Rock 'N' Roll Outlaw

Album: Rose Tattoo (1978)
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  • The first track off Rose Tattoo's eponymous debut album declares their credo: they're rock and roll outlaws who just need their band. The original single was recorded at Albert Studios in Sydney and produced by the famous team of Harry Vanda and George Young. It is the band's best known song, and the image is one in which they revel.
  • Although he was not the band's original lead vocalist, Angry Anderson quickly became its face, and in 2020 was still rocking with the group at the age of 72, by which time the second-most-senior member was slide guitarist Dai Pritchard, who joined in 2007. By this time, the band was in its third incarnation and had seen over two dozen members come and go, some having died.
  • There have been many recordings of "Rock 'N' Roll Outlaw", including live. A nearly 7-minute version was included on their 2020 release Outlaws. >>
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  • Dan Gillespy from Courtenay BcA pure rough and tough timeless Australian hard hard classic that still sounds super cool.
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