AC/DC ULTRA RARITIES
Here you will find the most valuable, rarest, hardest to find, and most sought after AC/DC collectibles in circulation. I will also attempt to give approximate values to these items.
"12 OF THE BEST"
12 Of The Best was an AC/DC "Best Of" album scheduled for release in 1978, but was scrapped at the last minute as the record co felt it would interfere with the Powerage album sales. Only a handful of the original Album cover proof sleeves were made, and found their way into some collectors hands. This 12" LP sleeve does not come with the record (as it was never pressed), but the sleeve itself is valued anywhere from $800-1200
There is also one known pressing of this album on Cassette, which DOES include the actual cassette of the album. This cassette is a unique release, and it is not known if others exist. Valued at approximately $1500 +
(Thanks Kim for the pic!)
1976 GOLD RECORD PRESENTATION 7" SINGLE
March 1st 1976, Albert had AC/DC's first gold record award ceremony held in Melbourne, Australia for their gold record sales status in Australia for both High Voltage and TNT. The record company sent out these 7" single gold colored invitations to those invited to attend. This is MEGA RARE and valued anywhere from $500 and up.
AC/DC 1976 AUSTRALIAN TOUR PROGRAMME
In 1976 AC/DC had issued a tour programme for their Australian tour, which featured Bon and Angus on the front cover. The programme was available in Australia only, and was pulled about half way through the tour for a comment printed inside quoted on Mark Evans' page "It takes a long time to make enough money to be able to fuck Britt Eckland" (though the quote was actually Bon's, as were all of the quotes in the tour book). This book is EXTREMELY RARE and hard to find, valued at approximately $1000
AC/DC 1976 UK Autumn Tour Programme and 1977 UK Spring Tour Programme
Both of these tour programmes were issued in 1976, but for separate tours. The Autumn 1976 Tour programme during AC/DC's UK 1976 tour (Lock Up Your Daughters tour), their first appearance in the UK, when the Brits didn't know what was hitting them during AC/DC's first assault. The second was during the 1977 Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap tour, during Spring of 1977. Both programmes have the same front and rear covers, so are hard to tell apart this way, but have the appropriate tour dates/adverts and other differences inside. The 1976 one is rarer, and valued at about $300 or more to collectors. The 77 one is also very rare and valued about $250 and up. Both are MEGARARE!
1976 Inner page
1977 Inner page
AC/DC Can I Sit Next To You Girl/Rockin In The Parlour 7" single ALBERT AP-10551
This was the first AC/DC single ever made, and featured the original singer DAVE EVANS on vocals, Angus & Malcolm, Colin Burgess(Drums) & George Young (bass). This single is very rare and available in Australia only on the Albert label. valued between $400-500 to collectors.
AC/DC Can I Sit Next To You Girl/Rockin In The Parlour 7" PROMOTIONAL single ALBERT AP-10551
Even rarer is the Promotional release of this single, same Albert label and catalog #, however, the release date is printed on the A side of the label. worth $500+
AC/DC Original "A" Label ALBERT Australian 7" PROMOTIONAL Singles
The early AC/DC Promotional singles released by ALBERT were embossed with a large A on the A side of these promos. These are MEGA RARE and can be worth $400-500 a piece for such titles as "Whole Lotta Rosie", "Dog Eat Dog", "Baby Please Don't Go", and "Rock N Roll Damnation".
AC/DC Can I Sit Next To You Girl/Rockin In The Parlour 7" NEW ZEALAND Single Polydor, 2069 051
One of the Rarest and hardest to find AC/DC singles made is this one, released on the POLYDOR label in New Zealand, these are MEGA RARE and not too many are known to be in circulation. Valued at $700
AC/DC Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap/ There's Gonna Be Some rockin' 7" NEW ZEALAND Single Music World, MAS 222
Another MEGARARE AC/DC single from New Zealand, this single is issued on the unique and colorful Music World label, and is extremely hard to find. valued at approximately $300
AC/DC DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP LP NEW ZEALAND Music
World, MUFP 508
Another NEW ZEALAND release that is MEGA RARE is the Dirty Deeds album, issued on the Music World label. Very hard to find and valued approximately $200
AC/DC LET THERE BE ROCK LP SOUTH AFRICA Atlantic, ATC 9671
This version of the Let There Be Rock album released in South Africa features a very unique picture sleeve: green tinged background, and Green AC/DC logo and lettering. This was pressed this way in a limited quanity, and is MEGA HYPER RARE! There are two pressings, both are the same, however the original is from 1980 and is stamped on the back with a serial # imprinted into the sleeve signifying so. The reissue is from 1982, also stamped and signifying so. The 1980 original issue these days to collectors can be worth up to $400-450! The reissue $350-400!
AC/DC IF YOU WANT BLOOD YOU'VE GOT IT LP HOLLAND Atlantic, 50 532
The Netherlands issued a very limited editon (500 copies) release of the If You Want Blood album on Multi-colored SPLATTER vinyl. This is MEGA RARE and extremely hard to find. Some issues may also have a "limited edition" sticker on the front cover. Highly collectible and sought after, valued approximately $1000
AC/DC DOUBLE DYNAMITE SOUTH AFRICA 2LP Atlantic, ATD 11819
This MEGARARE release was issued in South Africa and featured the HIGH VOLTAGE (UK cartoon sleeve) and DIRTY DEEDS albums together in a special 2LP Set. This was also reissued as "2 originals of.." (where the original release depicted "double dynamite" on the cover). The Double Dynamite issue is UltraRare and valued about $400, the reissue (2 originals of") approximately $150-200
AC/DC JAPAN TOUR '81 12" PROMOTIONAL PICTURE DISC Atlantic, PS 180
This MEGARARE 12" picture disc released in Japan is very rare, and contains tracks from the Back In Black, Highway To Hell, and If You Want Blood albums. The original Japanese picture disc has a clear outer rim, and is valued approximately $200. This picture disc was later reissued in the UK (Atlantic, SAM 155) but with a black outer rim, and these are worth approximately $75-100
AC/DC LIVE FROM ATLANTIC STUDIOS PROMOTIONAL LP Atlantic, LAAS 001
This special promotional only LP was issued by Atlantic Records to help promote AC/DC in the states after they broke ground with their Let There Be Rock album and first U.S. tour. recorded live at the Atlantic studios on December 7, 1977, this LP features a great performance by the band, and was originally sent out with a promotional letter and post card. The full LP/post card/letter set is the hardest to find and valued $200, the LP alone can be worth $120 to collectors.
AC/DC HIGHWAY TO HELL LP GERMANY ORANGE VINYL Atlantic, 50 628
Germany issued the Highway To Hell LP on Orange/Yellow vinyl, which were later reissued on standard black vinyl. These are RARE and valued around $120 to collectors.
AC/DC Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution UK 12" Maxi Single COLORED VINYL Atlantic/WEA K 11630T
MEGARARE Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution 12" maxi single issued in the UK but with a UNIQUE BLUE VINYL record, only ONE copy is known to be in existence. Issued in the standard picture sleeve as the normal release. Value $500+-? Also another copy of this official single on YELLOW VINYL also only ONE copy is known to be in existence. Value $500+-?
Labels, catalog #'s, and matrix #'s all match up IDENTICAL and EXACTLY to the standard black vinyl issues. Other collectors have concluded that someone in the record plant thought to be funny and decided to press a few colored copies,...the end result- UNIQUE ONE OF A KIND MEGA RARITIES!
AC/DC BBC - IN CONCERT TRANSCRIPTION SERVICES PROMOTIONAL LP BBC, CN 2986/S
SUPERMEGARARE these promotional only BBC transcription discs were issued to radio stations: 1976, 1978, and 1980 versions were issued. The originals are extremely difficult to find, as they were supposed to all be sent back to the company for destruction. Some of these didn't get sent back, and made it into circulation. There is only a handful of known copies in existence, and all have GREEN/WHITE Labels, (not black/white labels as you will easily find Bootleg versions of). valued $500 and up
AC/DC 110-220 LP (Bootleg) Impossible Recordworks (IMP1-31)
This was the very first actual AC/DC bootleg LP issued in 1978 on the "Impossible Recordworks" label and contains the Live from the Atlantic Studios recording from NY City December 7, 1977. This record is ULTRARARE and valued at about $400
AC/DC Bon Scott's Last Oui Oui 2LP PICTURE DISC SET (Bootleg)
A Double picture disc set of this common bootleg set was also pressed, but somewhere supposedly of only 25 copies in existence! making this one of the rarest (if not the rarest) AC/DC Bootleg picture disc in existence. The double bootleg set can likely command up to $750-800 to collectors. A single picture disc of this was also released, which is also very rare, and valued highly (about $300-400).
AC/DC Serpents New American Facism LP (Bootleg)
Another of the rarest of all AC/DC bootleg LP's, this one was a test press and limited to somewhere of only 5 copies. The original's are known only to be in the hands of the original producers of this album and would likely sell for $400-500 if sold.
A reissue with a different sleeve was released later on, which is also very limited and very rare, valued probably in the $200-300 range.
AC/DC Live At Whitley Bay 2LP w/ COLOR INSERT(Bootleg)
This 2LP bootleg features a live show from AC/DC's Fly On The Wall Tour recorded at Whitley Bay, UK (Ice Rink) January 14th, 1986, and is limited edition to 500 numbered copies. However, the first few copies featured a color insert, where the remainder were black & white. The color insert versions are MEGARARE and valued $300
AC/DC And I Curdled Her Cream 2LP (Bootleg)
Limited edition 2LP bootleg containing a recording from Hobart, City Hall 1/7/ 1977 and limited to only 30 copies, which also includes a CD of the full show. MEGA RARE and valued approximately $250+
AC/DC The Little Cunts Have Done It 2LP (Bootleg)
Limited edition 2LP Bootleg containing a recording from Hobart, City Hall 1/7/ 1977 (Same as above), however, this one was actually the first release,(the curdled her cream release basically a repackaged cover of the same show). This 2LP boot is limited to 150 copies and is VERY RARE. Valued approximately $200
BAD BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN Bootleg LP TEST PRESSING
Black Vinyl 2LP test pressing of this release, limited editon test pressing of 10 copies only comes in a different unique picture sleeve than the standard bootleg release, and the labels don't come glued to the records. The CD that comes with the regular set has the same picture sleeve as the LP's have on the test pressing. (Thanks Kim for the info and pics!)
T.N.T. LP Australian Albert YELLOW LABEL APLPA-016 (YAPA X1213)
Bizarre find of the Australian Albert LP but with a yellow label instead of the standard black(dark blue)label or red label reissue. possibly a mispress or likely some sort of test press...? or possibly a pirate from another country? also housed in a NON GATEFOLD SLEEVE, unlike the standard issue! MEGARARE probably worth $400+ (thanks Kim for the pic)
AC/DC LET THERE BE ROCK/PROBLEM CHILD YUGOSLAVIA 7" single w/Pic Sleeve (SUZY ATL 11018)
AC/DC ACETATE PRESSINGS
Acetates are pressed to check whether or not the original music recording was successfully transferred to disc. sometimes only one Acetate is made, sometimes more. An acetate looks like a vinyl record, but is really a metal plate covered with a layer of acetone. They will generally have hand written labels. Acetates are very rare and hard to find.