Time To Rock'n'roll: The Anthology

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    What could be more '70s than the '50s hey?

    '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.

    'Time To Rock'n'Roll: The Anthology' 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' – 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. It certainly has no rivals here at home.

    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. They even performed on the back of a truck at half-time at the '76 Rugby League Grand Final in Sydney, starting off an annual tradition that's still in play.  Of course the band did feature two figures – 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.   

    With over two and a half hours of music, 'Time To Rock'n'Roll',  which takes its title from the shoulda-been hit single from 'Cruisin' for a Bruisin', shows off songwriting, harmonising, performance energy and production values that are up there with those of any great Aussie rock band, of the '70s, '80s or any other era. In addition to the wealth of great music, the 2CD set is lovingly packaged with rare images and new liner notes by the band's mentor and manager Glenn A. Baker, who is something of a multi-media star himself of course.


    Primary Format - Music - CD

    Artist - OL'55

    Label - Festival

    Music Genre - Rock

    Music Genre Primary - Pop & Rock

Track Listing


  1. Diana
  2. Intro: Summertime Summertime (2016 Remaster)
  3. The Iridescent Pink Sock Blues (2016 Remaster)
  4. I Wonder Why? (2016 Remaster)
  5. Almost Grown (2016 Remaster)
  6. Think It Over (2016 Remaster)
  7. Get A Job (2016 Remaster)
  8. Doin' Fine (2016 Remaster)
  9. Only Sixteen (2016 Remaster)
  10. This Little Girl (2016 Remaster)
  11. On The Prowl (2016 Remaster)
  12. New Girl In School (2016 Remaster)
  13. Skateboard Thrills (2016 Remaster)
  14. Looking For An Echo (2016 Remaster)
  15. Goodnight Sweetheart (2016 Remaster)
  16. Outro: School Days (2016 Remaster)
  17. (I Want A) Rockin' Christmas
  18. Little Saint Nick
  19. C'mon Lets Do It
  20. Teenager In Love
  21. My Right Of Way Frankie J Holden
  22. Chartered Accountant Blues Frankie J Holden
  23. Shout, Shout (Live) (2016 Remaster)
  24. Be My Little School Girl (Live) (2016 Remaster)
  25. High School Confidential (Live) (2016 Remaster)
  26. The Wilde Man (Live) (2016 Remaster)
  27. Roll Over Beethoven (Live) (2016 Remaster)
  28. Pretty Little Angel Eyes (Live) (2016 Remaster)


  1. Do You Wanna Dance? (Live) (2016 Remaster)
  2. Love Of My Life (Live) (2016 Remaster)
  3. Caught In The Curl (Live) (2016 Remaster)
  4. Stay (While The Night Is Young)
  5. (Feels Like A) Summer's Night
  6. He's Gotta Go
  7. Homework's Done
  8. Ruby Baby
  9. Living For Your Smile
  10. Comic Book World
  11. Time To Rock'n'Roll
  12. The Way To Fall In Love (Book II)
  13. Peek-A-Boo!
  14. The Fool
  15. Two Faces Have I
  16. Keep Your Hands (Off My Baby)
  17. Anywhere The Girls Are
  18. Boom Boom Baby
  19. Let's Have A Party
  20. I Live For The Sun
  21. Rag Doll
  22. Breakaway
  23. I'm Only Singing Rock'N'Roll (For You)
  24. He's Our Golden Boy
  25. Swingin' School
  26. Be True To Your School
  27. Surf's Down
  28. Looking For The Heart Of Saturday Night


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Time To Rock'n'roll: The Anthology - Ol' 55 A great CD and a long time coming. Ol'55 are one of a the best bands to come out of the 70's and their songs just never get old. I was very please with the double CD has most of the hits and a few rare ones as well. The unreleased music was a real treat to finally hear after all this time. The liner notes were a great read and answered a few questions about the band that I wanted answered as well as finding out a few things I didn't know. All in all I give it a 10/10 and a well worth CD to buy, you won't be sorry.
Date published: 2016-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good music Great to listen to in the car. Brings back memories of my younger years.
Date published: 2019-01-25
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