High Voltage es el álbum debut de la banda australiana de hard rock AC/DC, lanzado el 17 de febrero 1975, seis de ocho canciones del álbum fueron escritas por Angus Young, Malcolm Young, y Bon Scott. "Stripper Soul" fue escrita por Angus y Malcolm, y "Baby, Please Don't Go" es una versión compuesta por Big Joe Williams. El álbum fue producido por Harry Vanda & George Young en los Albert Studios, Sídney. George quien también es hermano de Angus y Malcolm, participo musicalmente en algunos segmentos del disco como apoyo.
Fue lanzado originalmente por Albert Productions en Australia, y nunca ha sido reeditado por otro sello en este formato. La versión internacional de High Voltage que fue publicada por Atlantic Records en 1976, tiene una portada y lista de temas diferentes.
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One of the perennial complaints about AC/DC is that they've never changed -- and if that's true, High Voltage is the blueprint they've followed all their career. Comprised of highlights from their first two Australian albums -- 1975's TNT and its 1976 follow-up, also entitled High Voltage -- the album has every single one of AC/DC's archetypes. There are songs about rock & roll, slow sleazy blues, high-voltage boogie, double entendres so obvious they qualify as single entendres and, of course, the monster riffs of Angus Young, so big and bold they bruise the listener upon contact. It's those riffs -- so catchy they sound lifted when they're original, so simple they're often wrongly dismissed as easy -- that give the music its backbone, the foundation for Bon Scott to get dirty, and rockers never got quite as dirty as Bon Scott. Scott sounded as if you could catch a disease by listening to him. He sounded like the gateman at hell, somebody who never hid the notion that lurking behind the door are some bad, dangerous things, but they're also fun, too, and he made no apologies for that. But for as primal as High Voltage is, it's also a lot weirder and funnier than it's given credit for, too -- those are bagpipes that solo on "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Want to Rock & Roll)," and "She's Got Balls" is a perversely funny dirty joke. This is music so primal that it's enduring -- it feels like it existed before AC/DC got there, and it will exist long afterward. And if AC/DC did wind up bettering this blueprint in the future, there's no question that this original is still potent, even thrilling, no matter how many times they returned to the well, or how many times this record is played.
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