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1981 Cold Chisel – Swingshift – Double Live

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Cold Chisel – Swingshift – 1981 – Double Live Album

Cold Chisel’s double live album Swingshift is one of the best live albums to have ever been released in Australia. It is a massive wall of sound that made the whole world stand up and believe that Australian rock could not only match but could surpass the best the world had to offer. The unique strength of Jimmy Barnes as a singer, keyed in with the striking steel of Ian Moss on guitar is a formidable sound. Don Walker the key songwriter, Steve Prestwich and Phil Small all add their hallmark touches to this incredible wave of sound.

This double has some of their finest live moments captured in a double vinyl album that will enhance any serious rock collection.



Released in 1981 it was the bands first No.1 album debuting there in the first week of its release. Oz rock gold.

Pressed on 180 gram vinyl, both disc appear to be completely unmarked.

Jacket is in great condition as are the inner sleeves.

The album overall is in as new condition.

Track Listing:


Shipping Steel

Breakfast At Sweethearts

Rising Sun

Choir Girl

Khe Sahn

My Turn To Cry

Four Walls

One Long Day

Knockin’ On Heavens Door

My Baby

Star Hotel

Don’t Let Go

Long As I Can See The Light

Party’s Over

Cheap Wine



Cold Chisel is a rock band that originated in Adelaide, Australia. It is one of the most acclaimed Australian rock bands of all time, with a string of hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s and huge sales that continue to this day, although its success and acclaim was almost completely restricted to Australia and New Zealand.Originally named Orange, the band was formed in Adelaide in 1973 as a heavy metal act covering songs by Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Free by bassist Les Kaczmarek and keyboard player Ted Broniecki, organist Don Walker, guitaristIan Moss and drummer Steve Prestwich. Seventeen-year-old singer Jimmy Barnes – known throughout his time with the band as Jim Barnes — joined in December ’73, taking leave from the band in 1975 for a brief stint as Bon Scott’s replacement in Fraternity. The group changed its name several times before settling on Cold Chisel in 1974 after writing a song with that title. Barnes’ relationship with other band members was volatile; as a Scot he often came to blows with Liverpool-born Prestwich and he left the band several times. During these periods Moss would handle vocals until Barnes returned. Walker soon emerged as Cold Chisel’s primary songwriter. Walker spent 1974 in Armidale, completing his studies and in 1975 Kaczmarek left the band and was replaced by Phil Small. Barnes’ older brother John Swan was a member of Cold Chisel around this time, providing backing vocals and percussion but after several violent incidents he was fired. In May 1976 Cold Chisel relocated to Melbourne but found little success and moved to Sydney in November. Six months later, in May 1977, Barnes announced he was quitting Cold Chisel in order to join Swan in Feather, a hard-rocking blues band that had evolved from an earlier group called Blackfeather. A farewell performance took place in Sydney that went so well the singer changed his mind and the following month Cold Chisel was picked up by the Warner Music Group. Swingshift debuted at No. 1 on the Australian album charts, crystallizing the band’s status as the biggest-selling act in the country. Overseas, however, Cold Chisel was unable to make an impact. With a slightly different track-listing, East had been issued in the United States and the band undertook its first (and only) US tour. But while it was popular as a live act, the American arm of their label did little to support the album. According to Barnes biographer Toby Creswell, at one point the band was ushered into an office to listen to the US master only to find it drenched in tape hiss and other ambient noise, making it almost unreleasable. The band was even booed off stage after a lack lustre performance in Dayton, Ohio in May, 1981 opening for Ted Nugent, who at the time was touring with his guitar army aka the ‘D.C. Hawks’. European audiences were more accepting of the band and the group developed a small but significant fan base in Germany.

*All historical information taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes.

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