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Now Hear This: Fraternity | Seasons Of Change: The Complete Recordings 1970-1974

Dig deep into Bon Scott's hippie past with an exhaustive anthology from his old band.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Founded in Australia, rock band Fraternity will forever be associated with their lead singer Bon Scott, who would later join AC/DC and enjoy worldwide fame. However, Scott’s tenure with Fraternity has been poorly documented on the reissue market. The band issued two albums, Livestock and Flaming Galah, neither of which has been released officially. And their story has never been told accurately.

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 of Fraternity, including both their albums from 1971-72, utilising the original master tapes and best possible remastering sources, adding all relevant non-albums singles A’s and B’s and EP tracks. Bonus tracks feature Fraternity backing The ValentinesVince Lovegrove and their victory at the National Battle Of The Sounds competition where they claimed the title of Australia’s No. 1 band.

In addition, research by Victor Marshall for this package uncovered the long-lost Hamish Henry cache of session tapes which have been curated into Fraternity’s third album Second Chance. Second Chance also features live tracks recorded at Pt Lincoln, South Australia as part of their historic Country Arts Tour and unheard songs including vocals and song writing contributions from Bon Scott. Famous artist Vytas Serelis, designer of the Flaming Galah cover, returns with original cover artwork for Second Chance.

From their base in Aldgate, South Australia, Fraternity ran the gamut of musical styles in vogue on the rock scene at the dawn of the 1970s, encompassing proto-heavy metal, country, soft rock, progressive music and a nod here and there to the earlier psychedelic boom.

Seasons of Change is beautifully presented, with exhaustive sleeve-notes and unseen photos of the band from The Grape Organisation, who worked in conjunction with the label to create this collection.”