Daddy Who? Daddy's Cool ! (40th Anniversary Edition)
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Daddy Who?, the album that gave "Eagle Rock" and ten other slices of doo-wop, 50's rock-n-roll and R&B inspired pop perfection a home has inexplicably never been issued as a stand-alone title on CD - until now.
Here it is 40 years on in the digital age and the album that changed the Australian popular music scene is finally getting its first release on CD and also as a digital album. Remastered from the original tapes by legendary mastering engineer Don Bartley, it sounds incredible. Ross Hannaford's guitar both grinds and shimmers. Gary Young's drums simultaneously swing and shuffle. Wayne Duncan's bass sounds fat in the best possible way. Ross Wilson's vocals and guitar parts are delivered with such self-assuredness that it's hard to believe that this was a performance by a 23 year old from Melbourne, Australia.
In fact, they were all young when they stepped into Armstrong Studio's, Melbourne - Hannaford just 20 years old, Young was 24 and Duncan the 'oldest' of the group at 27. It's hard to underestimate the influence these youngsters had on Australian music.
That influence was suitably recognised in the book The 100 Best Australian Albums by John O'Donnell, Toby Creswell & Craig Mathieson (Hardie Grant, 2010) where Daddy Who? placed #14 on their list. As the author's noted; 'DC encouraged hundreds of bands - whether it was the showmanship, the costumes, the ironic detachment or the interest in roots music - these themes surfaced throughout the 1970s and were all traceable to Daddy Cool. It's certainly true to say that Australian music as we know it today started with the eagle rock.' Recognition is nothing new to the Daddy Cool camp. There were the sales figures; the first Australian band to sell 100,000 albums. There were charts; both "Eagle Rock" and Daddy Who? occupied the #1 spot on the Australian singles & albums charts respectively. There were celebrity endorsements; it has been said that Elton John & Bernie Taupin were such big fans of "Eagle Rock" that they wrote "Crocodile Rock" in homage to the little Aussie song. There's industry appreciation; "Eagle Rock" was ranked #2 on APRA's 2001 list of the Top 30 Australian songs of all time and DC were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2006. And there are generations of fans young and old who appreciate the fun and irreverence of a band that were passionate about their musical roots while at the same time seeing themselves as an antidote to the seriousness of the Prog Rock scene of the late 60's.
In addition to the original tracks remastered, the Daddy Who? 40th Anniversary Edition comes with four bonus tracks which were included on the Reprise Records international pressing. The artwork comes with all of the images from the original LP cover as designed by Ross Hannaford and Ian McCausland along with new liner notes by Ross Wilson, plus some vintage images from the Daddy Cool vault.
|Primary Format - Music||CD|
|Music Genre Primary||Pop & Rock|
BONUS TRACKS (ORIGINALLY INCLUDED ON THE INTERNATIONAL VERSION)
- 1. Flip
- 2. Lollipop
- 3. Just As Long As We're Together
- 4. Come Back Again (Single Edit)
- 1. Daddy Cool
- 2. School Days (Ring Goes The Bell)
- 3. Come Back Again
- 4. At The Rockhouse
- 5. Guided Missile
- 6. Good Rockin' Daddy
- 7. Eagle Rock
- 8. Zoop Bop Gold Cadillac
- 9. Blind Date
- 10. Bom Bom
- 11. Cherry Pie