Marc us Hook Roll Band Tales Of Old Grand-Da ddy
Parlophone First released in 1973 and now reissued with five bonus tracks, this release holds more importance than you may imagine: it’s actually the first recordings by Angus and Malcolm Young - we all know what that led to! Being mainly soul-influenced, the music is not what we’d associate with the Young brothers. However there are some interesting moments in places, like the opening to Quick Reaction, which definitely sounds like ‘proto AC/DC’. The album was one of many studio projects by George Young and Harry Vanda (better known for their time in The Easybeats), and George thought he’d involve his kid brothers to give them a taste of what recording was like. The title comes from the amount of Jim Beam bourbon that was consumed during the session, although the young Angus was apparently not allowed to participate! The memories of who played guitar on what appears to be somewhat fuzzy but there is some good stuff here like the the slow blues solo on Silver Shoes And Strawberry Wine, while Ape Man reminds us of Rocket by Def Leppard, even though it was done a lot earlier. An interesting curiosity, but also an enjoyable album in its own right.