1. (00:03:07) Rose Tattoo - All the Lessons
2. (00:03:32) Rose Tattoo - Assault and Battery
3. (00:03:06) Rose Tattoo - Bad Boy for Love
4. (00:06:27) Rose Tattoo - Branded
5. (00:03:02) Rose Tattoo - Death or Glory
6. (00:05:34) Rose Tattoo - Freedom's Flame
7. (00:04:26) Rose Tattoo - I Wish
8. (00:03:57) Rose Tattoo - It's Gonna Work Itself Out
9. (00:02:17) Rose Tattoo - Manzil Madness
10. (00:02:54) Rose Tattoo - Nice Boys
11. (00:03:12) Rose Tattoo - One of the Boys
12. (00:03:02) Rose Tattoo - Remedy
13. (00:04:24) Rose Tattoo - Rock'N'Roll is King
14. (00:03:22) Rose Tattoo - Rock'n'roll Outlaw
15. (00:03:30) Rose Tattoo - Saturday's Rage
16. (00:03:48) Rose Tattoo - Scarred for Life
17. (00:04:25) Rose Tattoo - Southern Stars
18. (00:06:31) Rose Tattoo - The Butcher and Fast Eddie
19. (00:03:05) Rose Tattoo - We Can't Be Beaten
Playing Time.........: 03:11:08
Total Size...........: 477.07 MB
Aussie hard rock combo Rose Tattoo was formed in Sydney in 1976 by ex-Buffalo guitarist Peter Wells; with the additions of former Buster Brown vocalist Angry Anderson, guitarist Mick Cocks, bassist Ian Rilen and drummer Dallas "Digger" Royal, the group made their public bow on New Year's Eve at the local club Chequers, which several years earlier launched the career of AC/DC. Chiefly inspired by the Rolling Stones and the Faces, Rose Tattoo's ferocious, ear-splitting sound quickly earned a devoted following among Sydney area pubgoers, and in 1978 the group signed to Albert Productions; their debut single "Bad Boy for Love" was written by Rilen, who left the lineup prior to the record's release. Anderson's onetime Buster Brown bassist Geordie Leech was recruited for Rose Tattoo's self-titled debut LP; after nearly three years of relentless touring, they issued the follow-up, Assault and Battery, in 1981.
After a tour of Europe which saw them hailed as the loudest band to play London's Marquee Club since Led Zeppelin, Rose Tattoo returned to Australia to begin work on their third album; with new guitarist Robin Riley replacing Cocks, they issued Scarred for Life in 1982, subsequently touring the U.S. in support of Aerosmith and ZZ Top. However, over the course of 1983 Wells, Royal and Riley all left the group, with the remaining duo of Anderson and Leach recruiting guitarists Greg Jordan and John Meyer along with drummer Scott Johnston to record 1984's Southern Stars. Leach then exited to join Wells, Royal and Riley in the short-lived Illustrated Men; Anderson and Johnston continued on as Rose Tattoo, enlisting guitarist Tim Gaze and bassist Andy Cichon for 1986's Beats from a Single Drum. Anderson finally mounted a solo career soon after, as did Wells. After years of substance abuse, Royal died in 1991.
At the request of longtime fans Guns N' Roses, Anderson, Wells, Cocks, Leach and new drummer Paul DeMarco reformed Rose Tattoo in 1993 to open for the Gunners on their Australian tour; the reunion proved brief, however, and upon completing the tour each member returned to his solo endeavors. The same lineup, with original bassist Ian Rilen replacing Leach, reformed yet again in 1998 for the "All Hell Breaks Loose!!" tour; by the following year, Leach had returned to the fold once more. Fall 2000 saw the release of 25 to Life.
There is something about the Australian approach to Rock N' Roll. AC/DC led the way with their brand of powerful straight ahead Rock N' Roll. Now newcomers Airbourne tastes success with the same recipe and in the between these two bands were Rose Tattoo. Linking Rose Tattoo to AC/DC is Phil Rudd, who briefly did drum for Rose Tattoo and Bon Scott was the one who put a good word in for Rose Tattoo at the label.
When listening to this greatest hits compilation you discover one unique trademark of Rose Tattoo compared to the before mentioned fellow country men; Slide guitar. Guitarist Pete Wells bouncy slide guitar are best displayed on Rock N' Roll Outlaw, which also is the best song Rose Tattoo ever written.
The records spans through 4 Rose Tattoo albums. The debut album "Rock N' Roll Outlaw", released in 1980, "Assault and Battery" from 1981, "Scarred from Life" 1982 and "Southern Stars" from 1984. You also sense that the spark has gone out of Rose Tattoo when you near the "Southern Stars" album. The band toured heavily, which started to wear out members and they had some line up changes, which led to lead singer Angry Anderson being the only original member on "Southern Stars", which was released only 4 years after the debut.
In 1998 Rose Tattoo reformed for the "All Hell Breaks Loose" tour and ever since the band has been active touring and also released records. Several of the founding members including Pete Wells and Ian Rilen have passed away. Singer Angry Anderson has remained the main character of Rose Tattoo and in 2007 Rose Tattoo supported Guns N' Roses on their Australian tour. Namely Guns N' Roses are huge Rose Tattoo fans. During Guns N' Roses height of popularity they actually asked Rose Tattoo to reform in 1992 to support them on their Australian tour. The song Nice Boys is also included on this compilation and while lots may not be familiar with the Rose Tattoo original you might recognize it from the Guns N' Roses "Lies" album.
This best of compilation proves that Rose Tattoo is a fine exponent for Boogie rock. Rose Tattoo's simple bluesy boogie Hard Rock gets a bit restrained at times, but they deliver the goods with passion, guts and enthusiasm.