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The Marcus Hook Roll Band - Tales of Old Grand-Daddy

by Kevin Wierzbicki

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Out of the ashes of Aussie band the Easybeats ("Friday on My Mind"), the Marcus Hook Roll Band featuring Harry Vanda and George Young was only around for a couple of years in the early '70s.

The reason for the short lifespan probably had something to do with the fact that their R&B-tinged rock was unremarkable. This 1973 title is re-issued now because it features Angus and Malcolm Young on guitar, who would go on to fame with AC/DC.

Fans should not expect the music here to sound like early AC/DC, even though songs like "Quick Reaction," "Ape Man" and "Shot in the Head" hint at what was to come.

A half dozen rarities are appended here to the original album track list. Tales of Old Grand-Daddy is far from bad but it does sound very dated; the most fanatic of AC/DC completists will want to check it out but there's not much here to interest the rest of us.

The Marcus Hook Roll Band - Tales of Old Grand-Daddy
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