Bon Scott "The Early Years" Unheard Songs

Bon Scott
Bon Scott The Early Years
About a month before he joined AC/DC, Bon Scott recorded 3 songs, which were "Carey Gully", "Round and Round" and "To Know You Is To Love You". Those songs were never released back then, but now producer Ted Yanni has devoted almost two years to bringing Bon back to life via three previously unheard songs. There are also track on this release are of Bon Scott with the band Fraternity.

Bon Scott

Bon Scott

Talk about humble beginnings indeed, this collection may capture Bon's voice on recordings of varying quality. Yet anyone who appreciated Bon knew that he wasn't great because of an overwhelmingly powerful voice. His range and power were merely decent, but it was his style and swagger that made him so likable and helped to establish AC/DC during his all too short time with the band. Most of the tracks here have me believing that either Bon needed a certain kind of music to excel at or that he had not yet really developed the style we would know him for. The first few tracks have me envisioning Bon Scott singing at some picnic, town gathering or something like that as the material is very sedate and quite honestly not very intriguing. Although track two "Round and round" has a few moments where you can hear Bon using his voice and showing a few pale signs of what he would be just a few a years later.

Most of the other songs have me thinking of Spinal Tap doing "(Listen to the) Flower people". Okay, perhaps it's not that bad yet it's very similar in my mind as it's this slightly familiar voice singing to very standard and dated 1960's pop music. The last song "Sooky sooky" is spirited enough to give Bon a chance to charge ahead a little and show a bit of his potential. I have no idea how much if any say that he had in writing of this material so I don't know if that's a factor or not. Really this is just a collection of songs that even the most devoted Bon Scott fan would be hard pushed to really want to own. The sound quality is hit and miss and the material itself is spotty with only a few real sparks of any interest.

Rock Band Ac-Dc Vocalist Bon Scott
Rock Band Ac Dc Vocalist Bon Scott

Fortunately Bon moved beyond this and made his mark with AC/DC and helped to define that band as well as establish himself as one of the better hard rock front men of his time.

1 comment:

scgypsy said...

Don Coleman, Canada's Premiere AC/DC Vocalist, recorded the song "Women, Whiskey & Rock'n'Roll (celebrating the life and spirit of Bon Scott)" which has been airing in Australia, Canada, USA, England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Scandinavia and , soon to be, other Euro countries. It was recently requested by the British Armed Forces Rock Radio Network to air to their Troops globally (12 countries) to add to the growing list of Broadcast Stations, Universities and Internet Stations.

The song has had great reveiws from the 'cream of the crop' of Aussie bands and Legends and copies were requested by people such as Bob Daisley ( long time bass player with Ozzy Osbourne), Vince Lovegrove ( bandmate of Bon in The Valentines - he introduced Bon to AC/DC), Susan Masino author of "Let There Be Rock", President of the WA Bon Scott Fan Club, Doug Thorncroft and many more.

AC/DC emailed to say thanks for the effort for the 'homage video' which is #1 on their site (chosen by the band) for the last 6 weeks at: and is also on YouTube . The video has had over 6200 viewings so far. You can also listen to the song on the dedicated website; .

Canadian Stations to air it so far : KRock Charlottetown , PEI; Big John FM, St. John , NB; C103 Moncton, CBC Moncton (Provincially), CBC Radio 3 ( Nationally); CKLN, Toronto; CKIQ, Iqaluit; thatradio, Toronto; irock, Ottawa and numerous other University and internet stations. Don has been doing on air interviews with most to launch the song and has had numerous newspaper, magazine, ezine and industry 'blog' write ups so far with more scheduled in the upcoming weeks.