Jon English - History

Limited Edition 2LP Vinyl Compilation, Numbered

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History is a vinyl only compilation album by Australian singer-songwriter Jon English, released in July 2016 via Fanfare Records.

Prior to Jon English's recent passing in March 2016, he had been working to release his hits package on vinyl, titled History. His first foray into the current vinyl resurgence, something he was incredibly excited about.

A prolific songwriter, experienced screen composer, and a popular actor with wide community recognition and critical public acclaim, Jon English is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most successful, loved, and enduring recording and performing artists.

Jon was one of the few Australian performers to combine a career in music, television and stage.
In the early 70’s Jon auditioned for Harry M Miller’s first production of Jesus Christ Superstar. He was given the prestigious and demanding lead role of Judas at the age of just 22. The show's phenomenal success kept him busy for the next five years, touring all over Australia and New Zealand.

During the time Jon was touring with Superstar, he also recorded four albums. He had hits with songs such as Handbags and Gladrags, Turn the Page (his first number one) and Hollywood Seven. At the same time he appeared in guest roles on popular television drama shows including No 96, Matlock Police, and the Homicide tele-movie, Stopover.

1977 culminated with Jon’s fifth album and third number one hit single Words Are Not Enough, and a concert tour with the band, Thin Lizzy. He then took a short break from the rock music scene in 1978 when he appeared in the lead role of the popular television mini-series, Against the Wind. Jon wrote the score for Against the Wind. He also co-wrote the theme song, Six Ribbons, which became a number one hit in more than six countries. 

English History, Jon’s next and seventh album was also released in 1978. This ‘best of’ album made history at the time by becoming the largest selling double album in Australia. Albums number eight, nine, and ten followed in 1980, 1981 and 1982 – Calm Before the Storm, Inroads, and Jokers and Queens (with Marcia Hines).
Jon’s first collaboration with producer David Mackay began in 1983, with his twelfth album Some People. This collaboration saw the beginnings of a partnership that would eventually give birth to the rock opera, Paris.

1984 saw Jon’s first appearance as the Pirate King alongside Marina Prior, Simon Gallaher, and June Bronhill in the Victorian State Opera’s production of The Pirates of Penzance

In 1994 Jon reprised his role as the Pirate King when Simon Gallaher produced an updated version of the Pirates of Penzance, followed up with another two Gilbert and Sullivan classics – The Mikado and HMS Pinafore. With Jon again cast in the lead roles, both shows opened to critical and public acclaim, touring extensively throughout New Zealand and Australia, until Pinafore finally closed the hugely successful ‘trilogy’ in October 1997. 

History showcases the Greatest Hits of Jon English - be one of the lucky few to own this Limited Edition Collection.

This is a very limited edition of 500 individually numbered copies (stickered with Jon's signature), a double album 2LP record set on 150 gram vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve, pressed in Australia.






Hot Town



Get Your Love Right



Words Are Not Enough



Wine Dark Sea



She Was Real



Turn The Page






Lovin’ Arms



Handbags And Gladrags



Some People (Have All The Fun)          






Behind Blue Eyes



You Might Need Somebody



Every Time I Sing A Love Song



Hollywood 7



All Together Now



Lay It All Down






Jokers And Queens



Superstar (You Promised Me)



Six Ribbons


SKU 0602547815576
Record Label Fanfare Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number FANFARE227
Country AU - Australia
Release Date (Year) 23 July 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 23 July 2016
Barcode # 0602547815576
Shipping Weight 0.5050kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Vinyl Records, Compilation, Gatefold Sleeve, Individually Numbered 500 Copies
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Folk Rock
Genre Classic Rock

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