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AC/DC/1st pressings (1975-1979)


Dear Bill,

Could you please provide a guide on how to identify original 1st pressings vinyl records both Atlantic (UK) and Albert production (Australian) of the records with Bon Scott (1975-1979).

Best regards


Hi Ron,

Thank you for your question. The following is a listing of all of the original AC/DC Australian and UK vinyl first pressings with their identifying qualities:

High Voltage -Australia -(Aus only pic sleeve) Albert APLP.009 (record label blue with kangoroo.)

T.N.T. - Australia - (Aus only pic sleeve) Albert APLPA.016 (record label blue with kangoroo.)

Dirty Deeds - Australia - (Aus only gatefold pic sleeve) Albert APLP.020 (record label blue with kangoroo), The original would have also included a merchandise order form for the AC/DC Song Book.

Let There Be Rock - Australia- (Aus only gatefold pic sleeve) Albert APLP.022 (record label blue.)

Powerage -Australia - Albert APLP.030 (record label blue)

If You Want Blood -Australia -Albert APLP.034 (record label blue, the picture sleeve would have a matted (not glossy) cover and red lettering)

Highway To Hell -Australia -(Aus only flames pic sleeve) Albert APLP.040 (record label black)

High Voltage UK- Cartoon Picture Sleeve Atlantic K50257 (record label dark green/orange).

Dirty Deeds UK- Atlantic K50323 (Sleeve printed by 'Gothic Press'.) (*note: "Made In UK" is printed on the record label of the reissue. The original version here would not have that.)

Let There Be Rock UK - Atlantic K50366  (sleeve printed by 'Shorewood packaging'.)

Powerage UK- Atlantic K50483 (Does not include "Rock 'N Roll Damnation") (Record label Dark green/orange.) "33 1/3" printed on the label.

If You Want Blood UK- Atlantic K50532 (record label- Orange/green label) (*note: "Made In UK" is printed on the record label of the reissue. The original version here would not have that.) The original release would also have included an AC/DC Merchandise sheet. The picture sleeve would have orange toned lettering.

Highway To Hell UK- Atlantic K50628 (record label- Green/orange), "Manufactured in the UK" printed on back sleeve of the album cover.

Best Regards, Bill


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