- Released: February 18, 2003
- Originally Released: 2003
- Label: Sony
Q - 10/94, p.1343 Stars
- Good - "...a stripped-down intimacy that suits no-frills rockers..."
Uncut - 9/03, p.1234 stars out of 5
- "...A pleasure, as always..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 12/00, p.84
"...It established their style of stripped-down, simple, riff-heavy, blues-and-boogie music and dirty-fun lyrics..."
- 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
- 6.Can I Sit Next To You Girl
- 7.Little Lover
- 8.She's Got Balls
- 9.High Voltage
This is a Hyper CD, which contains regular audio tracks and also provides a link to the artist's website with the help of a web browser.
AC/DC: Bon Scott (voclas); Malcolm Young, Angus Young (guitar); Mark Evans (bass); Phil Rudd (drums).
The 2003 edition of HIGH VOLTAGE includes liner notes by Murray Engelheart.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Bon Scott (vocals); Malcolm Young, Angus Young (guitar); Phil Rudd (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Ted Jensen.
Liner Note Author: Murray Engleheart.
Photographers: Dick Barnatt; Erica Echenberg; Colin Stead; Michael Putland; Philip Morris.
HIGH VOLTAGE was the first chance America had to glimpse the raw power of Australia's best hard rock outfit. From their earliest days, lead guitarist Angus Young, a spastic dwarf-like riff-monger who wore nothing but traditional schoolboy attire, led this band of hooligans with gleeful perversity and balls-out ambition. The group's intent is perfectly clear from the disc's opening power chords: to distill rock and mutate the blues down to its barest essentials in a pulverizing whomp. Riding over the top of the battering rhythm section is the all-too-true sneer of vocalist Bon Scott, who brings sexist anthems to a previously unachieved high (or low, depending on your reference point).
With over-the-top show-stoppers about gonorrhea ("The Jack"), HIGH VOLTAGE is not for the faint of heart. The single from this record, "T.N.T," got AC/DC into rock radio rotation and gave metal fans a template of the brand of molten lava the band would later weld into perfection. The formula for which the group would eventually become famous--songs based around three crunching power chords and the high-pitched squeal of a man who sounds like he's just been unleashed from the reformatory--is firmly established here.