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High Voltage Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Enhanced

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The collection of early tracks that introduced the U.S. to AC/DC! Includes T.N.T.; The Jack; Live Wire; High Voltage , and more.

In 1976, when the Eagles, Peter Frampton, and Heart ruled the rock airwaves, along came five scruffy young men (the lead guitarist was maybe all of 18 and dressed in a schoolboy's uniform) from Australia playing some of the rowdiest, hardest, dirtiest rock of all time. Screaming "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)," singer Bon Scott teased like a braggart. Sensing the rock community's growing dissatisfaction with bloated, epic-scaled bands, AC/DC were indeed a high-voltage act: their drummer nailed the beat with fury, their bluesy guitar riffs mutated into something metallic and sharp-edged, and Scott's vocals took the shrillness of early Robert Plant to a leaner and meaner place. "Live Wire" is one of the most electrifying hard rock songs imaginable, "High Voltage" and "TNT" are the musical equivalent of touching exposed nerves with a rusty fork, and "Jack" proves that white rock dudes can, contrary to popular belief, get down. Whew! --Lorry Fleming
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  • Audio CD (February 18, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Enhanced
  • Label: Sony Epic
  • ASIN: B00008BXJ6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (324 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,439 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful By The Groove on September 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is the American debut of AC/DC, and from the moment this record was released, rock and roll as we knew it would forever change. The last line of that sentence may sound a bit corny, but anyone who's familiar with the AC/DC story knows it's also true. However, "High Voltage" wasn't initially greeted with love in America. As the liner notes state, it got a scathing review in "Rolling Stone" in 1976, when Billy Altman dismissed the record as an exercise in "calculated stupidity." Well, not only has this record gone multiplatinum, but it also helped secure the band an esteemed place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Not bad for "stupidity," huh? Anyway, "High Voltage" is really a compilation of the group's first two Australian albums and it's one of the essential AC/DC recordings of the Bon Scott era. The essence of "High Voltage" and AC/DC is pretty much summed up in the infectious "Rock and Roll Singer," which is nothing more than a carefree tribute to having a good time and dodging responsibility. Other highlights are "TNT" the bluesy drive of "The Jack," and the excellent "Live Wire." The production has a somewhat raw and bluesy feel; it sounds like the band recorded the album right in your own living room. "High Voltage" has been remastered by Sony, and the booklet has interesting liner notes and great photos of the band. Along with "Powerage" and "Highway to Hell," "High Voltage" is one of my favorite pre-"Back in Black" AC/DC albums and should be one of your first purchases, even if you already have the original pressings of the LP, cassette or CD.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By J. E FELL on March 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
"High Voltage" was one of the first albums I purchased when I was in Junior High School. I finally decided to replace my pop filled album copy with this newly minted remaster. It sounds great especially without all the pops from my album version. The US release of "High Voltage" was an eye opener in 1976 for the unknowing US buyers. The Young brothers unleashed their patented blues/boogie riffs on the unsuspecting stateside public still accustomed to singer-songwriters. The catchy riffs eventually became favorites of rockers everywhere. The album is actually a compilation of two albums issued earlier in their Australian homeland "High Voltage" and "TNT". "High Voltage" also features original bass player Mark Evans along with long time drummer Phil Rudd. Bon Scott's vocals provide a boozy swagger missing from the current version of the band fronted however admirably Brit screamer Brian Johnson. The set contains a number of classics like "It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'N' Roll)", and "Live Wire". My own personal favorites are the double-entendre filled "The Jack", "TNT" with its "Oi! Oi! Oi!" chant and "High Voltage". The other tracks are also interesting. This is one of their best albums especially from the period when Bon Scott was in the band. The new disk also contains a link to a website with more information about the making of the album, pictures, tour dates from their tour to promote "High Voltage" and other interesting items for fans of the band.Read more ›
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By D. Haralson on August 10, 2005
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This is definetly one of the best AC/DC albums. It is basically a compilation of the "best" songs from their first two Australian albums. Every song on here is excellent.

1. It's A Long Way To the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)-5/5. Simply one of the best rock songs ever. Heavy riffing, great Bon Scott vocals and a bagpipe solo. It actually fits the song very well. The best song on the album.

2. Rock 'n' Roll Singer-4/5. Another great guitar riff with great Bon Scott vocals. AC/DC were always at their best when their songs were about the rock lifestyle.

3. The Jack-5/5. Very bluesy, slow song about being with a woman who has an STD. As disgusting as it may sound, the lyrics actually describe it as a card game. Very witty. One of the best songs on here.

4. Live Wire-4/5. A little slower and a lot less raw than the rest of the album. The lyrics and vocal delivery make up for the lack of raw power.

5. T.N.T.-4/5. This song is pure attitude. Very heavy beat that keeps your head bobbing. Another great vocal performance from Bon Scott.

6. Can I Sit Next To You Girl-4/5. Very upbeat with a bit of a dancy feel, in a rock 'n' roll way!! Cool, sexually charged lyrics. AC/DC are very good at this type of song.

7. Little Lover-5/5. Another bluesy number with great guitar playing. Lyrically, it's about spending a little "quality time" with an underage groupie. Great vocals from Scott.

8. She's Got Balls-4/5. This is probably my least favorite song on the album. It still has a classic title and excellent lyrics with a great vocal. A little less raw than the other songs.

9. High Voltage-5/5. Another great raw energy and attitude track. Upbeat and exciting.
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