Tales of Old Grand Daddy - EMI, EMA-2518 - 1974
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.
Original 2008 review:
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.