High Voltage

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
One of the perennial complaints about AC/DC is that they've never changed -- and if that's true, High Voltage is the blueprint they've followed all their career. Comprised of highlights from their first two Australian albums -- 1975's TNT and its 1976 follow-up, also entitled High Voltage -- the album has every single one of AC/DC's archetypes. There are songs about rock & roll, slow sleazy blues, high-voltage boogie, double entendres so obvious they qualify as single entendres and, of course, the monster riffs of Angus Young, so big and bold they bruise the listener upon contact. It's those riffs -- so catchy they sound lifted when they're original, so ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
One of the perennial complaints about AC/DC is that they've never changed -- and if that's true, High Voltage is the blueprint they've followed all their career. Comprised of highlights from their first two Australian albums -- 1975's TNT and its 1976 follow-up, also entitled High Voltage -- the album has every single one of AC/DC's archetypes. There are songs about rock & roll, slow sleazy blues, high-voltage boogie, double entendres so obvious they qualify as single entendres and, of course, the monster riffs of Angus Young, so big and bold they bruise the listener upon contact. It's those riffs -- so catchy they sound lifted when they're original, so simple they're often wrongly dismissed as easy -- that give the music its backbone, the foundation for Bon Scott to get dirty, and rockers never got quite as dirty as Bon Scott. Scott sounded as if you could catch a disease by listening to him. He sounded like the gateman at hell, somebody who never hid the notion that lurking behind the door are some bad, dangerous things, but they're also fun, too, and he made no apologies for that. But for as primal as High Voltage is, it's also a lot weirder and funnier than it's given credit for, too -- those are bagpipes that solo on "It's a Long Way to the Top If You Want to Rock & Roll," and "She's Got Balls" is a perversely funny dirty joke. This is music so primal that it's enduring -- it feels like it existed before AC/DC got there, and it will exist long afterward. And if AC/DC did wind up bettering this blueprint in the future, there's no question that this original is still potent, even thrilling, no matter how many times they returned to the well, or how many times this record is played.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/18/2003
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998020122
  • Catalog Number: 80201
  • Sales rank: 14,661

Album Credits

Performance Credits
AC/DC Primary Artist
Bon Scott Vocals, Group Member
Mark Evans Bass
Phil Rudd Drums, Group Member
Angus Young Guitar, Group Member
Malcolm Young Guitar, Group Member
Mark Tufty Evans Bass, Group Member
Technical Credits
Bon Scott Composer
Ted Jensen Remastering
Harry Vanda Producer
Angus Young Composer
Michael Putland Cover Photo
Murray Engleheart Liner Notes
George Young Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Classics! The excellent beginning of a long way.

    Excellent an album. Good has begun .AC/DC not when will not bother. It is music on all times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the begining

    ac/dc's first album and what an album it is with songs like tnt live wire its a long way to the top and the title track you cant go rong

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It is a long way to the top!

    The album High Voltage is high, I actually will give this album 4 1/2, but there is no 1/2 so I give it 5 instead. This has 9 song and my favorites are High Voltage and TNT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AC/DC got my attention, they ROCK!

    I like stuff that has heavier guitars, meaner vocals and less songs that are like this stuff. But if AC/DC can get my attention, it means that they are one heck of a classic band. THERE IS NO DENYING THAT FACT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this is their best album

    this is the best album because it was their first it was made in 1976 and singers from that era of time should know a lot about music and BON SCOTT one of the best rock n roll singers of his time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    i enjoyed this peice of classic rock

    for kids my age who are just getting into classic rock this is a great album to listen to i think that this CD is a great blend of ACDC and it shows how when they first came in to rock that they experimented with different instruments like bag pipes the last solo on it's along way to the top (if you want to rck and roll) kind of got annoying the first time i listened but i thought that it made it a better song in the end this CD blew me away

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    High Voltage

    This effort was not quite as outstanding as "Back in Black" or "Highway to Hell," but it's not too bad at all. Most of the songs sound the same, but "Live Wire" and "T.N.T." are absolutely superb. Don't buy this album unless you are sure you enjoy AC/DC's music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Their fusebox seemed a little low on this one

    I'm sorry, but this album just does not live up to my standards. Don't get me wrong, I love the song "T.N.T.", but many of these songs sound the same and often run too long. And since when do bagpipes and rock & roll make for a good combination? The guitars sound a little distorted as well. Even though Bon Scott has his voice in such fine form, High Voltage is an unfortunately immature debut.

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