Bon Scott: Pre-AC/DC Recordings to Be Released 50 Years Later

2021-01-26

Album cover image for "Fraternity: Seasons of Change – The Complete Recordings 1970-1974."

“Fraternity: Seasons of Change – The Complete Recordings 1970-1974” album cover – Story by Scarlett Hunter, photo courtesy of Cherry Red Records

Lost recordings from late Bon Scott’s pre-AC/DC band, Fraternity, are being released via Cherry Red Records

A box set featuring previously unreleased music sung and written by Bon Scott will be released later this month. Before joining AC/DC, Scott served as the frontman for Fraternity for four years. Over the course of their time together, the band released two albums, “Livestock” and “Flaming Galah,” and were even dubbed “Australia’s No. 1 Band,” but they also had a bevy of recordings that never saw the light of day.

Now, Cherry Red Records will released those unheard Scott recordings as a third album, “Second Chance.” The label says to expect 45 songs appear on the collection, titled “Fraternity: Seasons of Change – The Complete Recordings 1970-1974.”

“Scott’s tenure with Fraternity has been poorly documented on the reissue market,” the label said in a statement. “Half a century later, Seasons of Change finally seeks to amend this oversight. Curated 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, this three-CD set seeks to offer the complete recorded output … utilizing the original master tapes and best possible remastering sources.”

In addition to the studio songs, the set will feature live cuts, sleeve notes and never-before-seen band photos. The collection will also feature bonus tracks, such as a collaboration with Vince Lovegrove of the Valentines, another one of Scott’s previous groups, and a recording of a performance that won Fraternity the title of Australia’s No. 1 Band.

“It has been a dream come true to work with one of Australia’s most important pioneering pub-rock bands,” writer Victor Marshall said in a statement. Marshall found the recordings material while researching a book about the band’s history. “This project could not have been possible without the generosity of the band… 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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