Friday, April 28, 2017

AC/DC - High Voltage

Release internationally as a compilation of the groups's first two Australian records - High Voltage and TNT - during the height of the punk movement, the guys were momentarily lumped into that genre before showing themselves to be the hard rock heroes that they have become.

While maintaining a lot of the boys' standard rock'n'roll tricks, "It's a Long Way To the Top (If You Wanna Rock'n'Roll)" adds nuance like plenty of harmonies and, incongruously, bagpipes! (Apparently, producer George found out that Bon had been in a pipe band in his youth, not realizing that he played drums! He learned though!). "Rock'n'Roll Singer" is a more stripped-down jam, they do some hard-rock blues in their sing-along paeon to VD, "The Jack", more chuggin' rock in "Live Wire", another chant-along with "TNT" ("Oi! Oi! Oi!") that culminates in a chromatic climbs and an explosion of guitar noise, a comparatively complex rocker (riffs galore!) in "Can I Sit Next To You Girl", they slow things down for the chunky "Little Lover", stomp on through "She's Got Balls" (not to be confused with "Big Balls", or any of their other "ball" songs!), and then wind things up with the big chords of the rockin', classic title track.

This is not thinkin' man's rock, but for a dumb good rockin' time, this is about as good as it gets!