ACROSS THE BORDER
Where the banned are
Selected by @Bosstralian
@Bosstralian In case you ever wondered, Chisel plays really well late at night in the American desert.
For those who want to hear more beyond this album. some of my favorite Chisel songs.
Mr. Crown Prosecutor from The Last Wave of Summer.
Khe Sanh from Cold Chisel.
Flame Trees from Twentieth Century
Bow River from Circus Animals.
Breakfast At Sweethearts - title track.
The Last wave of Summer - title track.
Northbound from Cold Chisel.
There are many more.
What session is MIsfits from? I have the single they released to promote Chisel, but I believe it was dropped from that compilation after it didn't chart. It's one of my favorite tracks from Chisel.
Yeah, all those songs you mentioned are on Besides.
I do love Small Town Motel Blues.
Small Town Motel Blues is one of the reasons LWOS as an album frustrates me (although that has been tempered a bit now that the 20 song version is considered 'the' definitive version as opposed to the original 14 song one). The 20 song version shows that some of the best material wasn't included on the original album... This Big Old Car, Somewhere In The Silence, This Time Round as examples were never released originally. Once Around The Sun was a hidden bonus track on the original release. And even then after adding songs they still didn't get it right IMHO. Small Town Motel Blues and Better Time Better Place are for mine two of the gems from the sessions, deserving much more than being relegated effectively to B Side / out take status.
Chisel circa 1998 felt very much like 5 individuals playing together... reportedly, the sessions were at times tense and the members who had been particularly successful solo were pushing their own individual production ideas, sometimes in conflict with consensus opinion. (E.g. Barnes song Never Stop Loving You has the sheen of a middle tier Jimmy solo song of the period due to Jimmy using his own production ideas on it. Don Walker states their was a vastly superior less polished more ''Chisel" sounding version the other 4 were pushing for, but Jimmy wanted his version included).
For those with some interest in hearing more about this band, or seeing what they look like and sound like, there is this that follows... 6 segments on You Tube of a doco that was recorded in 1998 and played on 'Max TV' here in 1999.
**Edit- episode / segment 6 is 'hidden' or removed or something'.
So, the bad... this is clearly off a VHS taken off Foxtell circa the late 1990's and applicable poor visually. Although the sound isn't bad.
The good (and bad).. the lead singer, Jimmy Barnes, has had his issues with substances and it shows here. He was largely on the booze back in the 70's / 80's (downing a bottle of vodka per show was standard), before sort of cleaning up, until speed and coke took over in the 90's. And his interview segments here (he chose to go short blonde dyed for this tour, so is easy to spot) are testament to that cocktail.