIDEOS
Big Gun
Hard As A Rock
Hail Caesar
Cover You In Oil
Stiff Upper Lip
Satellite Blues
Safe In New York City
Rock N Roll Train
Anything Goes

BONUS VIDEOS
Jailbreak
It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘N’ Roll)
Highway To Hell 
You Shook Me All Night Long 
Guns For Hire
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (LIVE Album Promo)
Highway To Hell (LIVE Album Promo)

BONUS FEATURES
The Making Of Hard As A Rock
The Making Of Rock N Roll Train

DVD 2 “Live At The Circus Krone”

Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be
Back In Black
Stiff Upper Lip
Shoot to Thrill
Thunderstruck
Rock N Roll Damnation
What's Next To The Moon
Hard As A Rock
Bad Boy Boogie
The Jack
If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)
Hells Bells
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Rock N Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution
T.N.T. 
Let There Be Rock
Highway To Hell
For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)
Whole Lotta Rosie

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  • http://marksaleski.com Mark Saleski

    mmm….my ears are ringing in anticipation!

  • Daverockh

    As an avid AC/DC fan since 1979, I have come to collect AC/DC recordings. I’m not the kind of fan that has to have everything AC/DC. But I do want every version of every song that I can get. At least to some degree (I mean, how many live versions of “Whole Lotta Rosie” does one need). Generally speaking. I am a collector of AC/DC tunes. Not much for memorabilia, just mainly the songs and concert footage. So when I saw that the “deluxe” version of this box set contained a DVD “LIVE AT THE CIRCUS KRONE” 2003. I knew my collection wouldn’t be complete without it. As for the CD’s I will be happy to have them. I actually already have all of these tracks in various forms, but I’m happy they are being release all remastered and such. So I have pre-ordered the deluxe version.
    But, try as I might, I am finding it hard to see how its worth $200. Of course I realize that its this expensive because fans like myself who are collectors will buy it. But It seems to me that fans like me are being taken advantage of by a money-grubbing record company. I mean come on…just put together a box set with the CDs, DVDs and a nice book. That would make me happy and also make this thing more reasonably affordable. The trinkets and so-called swag is cheesy and why do we need a 1 watt amp? I have broken down how much each item would cost under ordinary circumstances such as what a typical CD would cost, the price of DVDs and book, etc. and it doesn’t add up to $199.
    I wish SONY records would stop raping us and just sell us what we want at a fair price.
    But, On the other hand, I am looking forward to that Circus Krone DVD.