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!