Australia’s Alberts To Celebrate 50th Anniversary with 5-Disc Compilation

Songs by AC/DC, the Easybeats, John Paul Young and the Angels will appear on a special 102-track compilation to mark the 50th anniversary of the iconic Australian label Alberts.

The five-disc box set, “Good Times: Celebrating 50 years of Albert Productions,” will be released Down Under on Aug. 15. At this stage the release is exclusive to Australia and New Zealand.

A pair of unreleased tracks will appear on the set -- Rose Tattoo’s interpretation of the Rolling Stones’ 1968 classic “Street Fighting Man” and a demo of the Easybeats’ “She’s So Fine,” a hit following its release in 1965. The latter recording from the Alberts archive features a young Stevie Wright calling in the song with “Take 2” before the band lay down their song for only the second time.  The “Deluxe Edition" includes studio and live recordings, and is titled after the original Easybeats 1968 recording "Good Times," penned by Harry Vanda and George Young. 

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The set begins with Albert Productions' first release from August 1964, Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs "Mashed Potato" and includes the label’s most recent release, the late Doc Neeson’s version of Flash And The Pan’s "Walking In The Rain." 

“To survive 10 years in the music business is an achievement. To survive 50 years - and thrive during the process - is something else entirely and requires many talents, not least of all integrity," comments Young in a statement. "Its founder, Ted Albert, had that in abundance, as it does his successor, (CEO) David Albert. Long may it continue."

Having spotted the rise of surf culture and “Beatlemania,” Ted Albert, then managing director of Alberts (and a fourth generation Albert) launched Albert Productions in 1964 with a goal that his family business should become involved in music production and build a worthy label with a catalog of Australian songs and artists. Alberts is the recording arm of J. Albert & Son, a company founded in 1885 by immigrant Swiss watchmaker and musician Jacques Albert. The company quickly expanded to sell musical instruments and sheet music and is today regarded as one of the most important independent music businesses in the country.

The 129-year old business' premises in North Sydney incorporates Alberts' publishing, recording studios, and record label activities. Sony Music Australia and Alberts renewed their long-term label deal in 2012.

Tracklisting for “Good Times: Celebrating 50 years of Albert Productions”:

Disc 1 – "Shakin’ All Over"
 
1.  Mashed Potato (single Version) - Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs
2.  Sick & Tired - Billy Thorpe and The Azetcs
3.  She's So Fine - The Easybeats 
4.  We 2 Should Live - The Missing Links
5.  Shakin' All Over - The Missing Links
6.  Women (Make You Feel Alright) - The Easybeats
7.  Black - The Throb
8.  Over The Rainbow (single version) - Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs
9.  I Told The Brook (single version) - Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs
10. Sweet And Tender Romance - Bobby & Laurie
11. The Fortune Teller - The Throb
12. Kansas City - The Missing Links
13. Sorry - The Easybeats
14. Hitch Hiker - Bobby & Laurie
15. Try To Remember - New World
16. Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You - The Imagination
17. Julia - Ted Mulry
18. Love Is a Beautiful Song - Dave Mills
19. Working My Way Back To You - Bobbi Marchini
20. Falling In Love Again - Ted Mulry
21. Pasadena - John Paul Young
22. You're All Woman - Ted Mulry
23. St Louis - The Easybeats
24. Friday On My Mind - The Easybeats
25. Good Times - The Easybeats
 
Disc 2  - "Let There Be Rock"
 
1.  Evie (Let Your Hair Hang Down) - Stevie Wright
2.  Evie (Evie) - Stevie Wright
3.  Evie (I'm Losing You) - Stevie Wright
4.  It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll) - AC/DC
5.  Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again - The Angels
6.  Bad Boy For Love - Rose Tattoo
7.  Never Gonna Die – Choirboys
8.  We Are The Kids – Dallimore
9.  Need Your Love (radio edit) - Ray Arnott
10. Let There Be Rock - AC/DC
11. Comin' Down - The Angels
12. Shadow Boxer - The Angels
13. Who Made Who - AC/DC
14. Dirty Hearts - Dallas Crane
15. It Goes Off – Skybombers
16. The Time I Found My Feet – Knievel
17. Trans Ending – Seabellies
18. Curiosity - Dallas Crane
19. We Can't Be Beaten - Rose Tattoo
20. You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
 
Disc 3 – "Ain’t it Nice"
 
1.  Can't Stop Myself From Loving You  - William Shakespeare
2.  Jump In My Car - Ted Mulry Gang
3.  Down Among The Dead Men - Flash and The Pan
4.  Excuse Me - Alison MacCallum
5.  Yesterday's Hero - John Paul Young
6.  My Little Angel - William Shakespeare
7.  Darktown Strutters Ball - Ted Mulry Gang
8.  Hey St Peter - Flash and The Pan
9.  Standing In The Rain - John Paul Young
10. Jamaica Rum - Ted Mulry Gang
11. Walking In The Rain - Doc Neeson
12. Spend The Night – Cheetah
13. Time After Time - Mark Williams & Tara Morice
14. In The Dark - Shelley Harland
15. Ain't It Nice - Ted Mulry
16. Love Is In The Air - John Paul Young
17. Honey Dip - (radio version) - Daniel Amalm
18. Search My Heaven - Aleesha Rome
19. Show No Mercy - Mark Williams
 
Disc 4 - "Open That Door"
 
1.  Lazy River – Harry Vanda and George Young
2.  Been And Gone - Cool Bananas
3.  Survival's A Song (Lazybones) - Graham Lowndes
4.  Blue Sunny Sky Day - Wendy Grose
5.  The Girl On The Five Dollar Note - The Prodigal Sons
6.  Brumby Jack - Alex Hood
7.  How About A Beer For The Horse - Sandshoe Willie & The Worn Out Soul Band
8.  Love Don't Make A Fool Out Of Me - Unit 4 + 2
9.  Care For Kids - The Kids
10. You Drive Me Crazy - John Paul Young
11. Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White - The Magnetics
12. Flaming Heart (radio edit) - Ray Arnott
13. Working For The Man – BAD
14. Picture Show Man – John Meillon and John Ewart
15. The Warrior - Johnny Dick
16. Day Is Done - Wayne Jury
17. Mundane – Valve
18. Snow Queen - Rose Tattoo
19. Planned Obsolescence - The Angels
20. Open That Door - The Angels
21. Street Fighting Man - Rose Tattoo
 
Disc 5 - "My Kind of Music" (Bonus Disc)
 
1.  She's So Fine (live) – Melbourne Awards Show - The Easybeats
2.  My Kind Of Music (live) - Stevie Wright
3.  Crazy  (live) – Ted Mulry Gang
4.  Darktown Strutters Ball (live) – Festival Hall Melbourne - Ted Mulry Gang
5.  She's Got Balls (live) – Bondi Lifesavers - AC/DC
6.  Who Rings The Bell (live) – The Elizabethan Theatre, Sydney - The Angels
7.  Going Home (live) - The Angels
8.  Bad Boy For Love – (Live 1979) - Rose Tattoo
9.  Rock 'n' Roll Outlaw – (Live 1979) - Rose Tattoo
10. Dirty Hearts (live) - Hordern Pavillion 2004 - Dallas Crane
11. Tonight! (There's a Party Going Down) (live) – Annandale - Dallas Crane
12. Comin' Down (live) - The Angels
13. Shoot To Thrill (Live at River Plate ) - AC/DC
14. Evie (Let Your Hair Hang Down) (live) - Sydney Opera House Forecourt - Stevie Wright
15. Evie (Evie) (live) - Sydney Opera House Forecourt - Stevie Wright
16. Evie (I'm Losing You) (live) - Sydney Opera House Forefront  - Stevie Wright
17. She's So Fine (Take 2) - The Easybeats


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