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Tales Of Old Grand Daddy

Marcus Roll Band Hook Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 Jun 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: PLG UK Catalog
  • ASIN: B00IZ64IHC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Introducing the first ever recordings by Angus and Malcolm Young of AC/DC fame!

The legendary album by the Marcus Hook Roll Band Tales Of Old Grand-Daddy is being re-issued with 2 previously unreleased tracks and 3 rarities.

The album is tough, perfectly structured and intelligent. A very convincing political and social sentiment runs through many of the songs, as does a strong soul/funk influence. And featuring the first recordings of Angus and Malcolm Young it’s a real must for AC/DC fans.

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5.0 out of 5 stars tales of vintage old grandaddy 11 July 2014
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Yes its not ac/dc even though the two young brothers of said band appear on the record with their elder brother George and Harry Vanda of the easy beats fame, that alone shoudn't detract from the quality the album has, Tracks like " Quick Reaction" does have that Highway To Hell chorus to it whilst "People And The Power" has a bluesy Hippy Protest vibe to it Whilst the quirky if amusing "Ape Man" induced me to a few giggles and the song "Watch her do it now" well leave it to your own Imagination as what the song is all about. Now as previously mentioned in a magazine the album was made under a haze of alcohol so its hard to tell wether malcolm or angus laid down their trademark guitars on each of the tracks but its got The Easybeats quality feel to it which means atleast its a lost album of sorts that's deserves a place on the top shelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 50's feel to the sound. 10 July 2014
By chiron
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I absolutely love this. Bought it on the recommendation of the 'Classic rock magazine' and also because it has Malcolm and Angus young playing on it. This is just a get down and have a good time feel to it , you cant help but love it. The vocals are split between Harry Vanda and George young and it is just pure rock n roll and i recommend it to anyone who just wants a cd that is unspoilt by technology in music but can take you back to the 50's with its music.
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I bought this as a big fan of AC/DC out of curiosity to hear Angus & Malcolm in their pre-AC/DC days. The description of "featuring the first recordings of Angus and Malcolm Young it’s a real must for AC/DC fans" suckered me in.

However this is about as far from AC/DC as you can get and is not a "real must" for Angus & Malcolm fans at all. This is for fans of Vanda & Young and their songs. Not that this is "bad" but it is not my cup of tea at all (I am mostly a hard rock fan). The booklet is nice, some great photos and interesting historical storytelling in there, but listening to it is a chore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Missing Link / An Overlooked Classic 6 Jun 2008
By Morten Vindberg - Published on
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Additional Comments to the great 2014 Re-release:

Having reheard this great album in its newly re-mastered version, I won't hesitate to call it an overlooked classic. The songs and the performances are just so great. The two previously un-released tracks are both fine additions; especially "One of these Days" is typical of the group - a fine melodic rocker, with great lyrics. The other "new" track "Ride Baby Ride" is quite different. It's a folkish thing, performed with banjo and piano, very much in the style of the late Ronnie Lane of the Small Faces.

Fine informative 20 pages booklet, by way, with great lines notes from producer Wally Allen (Pretty Things), and interesting facts about each song. Allen wrote 3 B-sides to their singles, and I wonder why the best of those "Hoochie Coochie Har Kau" was left out of the CD.

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These recordings could more or less be called the missing link between Easybeats and Flash & the Pan.

After the split up of the Easybeats songwriters George Young and Harry Vanda did a lot of production for other artists, but also went into the studios to record for themselves with various other musicians. One of these projects was called Marcus Hook Roll Band, and an full album plus a couple of singles were released under that name. Not much promotion was made and the records were not released in many countries.

Musically it comes as a natural continuation of the style that the Easybeats had played on the last album "Friends" with songs like "St Louis". Musically a great rock/soul album with both Harry Vanda and George Young on lead vocals.

Wally Allen of The Pretty Things was also a big part of this project, which makes it even more interesting. George Young's two AC/DC brothers Angus and Malcolm are also here.

There are some real gems here; "Natural Man" and "Shot in the Head" were fine singles and "Cry For Me" and "Silver Shoes and Strawberry Wine" are great songs.

Originally released in in 1973 but unfortunately this is a pretty hard to find album today; it was re-released on CD in Australia in the 1990's , but it's already deleted again.

Hopefully it's will be released in Europe and America too, since it's a must buy for any fan of Vanda/Young and the Easybeats.

A lot of the other obscure Vanda/Young record projects would be perfect as bonus tracks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The return of Harry Vanda & George Young's "lost" classic, at last! 6 Jun 2014
By Jerry D. Withers - Published on
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The last time (1994) this album was on CD, on the Albert Productions label, they made a mess of it. Songs in the wrong order, fading too early, you name it. Well, here it is 20 years later, and I'm happy to report that Parlophone *FINALLY* got it RIGHT!!
Producer Wally Waller (The Pretty Things, remember them?) went back to the original EMITape(tm) recordings, and was delightfully surprised to find that the tracks still sounded like they could've been recorded yesterday (a big plus!). The package starts off with the original "Tales of Old Grand-Daddy" album in its correct playing order. These 10 tracks, recorded at EMI Sydney, were the sessions on which Malcolm and (to a lesser extent) Angus Young made their recording debut, months before forming AC/DC. What follows after them are the five bonus tracks from the Abbey Road sessions a few months earlier: three single sides bookended by two previously unreleased tracks ("One Of These Days" and "Ride Baby Ride"). Of those three singles, the jewel in the crown here... FINALLY... is the long-awaited stereo single version of the MHRB track that started it all, "Natural Man", released on CD for the very first time, and the wait was worth it! (The other single tracks are the sole Waller composition, "Moonshine Blues" [the B-side to "Can't Stand The Heat"] and the follow-up to 'Natural Man,' "Louisiana Lady" (which features blistering sax from the late, lamented fourth Young brother, Alex [also remembered as Grapefruit's 'George Alexander])). Note: The other two B-sides, "Boogalooing Is For Wooing" and "Hoochie Coochie Har Kau (Lee Ho's Blues)" are only available on the Japanese version of this disc.

Finally, allow me to address the elephant in the room: everybody's making such a big deal about Angus & Malcolm's participation on this, that they're forgetting one important fact - This project is, first and foremost (and I can't state this strongly enough), A VANDA AND YOUNG ALBUM!!! It's Harry and George's show from beginning to end, and what a show it is. As has been stated elsewhere, it's the missing link between the last Easybeats album "Friends", and that mysterious entity known as Flash and the Pan. My advice: pick this album up before it disappears again for another 20 years!
5.0 out of 5 stars Angus, Malcolm, George, and Alex Young Together 15 July 2014
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What a great hidden treasure. I am a big fan of AC/DC but I never knew about this album. It's really cool to hear the four Young brothers performing together (George, Alex, Malcom, and Angus). This album was recorded before Malcolm and Angus formed AC/DC. Harry Vanda and George Young did this album after the break-up of the Easybeats and before they formed the Flash and the Pan. Alex Young was previously a member of Grapefruit and later wrote "I'm A Rebel" which was recorded by Accept. There's a mix of different styles on here. While fans of the Easybeats and Flash and the Pan will like this album, I also think AC/DC fans might find songs like "Ape Man" and "Shot In The Head" interesting too. The whole album is great.
5.0 out of 5 stars 40 Year Rewind 1 July 2014
By Bluey - Published on
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Enjoyed the music as a snapshot of where, musically, Vanda & Young were at the time. Good fun.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 70's Rock, But NOT AC/DC 17 Jun 2014
By MetalGuy71 - Published on
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Anyone expecting this to sound like AC/DC is going to be very disappointed. This is very much a product of George Young, Harry Vanda and the late 60's. Angus and Malcolm just happen to appear on it because of their family connection. Lots of piano, female backing vocals and saxophone along with guitar.

That's not to say I'm not enjoying it. Quite the opposite. It's an interesting album. A little all over the place style-wise. I think George and Harry were looking for a sound and tried a little of everything to see what stuck. Some of it actually reminds me of early Alice Cooper. The music, not lyrics or vocals. Some other early 70's rock too. A little funk in there too. It's pretty cool and a neat snap-shot of an era where bands were free to experiment.

Just don't think it's a long lost AC/DC recording. Pretty far from it actually.
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