High Voltage (1976 album)

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High Voltage
Studio album by AC/DC
Released 30 April 1976
Recorded 1974–75
at Albert Studios
in (King Street) Sydney,
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 44:37
Label ATCO
Producer Harry Vanda, George Young
AC/DC chronology
High Voltage
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Alternative cover
Original European cover

High Voltage is the first internationally released studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC. It contains tracks from their first two previous Australia-only issued albums, High Voltage and T.N.T. (both from 1975).

Originally released internationally on 30 April 1976 on Atlantic Records and in the US on 14 May 1976, this edition of High Voltage has proven popular, selling three million units in the US alone. However, initially the album was panned by some critics upon its release, including a review by Rolling Stone magazine's Billy Altman that called it an "all-time low" for the hard rock genre.[1] It was re-released in 2003 as part of the AC/DC Remasters series.


Prior to the release of the international version of High Voltage, AC/DC had already released their debut album under the same name High Voltage a year before in Australia only. This edition of the album had a different track listing. The international release only included two tracks from the original release. The rest of the songs were taken from AC/DC's second album T.N.T..[2] The international release of High Voltage also had two different album covers from the original: one featured a picture of Angus Young as he appeared on the cover of the Australian single for "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)". An alternative cover was used on the international version's European release.[3]

Most editions of the international album have a version of "It's a Long Way to the Top" that is shorter than the original album version. The full length version is 5:10, while the edited version shortens the last chorus causing the track to fade out early at 5:01. Vinyl editions of the international album contain the edited version. The 1994 remastered CD on Atco Records replaced the edited version of the track with the full length version. The 2003 remastered CD on Epic Records reverted it back to the edited version.

The original version of "High Voltage" which features on the T.N.T. album was longer and finished with a sustained guitar note followed by a single hit of the snare drum. The international version has the song fade out before the sustained note.

In popular culture[edit]

Randy Couture used the song "Live Wire" as his entrance song at UFC 102. The cover was shown in an episode of The Cosby Show during the first season. The song "T.N.T." was featured in the movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby [4] and video game Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[5]
Blender 4/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone (unfavorable) (1976)[7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars (2003)[8]

High Voltage was initially subject to mixed reviews, but garnered positive reception over the years. Allmusic's review, by Stephen Thomas Erlewine, praised Angus Young's "monster riffs" which appear to be easy but give the music its strength and this allows Scott to be "somebody who never hid the notion that lurking behind the door are some bad, dangerous things, but they're also fun".[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs credited to Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Bon Scott except where noted.

Side A[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)"   5:01
2. "Rock 'n' Roll Singer"   5:04
3. "The Jack"   5:52
4. "Live Wire"   5:50

Side B[edit]

No. Title Length
5. "T.N.T."   3:34
6. "Can I Sit Next to You Girl" (A. Young, M. Young) 4:12
7. "Little Lover"   5:37
8. "She's Got Balls"   4:51
9. "High Voltage"   4:03

Published by J. Albert & Son Pty Ltd.

Tracks 7 & 8 were previously released on the band's first Australian studio album High Voltage in February 1975. The rest were previously released on the band's second Australian studio album T.N.T. in December 1975.


Additional personnel[edit]



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  2. ^ Engleheart, Murray (2003). High Voltage (CD booklet). AC/DC. Epic Records. pp. 7–8. EK 80201. 
  3. ^ Saulnier, Jason (30 September 2011). "Mark Evans Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Soundtracks". IMDB. 24/3/15. Retrieved 24/3/15.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  5. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "High Voltage – Allmusic". Retrieved 29 November 2009. 
  6. ^ Twist, Carlo. "High VoltageBlender". Retrieved 29 November 2009. [dead link]
  7. ^ Altman, Billy (16 December 1976). "High Voltage". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  8. ^ Kot, Greg (25 February 2003). "High Voltage". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 29 November 2009. 
  9. ^ Engleheart, Murray & Arnaud Durieux (2006). AC/DC: Maximum Rock N Roll. p. 144. ISBN 0-7322-8383-3. 
  10. ^ Fink, Jesse (1 November 2013). The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC. Ebury Australia. ISBN 9781742759791.