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High Voltage

AC/DC Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 May 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000024ZAY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AC/DC`s 1st European Release & Its Great. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Where it all began 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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5.0 out of 5 stars The start of something great!!!!!! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars rock from start to finish 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars this one gotta a hold on me 2 Dec 2003
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Format:Audio CD
Essentially '74 jailbreak with a couple of extra tracks. This is a taste of ac/dc as they were they were coming onto the scene. Not as heavy as some of the later stuff like 'let there be rock', but the riffs are there and they are corkers.
The track 'love song' is an example of what many of us didn't think would ever exist, ie, a ballad! It is up to you to decide whether you like it or not (i like it). The likelyhood is that it was a take-the-mick' number, but whatever their motivation for recording this track, when compared to the rest of the album it's hardly suprising that they stuck to the hard stuff. 'Soulstripper' is the undoubted highlight of the album, and is as good as anything you'll ever hear from the band.
Angus was probably still growing into his shorts when acca dacca released this one, but by then he already knew how to rock.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Friend was delighted with this present
The packaging was neat and safe and my friend was delighted to receive this CD and was very pleased when he played it.
Published 4 months ago by Magpie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, hard-rocking debut
I bought this album about five years ago, after buying "Back In Black" and being so impressed that I decided to delve further into the Aussie rockers' back catalogue. Read more
Published 10 months ago by A. Sweeney
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Great classic Rock album !!!! ( lost my original ) amusing and cleverly written lyrics turn the volume up to 11
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Finally managed to get the Australian version of High Voltage its been a long wait but worth it. Delivery was prompt and the product properly protected for transit and as described... Read more
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I'm no expert of this band but in the main enjoy their music and decided to supplement my collection. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Graham Kitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
I'm new to AC/ DC and i love them. This is their first UK album and its great. Just like all the Bon Scott era albums. Would highly recommend it.
Published 13 months ago by GlynIlson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill
This is the real AC/DC at there best I have to say I'm not a fan of the new cd they have bought out, Bon scot at his best
Published 14 months ago by fireblade
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoy listening to this
I found a copy of this album that had been uploaded to youtube and decided to go legit and buy the CD :) It wasn't much money and now I can listen to it in my car. Read more
Published 14 months ago by R. L. Stevenson
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!
this is a very good album as most people now know, AC/DC are really growing on me, buy this.. you will love it!
Published 14 months ago by Jamie Hinton
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