Legendary rockers AC/DC are now reaching a third generation of fans, however for the long-time, hard core fans that go back to the early 70's with the band from "down under", the box set Backtracks is the real gem to go after. Just close your eyes at the cash register when the price tag appears at $225.
Although there is also an alternative version available without the book, posters, buttons and amp.
However what you get in this Deluxe Collectors Edition is three CDs full of classic, live and rare tracks, two DVD's full of concert footage, a special 180 gram LP, a 164-page coffee table book, an assortment of memorabilia, all boxed up in a fully functional, one-watt amplifier.
Of course, all the memorabilia and book aside it is the music that really counts the most and Backtracks certainly delivers the goods, but if you are looking for a greatest hits or best of package don't look here.
For this set is not only full of oddball, live and unreleased tracks, but even many of the familiar song titles are alternative versions.
More than half of the music on the CDs are taken from the early roots of the band between 1974 and 1978, the years before the passing of original singer Bon Scott.
The last third of the CDs revolve around the Brian Johnson-era, the vocalist responsible for filling the very large shoes of the late front man Scott.
For the die-hard, "I've got to have everything" AC/DC fan, Backtracks is certainly as close to the Holy Grail as you are ever going to get. Albeit a very expensive one.