AC/DC ‎– Back In Black

Albert Productions ‎– APLP.046, Albert Productions ‎– APLP-046
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Red label with Yellow strobe marks.

Recorded at Compass Point Studios April-May 1980.
Made by E.M.I. (Australia) Limited, Sydney, N.S.W.

(C) 1980 J. Albert & Son Pty. Ltd.
(P) 1980 Albert Productions

Cat. number on cover: APLP.046
Cat. number on label: APLP-046

First Press with inner double sheet.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, runout, stamped): APLP 046 A MAXICUT
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, runout, stamped): APLP 046 B MAXICUT

Other Versions (5 of 362) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
450 735 AC/DC Back In Black(Cass, Album) Atlantic 450 735 Greece 1981 Sell This Version
A-32003, A-32004 AC/DC Back In Black(LP, Album) Atlantic, Atlantic A-32003, A-32004 Venezuela 1982 Sell This Version
ATL 50 735, K 50 735 AC/DC Back In Black(LP, Album, RE) Atlantic, Atlantic ATL 50 735, K 50 735 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
EPC 510765 5, 5107655000 AC/DC Back In Black(Hybrid, DualDisc, Album, RM, PAL) Epic, Epic, Albert Productions, Albert Productions EPC 510765 5, 5107655000 UK & Europe 2005 Sell This Version
ATL 50735 AC/DC Back In Black(LP, Album, Mono) Atlantic ATL 50735 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version


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January 15, 2019
2nd highest selling album of all time - and yet they've never gotten a grammy award. I think that says a fair about about those awards.


August 26, 2018
edited 4 months ago
I have re-registered another tape. AC/DC - Back In Black White cassette with blue writing. Depositor has light blue lettering "AC / DC - Back In Black" on narrow rear web. Does anyone know this version? Which year of publication could this version have?


April 21, 2018
I couldn't find a certain pressing, and I was hoping someone could help.

Side A:::
Label: ST-A-804517-SP
Label is distinctively white and black

Side B:::
Label: ST-A-804518-AR
Label is distinctively grey and black

Any insights?


May 17, 2017
I have added some extra cover and inner sleeve pics. It appears there are 2 versions of the 1st press Australian album. Both are identical except for the outer and inner sleeves. The 2nd release has a textured embossed outer sleeve and sealed top opening envelope inner sleeve unlike the 1st version which has a flat outer sleeve which is slightly glossier than the 2nd version as well. The inner sleeve on version 1 is a gatefold as per the image vs the record envelope style on version 2. Also the paper is a heavier gauge for the gatefold inner vs the envelope inner. This could theoretically be given it's own release in the database but the vinyl appears to be identical.


March 18, 2014
Aussie one, Maxicut.
First Mother, and the closest related records to the Father,
Aussie presses are very very good, and they generally did not stretch the life of the stampers to far, because the population base was so small, they were not compelled to.
Aussie issues on many many records are good to get for that very reason... you know that the overall quality of the issue is higher.

If they stretch the life of the stampers too far, it will lower the overall standard of the entire issue, and it is just pot luck whether you get the first stamp, or the 500th one.
Its sort of an unwritten ideal to not stamp past 300 presses with a stamper, so if they stretch to 500 ..and beyond, then the quality will deplete....and the further you go, the faster it depletes.

These sort of generalisations are a bit dangerous, because technology changes the parameters considerably between the introduction of stereo in the mid sixties to the digital take over in the late eighties, but I think that they are pretty accurate for 1980... Aussie vinyl is a bit of a hidden treasure chest of high quality pressings... Aussies are a bit rough around the edges, but they are very musically motivated, and have never tolerated shit live performances... the pub scene for live music is utterly ruthless. the same can be said for quality vinyl.... such a small population is a massive advantage with mass produced vinyl.


February 27, 2014
so the first press ever is the australian one?
which press is the best in your opinion?


March 19, 2011
I think this has to be AC/DC's best work. It was certainly their last one before they made a comeback with Razor's Edge. The performance on every song is outstanding and the guitar work is fantastic. AC/DC isn't very political so their message is always relevant: a somewhat hedonistic "let's have a good time".


February 23, 2010
edited over 6 years ago
& Uncredited Bon Scott might have helped write this one.
Landmark album, one of only a handful, which could be described as genre defining. Remembering clearly the excitement of opening the shrink wrap around this vinyl for the first time, and its still sounding as good as it did that day.
But, there’s something not quite right about this album.
Bon Scott is not credited with any of the writing on Back In Black. – IMO & in many others this was a big oversight. Many years later the band attempted to correct this with the inclusion of Back In Black on the Bonfire Box set. One clearly understands the presence of Atlantic Studios ’77 - Highway To Hell Outtakes – & Bon Scott’s Last Oui Oui, but why include Back In Black?
Many propagated the idea Bon wrote lyrics on this album because that writing style resembles what we’d all heard prior to Back In Black. Think the high standard set with Go Down, Gone Shootin’ , Problem Child, Touch Too Much.
The Brian, Angus & Malcolm combo write far differently, Guns For Hire, Thunderstruck, Hard As A Rock & We know from interviews with Cliff and Phil they are not involved too much with the whole writing & construction process.
To make comparisons with future material might help to confuse everyone further. There are tracks on For Those About To Rock, which for me echo a strong Bon quality Let Me Put My Love Into You. Put The Finger On You.
This is all pure conjecture until you examine the facts & witness testimonials. Bon wrote heaps of songs that never got used, probably the most available & acknowledge as a real corker is Carry Me Home. In addition there could exist recordings of AC DC with Bon performing “I’m A Rebel” – Young & Young didn’t like how this exercise worked out & the track found its way to Accept who went on to make it famous.
Malcolm Dome claims in 1980 Bon showed him notes in London’s Koko (then The Music Machine) and recalls reading “she told me to come, but I was already there.” Malcolm Young states Scott was working on drums (Have A Drink On Me/Let Me Put My Love Into You)in the studio last time he saw him, so perhaps Bon should be credited still further rather than not at all.
However you look at this Bon's body was discovered on 19th February 1980, the band took the painful & difficult decision to continue, & they play their first gig with Brian 29th June 1980. So its a fact that within four or so months the band recruited BJ, wrote, recorded, mixed, released (late July) and rehearsed the live performance of Back in Black, an album which without doubt contains some of the greatest rock tracks of all time & certainly serves as a "high point" in the band's carrier.
IMO This album is the cullmination of years of writing, working and handcrafted skill. The writing and compositions here are clever & would never be repeated.