CS 36-142 High Voltage
Produced by Vanda & Young
Released on May 1976
US RE-CHART POSITION #146 (1982) . . . GOLD RECORD (3/2/81), 2x PLATINUM (11/30/93)
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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.

TRACK LISTING

  1. IT'S A LONG WAY TO THE TOP (IF YOU WANNA ROCK 'N' ROLL)
  2. ROCK 'N' ROLL SINGER
  3. THE JACK
  4. LIVE WIRE
  5. T.N.T.
  6. CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU, GIRL
  7. LITTLE LOVER
  8. SHE'S GOT BALLS
  9. HIGH VOLTAGE

CREDITS

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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  
GER   Atlantic LP/CS ATL 50257/K450527  
BRA 1981 Atlantic LP 6047022  
CAN October 1987 Atco CD CD 36-142  
UK July 1994 Atco CD/CS 92413 digital remaster
US 2003 Sony CD 80201 digital remaster
KOR 2003 Epic CD CPK2926 digital remaster

 

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