Lost recordings of Bon Scott’s pre-AC/DC band, Fraternity, is finally being released in a special remastered edition.
Before replacing Dave Evans in the band that would make him famous, Scott was in the Aussie prog-rock outfit Fraternity from 1970 until 1973.
Now the complete recordings of the band will be released, as per NME. The special box set is called ‘Seasons of Change – The Complete Recordings, 1970-1974’ and was pieced together through a collaboration between Adelaide historian and music promoter Victor Marshall, the band’s remaining members, and their manager Hamish Henry.
The box set includes Fraternity’s two original albums, Livestock and Flaming Galah. All singles have been remastered from Henry’s original tapes.
If that’s not enough, a full unreleased album, the aptly-titled Second Chance, features vocal and songwriting contributions from Scott.
Marshall happened upon the lost recordings while interviewing subjects for an upcoming biography about the same band. He made the following statement about the project: “It has been a dream come true to work with one of Australia’s most important pioneering pub rock bands.”
“This project could not have been possible without the generosity of the band (Bruce Howe, John Freeman, John Bisset, Sam See, Mauri Berg, Uncle John Eyers & Tony Buettel) and the band’s original manager Hamish Henry. I hope that all the members of Fraternity will finally receive the recognition they deserve and have their real story told.”
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Fraternity formed in Sydney in 1970. Although they were relatively short-lived, the band saw several noteworthy Australian musicians pass through their ranks. After Scott’s time in the band, Cold Chisel’s Jimmy Barnes had a very brief stint with them. The band disbanded in 1981, after several lineup and name changes, going by Fang, Some Dream, before ending as Mickey Finn.
‘Seasons of Change – The Complete Recordings, 1970-1974’ is scheduled for release today, January 22nd, via Cherry Records. It’s a must for any fans of Scott or followers of Australian rock.