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  • Audio CD (4 May 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000024ZAY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,360 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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Even this early in their career, AC/DC realised that their brutally reductive take on rock & roll amounted to perfection of the form, and they've been reluctant to tamper with a winning formula ever since. High Voltage, their debut album, is remarkable in the context of AC/DC's vast, awesomely single-minded discography for containing what remains AC/DC's lone foray into experimentation in nearly three decades: the delightfully incongruous bagpipe solo in the opening track, "It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock & Roll)". Elsewhere, business as usual: drums like the plods of a lumbering dinosaur, bass like the ominous rumbleof a waking volcano, the 17-year-old Angus Young's guitars as crude and effective as circular saws. Vocalist Bon Scott is on fine, defiantly self-aggrandising form: the title track and "TNT" were two of the most irresistibly, cretinous anthems he would ever write, which is high praise indeed. --Andrew Mueller

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By JT on 15 Sep 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album drips with classic song after classic song. Even today they still play songs off of this album. The Opening track "Its A Long Way To The Top [ If `Ya Wanna Rock `n`Roll] is simply one of the Rock/Metals best most single minded tracks ever. A classic that has been wheeled out at every Heavy Metal disco around the world since it was released. And it`s got Bagpipes in it as well !!!
"Rock`n`Roll Singer" is one of those tongue in cheek moments that Bon Scott did so well. "The Jack" shows the bands & Bons sense of humour off perfectely a song about VD deliverd as a tune about playing cards. This song is still played in the bands set even today its simply a legend of a track "Live Wire" has one of the greatest intros to a Metal tune ever a pumping bass line leading to a light chord delivery before they turn it all up & go for it. This used to be the song the band started there live set of with for years & it still gets aired at gigs occasionally. "TNT" was one of the bands encore numbers for years & they wheel it out even now. "Can I Sit Next To You Girl" has Bon back on his Tongue in cheek form again, Great tune with a great Rock`n`Roll intro. "Little Lover" & "She`s Got Balls" the titles say it all really fun fun fun. before there anthem "High Voltage" ends the album. This is one of those simple tunes you wished you`d written & has been in the bands set for 30 years. This album is better than most of the modern Metal Stuff we`ve been getting for the last decade & it`s 30 years old !

In an era of overblown souless metal this takes you back to a time when Rock/Metal was fun. Simple as Hell but dripping a great sense of humour & loads of great stomping fist pumping air guitar playing fun. If you don`t have this in your Rock/Metal collection then your collection `aint worth anything'!!!Go buy
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "jsl0120002" on 14 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
This was AC/DC's first international release way back in 1976, but you can tell from the first riff of the opening track that they meant business and were in it for the long-term. The sheer blend of no-nonsense, high energy and volume rock n' roll, lyrics that would make a sailor blush, and stinging bluesy solos was a blend so intoxicating that it has lost none of it's power nearly 30 years on.
All subjects relating to rock n roll are here, the easy girls, the excessive drinking and the drug taking are all covered using Bon Scott's unique rsping yet cartoonish voice in songs that are so essential, that if you are not at least stamping your feet to it, there is something seriously wrong with you.
Malcom Young (Rhythm Guitar) slams the chords, creating the boogie feeling in the majority of AC/DC's songs, while Angus create's the most stinging solos you will ever hear. The rhythm section is as solid as ever and this only strengthens the stomping beat of the songs.
This is the sound of a band indulging in all of the pleasures and perils of rock'n'roll, careering towards self-destruction and enjoying every minute of it! This was definitely the start of something huge...........
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By "steven_reid69" on 25 Sep 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is AC/DC's first album, and may be their best. The riff's, oh man, the riff's on this album are some of the best you'll ever hear. Stripped to the bone , they are the most catchy AC have ever writtin. And with all great albums, there is not a bad or weak track on the album. From the faster High Voltage and It's A Long Way To The Top to the sublime The Jack, the band push all the right buttons. And we have Bon Scott on vocals, one of the best rock singers in history. Do yourself a favour if you have yet to get into AC/DC, start here. The later albums just don't compare to their early work. Even Back In Black is a weak album in comparison. The song, T.N.T. was on the latest Tony Hawk game, and shows this album is as vital today as it ever was. Also check out Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Powerage, Let There Be Rock, If You Want Blood You Got It and Highway To Hell all of which capture AC/DC at their very best, before the tragic death of Boo Scott. They have made some good albums since he died, but nothing beats the Bon Scott era. And the Angus Young's solos and riffs are just dead on the money. Checccck them out. Your life will not be complete without them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. I. Watts on 9 Sep 2009
Format: Audio CD
I bought this on the back of delving further into AC/DC catalogue and was not disappointed with the result. Although 'Highway to Hell' and 'Back in Black' are classic albums in their own right, its very easy to stop there and overlook other rock n'roll gems that define AC/DC as the legendary band that they are today. 'High Voltage' contains all the traits that determine what makes a decent AC/DC album: straight-up riffing, tongue-in-cheek lyrics and just plain simple rock n'roll! The production is raw, offering a live feel to the point where you can almost visualise Bon Scott and his merry men performing in the same room as you. Although there are a few fillers such as 'She's Got Balls' and 'Little Lover' which just plod along, this is made up from several other great tracks such as the cracking opener 'Its a long way to the top (if you wanna rock n'roll)' and fist-pumping title track which brings the album to a close in spectacular style!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By chris stanton on 13 Oct 2005
Format: Audio CD
this is a excellent album with great riffs and vocals from start to finish, TNT has the unmistakeable start of an original AC/DC album, the jack has agreat rhythm and I just cant say enough about it's a long way to the top, the fiffs and stunning bagpipes from bon make this album a must buy, this is my 12th AC/DC album, and I regret not getting this one first, you must get this if you are a classic rocker or a new boy no matter what you are make sure you get this classic album. peace out
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