Cold Chisel Twentieth Century Album


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Twentieth Century was the final studio album for Australian band Cold Chisel until the group reformed in 1998. The album was written and recorded over various sessions during the period of the band's break-up and during breaks in their final tour. It was released in early 1984 and peaked at No. 1 on the Australian albums chart, their 3rd consecutive album to do so. It charted for a total of 46 weeks.

"Twentieth Century" was the first recording to vary the core members of Cold Chisel, with Steve Prestwich having been sacked during the previous year's tour of Germany. For all but 3 songs, he was replaced by Ray Arnott.

Singer Barnes said of the album, "While there are some great songs on it, I don't think it was one of our great records - it was fragmented and sounds like a dying band, but it marked the end of an era."

Don Walker's feelings were stronger, saying, "The album was a nightmare. It was one of the two or three nightmares of my life. At that time relations within the band were barely above speaking terms. The business and money side of it were incredibly bitter between several people."

Despite the feeling of the band members, the album was mostly well received and sold well. "Flame Trees" and "Saturday Night" receive strong airplay on classic rock stations in Australia decades after release.

The art work for the album was done by Chilean artist Eduardo Guelfenbein, who was also responsible for directing the videos for the songs "Hold Me Tight" and "No Sense". From Wikipedia


Cold Chisel-Twentieth Century Cover
Release information about the album
Release Date: 04/01/1984
Tracks in Twentieth Century: Build This Love, Twentieth Century, Ghost Town, Saturday Night, Painted Doll, No Sense, Flame Trees, Only One, Hold Me Tight, Sing To Me, The Game, Janelle, Temptation

Twentieth Century Album Tracklist




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