AC/DC – T.N.T. (Australia only) (1975)

FrontCover1T.N.T. is the second studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released only in Australia, on 1 December 1975.

After the success of the single “Baby, Please Don’t Go” and the album High Voltage, AC/DC returned to Albert Studios in Sydney to record their second LP with producers George Young and Harry Vanda. George is the older brother of guitarists Malcolm Young and Angus Young and had enjoyed his own success in the group the Easybeats. T.N.T. marked a change in direction from AC/DC’s debut album, High Voltage, which was released on 17 February 1975; whereas High Voltage featured some experimentation with the styles of its songs and had a variety of personnel filling multiple roles, T.N.T. saw the band fully embrace the formula for which they would become famous: hard-edged, rhythm and blues-based rock and roll. They also simplified their personnel system and would use it from then on out, which was Angus strictly playing lead guitar, Malcolm Young playing rhythm guitar, and the drummer and bassist being the only ones to play drums and bass guitar respectively on the albums. In Murray Engleheart’s book AC/DC: Maximum Rock & Roll, producer Harry Vanda states, “I suppose there might have been one or two tracks on the first album, a few things that they were experimenting with, which probably later on they wouldn’t have done anymore. So I suppose you could say that T.N.T was the one that really pulled the identity; like, this is AC/DC, there’s no doubt about it, that’s who it’s going to be and that’s how it’s going to stay.”

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In Clifton Walker’s 1994 book Highway to Hell: The Life and Times of AC/DC Legend Bon Scott, bassist Mark Evans speaks about the band’s creative process during this period:

Malcolm and Angus would come up with riffs and all that, and then we’d go into the studio. Malcolm and George would sit down at the piano and work it out. Malcolm and Angus would have the barest bones of a song, the riff and different bits, and George would hammer it into a tune. Bon would be in and out when the band was recording backing tracks. Once the backing track was done, he would literally be locked in the kitchen there at Alberts, and come out with a finished song.

T.N.T. contains some of the band’s best-known songs, including the title track, “It’s a Long Way to the Top”, “The Jack”, and “Rocker.” (by wikipedia)

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Originally unveiled in December 1975, T.N.T. was the second AC/DC album released in their native Australia, but is often overlooked outside the Land Down Under because its best tracks were later combined with those from the band’s first domestic album, High Voltage, for reissue as their international debut from 1976 — also entitled High Voltage. Confused? That’s actually quite understandable, since the songs culled from T.N.T. also formed the backbone of that international release, including the entire, flawless first album side, made up of such all-time classics as “It’s a Long Way to the Top,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll Singer,” “The Jack,” and “Live Wire.” T.N.T.’s B-side was nearly as formidable: boasting both of those Australian album title tracks — the proto-punk crunch of “T.N.T.” and the suitably electrifying “High Voltage” — as well as a much-needed remake of the group’s very first single, “Can I Sit Next to You Girl,” recorded two years earlier with original singer Dave Evans.

All three also made it into the international edition of High Voltage, and as for the two tracks that did not: one was concert favorite, “Rocker,” which would be duly unearthed for the Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap LP, a short time later; and the other was a reverential but not exactly life-altering cover of Chuck Berry’s “School Days,” which eventually surfaced on the Bonfire box set. In other words, T.N.T., though largely lost to ancient history, was a stellar album in its own right, and especially crucial in that it marked AC/DC’s definitive break with their now seemingly heretical glam rock inclinations, in order to embrace the blue collar hard rock hat would forever after be their trademark. (by Eduardo Rivadavia)

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Personnel:
Mark Evans (bass)
Phil Rudd (drums, percussion)
Bon Scott (vocals, bagpipes on 01.)
Angus Young lead guitar)
Malcolm Young (guitar, background vocals)
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George Young (bass on 08.)
Tony Currenti – drums on 08.)

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Tracklist:
01. It’s A Long Way To the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll) (A.Young/M.Young/Scott) 5.16
02. Rock ‘n’ Roll Singer (A.Young/M.Young/Scott) 5,04
03. The Jack (A.Young/M.Young/Scott) 5.52
04. Live Wire (A.Young/M.Young/Scott) 5.49
05. T.N.T. (A.Young/M.Young/Scott) 3.34
06. Rocker (A.Young/M.Young/Scott) 2.49
07. Can I Sit Next To You Girl (A.Young/M.Young) 4.12
08. High Voltage (A.Young/M.Young/Scott) 4.02
09. School Days (Berry) 5.23

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AC/DC’s co-founder and creator Malcolm Young has died aged 64.

The legendary guitarist passed away surrounded by family, following a long battle with dementia.

Born 6 January 1953 in Glasgow, Scotland, before emigrating with his family to Australia in 1963, Young was best known for being the driving force behind the band he co-founded with his younger brother Angus in 1973.

He wrote the band’s material and came up with many of their biggest and best guitar riffs. AC/DC would go on to become one of the biggest rock bands in history, racking up hits including “Back In Black”, “Highway to Hell”, “You Shook Me All Night Long”, and many more. The brothers were credited as co-writers on every song they recorded, from their 1975 debut High Voltage to 2014’s Rock or Bust.

In April 2014 it was announced that Young would take a temporary leave of absence to receive treatment for dementia, before retiring permanently in September that same year.

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He was replaced by his nephew Stevie for the band’s last tour promoting the 2014 album Rock Or Bust, with his blessing.

Stevie, the son of Young’s oldest brother Stephen, previously filled in for Malcolm during the band’s Blow Up Your Video world tour in 1988 when he was struggling with alcohol issues. Some fans apparently did not notice the switch, due to Stevie’s striking resemblance to Malcolm and similar style of playing.

An official statement was posted on the band’s Facebook page confirming the news of Young’s death.

“Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young,” it read.

“Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band. (by independent.co.uk)

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Malcolm Young (6 January 1953 – 18 November 2017)
Thanks a lot for all these High Voltage Rock N Roll !
RIP

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