On this day in music history: May 14, 1976 – “High Voltage” by AC/DC is released. Produced by Harry Vanda and George Young, it is recorded at Albert Studios in Sydney, Australia from Late 1974 – Early 1975. The album is the bands’ first to be released outside of their native Australia, and contains tracks from their first two Australian albums “High Voltage” and “T.N.T.”. The original Australian-only release features a noticeably different track listing and different cover artwork to the internationally released version. The international release contains only two tracks from the original Australian version, with the other tracks being taken from the “T.N.T.” album. It include the hits “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘N’ Roll)”, and “T.N.T.”. Originally released in the US on Atlantic Records’ Atco imprint, “Voltage” only peaks at number one hundred forty six on the Billboard Top 200, but over time it become one of the bands most popular and best loved albums. The song is also prominently featured at the end of the comedy “School Of Rock”, when it is performed by the students and actor Jack Black. Remastered and reissued on CD in 1994, it is remastered again in 2003, also re-releasing the album on vinyl when AC/DC move their catalog from Atlantic to Sony Music’s Epic Records. “High Voltage” is cerified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
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