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Kilat1212 ,

Soundtrack to the Summer of 1980...

"East" - was the album where it all came together for Chisel. Not only were they a brilliantly great Blues Rock outfit, they wrote songs that were real and relateable, Ian Moss playing lead guitar like no one else, the Dylanesque balladry of Don Walker, the engine room of Steve Prestwich on Drums and Phil Small on Bass and the emotive textured voice of Jimmy Barnes covering all the ground from a croon to a scream, wow they really had it all....by way of comparison they were like a cross between AC/DC and the Stones, hard rocking blues Aussie style.
This album was the soundtrack of my summer in 1980, I saw them twice live (1982 & 83) and as their reputation suggested they were incredible, in fact I would go so far as to say unforgettable and in many ways I never did see another live act who could rock like they did.
The fact that they never were a breakthrough or a hit in the US is one of music's great mysteries, although being represented by a record company who was looking for the next "flock of seagulls" at the time probably didn't help.
Ah the 80's when everyone was watching Duran Duran, Cindy Lauper and the Culture Club etc...Chisel were not seen as being MTV enough, a real shame that the rest of the world missed an undeniably great band....

Kilat12 ,

The best Aussie band the rest of the world never heard of...

"East" - was the album where it all came together for Chisel. Not only were they a brilliantly great Blues Rock outfit, they wrote songs that were real and relateable, Ian Moss playing lead guitar like no one else, the Dylanesque balladry of Don Walker, the engine room of Steve Prestwich on Drums and Phil Small on Bass and the emotive textured voice of "Barnsie" all the way from a croon to a scream, wow they really had it all....by way of comparison they were like a cross between AC/DC and the Stones...
This album was the soundtrack of my summer in 1980, I saw them twice live (1982 & 83) and as their reputation suggested they were incredible, in fact I would go so far as to say unforgettable and in many ways I never did see another live act who could rock like they did.
The fact that they never were a breakthrough or a hit in the US is one of music's great mysteries, although being represented by a record company who was looking for the next "flock of seagulls" at the time probably didn't help.
Ah the 80's when everyone was watching Duran Duran, Cindy Lauper and the Culture Club etc...Chisel were not seen as being MTV enough, a real shame that the rest of the world missed an undeniably great band....

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