Before they were hard rock legends, before they were one of the world’s biggest bands, and before everyone was wondering whether or not they’d split up, AC/DC was merely an idea in the heads of Sydney brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who were playing in the Marcus Hook Roll Band.
The group featured their brothers George, on vocals, and Alex, on saxophone. In 1973 they released the album Tales of Old Grand-Daddy, when Malcolm was aged 20 and Angus 18 and the LP has become something of a collector’s item. They also released the sax-heavy non-album single Louisiana Lady, which is now getting a re-release along with Tales of Old Grand-Daddy this June.
“The Youngs are an incredibly talented family, an absolute joy to work with: no egos, no rubbish, just a good vibe throughout the recordings,” producer Wally Waller told Rolling Stone. “I came back from Australia with way too much material for an album… it was difficult to know what to leave out.”
A question mark still hovers over AC/DC following frontman Brian Jonhson‘s assurances that the band are proceeding with recording sessions in Vancouver, in the wake of Malcolm Young’s reported illness. Rumours indicate that Young’s nephew Stevie may take over rhythm guitar duties.
Listen: Marcus Hook Roll Band – Louisiana Lady