Friday, January 22, 2021

Pre-AC/DC Bon Scott recordings released

A new collection of recordings by Bon Scott before he joined AC/DC has been released.

“Fraternity Featuring Bon Scott - Seasons Of Change: The Complete Recordings 1970-1974” is a new 3CD set featuring the Australian band’s two original albums, “Livestock” and “Flaming Galah”, and a third, previously-unreleased compilation entitled “Second Chance.”

Scott joined Fraternity following their formation in 1970, the same year his previous pop band, The Valentines, split up; the singer handled lead vocals and played recorder in the early progressive rock outfit, which blended elements of proto-heavy metal, country and soft rock.

Featuring the single “Seasons Of Change”, Fraternity’s 1971 debut, “Livestock”, reached No. 44 on the Australian charts, while the 1972 follow-up, “Flaming Galah”, peaked at No. 28 in the country.

The group went on hiatus in 1973, after which Scott would go on to team up with AC/DC the following year.

The Fraternity compilation has been created in conjunction with surviving band members Bruce Howe, John Freeman, Sam See, John Bisset, Uncle John Eyers and the Estate of Mick Jurd and their original manager Hamish Henry.

In addition to expanding the band’s studio records with all relevant non-albums singles and EP tracks, research by Victor Marshall for this package uncovered a long-lost cache of session tapes which have been curated into Fraternity’s third album, “Second Chance”, which also features a series of live recordings.

Scott would go on to record a series of legendary albums with AC/DC throughout the 1970s before passing away after a night of heavy drinking in London in early 1980 at the age of 33; the band brought in former Geordie singer Brian Johnson to handle lead vocals and issued the best-selling hard rock album of all time, “Back In Black”, just five months later.

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