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High Voltage

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  • 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.

    Posted on December 11, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now