|Produced by Vanda & Young|
|Released on May 1976|
|US RE-CHART POSITION #146 (1982) . . . GOLD RECORD (3/2/81), 2x PLATINUM (11/30/93)|
|Find it at GEMM|
|CS 36-142 cover|
W ell, the satyrís in seventh heaven with this one. This isnít the original Australian version of High Voltage (their first elpee) but the US version that was essentially a repackage of TNT. (For some reason, American distribution companies seem to delight in doing albums from Down Under all over.) As such, this version of High Voltage served as AC/DCís first American release, penetrating the bottom of the charts (sorry, itís contagious) and eventually selling over two million copies here. Itís an electrifying debut, the bandís signature sound already established: the power chords, the flashy guitar solos and Bon Scottís salacious sneer. What separated AC/DC from the rest of the rock & rollers was an animal intensity colored by eccentricity. You could look back at bands like Mott The Hoople or Alice Cooper and find some precedent there, but they were really glam bands, touched by a certain feyness thatís totally absent in AC/DCís music. (The bandís name and Scottís cross-dressing stunt suggest they toyed with the idea originally.) On this album, all the hallmarks are there: the double entendres (ďThe JackĒ), the anti-establishment attitude (ďRock ĎNí Roll SingerĒ), the trenchant force of their music. If their music hasnít changed much over the years, maybe itís because AC/DC has steadfastly refused to grow up. The perspective would change, of course, as the band went from pursuing fame to living with it, but theyíve always forsaken more mature pastures for the kingdom of Id. The formula was refined on later albums like Dirty Deeds, though at the cost of some of their original intensity. On High Voltage, itís all intense, balls-to-the-wall action from start to finish (only the early ďLittle LoverĒ lacks their patented punch). If you like Bon Scott-era AC/DC, youíve got to check this out. Youíll be shocked how good it sounds.
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|UK||May 1976||Atlantic||LP||K50257||picture sleeve|
|US||May 1976||Atco||LP/CS||SD/CS 36-142|
|CAN||October 1987||Atco||CD||CD 36-142|
|UK||July 1994||Atco||CD/CS||92413||digital remaster|
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