OL'55

Time To Rock'n'roll: The Anthology

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FEST601048
SKU:
977821
PLU: 9397601006823

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.'

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.'

Format - 2CD
Genre - Pop & Rock
Release Date - 26/08/16
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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 - MusicCD
ArtistOL'55
LabelFestival
Music GenreRock
Music Genre PrimaryPop & Rock

CD

  • 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
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