AC/DC have been honoured with their own stamp pack in Australia, however the collection is now facing a backlash over certain album covers.
Available to buy for $23 (around £13) from the Australia Post website, the stamp pack features 20 x $1 Map of Australia stamps together with cover images of AC/DC albums in the stamp tabs.
An (extremely angry and expletive strewn) article on Melbourne based website Noise11.com points out that Australia Post have used the US editions of three album covers instead of the Australian originals, seemingly in error.
AC/DC stamps © Australia Post
The first ‘wrong’ album cover is ‘High Voltage’. Rather than featuring AC/DC’s 1975 debut album, Australia Post opted to use the 1976 international album of the same name that features songs from ‘High Voltage’ and ‘T.N.T’ – both of which were only released Down Under.
Noise 11 also took exception to Australia Post featuring the Hipgnosis designed international artwork for ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’ rather than the illustrated artwork that adorned early copies in Australia and New Zealand.
Also causing contention is the inclusion of 1984 EP ’74 Jailbreak’ that was only issued in the United States, Canada, Brazil and Japan and features five Bon Scott tracks that had previously been released in Australia.
'Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap' & 'Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap'
Echoing the sentiment of Noise11, Triple M host Wil Anderson reportedly said: “I think they should be called un-Australian Post… this is absolutely disgraceful.”
Despite the ire, the description of the record covers on the Australia Post website describes them as ‘the band’s most successful albums’. Strictly speaking, the international versions of the albums have sold the most units and therefore the description is factually correct.
In keeping with this, in a statement to Music Feeds, an Australia Post spokesperson justified the inclusion of the international covers saying the stamp collection actually “reflects the biggest selling AC/DC albums worldwide.”
“We’re thrilled to showcase this terrific achievement with AC/DC,” they added.
AC/DC in 1976 © REX/Shutterstock