What the critics said about Working Class Boy: An Evening of Stories & Songs:
“A powerful, deeply emotional and transformative production”
– The Daily Telegraph
“A sophisticated and very moving piece of storytelling”
– The Daily Review
“… anyone seeking an emotional, dark, funny, exciting theatrical event — and a powerful singer still in great voice — will be thrilled”
– Sunday Mail SA
“You know you’ve been to a pretty good gig when the songs of your youth are redefined. That is just what this old Cold Chisel fan is feeling right now after spending a wonderful 150 minutes listening to Australian rock great Jimmy Barnes tell his life story with yarns and song”
– The West Australian
To coincide with the soon-to-be bestselling book of the same name, Bloodlines/Mushroom will release a limited edition, commemorative version of one of the greatest Australian rock albums of all time, For The Working Class Man on 20 October 2017. This deluxe, double-disc package includes:
Disc 1 - CD
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.
Disc 2 - DVD
This 1984 performance from the legendary Playroom in Queensland captures the raw energy and musical potency of that period. It has never been commercially released.
The CD booklet has also been expanded to include previously unseen photos from the original shoot by Patrick Jones, exclusive liner notes and a track-by-track commentary from Jimmy recapturing the stories behind these classic songs. And all in a slipcase tying the album artwork directly to the cover of the book.
Jimmy’s longtime friend and label owner, Michael Gudinski, said, “I’m so proud of everything Jimmy has achieved, both solo and with Cold Chisel. He’s had more number one albums than any other Australian artist. He’s actually sold more albums solo than with Chisel, which is a remarkable stat. He’s a two-time ARIA Hall of Famer. Hell, he’s even a best-selling author. But Jimmy has never forgotten his working-class roots. The things he still values most are honesty, loyalty, friendship and family”
The updated, remastered video for Working Class Man can be viewed and embedded from here. Hi res images can be downloaded from here.
Tickets to Working Class Man: An Evening of Stories & Songs go on sale to the general public at 10.00am local times, on Monday, 23 October, 2017. Pre sale details are:
Fan Club and Frontier Touring pre-sale: Members of Jimmy’s mailing list and Frontier Touring Members will have the opportunity to access pre-sale tickets from 2.00pm on Thursday, 19 October until 2.00pm on Friday, 20 October.
Venue pre-sales: Friday, 20 October from 2.00pm until Monday, 23 October at 9.00am (all local times) or earlier if pre-sale allocations are exhausted
The limited edition, commemorative release of For The Working Class Man will be released on Friday, 20 October through Bloodlines/Mushroom.