AC/DC's Young Brothers' First Album Gets Re-Release

"Tales of Old Grand-Daddy" will be released this June.

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The album recorded by Angus and Malcolm Young before they formed AC/DC is to be re-released in June, Classic Rock reports.

"Tales of Old Grand-Daddy" was recorded by the Marcus Hook Roll Band in 1973, masterminded by the Youngs' older brother George and his Easybeats partner Harry Vanda.

But many details surrounding the sessions will remain forgotten - because everyone was so drunk during the sessions that they can't remember what happened, or who was involved.

George Young says: "We had Harry, myself and my kid brothers Malcolm and Angus. We all got rotten - except Angus, who was too young - and we spent a month in the studio boozing it up every night.

"It was the first thing Malcolm and Angus did before AC/DC. We didn't take it very seriously so we thought we'd include them to give them an idea of what recording was all about."

The album is known to feature rhythm and lead guitar from both Malcolm and Angus - but no one knows whose parts are whose, and it's also not known whether one of them was responsible for the slide guitar tracks.

The Marcus Hook Band split without ever playing a show - but record label Warner Music note: "The scariest fact is that if they had come out of the studio and found the success they certainly deserved, the AC/DC phenomenon would probably never have got off the ground."

"Tales of Old Grand-Daddy" is released on June 2 and it's available for pre-order on CD and vinyl.


CD and download

01. Can't Stand the Heat
02. Goodbye Jane
03. Quick Reaction
04. Silver Shoes & Strawberry Wine
05. Watch Her Do it Now
06. People and the Power
07. Red Revolution
08. Shot in the Head
09. Ape Man
10. Cry for Me
11. One of These Days (Previously Unreleased)
12. Natural Man (1972 A-Side of Regal Zonophone RZ 3061)
13. Moonshine Blues (1974 B-Side of 'Can't Stand The Heat' BASF ‎- 06 19196-0)
14. Louisiana Lady (1973 A-Side of Regal Zonophone RZ 3072)
15. Ride Baby Ride (Previously Unreleased)

Vinyl side 1

01. Can't Stand the Heat
02. Goodbye Jane
03. Quick Reaction
04. Silver Shoes
05. Watch Her Do it Now

Vinyl side 2

01. People and the Power
02. Red Revolution
03. Shot in the Head04. Ape Man05 Cry for Me

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    I can't put it in the words how much i want this. My idols from my favorite band of all time.
    Trying to pick out who's playing which part will be interesting. I remember reading an interview with Angus where he said that Malcolm could easily handle his lead parts, but he couldn't do what Malcolm does.
    Cool. Malcolm is such an under-rated guitar player. And, most people don't know this, but he is the brains behind AC/DC, when it comes to the business side of things. He may look like he just walked off the street into the local pub, but he is a very smart man!
    Not just that, but he WRITES nearly all of their songs too, very VERY smart man.