High Voltage is the first internationally-released album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC. Originally released on Atlantic Records, this edition of High Voltage has proven popular, selling 3 million units in the United States alone. However, initially the album was panned by some critics upon its release, including a review by Rolling Stone magazine 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.
|Studio album by AC/DC|
|Released||14 May 1976|
|Recorded||1974–1975 at Albert Studio, Sydney, Australia|
|Genre||Hard rock, blues-rock|
|Producer||Harry Vanda, George Young|
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Original Australian cover
Prior to the release of the international version of High Voltage, AC/DC had already released their debut album under the 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 Australian release, with the rest of its songs being pulled from AC/DC's second Australian album T.N.T.. The international release of High Voltage also had a different album cover than the original, featuring 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 original 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 version on the original Australian release. The full length version is 5:10, while the edited version fades 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 the song "High Voltage" featured on the Australian T.N.T. album was longer and finished with a sustained guitar note followed by a single hit of the snare drum. The version on the international "High Voltage" album has the song fade out before the sustained note.
In popular cultureEdit
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.
- "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" (edited version) – 5:01
- "Rock 'n' Roll Singer" – 5:04
- "The Jack" – 5:52
- "Live Wire" – 5:50
- "T.N.T." – 3:34
- "Can I Sit Next to You Girl" – 4:12
- "Little Lover" – 5:37
- "She's Got Balls" – 4:51
- "High Voltage" (edited version) – 4:03
Tracks 7 & 8 were previously released on the band's first Australian studio album High Voltage in Feb. 1975.
Tracks 1 - 6 & 9 were previously released on the band's second Australian studio album T.N.T. in Dec. 1975.
- Bon Scott – lead vocals, bagpipes (on "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)")
- Angus Young – lead guitar
- Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
- Mark Evans – bass, backing vocals
- Phil Rudd – drums
- Producers: Vanda & Young for Albert Productions
- Recording Studio: Albert Studios, Sydney, Australia
- Cover photo: Michael Putland
|United States||3,000,000||3x Platinum|