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T.N.T. is the second studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released in December 1975. Seven of the album's nine songs were written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young, and Bon Scott. "Can I Sit Next to You Girl" was written by Young & Young, and "School Days" is a cover version of a Chuck Berry song.

It was originally released on Albert Productions, and was never reissued by another label. However, most of its contents were included on Atlantic Records' High Voltage album, which was released internationally in May 1976.

Overview

T.N.T. marked a change in direction from AC/DC's debut album, High Voltage, which was released in February 1975. Whereas High Voltage featured more of a glam rock-influenced sound, T.N.T. saw the band fully embrace the formula for which they would become famous: hard-edged, rhythm & blues-based rock 'n' roll. This album contains some of the band's best-known songs, including the title track, "It's a Long Way to the Top ", "The Jack", "Rocker", and "High Voltage".

Two singles were released from the album - "High Voltage" (July 1975) and "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" (December 1975).

T.N.T. also led to more AC/DC appearances on Australia's Countdown music programme, following those in support of the Australian High Voltage album. These appearances included a live performance of the song "T.N.T.", as well as a music video for "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)". Filmed on 23 February 1976, the video featured the band's then-current lineup, along with members of the Rats of Tobruk Pipe Band, on the back of a flat-bed truck travelling on Swanston Street in Melbournemarker, Australia. On 1 October 2004, Melbourne's Corporation Lane was renamed ACDC Lanemarker as a tribute to AC/DC, with the decision being based in part on this video.

International release

T.N.T. is the only Australian AC/DC studio album for which there is no international counterpart. However, seven of its nine songs comprise the international version of High Voltage, released in May 1976. The other two, "Rocker" and "School Days", saw worldwide release as part of Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap's international version (1976/1981) and the Bonfire box set (1997) respectively.

Track listing

All songs composed by Angus Young, Malcolm Young, and Bon Scott, except where noted.

  1. "It's a Long Way to the Top " – 5:15
  2. "Rock 'n' Roll Singer" – 5:04
  3. "The Jack"* – 5:52
  4. "Live Wire" – 5:49
  5. "T.N.T." – 3:34
  6. "Rocker" – 2:51
  7. "Can I Sit Next to You Girl" (Young, Young) – 4:12
  8. "High Voltage" – 4:22
  9. "School Days" (Chuck Berry) – 5:23
  • This is the original version with the lyrics about Bon having sex with a woman with Gonorrhea who lied about being a virgin, but is more subtle. The lyrics are altered when it is played live.

Original release vs. Remastered release

The original 1975 LP release featured longer versions of "Can I Sit Next to You Girl", "High Voltage" and "Rocker" compared to the versions heard on later CD releases:

  • "Rocker" originally cuts out abruptly as the riff hits its peak, but on the 1986 CD release and the 1995 remastered CD release the song fades out before the cut.


  • “High Voltage” originally finished with a sustained guitar note followed by a single hit of the snare drum. This version was included on the 1986 CD release, however the 1995 remastered CD release contains the version heard on the international High Voltage album release, which has the song fade out before the sustained note.


Both of these original versions were finally released worldwide on the 2009 box set Backtracks.

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Covered

Canadian punk rock band Dayglo Abortions covered "The Jack" from this album for the tribute to AC/DCentitled A Punk Rock Tribute to AC/DC. Also, Canadian thrash metal band Annihilator covered "Live Wire" on a recorded live concert on the album Bag of Tricks.

External links

  • Lyrics on AC/DC's official website



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