AC/DC – High Voltage (1975)

Posted: October 20, 2008 in Album Reviews, Feature Week
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AC/DC – High Voltage (1975, Atlantic)

  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

Band Lineup:
Bon Scott – Lead Vocals & Bagpipes
Angus Young – Lead Guitar
Malcolm Young – Rhythm Guitar & Backing Vocals
Mark Evans – Bass & Backing Vocals
Phil Rudd – Drums

Produced by: Harry Vanda & George Young

Total Time = 44:37

AC/DC official website

HIGH VOLTAGE is one of my favorite AC/DC albums but, before I discuss the record, I need to clarify the album’s history. This version is the international version released in May 1976 but the original Australian debut was released in February 1975 with a different tracklisting. Only two songs from the Australian release made it onto the international: ‘Little Lover’ & ‘She’s Got Balls’. The other seven songs on this international version of HIGH VOLTAGE come from the band’s December 1975 Australian only sophomore effort….. T.N.T. So if we look closely at this version of HIGH VOLTAGE, it’s really T.N.T. minus two songs.

HIGH VOLTAGE was my second Bon Scott era AC/DC album, the first being the classic HIGHWAY TO HELL (1979). I grew up listening to this album without even knowing it! For as long as I can remember, local Rock radio stations have been playing 6 out of 9 songs from this album with regularity. The only three I’ve never heard on the radio are ‘Can I Sit Next To You Girl’, ‘Little Lover’ and ‘She’s Got Balls’ and they are all solid songs with that sleazy/sinister Bon Scott vocal over a Blues riff. ‘It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)’ (one of my Top 5 AC/DC songs of all-time), ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Singer’ and the title track are my three favorite songs on the album, I especially like the bagpipes on ‘It’s A Long Way To The Top’ because it adds a distinct element to the song. ‘Live Wire’, ‘The Jack’ and ‘T.N.T.’ are radio and concert staples and I hear them all the time so I get a little burnt with them. Don’t get me wrong, all of them are great songs, just overplayed in my area.

Bottom Line:
Probably the best AC/DC album that everyone forgets about! Every song is classic and shows that, even though they were a young band, AC/DC were already at the top of their game. I reach for this record more than I do HIGHWAY TO HELL or the landmark BACK IN BLACK (1980).

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