|AC/DC - T.N.T. CD album |
T.N.T. is the second studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released on 1 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 Angus & Malcolm Young prior to Scott's involvement in the band, and "School Days" is a cover version of a Chuck Berry song.
T.N.T. was originally released on Albert Productions, and has never been reissued by another label. However, most of its contents were included on Atlantic Records' High Voltage album, which was released internationally in May 1976.
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 Young strictly playing lead guitar, Malcolm Young strictly playing rhythm guitar, and the drummer and bassist being the only ones to play drums and bass guitar on the albums. T.N.T. contains some of the band's best-known songs, including the title track, "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)", "The Jack", "Rocker", and "High Voltage".
were released from the album – "High Voltage" (July 1975), "It's a Long
Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" (December 1975) and
"T.N.T." (March 1976). "High Voltage" was the first song written and
recorded for the album, the title inspired by that of the previous
album. Issued as the first single before the T.N.T. sessions began, many fans thought it was from High Voltage. Chris Gilbey of Albert Productions later claimed this caused a late surge in that album's sales. T.N.T.
was released in a gatefold sleeve, with the inside depicting the
various members on mock-ups of police identification cards, listing
apparent aliases and partially obscured personal details including
birthdates (only Bon Scott's is readily visible and Angus Young's
birthyear is shown as 1959 (not 1955) in keeping with his schoolboy
persona as this made him appear 16 instead of his real age of 20).
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 Melbourne, Australia. On 1 October 2004, Melbourne's Corporation Lane was renamed ACDC Lane as a tribute to AC/DC, with the decision being based in part on this video.
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.
All songs credited to Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Bon Scott, except where noted.
- "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" – 5:15
- "Rock 'n' Roll Singer" – 5:04
- "The Jack" – 5:52
- "Live Wire" – 5:49
- "T.N.T." – 3:34
- "Rocker" – 2:49
- "Can I Sit Next to You Girl" (A. Young, M. Young) – 4:12
- "High Voltage" – 4:22
- "School Days" (Chuck Berry) – 5:23