According to The Pulse Of Radio, an album featuring guitarists Malcolm and Angus Young before they went on to form the legendary AC/DC is being reissued. The disc by the MARCUS HOOK ROLL BAND, called “Tales Of Old Grand-Daddy”, will surface on June 2 on CD, vinyl and digital download.
The band was the brainchild of the Youngs‘ older brother George, who had been a member of THE EASYBEATS and scored a U.S. hit with that act’s “Friday On My Mind”. After THE EASYBEATS broke up in 1969, George and his musical partner Harry Vanda started the ROLL BAND in 1972, releasing three singles and recording a full-length album in 1973. It was for this album that George recruited his younger brothers.
The album marks the first time Malcolm and Angus worked in a recording studio.
George told Classic Rock magazine, “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.”
George added that he didn’t remember much about the sessions because almost everyone was getting drunk. He explained, “We all got rotten — except Angus, who was too young — and we spent a month in the studio boozing it up every night.”
The MARCUS HOOK ROLL BAND did not last long and never played live, while Angus and Malcolm started AC/DC in November 1973.
AC/DC is reportedly gearing up to record its first new album since 2008’s “Black Ice” and play select shows this year to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary.