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Cold Chisel has just announced the next installment in their archival ‘Live Tapes’ series ‘The Live Tapes – Vol 3 – Live At The Manly Vale Hotel’,  to be released December 2nd, 2016.

This historic show at Sydney’s infamous Manly Vale Hotel on Saturday, June 7th 1980 is captured in all of its visceral glory on The Live Tapes – Vol 3 – Live At The Manly Vale Hotel which will be released on Friday, 2 December this year as a Vinyl LP, a CD, a very limited edition CD/DVD and it will be available as a digital download and across all streaming services. This release is the third in an ongoing series of special live recordings unearthed from Cold Chisels own archives. Pre-order now Here

The Live Tapes - Vol 3 - Live At The Manly Vale Hotel

The Live Tapes – Vol 3 – Live At The Manly Vale Hotel

The Manly Vale show was recorded the same week that the band’s ground-breaking third album East was released. East would go on to dominate the charts for the rest of 1980 and set a new high for Australian music. With amazing foresight, the band recorded the cramped, sweaty pub show on 2-inch 16-track tape and the original audio tapes have been found, baked and carefully prepared so that Kevin Shirley could mix them in June this year. They also filmed the show, but only the second film reel (featuring the second half of the show) could be found. Despite months of archaeological digging, the first reel seems to have been lost forever.

Cold Chisel

Cold Chisel

The Live Tapes – Vol 3 – Live At The Manly Vale Hotel reveals a fierce, lean band; whip-smart and confident from 5 years of relentless touring but who were still hungry and risk-taking, previewing ten of East‘s twelve songs in the twenty-one song set. In addition to songs like Cheap Wine, Choirgirl, My Baby, Rising Sun and Star Hotel that would all go on to become massive radio songs and a huge part of Cold Chisel‘s cannon, the set also featured Khe Sanh, Breakfast at Sweethearts, Conversations and a speed-fuelled One Long Day from the band’s first two albums that were already well on their way to becoming Australian classics.

“In 1980, we were playing 8 days a week. We were fighting fit and hungry, playing every show like it was our last – and often it almost was,” laughs frontman, Jimmy Barnes.   “This show at The Manly Vale Hotel was recorded the week EAST came out. We were still playing pubs, with the audience spilling onto the stage and the band spilling into the audience.  It was fierce and fiery and lots of fun.   Everyone in the band was writing songs and playing at the top of their game.  It’s all here in this raw and real recording.”

Jimmy Barnes

Jimmy Barnes

The set also features two great covers, an adrenaline-charged rendition of the ’60s nugget Shakin All Over – a brilliant one-hit-wonder for Johnny Kidd & The Pirates in 1960 which was made even more famous in Australia when Normie Rowe took it to #1 in September 1965. Although Cold Chisel occasionally covered this gem in ’79 and ’80, a recording of the song has never surfaced till now. Additionally, the band delivers an emotional take on the Bob Dylan classic Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, which they offer as a tribute to two close friends and roadies who had recently died in a truck accident.

In reviewing the earlier show in RAM, Vince Lovegrove wrote: “Slowly but surely, this band has built … and built … and built … Believe me, if this particular Saturday night’s performance is even the slightest shimmer of insight, next time they hit the road, we’re going to see a world class act that’ll blow any other rock ‘n’ roll outfit off the stage.”  A few months later, that’s exactly what happened … and what is captured on The Live Tapes – Vol 3 – Live At The Manly Vale Hotel.

Manly Vale Hotel

Manly Vale Hotel

The Manly Vale Hotel was located in the suburb of Manly Vale on Sydney’s northern Beaches and was one of Sydney’s premier live music venues back in the 1970’s – 1980’s. packing 2000 plus punters in, to Aussie legends with the likes of Cold Chisel, ACDC, INXS, Midnight Oil, Radiators, Angels etc. plus countless international acts gracing their stage.

‘The Live Tapes – Vol 3 – Live At The Manly Vale Hotel’; tracklisting:

Disc 1

1. Standing On The Outside
2. Home And Broken Hearted
3. Juliet
4. Shakin’ All Over
5. Choirgirl
6. Conversations
7. Never Before
8. My Turn To Cry
9. Best Kept Lies
10. Shipping Steel
11. My Baby

Disc 2

1. Rising Sun
2. Breakfast At Sweethearts
3. One Long Day
4. Cheap Wine
5. Khe Sanh
6. Star Hotel
7. Merry-Go-Round
8. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
9. Tomorrow
10. Goodbye (Astrid, Goodbye)