Whole Lotta Backtracks
It’s an AC/DC box set. It’s got CDs, DVDs, an LP, book and a bunch of badges ‘n’ stuff.
That’s not all. See the image over there? That’s the box it comes in (and it’s a biggie – 12 inches on a side). The top bit is an actual, working amp. You can plug in and rock out while listening to the tracks. Ok, of course it’ll sound terrible, but that’s not really the point – it’s still cool and very fun.
You get three CD’s. The first contains a bundle of studio rarities and the other two are crammed with live rarities. Both contain songs from the early, Bon Scott days as well as tracks featuring Brian Johnson. All have been remastered and, in the cases of some of the early, original, numbers, missing parts have been restored.
The two DVDs contain live performances, including alternate versions of some songs you may have seen on earlier AC/DC DVDs (Family Jewels). In addition there are ‘making of’ features included.
As if that weren’t enough rocking, there is a real, actual, black-plastic, LP. This could be the tipping point for record geeks around the world – they’re frantically searching in every pocket they own for the money to buy this.
And it’s not cheap. It’s $256 or €178(ish). That’s a lot of cash to shell out for some Angusness.
“But wait,” they cry, “you’ve forgotten about the big, 164-page, coffee-table book crammed with rare and never-before-seen photos of the band. And you didn’t mention the ‘memorabilia’ like the posters, badges, photos, guitar picks, and such that are also buried in this box.”
“And the amp,” they say, “don’t forget – oh, wait, you mentioned the amp.”
So, while there’s no denying that this is an expensive addition to your collection, you do get a lot of stuff. I’m sure there are many that will be queueing up for it and some of you will find it a little harder to justify.
Have you seen the record, though?
More information and track listings at the official site.