Backtracks CD (2009)

Artist: Ac/dc

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Throughout their 35 years of recording, AC/DC has had several tracks that have appeared in a myriad of places besides their official studio albums. From singles to soundtracks to promo samplers, their stray songs have been sought after by fans and highly collectible. Now, for the first time, Backtracks collects 12 of the band’s studio rarities and 15 live rarities and presents them in full remastered form to take their place along side the rest of the band’s canon (pun intended…). Includes the highly sought-after “Cold Hearted Man,” “Rock In Peace” and “Borrowed Time”. Also features “Big Gun” – never before on any AC/DC album!

The third disc brings the million-selling Family Jewels franchise up to date, covering 1993’s “Big Gun” through 2009’s “Anything Goes”. Also included are rare alternate videos for 4 songs as well as the promo clips for the LIVE album AND the previously unreleased “Guns For Hire.”

Specifications

Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
SKU 212577078
UPC 886975409921
UPC 14 00886975409921
Format CD
Release Date 11/10/2009
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Author Ac/dc
Compilation Appearance Beavis & Butthead Do America
Associated Artist/Work Hayseed Dixie
Features
Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Interactive Menus
Scene Selection
The Making Of Hard As A Rock
The Making Of Rock N Roll Train
Technical Info
Producer George Young; Chris Stevenson; Jeff Tanner; Lisa Bryer; Rocky Oldham; Deana Concilio; Harry Vanda; John Jackson; Rick Rubin; Robert John Lange; Brendan O'Brien; Bruce Fairbairn; Sam Horsburgh, Jr.; Al Quaglieri; Sam Horsburgh, Jr. (Compilation); John Jack
CatalogID 88697540992
Lable Name Legacy
Released 11/09/2009
Original Release 2009
Number of Discs 3
SPARE Code n/a
Length 213m : 25s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00886975409921
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Brian Johnson (vocals); Angus Young (guitar); Phil Rudd (drums).
Directors: David Mallet; Eric Dionysius; Paul Drane; Eric Mistler; Andy Morahan.
Editor: Jonathan Wendell.
Photographers: Steve Double; Jeffrey Mayer; Kevin Kane ; George Bodnar; Mike Cassese; Luke MacGregor; Phillip Morris; Colin Stead; Bob King ; George Chin; Jim Houghton; Ebet Roberts; Michael Putland; Sara Johannessen; Michael Halsband; Barry Plummer; Tony Mottram; Larry Busacca; George Desota; Bob King .
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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Q (Magazine) (p.131) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The live material shows the band in their element....Flawless performances of 'Hells Bells' and 'Live Wire' explaining why they're still one of the most thrilling live acts."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.87) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[G]loriously energetic, high voltage rock'n'roll..."
Artist Bio
AC/DCAC/DC's mammoth power chord roar became one of the most influential hard rock sounds of the '70s. In its own way, it was a reaction against the pompous art rock and lumbering arena rock of the early '70s. AC/DC's rock was minimalist -- no matter how huge and bludgeoning the guitar chords were, there was a clear sense of space and restraint. Combined with Bon Scott's larynx-shredding vocals, the band spawned countless imitators over the next two decades. AC/DC were formed in 1973 in Australia by guitarist Malcolm Young after his band, the Velvet Underground, collapsed (Young's band has no relation to the seminal American group). With his younger brother Angus as lead guitarist, the band played some gigs around Sydney. Angus was only 15 years old at the time and his sister suggested that he should wear his school uniform on-stage; the look became the band's visual trademark. While still in Sydney, the original lineup featuring singer Dave Evans cut a single called "Can I Sit Next to You," with ex-Easybeats Harry Vanda and George Young (Malcolm and Angus' older brother) producing.The group released two albums -- High Voltage and TNT -- in Australia in 1974 and 1975. Material from the two records comprised the 1976 release High Voltage in the U.S. and U.K.; the group also toured both countries. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap followed at the end of the year. Mark Evans left the band at the beginning of 1977, with Cliff Williams taking his place. In the fall of 1977, AC/DC released Let There Be Rock, which became their first album to chart in the U.S. Powerage, released in spring of 1978, expanded their audience even further, thanks in no small part to their dynamic live shows (which were captured on 1978's live If You Want Blood You've Got It). What really broke the doors down for the band was the following year's Highway to Hell, which hit number 17 in the U.S. and number eight in the U.K., becoming the group's first million-seller.After 1983's Flick of the Switch, AC/DC's commercial standing began to slip; they were able to reverse their slide with 1990's The Razor's Edge, which spawned the hit "Thunderstruck." While not the commercial powerhouse they were during the late '70s and early '80s, the '90s saw them maintain their status as a top international concert draw. In the fall of 1995, their 16th album, Ballbreaker, was released. Produced by Rick Rubin, the album received some of the most positive reviews of AC/DC's career. Ballbreaker entered the American charts at number four and sold over a million copies in its first six months of release. Stiff Upper Lip followed in early 2000 with similar results. The group signed a multi-album deal with Sony the following year that resulted in a slew of reissues and DVDs. The band returned to the studio in 2008 for Black Ice, an all-new collection of songs that was followed by the group's first world tour since 2001.
Disc 1
1 Stick Around,Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap - (live)
2 Love Song,Dog Eat Dog - (live)
3 Fling Thing,Live Wire - (live)
4 R.I.P. (Rock In Peace),Shot Down In Flames - (live)
5 Carry Me Home,Back In Black - (live)
6 Crabsody In Blue,T.N.T. - (live)
7 Cold Hearted Man,Let There Be Rock - (live)
8 Snake Eye,Guns For Hire - (live)
9 Borrowed Time,Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution - (live)
10 Down On the Borderline,This House is On Fire - (live)
11 Big Gun,You Shook Me All Night Long - (live)
12 Cyberspace,Jailbreak - (live)
13 Highway To Hell - (live)
14 For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) - (live)
15 Safe In New York City - (live)
Disc 2
1 Stick Around,Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap - (live)
2 Love Song,Dog Eat Dog - (live)
3 Fling Thing,Live Wire - (live)
4 R.I.P. (Rock In Peace),Shot Down In Flames - (live)
5 Carry Me Home,Back In Black - (live)
6 Crabsody In Blue,T.N.T. - (live)
7 Cold Hearted Man,Let There Be Rock - (live)
8 Snake Eye,Guns For Hire - (live)
9 Borrowed Time,Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution - (live)
10 Down On the Borderline,This House is On Fire - (live)
11 Big Gun,You Shook Me All Night Long - (live)
12 Cyberspace,Jailbreak - (live)
13 Highway To Hell - (live)
14 For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) - (live)
15 Safe In New York City - (live)
Product Attributes
Artist Ac/dc
Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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