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[ERA : 70s / Rock'n'Roll, Rock, Pop ]
American Graffiti, Happy Days, Grease. The style and the look of the '50s and early '60s were massive in the '70s and Australia had its own piece of the action with Sydney's Ol'55, who burst out of the gate with their 1976 debut album Take It Greasy. That album would achieve multi-platinum sales for the band and their label Mushroom and set them up as one of the most popular Australian bands of the late '70s and early '80s. It even took them to the top of the charts in Thailand! And it was the first step in a process that led the band to establish themselves as something more than mere revivalists, with a reputation for powerhouse live performances (blowing away international acts like ELO and tearing local venues to pieces) and a string of perfect pop records to rival any that Australian music has produced. Festival Records and WMA are proud to present a long overdue 2CD release anthologising this hugely popular group. Timed to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Take It Greasy, this 56-track collection includes that album in its entirety together with highlights of subsequent albums including Fivelivejive, Cruisin' for a Bruisin' and The Vault. In addition. it includes a handful of non-LP singles and live tracks appearing on CD for the first time ever, and a handful of additional studio recordings and demos appearing anywhere, for the first time ever. The 2CD set highlights Ol'55's extraordinary run of hit singles that began with On The Prowl and Looking For An Echo from that first album. Four more hits on Mushroom followed in quick succession - (I Wanna) Rockin' Christmas (#1 in Melbourne for 7 weeks, until they stopped playing it - in January!), C'mon Let's Do It, Stay (While The Night Is Young) and (Feels Like A) Summers Night' Ð and then a new incarnation of the group came back with one of their biggest hits, Two Faces Have I a couple of years later. That middle run of Mushroom singles (most of which have never been on CD before) in particular, shows the quality and development of the group, and of songwriter Jimmy Manzie and angel-voiced guitarist, Rockpile Jones especially. And there are many who say that Rockin' Christmas is the best rock Christmas single by anyone, ever. In the first couple of years of their success in particular, the band was hugely popular with media; they were Countdown regulars, frequent cover stars of Spunky and Scream and poster boys in TV Week, and their antics regularly made the news. Of course the band did feature two figures Ð frontman Frankie J Holden and sax player Wilbur Wilde - who would go onto become multi-media personalities in their own right, and who remain household names in Australia to this day. Rare images and new liner notes by the band's mentor and manager Glenn A. Baker.
Diana * Intro: Summertime Summertime * The Iridescent Pink Sock Blues * I Wonder Why? * Almost Grown * Think It Over * Get A Job * Doin' Fine * Only Sixteen * This Little Girl * On The Prowl * New Girl In School * Skateboard Thrills * Looking For An Echo * Goodnight Sweetheart * Outro: School Days * (I Want A) Rockin' Christmas * Little Saint Nick * C'mon Lets Do It * Teenager In Love * My Right Of Way - Frankie J Holden * Chartered Accountant Blues - Frankie J Holden * Shout, Shout (Live) * Be My Little School Girl (Live) * High School Confidential (Live) * The Wilde Man (Live) * Roll Over Beethoven (Live) * Pretty Little Angel Eyes (Live) * Do You Wanna Dance? * Love Of My Life (Live) * Caught In The Curl (Live) * Stay (While The Night Is Young) * (Feels Like A) Summer's Night * He's Gotta Go * Homework's Done * Ruby Baby * Living For Your Smile * Comic Book World * Time To Rock'n'Roll * The Way To Fall In Love (Book II) * Peek-A-Boo! * The Fool * Two Faces Have I * Keep Your Hands (Off My Baby) * Anywhere The Girls Are * Boom Boom Baby * Let's Have A Party * I Live For The Sun * Rag Doll * Breakaway * I'm Only Singing Rock'n'Roll (For You) * He's Our Golden Boy * Swingin' School * Be True To Your School * Surf's Down * Looking For The Heart Of Saturday Night

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