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RETRO: 29 JULY 2016

Ol’ 55 releases 2CD anthology

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 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 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.

Ol’ 55 ... established themselves as something more than mere revivalists. Image: Glenn A Baker Collection.