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First AC/DC Album High Voltage Turns 40

by Paul Cashmere on February 18, 2015

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‘High Voltage’, the debut album for AC/DC, turned 40 this week.

AC/DC ‘High Voltage’ was released through Albert Productions in Australia only on 17 February 1975.

The album was recorded at Albert Studios in Sydney on November 1974 and was produced by Harry Vanda and George Young.

George Young also played bass on the record. Mark Evans was made the official bass player in March 1975.

Session musician Tony Currenti played drums on all tracks except ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’ (made with Peter Clack).

Clack was the AC/DC live drummer for 10 months until he was sacked and replaced by Phil Rudd in January 1975. Both Rudd and Evans appear in the first video for ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’, filmed at the ABC Studios that same year by Countdown.

‘High Voltage’ peaked at no. 7 on the Australian Kent Music Chart and sold 350,000 copies in Australia. The album was not released outside Australia. AC/DC released their second album ‘TNT’ in December 1975. The international release of ‘High Voltage’ on April 30, 1976 was a combination of the first two Aussie releases.

The single ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’, a cover of the 1935 Big Joe Williams blues song, peaked at no 20 on the Australian singles chart. It was the second AC/DC single. The first ‘Can I Sit Next To You Girl’ featured original singer Dave Evans on vocals. It reached no 50 in August 1974. The song was re-recorded with Bon Scott on vocals for the second album ‘TNT’.

AC/DC – High Voltage tracklisting

Baby Please Don’t Go
She’s Got Balls
Little Lover
Stick Around
Soul Stripper
You Ain’t Got A Hold On Me
Love Song
Show Business



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