Marc us Hook Roll Band Tales Of Old Grand-Da ddy

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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.

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