TALES OF OLD GRAND-DADDY    CD/vinyl/digital download    Release date - June 2nd 2014  Warner Music / Rhino      Order On Amazon  CD - http://po.st/MarcusHookRollBand  Vinyl - http://po.st/MarcusHookTalesVinyl    ________________________________    FULL REISSUE FOR LEGENDARY PRE-AC/DC OUTIFT    Who is this mythological group? I can tell you that there is no such person as Marcus Hook. Nor does the ‘band’ originate from the borough of Marcus Hook in Pennsylvania. This ‘band’ only ever existed in the studio, releasing three singles and one album in the early ’70s. If any of these turn up on internet auction sites today, collectors bankrupt their PayPal accounts to win them. But the scariest fact is that if the Marcus Hook Roll Band had come out of the studio, played live, travelled the world, promoted their records, and found the success they certainly deserved, then the whole AC/DC phenomenon probably would never have got off the ground. Do we have your attention now?   George Young and Harry Vanda – Credit Philip Morris   [VandaYoung_credit_PhilipMorris (2)_LOW.jpg]The Marcus Hook Roll Band is one obscure, but significant, persona of the legendary partnership of Harry Vanda & George Young. Their better known personas are the ‘60s beat phenomenon The Easybeats, and later the mysterious entity Flash and The Pan. Dutchman Harry Vanda and Scottish George Young first met as displaced teenagers in an immigration hostel in Sydney, Australia. Capitol Records in the USA expressed an interest in having an album from The Marcus Hook Roll Band having heard the single ‘Natural Man’.    The Album - Tales of Old Grand-Daddy    The main recording was during July/August 1973 in Sydney.  A key ingredient was the duty free supplied by producer Alan “Wally” Waller—Jim Beam Old Grand-dad bourbon whiskey — hence the album name.    [YoungYoungYoung_credit_PhilipMorris (1)_LOW.jpg]George Young explained  “We had Harry, myself and my kid brothers, Malcolm and Angus. We all got rotten, except for Angus, who was too young, and we spent a month in there boozing it up every night. That was the first thing Malcolm and Angus did before AC/DC. We didn’t take it very seriously so we thought we’d include them to give them an idea of what recording was all about.”   Angus, Malcolm and George Young – credit Philip Morris            Richard Lush the engineer explains …  “The sessions were great fun, fuelled with plenty of Old Grand-Dad bourbon. Angus Young drank milk. Angus and his brother Malcolm played guitars as well as Harry.”    The production notes, recently unearthed at Abbey Road reveal that on many of the tracks Malcolm Young shared rhythm guitar and guitar solos.  The Kentucky bourbon seems to have affected everybody’s memory. For instance, there is some great slide guitar on the album but no-one can remember who supplied it. Harry thinks it might have been Kiwi born Kevin Borich, but Kevin does not remember being there. Wally vaguely remembers Malcolm doing some slide-guitar, but really can’t be sure. So the challenge for the astute listener is to figure out which licks and solos belong to a seventeen year old Angus Young. We’ve got our money on the second guitar in the ‘Cry For Me’ lead break.    Tracklisting    CD & DD:  1. Can't Stand The Heat  2. Goodbye Jane  3. Quick Reaction  4. Silver Shoes & Strawberry Wine  5. Watch Her Do it Now  6. People and the Power  7. Red Revolution  8. Shot in the Head  9. Ape Man  10. Cry For Me    11. One Of These Days (Previously Unreleased)  12. Natural Man (1972 A-Side of Regal Zonophone RZ 3061)  13. Moonshine Blues (1974 B-Side of ‘Can't Stand The Heat’ BASF ý– 06 19196-0)  14. Louisiana Lady (1973 A-Side of Regal Zonophone RZ 3072)  15. Ride Baby Ride (Previously Unreleased)      Vinyl:  Side 1  1. Can't Stand The Heat  2. Goodbye Jane  3. Quick Reaction  4. Silver Shoes  5. Watch Her Do it Now    Side 2  1. People And The Power  2. Red Revolution  3. Shot In The Head  4. Ape Man  5 Cry For Me 
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