Daddy Cool - The Essential Daddy Cool (2007) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 753 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 259 Mb | Scans ~ 30 MbRock, Rock & Roll, Doo Wop | Label: Sony BMG | # 88697102212 | Time: 01:52:42
This is the definitive Cool. Grab it and run. You won't find a better compilation. Remixed and including notes by Mr Cool himself, Ross 'The Boss' Wilson, it sounds better than you'll ever remember. The 'hits' are on side 1 and include the extended version of 'Come Back Again'. Side 2 has live performances and some rare studio stuff. This, together with the impressive 2004 release ''The New Cool'', might be all you'll ever need to realign your swagger and cool, unless they release another.
I first saw Daddy Cool when they played support for the Everly Brothers in Sydney in the early 70s. I suspect that most of the audience went to catch the Everlys and put up with yet another upstart hyped band from Melbourne - the inter city rivalry was rife. Ross Wilson strolled on stage, baggy trousers, sandshoes, long hair and beard, and kicked the mic lead out of the way. The lanky Ross Hannaford sported trousers held up by braces and his ridiculous cap with the spinning propeller. This was a band which looked like fun. They were superb and the crowd went wild.
The vocal arrangements with all four singing on most numbers were intricate and loose, and soooo cool. Wilson with his lazy throwaway delivery, steeped in the rock 'n roll, doo wop, and r 'n b oeuvres, was capable of falsetto and shout. Hannaford with his comic bass vocal bits, and Gary and Wayne doing fine parts were a knockout and the band could really rock. Hannaford's lead playing was inventive and incisive. Listening to the second side's live tracks I was reminded of his attack and clever use of the bass strings. The rhythm section was tight and swinging like Ned Kelly's last gig, this was dance music. Who was it who said it's easy to rock but not so easy to roll - Keith Richards? This unit could roll. The space between the beats is food for the feet. So much so that when the Everlys played, the audience yelled for Daddy Cool. The tuxedoed Everlys were the epitome of professionalism, note perfect in fact, but contrasted dramatically with the Cool, and when Don, or was it Phil, told us that they had just come from Las Vegas, it went down like a lead balloon.
It was somehow ironic that Daddy Cool kicked off with That'll Be The Day, from the pen of the Everly's friend Buddy Holly. I think Holly would have really dug Daddy Cool. This band is yet another example of Australians immersing themselves in Americana - check out Oz blues artists C.W.Stoneking, Hat Fitz, and Collard, Greens and Gravy. These are not slick cartoon stylists but artists who find expression in their genre. But, why would C.W. Stoneking and Hat Fitz sound like they'd been down to The Crossroads, and Collards born in a Louisianan swamp? Just quirky Aussie offspring perhaps.
Disc 1 has many gems, Eagle Rock of course - I've heard it too often but the opening notes still move you to the dance floor - I recall that it inspired Elton John to do Crocodile Rock. Cool's version of The Penguins' Baby Let Me Bang Your Box is awesome and has always been a great dance party favourite. I'll Never Smile Again is a penultimate doo wop classic, taking the Mills Brothers' version to the stratosphere, Daddy Rocks Off is a blues boogie romp. My favourite is the raunchy Hi Honey Ho. Enough said.
The first two tracks on side 2 are a Gary Young single - Cadillacin' is a ripper - and the third is Hanna's first composition, satirical perhaps, at least tongue in cheek. Then there are nine live tracks from the double LP The Last Drive In Movie Show from 1972, mainly standards but done with flair, certainly not perfunctory, and three from a 1974 reunion gig. The side finishes with the excellent 1974 self produced single 'Boogie Man'' (check the lead break) and three songs recorded in 1994 and released on 'The New Cool'.
Daddy Cool together with Skyhooks and Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons made a great triumvirate of rocking fun Aussie bands of the seventies. These were not sludgy pub grinders but inventive artists with different styles. Ross Wilson had a hand in each, song writing and producing, and also had a string of hits with his pop rock band Mondo Rock. The bloke should be lacquered onto Ayers Rock as an aspiration to us all. Buy The Essential, and smile.
Just about the time that Sha Na Na was starting to attract attention from the U.S. press as an oldies revival band, half a world away in Australia, Daddy Cool was going in a similar direction on a very different path. They were organized by Ross Wilson (vocals, guitar) in Melbourne, while the rest of the band consisted of Ross Hunnaford and Ian Winters on guitars, Gary Young and Wayne Duncan (both veterans of the Rondells) on drums and bass, respectively, and Terry Noone on sax and piano. The were highly theatrical and animated, but not in the broad, burlesque manner of Sha Na Na. Daddy Cool was closer to a real-life Ruben & the Jets, with touches of unique, down-under British looniness (weird headgear and propeller beanies) and a highly animated presentation that shook up the Australian concert scene. Initially, Daddy Cool did covers of rock & roll and doo wop standards. Wilson proved an able songwriter, however, and was comfortable writing in a retro-rock & roll style, generating one perennial down-under hit, "Eagle Rock." They cut their first album, Daddy Who? Daddy Cool, for Reprise in 1971, and toured the U.S. three times during the year that followed. Reprise backed that album with a heavy promotion that included large ads in Rolling Stone and other, similar publications (something the Easybeats never got), but they never broke through to American audiences. A second album, Sex, Dope and Rock 'n Roll (Reprise), followed in 1972, after which they faded away as a major international presence; a live album came out the same year on the Wizard label before the group split up. The band re-formed in Australia in 1974 with Gunther Gorman and Wayne Burt on guitars, and remained together for another year. Gary Young and Burt later became founding members of Jo Jo Zep & the Falcons, for which Ross Wilson served as sometime producer. Daddy Cool's "Eagle Rock" gets reissued every few years and manages to chart once each decade or so in Australia. Daddy Cool's outtakes were compiled into an album in 1980, and their catalog has been repackaged several times for Australian CD reissues in the '90s. Tracklist:CD1 (01:00:53)
01. Eagle Rock (4:11)
02. Bom Bom (2:37)
03. Daddy Cool (2:33)
04. At The Rockhouse (3:44)
05. Zoop Bop Gold Cadillac (3:57)
06. Cherry Pie (3:25)
07. Come Back Again (Single Version) (3:34)
08. Just As Long As We're Together (2:34)
09. Lollipop (1:43)
10. Flip (2:25)
11. Hi Honey Ho (3:38)
12. Daddy Rocks Off (4:36)
13. 60 Minute Man (2:26)
14. Baby Let Me Bang Your Box (3:26)
15. Please Please America (3:13)
16. Teenage Blues (3:40)
17. I'll Never Smile Again (4:20)
18. Come Back Again (LP Version) (4:54)
01. Rock 'N' Roll Lady (2:55)
02. Cadillacin' (2:35)
03. Don't Ever Leave Me (3:22)
04. That'll Be The Day (Live 1972) (2:34)
05. Little Darlin' (Live 1972) (2:13)
06. Sh-Boom (Live 1972) (2:17)
07. Zoom Zoom Zoom (Live 1972) (2:30)
08. Duke Of Earl (Live 1972) (4:02)
09. Roll With Me Henry (Live 1972) (3:03)
10. Momma Don't Tear My Clothes Off (Live 1972) (2:50)
11. One Night (Live 1972) (2:45)
12. Schooldays (Live 1972) (2:49)
13. Good Golly Miss Molly (Live 1975) (2:17)
14. You Never Can Tell (Live 1975) (3:38)
15. Boogie Man (Single Version) (3:09)
16. $64000 Question (1994 Sessions) (2:09)
17. Hey Senorita (1994 Sessions) (3:07)
18. For You (1994 Sessions) (3:34)DOWNLOAD
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