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AC/DC: The Final Salute – The First Steps

Released only in Australia the original High Voltage wasn’t anything special, but follow-up T.N.T. put AC/DC on the road to fame and success…

Already earmarked by Ted Albert, the main man behind his father’s Albert Music company (Australia’s leading independent record label and publishing house), as something special, AC/DC were just a year old when they went into Albert’s own studios in Sydney to record their debut album.

Formed in November 1973 by the 20-year old guitarist Malcolm Young, the band had spent a year honing their raw, electrifying rock’n’roll around Australia’s notorious hotel circuit. With Malcolm’s 18-year old brother Angus on lead guitar and Welsh-born, fellow immigrant Dave Evans as singer, a procession of drummers and bassists had passed through as they searched for a solid line-up.

With Evans, AC/DC had recorded the single Can I Sit Next To You, Girl at Albert Studios in early 1974. However, by the time they set to work on their first album, eight months down the line, he’d been replaced by their roadie, Bon Scott. With elder Young brother George helping out on drums and bass when needed (along with his fellow Easybeats band member Harry Vanda, he would also act as producer), as well as the now recognised trio of Young, Young and Scott, sometime members Pete Clack and Tony Currenti played drums and bassist Rob Bailey contributed to some tracks.

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