High Voltage (1976 album)
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|Studio album by AC/DC|
|Released||30 April 1976 (UK)
14 May 1976 (US)
|Recorded||1974–1975 at Albert Studio, Sydney, Australia|
|Genre||Hard rock, blues rock|
|Producer||Harry Vanda, George Young|
Original European cover
High Voltage is the first internationally released album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC. It contains tracks from their first two Australia-only issued albums, High Voltage and T.N.T. (both from 1975). Originally released on Atlantic Records, 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. 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, which had a different track listing. The international release only included two tracks from the original release, with the rest of its songs being pulled from AC/DC's second album T.N.T.. The international releases of High Voltage also had different album covers from the original: one features 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.
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
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.
|Rolling Stone||(unfavorable) (1976)|
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".
|1.||"It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)"||5:01|
|2.||"Rock 'n' Roll Singer"||5:04|
|6.||"Can I Sit Next to You Girl" (A. Young, M. Young)||4:12|
|8.||"She's Got Balls"||4:51|
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.
Tracks 1 - 6 & 9 were previously released on the band's second Australian studio album T.N.T. in December 1975.
- Bon Scott – lead vocals, bagpipes on Track 1
- Angus Young – lead guitar, backing vocals on Track 5 
- Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
- Mark Evans – bass guitar
- Phil Rudd – drums
- Peter Clack - drums on "She's Got Balls" 
- John Proud - drums on "Little Lover" 
- Rob Bailey - bass guitar on "She's Got Balls"
- George Young - bass guitar on "Little Lover"
- Producers: Vanda & Young for Albert Productions
- Recording Studio: Albert Studios, Sydney, Australia
- Cover photo: Michael Putland
|United States||3,000,000||3x Platinum|
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