|Watts in a Tank|
|Studio album by|
|Released||1980 (Netherlands), 1981 (United States)|
|Studio||DMC Studio (Baarn)|
Watts in a Tank is the first album released by the Dutch musical group Diesel. It was first released in the Netherlands in 1980 by Polydor,and was released in the United States by Regency in 1981. The album was reissued on compact disc by One Way in 2002.
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