Song of the day: Fraternity – "Seasons Of Change"

February 20, 2012

I’ve haven’t* gotten around to reading (or even buying) the Bon Scott biography Highway to Hell: The Life & Death of Bon Scott yet, but I do want to play you a track from when Bon wasn’t the hairy-chested rocker fronting AC/DC. Before that, Bon was even hairier. He was in a prog rock band called Fraternity. As well as being the band’s singer, he also played a recorder. (Bon sure did have an interesting career.)

Here’s the band’s best-known song:

(I know the phrase “best-known” in this circumstance may be stretching it a bit, but if the band’s known for anything it’s this.)

Fraternity – “Seasons Of Change” (1971)

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I just discovered that I’d already posted this song, although it was by a different band. Oops.

Ah well. I’ve typed this post now, and I don’t want to untype it.

Tomorrow I’ll play you another track from Bon’s varied past.

(*Please see this post if you have no idea what I’m talking about.)

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Song of the day: Blackfeather – "Seasons Of Change"

July 24, 2010

It’s been a while since I played you some early-70’s Australian prog rock (which is understandable, considering this is a power pop blog).

Nevertheless, here’s Blackfeather with “Seasons Of Change” (1971) which features a very pretty tune played on a recorder:

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“Seasons Of Change” appears on Blackfeather’s magnum opus, At The Mountains Of Madness (1971).

If you didn’t know who played the recorder on that track (why would you?), I reckon you’d have a hard time guessing.

It was Bon Scott.

Yes, that Bon Scott.

Before joining a certain hard rock band and AC/DC-ifying the world with his vocals and magnificent frontmanliness, Bon was lead vocalist (and recorder player) of a prog rock band called Fraternity who knew the guys in Blackfeather (the early-70’s Australian prog rock community was very small). Fraternity liked “Seasons Of Change” so much that they recorded their own version just a few months later, with Bon singing and playing recorder:

Fraternity – “Seasons Of Change” (1971)

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I may have already asked this rhetorical question before, but I’m going to ask it again:

Isn’t music history fascinating?