Chain - Live Chain

Debut 1970 Live Album Remastered + Bonus Tracks on CD

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Live Chain is the debut live album by Australian blues band Chain, originally released in October 1970 via Festival Records.

The version of Chain that recorded this album pre-dates the arrival of Matt Taylor in the band towards the end of 1970.

With the line-up of Phil Manning (guitar, vocals), Warren Morgan (electric piano), Glyn Mason (guitar, vocals), Barry 'Big Goose' Sullivan (bass) and Barry 'Little Goose' Harvey (drums), Live Chain is a terrific document of this short-lived version of the band (the press release that came with the LP states that both Morgan and Mason had already left!).

The album was recorded live to two-track at Caesar's Palace, Sydney, Australia on July 1970 - for $32.00 - which was reputedly half the marijuana budget!

For those who are only familiar with Chain via their 1971 breakthrough album Toward The Blues, they may be surprised at how progressive this album is - a sound not too dissimilar to Blind Faith - with an added twin guitar attack. It is still rooted in the blues, mind, with some awesome extended soloing, but some of Morgan's piano is decidedly funky! (Black And White), whilst the riff-tastic Pilgrimage would not sound out of place on Kahvas Jute's 1971 progressive rock classic Wide Open.

This deluxe reissue CD includes a track left off the original album On The Road Again, recorded at the same show.

Also included is Chain’s debut single released in 1969, Show Me Home / Mr. Time. The line-up who recorded the single was Manning, Morgan and Harvey with Claude Papesch (organ) and Tim Piper (bass). Morgan and Papesch's piano/organ interplay was reminiscent of The Band and a very early example of progressive rock in Australia, and Mr. Time is positively psychedelic!

Live Chain has been remastered from the original tapes by Gil Matthews, packaged in a deluxe 6 panel digipak, 24 page booklet with many rare photos and recent interviews from Phil Manning, Warren Morgan and 'Little Goose'. Liner notes by noted Australian music writer Ian MacFarlane.

Check out a couple of tracks:  Gertrude Street Blues and Chain Live.

This Compact Disc is an Aztec Records reissue (May 2010) of the original album with 3 bonus tracks, housed in a deluxe 6 panel digipak, featuring digital remastered audio by Gil Matthews and colour booklet with liner notes by Ian McFarlane, pressed in Australia.








The World Is Waiting



Black And White






Gertrude Street Blues



Bonus Tracks:

Live recording at same session that yielded Live Chain in July 1970:






Debut Single 1969:


On The Road Again (Live)



Show Me Home (Single A-side)



Mr. Time (single B-side)


SKU 9336043001522
Record Label Aztec Records
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number AVSCD052
Country AU - Australia
Release Date (Year) 17 May 2010
Original Release Date (Year) 01 October 1970
Barcode # 9336043001522
Shipping Weight 0.0900kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.125m
Shipping Length 0.142m
Shipping Cubic 0.000178m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition CD, Remastered Audio, Bonus Tracks, Deluxe 6 Panel Digipak, 24 Page Booklet, Remastered by Gil Matthews
Format CD
Genre Blues
Genre Electric Blues
Genre Harmonica Blues

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