Backtracks [CD & DVD]

Backtracks [CD & DVD]

by AC/DC

Overview

As handsome as this package is -- or in the case of the super limited edition, housed in a working guitar amp, as ridiculous -- Backtracks is essentially just a clearinghouse for AC/DC rarities, rounding up all the released tracks and videos that have yet to appear on a collection, throwing in a full-length DVD of 2003 for good measure. In other words, it's a set designed for the kind of diehard who would purchase a box set housed in a working amplifier, but its pleasures aren't limited to the dedicated, particularly when it comes to early AC/DC. Prior to 1979's Highway to Hell, all the band's LPs differed in their Australian and international incarnations (one, 1975's TNT, was just cannibalized for other albums), so there are quite a few stray tracks -- a full 12, ranging from the priceless boogie "R.I.P. (Rock in Peace)" to the throwaway instrumental "Fling Thing," plus alternate takes of "High Voltage," "It's a Long Way to the Top," "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap," and "Ain't No Fun (Waiting Round to Be a Millionaire)" (only available on the deluxe, giving another good reason to opt for the big set). The studio disc is rounded out by some OK latter-day tracks, highlighted by "Big Gun" from the Last Action Hero soundtrack and the nifty little rocker "Cyberspace," and it's quite nice to have all these cuts rounded up. If the live tracks aren't quite as noteworthy, it's largely because there have already been several live releases -- proper albums, box sets, and home videos alike -- but the quality of the two CDs is quite high, opening with a clutch of Bon Scott cuts before settling into a stretch from a dynamite set from Detroit's Joe Louis Arena in 1983, then finding the group trotting around the globe on the third disc. This is supplemented by a DVD dubbed Family Jewels 3, a disc that rounds up all the videos not on the original double-disc collection, including a pair of clips from 2008's Black Ice ("Rock N Roll Train," "Anything Goes"), and alternate takes of seven videos featured on the original compilation. Finally, Backtracks ends with that 2003 show, finding AC/DC in a relatively small venue in Munich, tearing through a concert that relies heavily on early classics. It's a set list that could pretty much be called a hardcore fan's dream, which makes it a fitting close to this box, because if this is anything, it's one for the fans, the ones who have stuck with the band though 35 years of unrelenting rock & roll.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/31/2017
Label: Imports
UPC: 0889854129224
catalogNumber: 5043229

Tracks

Disc 1

  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

Disc 2

  1. Dirty Deeds Done Cheap
  2. Dog Eat Dog
  3. Live Wire
  4. Shot Down in Flames
  5. Back in Black
  6. T.N.T.
  7. Let There Be Rock
  8. Guns for Hire
  9. Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution [Joe Louis Arena, Detroit MI, Nov 1
  10. This House Is on Fire [Live
  11. You Shook Me All Night Long
  12. Jailbreak
  13. Highway to Hell
  14. For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) [Tushino Airfield, Moscow, Sept
  15. Safe in New York City

Disc 3

  1. Big Gun
  2. Hard as a Rock
  3. Hail Caesar
  4. Cover You in Oil
  5. Stiff Upper Lip
  6. Satellite Blues
  7. Safe in New York City
  8. Rock N Roll Train
  9. Anything Goes
  10. Jailbreak
  11. It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'N' Roll) [Multi
  12. Highway to Hell
  13. You Shook Me All Night Long
  14. Guns for Hire
  15. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
  16. Highway to Hell
  17. The Making of Hard as a Rock
  18. The Making of Rock N Roll Train
  19. Menu Audio

Album Credits

Performance Credits

AC/DC   Primary Artist
Brian Johnson   Vocals
Bon Scott   Vocals
Mark Evans   Bass
Phil Rudd   Drums
Chris Slade   Drums
Cliff Williams   Bass
Angus Young   Guitar
Malcolm Young   Rhythm Guitar
Arnaud Durieux   Completion
Simon Wright   Drums

Technical Credits

John H. Jackson   Producer
AC/DC   Recording Producer
Brian Johnson   Composer
Bon Scott   Composer
Bruce Fairbairn   Producer,Recording Producer
Robert John "Mutt" Lange   Producer,Recording Producer
Brendan O'Brien   Recording Producer
Rick Rubin   Producer,Recording Producer
Phil Rudd   Director
Harry Vanda   Producer,Recording Producer
Angus Young   Composer
Malcolm Young   Composer
Sam Horsburgh   Producer
Quaglieri   Producer
David Mallet   Director
Andy Morahan   Director,Direction
Rocky Oldham   Producer
George Young   Producer,Recording Producer
Lisa Bryer   Producer
Eric Dionysius   Director
Paul Drane   Director
Eric Mistler   Director
Chris Stevenson   Producer
Jeff Tanner   Producer

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