Released in April 1971 (on Australian Infinity label) the Blackfeather debut LP is undoubtedly one of the best heavy progressive records ever! Massive and inventive guitar riffs, powerful and fluid solos, very solid rhythm section, catchy and adventurous melodies and clean and very dynamic production - that's why it's an album which can't be missed! It is worth noting that the recorder and tambourine parts were played by a young Bon Scott - the future AC/DC singer! Unfortunately, soon after the album release the Blackfeather line-up has been changed and the band began to play a much more lighter and bluesier material. This CD has been carefully remastered from the original, analogue source and now sounds better than ever!
Blackfeather was an Australian rock group in the 1970s. Formed in 1970 they went through a number of line-up changes until disbanding in 1983. Neale Johns was lead vocalist and songwriter. Their major hits were Seasons of Change and Boppin' the Blues. "Boppin' the Blues" was a number one hit in Australia for 12 weeks in 1972. This album was recorded live. Check out drums, keyboards and guitar galloping in "Red Head Rag", classic rock'n'roll in "Get It On", pure energy of "Lady Down Lady" :)
Fraternity were an Australian rock band which formed in Sydney in 1970 and relocated to Adelaide in 1971. Former members include successive lead vocalists Bon Scott (who later joined AC/DC), John Swan (who also played drums and later had a solo career), and his brother Jimmy Barnes (Cold Chisel). Their biggest local hit was a cover version of "Seasons of Change" which peaked at No. 1 in Adelaide, but nationally it was overrun by the original Blackfeather version. The group won the 1971 Hoadley's Battle of the Sounds with the prize being a free trip to London. Fraternity went through various line-ups and was renamed as Fang, Fraternity (again), Some Dream and finished as Mickey Finn in 1981.