RELEASE
November 10, 2009
LABEL
Legacy
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Album Rock, Aussie Rock, Arena Rock

Album Review

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, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Stick Aroundhttps://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Love Songhttps://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Fling Thinghttps://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. R.I.P. (Rock in Peace)https://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Carry Me Homehttps://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Crabsody in Bluehttps://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Cold Hearted Manhttps://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Snake Eyehttps://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Borrowed Timehttps://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Down on the Borderlinehttps://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Big Gunhttps://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Cyberspacehttps://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap [Live]https://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Dog Eat Dog [Live]https://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. Live Wire [Live]https://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Shot Down in Flames [Live]https://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. Back in Black [Live]https://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. T.N.T. [Live]https://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. Let There Be Rock [Live]https://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. Guns for Hire [Live]https://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  21. Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution [Live]https://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  22. This House Is on Fire [Live]https://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  23. You Shook Me All Night Long [Live]https://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  24. Jailbreak [Live]https://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  25. Highway to Hell [Live]https://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  26. For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) [Live]https://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  27. Safe in New York City [Live]https://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  28. Big Gun [Video] [DVD]https://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  29. Hard As a Rock [Video] [DVD]https://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  30. Hail Caesar [Video] [DVD]https://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  31. Cover You In Oil [Video] [DVD]https://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  32. Stiff Upper Lip [Video] [DVD]https://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  33. Satellite Blues [Video] [DVD]https://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  34. Safe In New York City [Video] [DVD]https://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  35. Rock N Roll Train [Video] [DVD]https://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  36. Anything Goes [Video] [DVD]https://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  37. Jailbreak [Video] [DVD][*]https://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  38. It's a Long Way To the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'N' Roll) [Video] [DVD][Ahttps://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  39. Highway To Hell [Video] [DVD][*]https://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  40. You Shook Me All Night Long [Video] [DVD][*]https://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  41. Guns For Hire [Video] [DVD][*]https://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  42. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap [Video] [DVD][Live][*]https://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  43. Highway To Hell [Video] [DVD][Live][*]https://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  44. [Bonus Features]https://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  45. The Making of Rock N Roll Trainhttps://itunes.apple.com/album/backtracks/id576003045?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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