Before forming AC/DC, guitarists Angus and Malcolm Young played in the Marcus Hook Roll Band, a rock group that also featured their brothers George, on vocals, and Alex, on saxophone. In 1973 – the year Malcolm turned 20 and Angus, 18, they released the album Tales of Old Grand-Daddy, which has been hard to find ever since. They also released the sax-infused non-album boogie single “Louisiana Lady,” which is getting a proper re-release, along with Tales of Old Grand-Daddy, on June 3rd. We’re premiering the track here today.
“The Youngs are an incredibly talented family, and an absolute joy to work with: no egos, no rubbish, just a ‘good vibe,’ throughout the recordings,” the album’s producer, Wally Waller, tells Rolling Stone. “I came back from Australia with way too much material for an album, and after I’d finished mixing everything at Abbey Road, it was difficult to know what to leave out.”
Looking back on Angus and Malcolm’s journey after the Marcus Hook Roll band, Waller says, “I think it’s fair to say that the seeds of AC/DC were sewn, here, and the roots were forming.”
Currently, AC/DC are in a state of flux. The group announced in April that Malcolm would be taking a break from the band due to ill health. Frontman Brian Johnson said, however, that the group still intends go into the studio without him with hopes of making a new album in May. “We’re going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas,” he said. “If anything happens, we’ll record it.”