For The Working Class Man (Remastered) Jimmy Barnes
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- 1I'd Die To Be With You Tonight04:00
- 2Ride The Night Away04:24
- 3American Heartbeat04:08
- 4Working Class Man03:31
- 5Without Your Love04:26
- 6No Second Prize03:40
- 8Promise Me You'll Call03:31
- 9Boys Cry Out For War03:56
- 11Thick Skinned03:28
- 12Paradise (Remastered)02:45
- 13I'd Die To Be With You Tonight04:24
- 14Ride The Night Away04:44
- 15Working Class Man03:55
- 16No Second Prize04:24
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For the Working Class Man is the second studio album by former Cold Chisel frontman Jimmy Barnes, released in 1985. The album consists of the original album plus four remixed tracks.
For the Working Class Man (re-titled Jimmy Barnes for the international market - after the original title of A Week Away from Paradise was scrapped - with a slightly altered track listing and different cover artwork) was specifically geared toward securing Barnes a break into the American music market by Geffen. The new material found on the album was recorded in New York and Los Angeles with a variety of high-profile producers, session musicians, and outside songwriters. Journey's Jonathan Cain contributed, produced and performed on two tracks, "Working Class Man" (which has since become Barnes' signature song as a solo artist after being featured in the Ron Howard film Gung Ho) and "American Heartbeat"; Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band co-wrote "Ride the Night Away"; and Chas Sanford penned "I'd Die to Be with You Tonight".
A genuine Australian classic if ever there was one!
The original 1985 recordings totally re-mastered by Don Bartley, who undertook an exhaustive analogue process including the use of 1/2″ tape to keep dynamics and clarity intact, maintain the punch of the original mixes and create some natural harmonics while still allowing for competitive levels.
Jimmy Barnes, vocals, guitar, backing vocals
Chris Stockley, guitar
Mal Eastick, guitar
Billy Burnette, guitar
Charlie Sexton, guitar
Barry Gray, bagpipes
Viv Riley, bagpipes
Bruce Howe, bass
Mick Fleetwood, drums
Ray Arnott, drums
Kim Carnes, backing vocals
Renee Geyer, backing vocals
Shauna Jenson, backing vocals
Vanetta Fields, backing vocals
Recorded at Rhinoceros Studios, Sydney; The Power Station, New York; Rumbo Recorders, Los Angeles
Engineered by Alan Wright, Mark Opitz, Thom Panunzio
Mixed by Bob Clearmountain
Produced by Chas Sandford, Jimmy Barnes, Jonathan Caine, Mark Opitz
is the heart and the soul of Australian rock & roll. After 40 years on stages of all kinds, Jimmy is an icon – his nickname “Barnesy” conjures up thoughts of rock music at an ear-splitting volume, and of soul standards given a unique reading. Jimmy has been through it all, and lived to tell the tale and that has earned him a place in Australia’s heart and heartland. Along the way he has sold more records in Australia than any other domestic rock & roll artist. Jimmy’s live shows are legendary for their intensity.
In 2016, Jimmy finally told his tale in an autobiography, Working Class Boy, which was a #1 bestseller and won the Australian Book Industry Award (ABIA) for ‘Biography of the Year’.
Jimmy’s 2nd memoir, Working Class Man, will be released on 23 October 2017.
James Dixon Barnes of Glasgow via Adelaide was just 16 when he joined the band Cold Chisel in 1973. Raised on tough soul music and gutsy rock, Jim bought his monumental passion and a versatile vocal style to Chisel. The five-piece band quickly established themselves as a raw, bare bones rock & roll outfit. By the time they signed with Warner Brothers in 1977, they were the most powerful live act in the heyday of Australian pub rock.
A big part of Chisel’s appeal was the fury, the wit and the danger that Jimmy brought to the stage every night. Fuelled by drugs and vodka, Jimmy was capable of anything on stage. As they say, at the end of the night he had left nothing on the table.
Cold Chisel released a series of classic albums including, East, Circus Animals and Twentieth Century. Many of their songs – “Khe Sanh”, “”Choir Girl”, “Cheap Wine”, “You Got Nothing I Want”, “Flame Trees” – are virtually national anthems.
When Jimmy went solo in 1984 his debut album Bodyswerve topped the charts, as did all his albums for a decade. His 1986 album, For the Working Class Man, gave him a signature tune and it cemented Jimmy’s place right at the centre of this generation of Australians. They heard in his records their hopes and dreams and loves and triumphs. He spoke directly to and for them.
The hits, as they say, kept coming with Freight Train Heart, Barnestorming, Two Fires, Flesh and Wood, (all #1 debuts) and of course Soul Deep – an album of R&B classics that sold almost a million copies.
The rewards were great but the cost was phenomenal paid in booze and drugs and an out of control lifestyle. The wildness that Jimmy brought on stage was nothing compared to what was in his head in those years.
At the top of his game, by 1993 Jimmy was burned out. He and the family moved to Europe where he concentrated on writing and playing and regrouping. These were difficult years, struggling with his career and raising a family.
The Barnes’ came back to Australia in 1996 and went back into the charts with the Best Of set (Hits Anthology) that featured the hit single “Lover Lover” written with wife Jane. A brief Cold Chisel reunion tour and album (The Last Wave of Summer) followed in 1998.
There was a second soul album (Soul Deeper) in 2000 that marked a new beginning. But it was Jimmy’s 2005 #1 album Double Happiness which featured duets with family and friends that put him back on top and earned him his second induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame.
Since then he has gone from strength to strength with critically acclaimed solo albums and his take on the classic songbook. Then in 2009, Cold Chisel reformed releasing two new albums, No Plans (2012) and The Perfect Crime (2015) and on the road with the Light The Nitro Tour in 2011 (which remains the biggest grossing tour ever by an Australian-based band) and 2015’s One Night Stand tour.
Jimmy’s 2014 album 30:30 Hindsightcelebrated 30 years as a solo artist and featured international artists including ‘Miami’ Steve Van Zandt, Keith Urban, and Journey alongside local chart-toppers such as Bernard Fanning, The Living End, Tina Arena, Troy Cassar-Daley and many others. The following year Jimmy road tripped through the South, down to Memphis, Tennessee where he recorded the album Soul Searchin’, the fourth in a series of soul tribute albums recorded and released over a 25 year period.
Soul Searchin’, Jimmy’s 16th studio album was yet another #1 album. No musician anywhere in the world has had a run of chart success as strong or as enduring as Jimmy Barnes has had in Australia.
Then in October 2016, Jimmy launched his first book – Working Class Boy -debuting at No. 1 in Australia. If a book could be more raw than Jimmy Barnes in full flight, well, this is it. It’s the harrowing story of Jimmy’s childhood in Glasgow and then in Adelaide. It’s a tale of bad love, booze, domestic violence and sexual abuse. Jimmy writes with an unfettered emotional honesty. He tells what is often a dark story with as much light and shade, humour and honesty as is possible. In these vivid stories of growing up, we glimpse some of the forces that turned Jimmy into such an incredible performer.
In early 2017, Jimmy released his first children’s book, Och Aye the G’Nu, inspired by his cheeky red-haired, blue-eyed grandson. The accompanying album was produced by The Wiggles’ creator Anthony Field.
Jimmy has never been afraid to put his hands up for causes he believes in and works with a number of charities. Given his own experiences of domestic abuse and alcoholism, he has been very vocal on this, subjects when it’s appropriate.
Through it all there has been touring – across Australia with his rock band and again with a soul band, acoustic shows and dates through Europe keep him playing for months every year. It’s the wildness of it all that keeps Jimmy Barnes grounded.
“My job,” he says, “is to turn every night of the week into Saturday night for people. It’s the best job there is.”
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