Fraternity quickly rose to prominence in the Australian music industry after forming in 1970. Led by bassist Bruce Howe, a hard taskmaster, alongside seasoned guitarist Mick Jurd, the group was synonymous with the quality of their live performances and their original material. Most well known for their lead singer Bon Scott (later of AC/DC), Fraternity also boasted some Australia’s finest musicians including John Freeman (Drums), John Bisset (Organ), Sam See (Guitar & Piano).
Fraternity claimed the title of Australia’s No. 1 band, emerging victorious at the 1971 Hoadley’s Battle of the Sounds. Fraternity are pioneers of pub rock, arguably the most famous genre of music to come out of the land down under. Fraternity and their management’s innovative concepts allowed the band to break new ground and boundaries, performing with symphony orchestras, conducting large extensive tours of country regions, becoming the first rock band accepted by and chosen to represent traditional arts organisations and frequent interstate touring schedules. Today, Fraternity are considered one of the most significant bands in Australian rock history.
Led by bassist Bruce Howe, the perfectionist, alongside seasoned guitarist Mick Jurd, Fraternity became synonymous with the quality of their live performances and original material.
Each member was a sought-after experienced performer: John Bisset, the master of the draw bars on the Hammond organ, John Freeman, with the best right foot in the business, and lead vocalist Bon Scott, who went on to worldwide fame with AC/DC.
With the help of manager Hamish Henry, Fraternity were soon performing with acts such as Deep Purple, Manfred Mann, Free and Black Sabbath.
Fraternity continued to evolve musically, eventually adding the elusive harp extraordinaire, Uncle John Eyers, and multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Sam See to the line-up. Their complex musical arrangements and originality influenced following generations, including some of Australia’s greatest musicians such as Jimmy Barnes and Swanee.
For the first time in 50 years their story is told in their own words and this significant lost chapter in Australian music history is revealed.
Written by the historian and promoter Victor Marshall, who has produced live music events with some of the country’s greatest performers.
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. Of the two albums the band had issued at the time, Livestock and Flaming Galah, neither album has been released officially, and their story has never been told accurately…
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 3-CD set seeks to offer the complete recorded output of FRATERNITY, including both their albums from 1971-72 (originally issued on Sweet Peach and RCA respectively), 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 Valentines’ Vince 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.