Cold Chisel - Circus Animals

180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl - 2016 Remaster

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Circus Animals is the fourth studio album by Australian rock band Cold Chisel, originally released in March 1982 via WEA / Warner.

Cold Chisel opened the '80s with their most widely accepted and artfully constructed album, East. Following it up was a tall order, but they did the trick admirably with Circus Animals. (A live album, Swingshift, was released in the period between the two studio discs.) A ten-song stew of the band's signature guitar-and-piano-driven ballads and rockers, it further confirmed Chisel's depth and breadth as a creative unit.

From the outset of Circus Animals, the boys come crashing in through the window like a bunch of rowdies with hell-raising on their minds, cranking out the guitar rock rottweiler "You Got Nothing I Want". Jimmy Barnes' wrote the song about the frustration of a recently completed U.S. tour that had imploded ingloriously. As he belts out the number, Barnes' voice sounds like a buzz saw blade that's flown loose and ripped through a bunch of parked cars.

Guitar star Ian Moss takes over the lead vocals for the second track, the up-tempo jangler-cum-thumper "Bow River", which tells a typical Chisel tale of a working-class battler who dreams of better things. Moss also chips in with a guitar solo that would take many better-known names from the axe-grinding fraternity back to school.

Other hightlights include "Houndog" (not to be confused with Leiber & Stoller's "Hound Dog"), a gripping, grueling riff-fest road song; the strip-club, tom-tom beat of the slinky "Numbers Fall"; the bent-halo ballad "When The War Is Over"; and the coup de grâce, the coke-frenzy-rock of the mini-epic "Letter To Alan", written for the band's deceased roadie, Alan Dallow (another hail-of-bullets solo from Moss).

Cold Chisel are a group acutely proud of their roots, and it shows in their songs. A band deserving of a much more prominent place on the world's rock and roll stage.

Check out the tracks: “You Got Nothing I Want”; “Forever Now” and “When The War Is Over”.

This 2016 remastered LP on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl, with reproduced original artwork is pressed in Australia.

 

(0602537904884)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

You Got Nothing I Want

3:16

A2

Bow River

4:23

A3

Forever Now

4:26

A4

Taipan

3:55

A5

Houndog

5:04

B1

Wild Colonial Boy

4:52

B2

No Good For You

3:16

B3

Numbers Fall

4:46

B4

When The War Is Over

4:25

B5

Letter To Alan

5:57

SKU 0602537904884
Record Label Cold Chisel
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number CCLP005
Country AU - Australia
Release Date (Year) 23 September 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 01 March 1982
Barcode # 0602537904884
Shipping Weight 0.2950kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Inner Sleeve, Reissue, 2016 Remaster
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Hard Rock
Genre Classic Rock
Format VINYL LP

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