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Pre-AC/DC Brian Johnson Recordings Teased For Release

While exiled AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson works to see if he can make a return to music, we may have a chance to hear some of his earliest recorded work soon.

Prior to joining AC/DC and even Geordie, the band he was in before, Johnson was in a group called the Japser Hart Band that did some recordings during 1971. The band has posted a Facebook message that if enough interest is expressed by fans it would put out three of the songs from the sessions on CD, as well as new versions of the songs by the current lineup of the band. The group will also include liner notes talking about Johnson’s time in Jasper Hart.

Recordings of two of the songs, "Overload" and "I Want To Be Around," are now on its web site, with the CD released hoped-for later this month.

Johnson and two other Jasper Hart members left the group in 1972 to join Geordie, and Johnson was hired by AC/DC to replace the late Bon Scott in 1980.

Johnson is currently working with new in-ear monitor technology that may help him return to music after doctors told him to quit touring with AC/DC in March or risk permanent hearing loss.



Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.