Chain - Toward The Blues

30th Anniversary Edition on CD

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Toward The Blues is the debut studio album by Australian blues band Chain, originally released in September 1971 via Infinity Records.

Chain are an Australian blues band formed in 1968 with Phil Manning (guitars, vocals) and others. Chain were named after the classic soul track "Chain of Fools" by the band's early vocalist Wendy Saddington.

In late 1970 Matt Taylor was invited to join Chain and the band convened in Brisbane for their first rehearsal. This line-up is regarded as the classic Chain line-up of Phil Manning (guitars, vocals), Matt Taylor (harmonica, vocals), Barry 'Big Goose' Sullivan (bass) and Barry 'Little Goose' Harvey (drums). Out of that first rehearsal the song “Black and Blue” was born, and Michael Gudinski was appointed their manager, and they soon found a regular gig playing on a Saturday at the Village Green Hotel in Melbourne. Around this time the drinking age in Victoria was lowered from 21 to 18 and the age of pub rock was born.

"Black and Blue" was released by this line-up as a single in March 1971 on Festival's Infinity label, which peaked at #12 on the national singles charts in May. In Melbourne on the 3XY Rock Music Charts, “Black and Blue” replaced Spectrum’sI’ll Be Gone” at the #1 spot and stayed there for 19 weeks before being replaced by Daddy Cool’sEagle Rock”. How is that for a trio of classic Aussie rock songs!

The second single, "Judgement" released in July 1971 reached the top 40 nationally and was followed in September by their debut studio album Toward the Blues, which reached #6 on the Australian national albums charts and continued to sell steadily over the next 20 years, eventually reaching Gold status.

This classic Chain line-up only lasted about 12 months and broke up in July 1971 before their debut album Toward The Blues was released!

Toward The Blues contained all original compositions by Chain except for Thirty Two Twenty Blues is a song written by Robert Johnson and Snatch It Back And Hold It was written by Junior Wells. In a unique Oz Blues twist, the song became known as “Grab a Snatch”, becoming a crowd favourite at their live shows.

Check out a couple of tracks from the album:  Black and Blue; Grab a Snatch; Judgement; and Albert Gooses Gonna Turn the Blues.

This is the 30th Anniversary Edition reissue (September 2001) on CD with 3 bonus tracks, housed in a jewel case with booklet, pressed in Australia.








Black And Blue (Single Version)






Blow In D



Thirty Two/Twenty Blues



Snatch It Back And Hold It (Adapted From The Stage Version)






Booze Is Bad News Blues



Albert Gooses Gonna Turn The Blues



Black And Blue (Original Album Version)


SKU 9397603339721
Record Label Infinity Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number 333972
Country AU - Australia
Release Date (Year) 17 September 2001
Original Release Date (Year) 01 September 1971
Barcode # 9397603339721
Shipping Weight 0.0850kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.125m
Shipping Length 0.142m
Shipping Cubic 0.000178m3
Type New
Format 30th Anniversary Edition on Compact Disc, Jewel Case, Booklet, Remastered Audio, 3 Bonus Tracks
Format CD
Genre Blues
Genre Electric Blues
Genre Harmonica Blues

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