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Albert Productions

Albert Productions
Parent company J. Albert & Son Pty Ltd
Founded 1964
Founder Ted Albert
Genre Various
Country of origin Australia
Location Sydney
Official website

Albert Productions, a division of music publishing and recording company Albert Music, is one of Australia's longest established independent record labels to specialise in rock and roll music. The label was founded in 1964 by Ted Albert, whose family owned and operated the Australian music publishing house J. Albert & Son.

During the 1960s Albert Productions operated like other similar companies, such as those founded by producers Joe Meek, Phil Spector or Shel Talmy. Typically, these companies discovered and signed new pop performers and groups, produced their recordings independently, then leased the finished product to established record labels, who handled their release, distribution and promotion.

Ted Albert signed two of the most important Australian groups of the mid-1960s, Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs and The Easybeats. Their recordings were released through a deal with EMI's subsidiary label Parlophone and included some of the biggest Australian hits of the decade, most of which were produced by Albert himself and Shel Talmy.

The company curtailed its recording activities in the late 1960s but was revived in the early 1970s, when Albert Productions established its own record label and a state-of-the-art recording studio in central Sydney. Early Alberts acts included Alison MacCallum, Ted Mulry, John Paul Young and Bobbi Marchini, and many of their recordings were produced by visiting British pop svengali Simon Napier-Bell. But the label's greatest success came in the mid-1970s, following the return to Australia of former The Easybeats' members, Harry Vanda and George Young.

In the last years of The Easybeats the duo had become both a powerful songwriting team and highly skilled producers, and upon returning to Australia in early 1973 they became inhouse producers for Albert Productions, which quickly became one of the most successful labels in Australian music. Usually working in collaboration with engineer Bruce Brown, Vanda & Young produced (and often also co-wrote) a string of successful singles and albums for acts including former band mate Stevie Wright, John Paul Young, AC/DC (containing two of Young's brothers), The Angels, Cheetah and William Shakespeare.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s Vanda & Young also enjoyed their own successful career as Alberts recording artists, releasing a string of highly regarded albums and singles under the ironic pseudonym Flash and the Pan. These included the Australian hits "Down Among the Dead Men" and "Hey St Peter" and "Walking in the Rain", which was later covered by Grace Jones.

The Albert Productions label is known internationally through its association with hard rock band AC/DC. Vanda & Young produced all their albums recorded in Australia between 1974 and 1977, and two mainstay members of the band, Malcolm and Angus Young, were George's younger brothers. In 2003 Albert Productions established operations in the United Kingdom and then added the Northern Ireland rock band The Answer to its recording artist stable.

Albert Records does not only specialise in Rock & Roll music. Australian R&B singer, Paulini signed to Albert Records in 2009.

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Further reading

  • Noel McGrath. Australian Encyclopaedia Of Rock. Published by Outback Press Australia. 1978. (ISBN 0727019090)
  • Clinton Walker. Highway To Hell. Published by Pan Macmillan, Australia 1994, & Picador 2002. (ISBN 0 330 36377 8).
  • Glenn Goldsmith. Hard Road. Published by Random House Australia, 2004. (ISBN 1 74051 261 8).
  • Peter Wilmoth. The Countdown Years. 1974-1987. published by McPhee Grible, Australia, 1993 (ISBN 0 86914 293 3).
  • Murray Engleheart. Blood Sweat & Beers. Published by Harper Collins, Australia, 2010. (ISBN 978 0 7322 8935 5).
  • John Tait. Vanda & Young, Inside Australia's Hit Factory. Published by UNSW Press. Australia, 2010. (ISBN 978 1 74223 217 1).

See also



External links

  • Official website
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