Sunday, September 19, 2010
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02. Shine Like the Stars
03. (Slave To) Lust
05. Lay Your Hands on Me
08. To Die by Your Hand
09. Trophy/It Never Rains...
10. Light That Pours from You
13. In Denial
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- "Beyond the Pale" – 7:49
- "Wing and a Prayer" – 3:41
- "Fabienne" – 3:41
- "Heaven on Earth" – 5:19
- "Tower of Strength" – 8:03
- "Kingdom Come" – 4:50
- "Breathe" – 1:26
- "Child's Play" – 3:39
- "Shamera Kye" – 0:34
- "Black Mountain Mist" – 2:54
- "Dream On" (Aerosmith cover) – 3:54
- "Heat" – 5:14
- "Hymn (For America)" – 6:35
Saturday, September 18, 2010
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- "Overture" – 0:47
- "The Trans-Love Express" – 3:59
- "Mirage" – 4:53
- "Enigmatic Ocean - Part I" – 2:23
- "Enigmatic Ocean - Part II" – 3:35
- "Enigmatic Ocean - Part III" – 3:42
- "Enigmatic Ocean - Part IV" – 2:26
- "Nostalgic Lady" – 5:24
- "The Struggle of the Turtle to the Sea - Part I" – 3:35
- "The Struggle of the Turtle to the Sea - Part II" – 3:34
- "The Struggle of the Turtle to the Sea - Part III" – 6:03
Jean-Luc Ponty performing on July 1, 2007.
|Birth name||Jean-Luc Ponty|
|Born||September 29, 1942 (age 67)(1942-09-29)|
|Genres||Jazz, jazz fusion, progressive rock|
|Instruments||Violin, clarinet, saxophone, violectra, piano,|
|Labels||Atlantic, Columbia, Blue Note, Prestige, Philips, Epic, Koch, Polygram, J.L.P. Productions, Inc.|
|Associated acts||John McLaughlin, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Svend Asmussen, Frank Zappa, Stéphane Grappelli, Stuff Smith, Al Di Meola, Stanley Clarke, Gerald Wilson, Elton John, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, Bela Fleck|
Ponty was born into a family of classical musicians on September 29, 1942 in Avranches, France. His father taught violin, his mother taught piano. At sixteen, he was admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, graduating two years later with the institution's highest award, Premier Prix. In turn, he was immediately hired by one of the major symphony orchestras, Concerts Lamoureux, where he played for three years.
While still a member of the orchestra in Paris, Ponty picked up a side gig playing clarinet (which his father had taught him) for a college jazz band that regularly performed at local parties. It proved a life-changing jumping-off point. A growing interest in the jazz sounds of Miles Davis and John Coltrane compelled him to take up the tenor saxophone. One night after an orchestra concert, still wearing his formal tuxedo, Ponty found himself at a local club with only his violin. Within four years, he was widely accepted as the leading figure in jazz fiddle.
Orchestra and jazz clubs
At that time, Ponty was leading a dual musical life: rehearsing and performing with the orchestra while also playing jazz until 3 a.m. at clubs throughout Paris. The demands of this schedule eventually brought him to a crossroads. "Naturally, I had to make a choice, so I took a chance with jazz", says Jean-Luc. Ponty's attraction to jazz was propelled by Miles Davis's and John Coltrane's music, which led him to adopt the electric violin. Critic Joachim Berendt wrote that "Since Ponty, the jazz violin has been a different instrument", of his "style of phrasing that corresponds to early and middle John Coltrane" and his "brilliance and fire".
Success with the violin
At first, the violin proved to be a handicap; few at the time viewed the instrument as having a legitimate place in the modern jazz vocabulary. With a powerful sound that eschewed vibrato, Jean-Luc distinguished himself with be-bop-era phrasings and a punchy style influenced more by horn players than by anything previously tried on the violin; nobody had heard anything quite like it before. Critics said then that he was the first jazz violinist to be as exciting as a saxophonist. Ponty's notoriety grew with remarkable leaps and by 1964, at age 22, he released his debut solo album for Philips, Jazz Long Playing. A 1966 live album called Violin Summit united Ponty on stage in Basel, Switzerland with such notable string talents as Svend Asmussen, Stéphane Grappelli and Stuff Smith.
In 1967, John Lewis of The Modern Jazz Quartet invited Ponty to perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Jean-Luc's first-ever American appearance garnered thunderous applause and led to a U.S. recording contract with the World PacificElectric Connection with the Gerald Wilson Big Band and Jean-Luc Ponty Experience with the George Duke Trio. 1967 also brought Sunday Walk, the first collaboration between Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen and Ponty. Through the late 60s and early 70s, Ponty achieved mounting critical praise and popularity across Europe. label and the albums
Frank Zappa and emigration to America
In 1969, Frank Zappa composed the music for Jean-Luc's solo album King KongBlue Note). In 1972, Elton John invited Ponty to contribute to his Honky ChateauFrank Zappa and the Mothers of InventionJohn McLaughlin Mahavishnu OrchestraApocalypse and Visions of the Emerald Beyond) until 1975, when he signed on as a solo artist with Atlantic Records. ( album. Within a year — at the urging of who wanted him to join their tour — Ponty emigrated with his wife and two young daughters to America and made his home in Los Angeles. He continued to work on a variety of projects — including a pair of albums and tours (
For the next decade, Jean-Luc toured the world repeatedly and recorded 12 consecutive albums which all reached the top 5 on the Billboard jazz charts and sold millions of copies. Early Atlantic recordings, such as 1976's Aurora and Imaginary Voyage, firmly established him as a figurehead in America's growing jazz-rock movement. He went on to crack the top 40 in 1977 with the Enigmatic Ocean album and again in 1978 with Cosmic Messenger. In 1984, a video featuring time-lapse images was produced by Louis Schwarzberg for the song Individual Choice. Along with Herbie Hancock, Ponty became one of the first jazz musicians to have a music video.
Besides recording and touring with his own group, Ponty also performed some of his compositions with the New Music Ensemble of Pittsburgh, the Radio City Orchestra in New York, as well as with symphony orchestras in Montreal, Toronto, Oklahoma City and Tokyo. In the late 80s, he recorded a pair of albums, The Gift of Time and Storytelling for Columbia.
On 1991's Epic-released Tchokola, Ponty combined his acoustic and electric violins, for the first time, with the powerful polyrhythmic sounds of West Africa. He also performed for two months in the U.S. and Canada with a cast of African expatriates he had encountered on the Paris music scene. In 1993, Ponty returned to Atlantic with the album No Absolute Time. Working with American and African musicians, Jean-Luc expanded on the explorations of Tchokola with a moving and soulful result. "There is a whole scene in Paris of top-notch African musicians," he says. "I was very curious and wanted to educate myself in these rhythms, which were totally new to my ears."
In 1995, Ponty joined guitarist Al Di Meola and bassist Stanley Clarke to record an acoustic album under the name The Rite of Strings. This all-star trio also undertook a six-month tour of North America, South America, and Europe that earned them intercontinental critical praise.
Ponty regrouped his American band in 1996 for live performances following the release of a double CD anthology of Ponty's productions for Atlantic Records entitled Le Voyage. One of these concerts was recorded in Detroit, Michigan, in front of 6000 fans. It was released in February 1997 by Atlantic Records under the title Live at Chene Park.
In 1997, Jean-Luc Ponty put back together his group of Western and African musicians pursuing this new fusion that he started in 1991. Together they toured for 3 years from the Hawaiian Islands to Poland and in North America as well as in Europe. Ponty also performed a highly acclaimed duet with bassist Miroslav Vitous in December 1999. In January 2000, he participated in Lalo Schifrin's recording with a big band, Esperanto. In June 2001, Ponty performed duets with Vadim Repin, the young Russian star of classical violin and also with American jazz violinist Regina Carter at the Film Music Festival in Poland.
In August 2001, Jean-Luc Ponty released his studio CD Life Enigma on his own label (J.L.P. Productions, Inc.), a return to his concept from the 70s with very modern production. Ponty played all the instruments on some tracks and was joined by his band members for performances on other tracks: William Lecomte (keyboards), Guy Nsangué Akwa (bass), Thierry Arpino (drums) and Moustapha Cissé (percussion). Ponty gave a successful concert with his band in his native town of Avranches, in the French province of Normandie, on September 21, 2001. He was also honored during a special ceremony at City Hall, gaining recognition from his compatriots. He then embarked on a successful concert tour in the USA in October-November 2001. In May 2001, Ponty recorded a concert with the same musicians at the opera house in Dresden, Germany. This recording was released in July 2002 on a CD entitled Live at Semper Opera (J.L.P. Productions, Inc. – Navarre Distribution in North America and Le Chant du Monde-Harmonia Mundi in Europe).
In January 2003, Jean-Luc toured India for the first time, seven shows in six major cities for the Global Music Festival organized by Indian violinist L. Subramaniam. Jean-Luc brought along his bassist Guy Nsangué Akwa; both performed with Subramaniam’s band and drummer Billy Cobham who was also a guest star on that tour. Ponty also did an extensive tour across the U.S.A. in the autumn.
In 2004, the PAL version of Jean-Luc Ponty’s first DVD In Concert was released in Germany (Pirate Records 202756-9), in France-Italy-Spain (Le Chant du Monde/Hamonia Mundi 974 1195). The NTSC version was also released in 2004 in North America (J.L.P. Productions, Inc./Navarre Distribution JLP 004). It contains a live concert with his band filmed in Warsaw in 1999, mixed in 5.1 plus bonus materials, such as an 11-minute film of travels and backstage scenes. In Concert is also available on CD in some countries.
Jean Luc Ponty & His Group toured in 2004 in France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Lithuania and India, for their first concert as a whole band in Bombay. Ponty also did a reunion tour with Stanley Clarke and Al Di Meola as the Rite of Strings from June to October 2004 in the U.S.A. and Canada.
In 2006 Ponty reunited "Jean Luc Ponty & His Band" and toured in the USA, Chile, Venezuela, Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, The Middle East and India; they also recorded a new studio album called The Atacama Experience with guitarists Allan Holdsworth and Philip Catherine appearing on a few tracks.
Jean-Luc Ponty has been an avid user of 5-string electric violins with a lower C string since 1977. He sometimes also uses a 6-string electric violin called the Violectra, with low C and F strings (not to be confused with the violectra he played from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s which had 4 strings, but tuned an octave lower). Ponty was among the first to combine the violin with MIDI, distortion boxes, phase shifters, and wah-wah pedals. This resulted in his signature, almost synthesizer-like sound.
Jean-Luc Ponty is married and has two daughters. One daughter, Clara Ponty, is a successful pianist and composer; he has collaborated with her on several projects, including her latest album, Mirror of Truth.
- Jean-Luc Ponty With Kurt Edelhagen And His Orchestra (1959)
- Jazz Long Playing (1964)
- Violin Summit (1966)
- Sunday Walk (1967)
- Cantaloupe Island (1967)
- Humair, Louiss, and Ponty: Trio HLP (1968)
- Jean-Luc Ponty Experience with the George Duke Trio (1969)
- Live at Donte's (1969)
- Electric Connection (1969)
- King Kong: Jean-Luc Ponty Plays the Music of Frank Zappa (1970)
- Astrorama (with Masahiko Sato) (1970)
- New Violin Summit (with Don "Sugarcane" Harris, Michał Urbaniak, Nipso Brantner, Terje Rypdal, Wolfgang Dauner, Neville Whitehead, Robert Wyatt) (1972)
- Upon the Wings of Music (1975)
- Aurora (1975)
- Imaginary Voyage (1976)
- Live In Hamburg (1976)
- Enigmatic Ocean (1977)
- Cosmic Messenger (1978)
- A Taste for Passion (1979)
- Live (1979)
- Civilized Evil (1980)
- Mystical Adventures (1982)
- Individual Choice (1983)
- Open Mind (1984)
- Fables (1985)
- The Gift of Time (1987)
- Storytelling (1989)
- Tchokola (1991)
- No Absolute Time (1993)
- The Rite of Strings with Stanley Clarke and Al Di Meola (1995)
- Le Voyage: The Jean-Luc Ponty Anthology (1996)
- Live at Chene Park (1997)
- The Very Best of Jean-Luc Ponty (2000)
- Life Enigma (2001)
- The Best of Jean-Luc Ponty (2002)
- Live at Semper Opera (2002)
- Jean-Luc Ponty in Concert (2003) (CD and DVD versions)
- The Atacama Experience (2007)
There are more Jean-Luc Ponty LPs that are not listed here.
With Frank Zappa
- Hot Rats (1969)
- Over-Nite Sensation (1973)
- Piquantique (1973)
- Apostrophe (') (1974)
- Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar (1981)
With Mahavishnu Orchestra
With Stéphane Grappelli
- Stéphane Grappelli / Jean-Luc Ponty (1974)
- Violin Summit: Stephane Grappelli, Stuff Smith, Svend Asmussen, Jean-Luc Ponty (1967, Polygram)
- 1999 - L. Subramaniam: Violin From the Heart. Directed by Jean Henri Meunier. (Includes a scene with Ponty performing with L. Subramaniam.)
Cirkus: The Young Persons' Guide to King Crimson Live
Cirkus: The Young Persons' Guide to King Crimson Live is a live album compilation from King Crimson. It was released in 1999 through Virgin Records.
Vol. 1 - Neon Heat Disease 1984-1998
- Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9 & 10 recorded at the Metropolitan Theatre, Mexico City, 2-4 August 1996
- Tracks 2, 13 & 14 recorded at the Spectrum, Montreal 11 July, 1984
- Tracks 8 & 15 recorded at Nakano Sun Plaza, Tokyo, 5-6 October 1995
- Track 6 recorded at the Jazz Cafe, London, 1 December 1997
- Tracks 11 & 12 recorded at Pearl Street, Northampton, Massachusetts, 1 July 1998
- Dinosaur (Belew, Fripp, Levin, Bruford, Gunn, Mastelotto) 5:05
- Thela Hun Ginjeet (Belew, Fripp, Levin, Bruford) 5:17
- Red (Fripp) 6:10
- B'Boom (Belew, Fripp, Levin, Bruford, Gunn, Mastelotto) 4:54
- THRAK (Belew, Fripp, Levin, Bruford, Gunn, Mastelotto) 1:04
- 1 ii 2 (Fripp, Gunn, Levin, Bruford) 2:43
- Neurotica (Belew, Fripp, Levin, Bruford) 3:43
- Indiscipline (Belew, Fripp, Levin, Bruford) 6:40
- VROOOM VROOOM (Belew, Fripp, Levin, Bruford, Gunn, Mastelotto) 4:42
- Coda: Marine 475 (Belew, Fripp, Levin, Bruford, Gunn, Mastelotto) 2:38
- Deception of the Thrush (Belew, Fripp, Gunn) 6:05
- Heavy ConstruKction (Belew, Fripp, Gunn) 3:52
- Three of a Perfect Pair (Belew, Fripp, Levin, Bruford) 4:23
- Sleepless (Belew, Fripp, Levin, Bruford) 6:10
- Elephant Talk (Belew, Fripp, Levin, Bruford) 4:36
- Musicians (disc 1):
- Robert Fripp: Guitar
- Adrian Belew: Guitar & Voice (except 6), V-drums (11 & 12)
- Trey Gunn: Touch Guitar (except 2, 13 & 15)
- Tony Levin: Basses & Stick (except 11 & 12)
- Bill Bruford: Drums (except 11 & 12)
- Pat Mastelotto: Drums (except 2, 6, 11, 12, 13 & 15)
Vol. 2 - Fractured 1969-1996
- Track 1 recorded at the Baseball Park, Jacksonville, FL, 26 February 1972
- Track 2 recorded at Kemp Coliseum, Orlando, FL, 27 February 1972
- Tracks 3 & 4 recorded at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, 15 December 1969
- Tracks 6 & 8 recorded at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, 23 November 1973
- Track 7 recorded at Palais Des Sports, Besançon, 25 March 1974
- Track 5 recorded at Massey Hall, Toronto, 24 June 1974
- Track 10 recorded at Stanley Warner Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA, 29 April 1974
- Track 9 recorded at the Metropolitan Theatre, Mexico City, 2-4 August 1996
- 21st Century Schizoid Man (Fripp, Lake, McDonald, Giles, Sinfield) 9:26
- Ladies of the Road (Fripp, Sinfield) 6:00
- A Man A City (Fripp, Lake, McDonald, Giles, Sinfield) 10:00
- In the Court of the Crimson King (McDonald, Sinfield) 6:50
- Fracture (Fripp) 11:04
- Easy Money (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) 6:12
- Improv: Besancon (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) 1:37
- The Talking Drum (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir) 6:25
- Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II) (Fripp) 6:29
- Starless (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James) 12:07
- Musicians (disc 2):
- Robert Fripp: Guitar, Mellotron
- Mel Collins: Saxes and Flute (1 & 2)
- Boz Burrell: Bass Guitar, Lead Vocal (1 & 2)
- Ian Wallace: Drums (1 & 2)
- Ian McDonald: Sax, Flute, Mellotron, Vocal (3 & 4)
- Greg Lake: Bass Guitar, Lead Vocal (3 & 4)
- Michael Giles: Drums, Percussion, Vocal (3 & 4)
- Peter Sinfield: Words & Illumination (3 & 4)
- David Cross: Violin, Mellotron (5-8, 10)
- John Wetton: Bass Guitar, Vocal (5-8, 10)
- Bill Bruford: Drums, Percussion (5-10)
- Adrian Belew: Guitar & Voice (9)
- Trey Gunn: Touch Guitar (9)
- Tony Levin: Basses & Stick (9)
- Pat Mastelotto: Drums, Percussion (9)
Out in the blue
01. Can't Tell You Why
01. Flame Trees
08. When Your Love is Gone
Barnes in 2006
|Birth name||James Dixon Swan|
|Born||28 April 1956 (age 54) |
|Genres||Hard rock, blues-rock, soul, rhythm and blues|
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, musician, Australian Idol Judge|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, harmonica|
|Years active||1972 - Present|
|Associated acts||Cold Chisel, Fraternity, Tin Lids, Johnny Diesel, Living Loud, INXS, David Campbell|
James Dixon Swan (born 28 April 1956), better known as Jimmy Barnes, is an Australian rock singer-songwriter of Scottish background. His father Jim Swan was a prizefighter and his older brother John Swan is also a rock singer. It was actually John who had encouraged and taught Jim how to sing as he wasn't really interested at the time. His career as both a solo performer and as the lead vocalist with the rock band Cold Chisel has made him one of the most popular and best-selling Australian music artists of all time. The combination of 14 Australian Top 40 albums for Cold Chisel and 13 charting solo albums, including nine No. 1s, gives Barnes the highest number of hit albums of any Australian artist.
Jimmy Barnes, was born in Glasgow, Scotland and arrived in Adelaide, South Australia on 7 January 1961 with his family of 6 John, Jim, Linda, Dorothy, Lisa & Alan. They eventually settled in Elizabeth. Shortly afterward, Barnes' parents divorced. His mother Dorothy soon remarried, to a clerk named Reg Barnes. After her daughter Lisa was teased by a schoolmate about being adopted, Dorothy encouraged her children to change their surname to Barnes. All of them did except for the oldest brother John, who would go on to be much better known as Swanee, eventually recording a series of albums under that name from the 1980s. This would later cause confusion about Jimmy Barnes and Swan; many thought them to be half- or stepbrothers.
Barnes was raised a Protestant, and considers himself a Buddhist, although in September 2009 he revealed that he was technically Jewish on account of his maternal great-grandmother having been Jewish.
The Cold Chisel Years 1973 - 1983
Barnes took an apprenticeship in an iron smelter with the South Australian railways in 1973 but the love he and his brother had for music led him to join a band. Swanee was now playing drums with Fraternity, who had just parted ways with singer Bon Scott. Barnes took over the role but his tenure with the band was brief and before long he had joined a harder-edged band called Orange, featuring organist and songwriter Don Walker, guitarist Ian Moss, drummer Steve Prestwich and bass player Les Kaczmarek. Within a short time the group had changed its name to Cold Chisel and began to develop a strong presence on the local music scene. Barnes' relationship with the band was often volatile and he left several times, leaving Moss to handle vocal duties until he returned. After a temporary move to Armidale, New South Wales while Walker completed his engineering studies there, Cold Chisel moved to Melbourne in August 1976 and then three months later shifted base to Sydney. Progress was slow and Barnes announced he was leaving once again in May 1977 to join Swanee in a band called Feather. However, his farewell performance with Cold Chisel went so well he changed his mind and a month later the band was signed by WEA.
By 1980 Cold Chisel was the biggest band in Australia and Barnes had developed a notorious reputation as a hard-drinking wild man who reportedly drank more than two bottles of vodka a day, much of it onstage during performances.
While in Canberra in November 1979 however, he met Jane Mahoney (born Jane Dejakasaya, in Bangkok, Thailand, 1958) the stepdaughter of an Australian diplomat. Mahoney had been dating Chris Bailey of The Angels for some time but their relationship had cooled due to his overseas touring. Barnes began a relationship with her and they started living together but in March 1980 she began to feel overwhelmed by the rock lifestyle and followed her family to Tokyo where her father was posted. Barnes wrote the song "Rising Sun" about this, which would appear on the album East. The pair married in Sydney on 22 May 1981 and Jane soon gave birth to their first child Mahalia, named after Mahalia Jackson, on 12 July 1982. The couple now have four children (Mahalia Barnes, Eliza-Jane Barnes, Elly-may Barnes and Jackie Barnes who formed the group Tin Lids). Barnes was already the father of a son, David Campbell, who, due to the young age of his parents at the time of his birth, was being raised by his grandmother. While Barnes maintained contact with him, Campbell did not become aware that Barnes was his father and not merely a family friend until the mid-1980s.
The singer had never been careful with money and the increasing pressure on him to provide for his young family caused even more tension between him and the rest of Cold Chisel. Despite being hugely successful in Australia, the group had still not been able to crack the market internationally and a disastrous tour of the United States in 1981 pulled them even further apart. While the 1982 album Circus Animals provided Cold Chisel with its second consecutive No. 1 album, Barnes returned from the band's German tour in 1983 virtually broke. He asked for a $10,000 advance from the band's management but was refused, as the terms of the group's contract meant that if one member was given such a sum, the rest of them were entitled to the same amount. At a meeting in August, it was decided that Cold Chisel should split up. The group had already begun to fragment, with Ray Arnott having replaced Steve Prestwich earlier in the year. Sessions for the final album were spread across different studios as various members refused to work together but at the end of the year The Last Stand farewell tour (with Prestwich back in the band) became the highest-grossing concert series by an Australian band ever. The group's final performance was in Sydney on 12 December 1983, reportedly precisely ten years after its original formation. The resultant film of that show remains the best-selling live concert film of any Australian band.
Barnes had recorded seven albums with Cold Chisel between 1978 and 1983, including two live albums (the second of which, Barking Spiders Live 1983, was released in 1984), and was arguably now Australia's highest-profile rock singer.
Barnes launched his solo career less than a month after Cold Chisel's Last Stand tour came to an end. He assembled a band that included Arnott, former Fraternity bass player Bruce Howe and guitarists Mal Eastick (ex-Stars) and Chris Stockley (ex-The Dingoes) and began touring and writing for a solo album. Signing to Mushroom Records, Barnes released his first solo album Bodyswerve. He was now billing himself as Jimmy Barnes, instead of merely 'Jim Barnes' as he had been credited during his Cold Chisel days. The album was immediately successful, entering the Australian charts at Number One on 8 October. This was the first of a remarkable run of top charting albums for Barnes, as each of his first six solo albums all debuted in the Number One position, a feat that no other Australian musical artist is likely to match. His list of Number One albums now totals eleven, including three Cold Chisel albums. His total of nine No. 1 albums as a solo performer is matched by no other Australian recording artist. The final Cold Chisel studio album 20th Century and the live album Barking Spiders Live were also released in 1984. 20th Century peaked at No. 1 on 23 April.
On 22 December 1984, days after Barnes had begun that year's Barnstorming tour, his second daughter Eliza-Jane was born.
Early in his solo career, Barnes was determined to break into the US market and signed to Geffen Records for release there. His second album For the Working Class Man was tailored in this direction, featuring remixed songs from Bodyswerve plus five new tracks including "Working Class Man" that was written by Journey musician Jonathan Cain and would become Barnes' signature tune. Several US musicians worked on the album including Cain, Charlie Sexton, singer Kim Carnes and British drummer Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac. The album was released as a double vinyl set and shifted 250,000 copies in twelve months in Australia. Like its predecessor, For the Working Class Man debuted on the national chart at No. 1 on 16 December 1985. It remained at No. 1 for seven weeks. Titled simply Jimmy Barnes in the US, the album was issued in February to tie in with the release of the Ron Howard film Gung HoGung Ho was released as Working Class Man in Australia. which featured "Working Class Man". Because of this,
The Jimmy Barnes band that toured Australia in support of the album featured Howe and Arnott, plus keyboardist Peter Kekell, former Rose Tattoo guitarist Robin Riley and American guitarist Dave Amato. With the release of the album in America, Barnes headed off with a band of Canadian musicians hand-picked by his North American management team and toured with ZZ Top. It was the first time since 1981 that he had toured without his family as part of his entourage as Jane was pregnant. Shortly after their son Jackie (named after Jackie Wilson) was born on 4 February 1986 she and the children joined him in the US for the rest of the tour.
In 1986, Jimmy Barnes recorded two songs with INXS, an Easybeats cover "Good Times" and "Laying Down The Law", which he co-wrote with INXS members Andrew Farriss and Michael Hutchence. "Good Times" was used as the theme song for the Australian Made series of concerts that toured the country in the summer of 1986-87. Australian Made was the largest touring festival of Australian music talent that had ever been attempted to that point. Barnes and INXS headlined and the rest of the line-up featured Mental as Anything, Divinyls, Models, The Saints, I'm Talking and The Triffids. The shows began in Hobart, Tasmania on 26 December and concluded in Sydney on Australia Day, 26 January 1987. A concert film of this event was made by Richard Lowenstein and released later that year . "Good Times" peaked at No. 2 on the Australian chart and several months later was featured in the Joel Schumacher film The Lost Boys, allowing it to chart Top 40 in the US.
The "Good Times"/"Laying Down the Law" release was the first in a long line of songs Barnes would record with other well known singers and artists. In 1991 he recorded a version of "When Something is Wrong With My Baby" with John Farnham as a single and centerpiece track for his Soul Deep album. The following year he released a version of "Simply The Best" as a duet with Tina Turner that was used as the theme song for that year's Australian Rugby LeagueFlesh and Wood also featured several duets, including songs with Joe Cocker, Archie Roach, Tommy Emmanuel and a version of The Band's "The Weight" with The Badloves. advertising campaign. It peaked at #13 in Australia. His 1993 album
The next album release Freight Train Heart (1987) again featured contributions from a range of US musicians including Huey Lewis, Journey members Randy Jackson and Neal Schon and former Babys and Rod Stewart drummer Tony Brock, who would later accompany Barnes on tour. The recording process was deeply problematic however, as Barnes fought with producer Jonathon Cain over artistic control and Geffen Records wanted to feature a solo by Robert CrayToo Much Ain't Enough Love" in place of the one laid down by Schon. In the end, Barnes claimed the masters and returned to Sydney to rework the recording with English producer Mike Stone. Most of the songs were remixed, with parts added by Peter Kekell, Rick Brewster from The Angels, and Johnny Diesel, the 20-year old guitarist and frontman of PerthJon Farriss from INXS and ex-Angels bassist Chris Bailey also played on the album. Diesel, Kekell, Brock, Bailey and Dave Amato were kept on as Barnes' touring band, which hit the road in November just ahead of the release of the first single, "Too Much Ain't Enough Love" in December, 1987. It became Barnes' first No. 1 hit single. The album followed the trend set by the previous two, and debuted in the No. 1 slot on 21 December. in the track " band Johnny Diesel and the Injectors, who had just begun to make a name for themselves.
Freight Train Heart found moderate success outside of Australia and as recently as 2003 was named as one of the top 100 rock albums of all time by British magazine Powerplay. His problems with Geffen during the recording process caused him to sever his relations with them and he eventually signed to Atlantic in 1990.
In Australia, Jimmy Barnes' success remained virtually unmatched. The Number One success of his first three albums continued with the live album Barnestorming, recorded during the promotional tour of the same name and peaking at No. 1 for three weeks from 5 December. A version of the Percy Sledge standard "When A Man Loves A Woman" lifted from the album was a No. 3 hit. His next tour brought controversy by being underwritten by Pepsi, which allowed him to expand the production and increase promotion, and at the end of the tour he made a $25,000 donation to the Children's Hospital in Camperdown, Sydney.
In the middle of 1989, Jane Barnes went into Westmead Children's Hospital in Sydney with pregnancy complications; Elly-May Barnes was born almost three months prematurely on 3 May. Her father held off all further writing and recording until she was released from a humidicrib several months later.
Barnes signed to Atlantic for worldwide release in mid-1990 and immediately headed into the studio with producer Don Gehman to record Two Fires. The album featured songwriting contributions from the likes of Desmond Child, Diane Warren and Holly Knight and vocal contributions from Brian Setzer, and from his wife and children. Collectively known as the Tin Lids (after Glaswegian rhyming-slang for "kids"), the four Barnes children later recorded three albums of their own. Two Fires combined live drums with synthesised drum machines and contained the hits "Lay Down Your Guns", "Make it Last All Night", "When Your Love is Gone" and "Little Darling". It had a slight funk influence and an even more polished sound than his previous albums but this proved no barrier to it becoming his fifth consecutive Australian No. 1 album.
The following year he released Soul Deep, an album of soul covers. Barnes had long fostered a love for soul and black music, naming his children after influential black artists and including songs by Sam Cooke and Percy Sledge on previous albums. He and Gehman had discussed the idea during the sessions for Two Fires and both had apparently decided that it would be "a fun thing to do". Soul Deep went on to become Jimmy Barnes' most successful album ever, spawning the No. 3 single "When Something is Wrong With My Baby", a duet with John Farnham. Re-releases of the album were issued in special gatefold sleeves with embossed gold lettering, collector cards and extra live tracks. It remains one of the best-selling Australian albums of all time.
The 1993 album Heat saw Barnes return to hard rock. Influenced by the then-current grunge trend and the music of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Heat was an attempt to move back to Barnes' raw rock'n'roll roots after the polished sound of Soul Deep and Two Fires. While described as his most interesting album, it broke his run of Number One releases (it peaked at #2) but did contain the hit "Stone Cold", written by former Cold Chisel bandmate Don Walker. It marked the first time Jimmy Barnes had worked with any member of his old band for almost a decade. The pair teamed up for an acoustic version of the track for an unplugged album Flesh and Wood, which appeared later the same year. Flesh and Wood reached #1 on the Australian album chart. It included a version of The Band's "The Weight", recorded with The Badloves, which became a hit. Also in 1993, Barnes teamed up with Tina Turner for a duet version of The Best in the form of a TV promotion for rugby league's Winfield Cup. The single reached the top ten that year.
Following this, in the mid-90s, Jimmy Barnes' career suffered a slump. The singer faced financial ruin as his music publishing company Dirty Sheet Music and his wife's children's fashion label both went broke. He was pursued by both the ANZ Bank and the Australian Taxation Office for amounts exceeding $1.3 million. The family sold their property in Bowral, New South Wales and settled for some time in Aix-en-Provence, France, attracting some adverse publicity when he assaulted a television crew from Channel 7. While there, Barnes did considerable live work throughout Britain and toured with the Rolling Stones. His 1995 album Psyclone reached number 2 in Australia and featured the top ten hit "Change of Heart", but it did not sell as well as previous albums. In 1996 the greatest hits compilation Hits returned Jimmy Barnes to the top of Australian charts, along with the hit single "Lover Lover". It was the beginning of a comeback that was hastened by the reformation of Cold Chisel in 1998.
Later that year Barnes released the heavy rock single "Love and Hate", followed by its parent album Love and Fear. An autobiographical record combining hard rock with electronic music, Love and Fear was Barnes' first album to miss the Australian top ten.
The comeback was continued with another string of solo releases, including a second album of soul tunes, Soul Deeper (ARIA #3, 2000), and two live albums, the first an acoustic performance and the second a performance of his soul songs. He appeared live on stage with INXS at some shows throughout Australia between 1999 and 2001, but the reception to this was not encouraging. He also performed at the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympics in 2000 .
In 2004, Barnes recorded an album with Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse, Uriah HeepLee Kerslake, bass player Bob Daisley and keyboards player Don Airey under the name Living Loud. The self-titled album featured a number of songs originally written and recorded with Ozzy Osbourne by Kerslake, Daisley and Airey. drummer
Double Happiness, released in July 2005, reaffirmed his popularity, debuting at #1 on the ARIAnet Albums Chart, his seventh album to do so. Double Happiness was a complete album of duets, including several with his children, daughters Mahalia and Elly-May, son Jackie and oldest son, entertainer David Campbell. Roachford, Smoky Dawson, Ian Moss and Tim Rogers of You Am I are among others who appear. After its initial success, it was re-released as a double CD/DVD package featuring many of his duets from previous albums, including those with INXS, John Farnham, Joe Cocker and Tina Turner. Double Happiness was followed in 2006 by karaoke. DVD version that featured many of his songs minus the vocal track
In late 2006, Barnes became patron of the Choir of Hard Knocks, a choral group formed by Jonathon Welch and consisting of homeless and disadvantaged people in Melbourne. The formation of the choir was documented by the ABC as a five-part series aired in May 2007. Barnes took an active part in the teaching of the choir despite his health problems and has even busked with them. Barnes or a member of his extended family have regularly performed "Flame Trees" with the Choir at their concerts including those at Melbourne Town Hall on 24 June and the Sydney Opera House 17 July 2007.
He underwent heart surgery in February 2007 and then in May, the boxed CD set 50 was released, featuring remastered versions of all his studio albums and a double CD of rare tracks. The collection was limited to 5000 copies.
On 7 July 2007 Barnes was a presenter at the Australian leg of Live Earth. In August he became a regular presenter on The Know, a pop culture program on the pay TV channel MAX and has also been a presenter of the Planet Rock program on the Austereo network.
In September 2007 he started recording his 13th studio album, Out In The Blue. Produced by Nash Chambers, it was released on 14 November and debuted in the ARIA chart at #3. The songs were written while he recovered from his heart surgery, and displayed a more subdued mood than much of his previous output. "When Two Hearts Collide" was a duet with Kasey Chambers. The album was promoted with a performance at the Sydney Opera House, which was released on CD and DVD.
He continues to recognise and give support to young bands and artists in Australia. In a January 2007 interview with The Bulletin, Barnes spoke passionately about Australian rock musicians saying: "Australian bands for me will always have the grunt. Grunt is what gives you longevity, strength, the power to believe in yourself. We have great bands here because they play live, they cut their teeth playing to people.". In March 2008, Barnes appeared as a special guest during soul singer Guy Sebastian's tour.
In September 2008 he undertook a tour of Europe. November saw the release of a duet with son David Campbell, a cover of the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" that featured on Campbell's album Good Lovin. In September the following year his fifteenth studio album The Rhythm and the Blues was released, immediately becoming his ninth No. 1 charting solo release, thus giving him more No. 1 albums than any other Australian artist. The same week, after hinting about the possibility during his appearance on Good News Week, it was announced that Cold Chisel would play at the V8 Supercars race in Sydney on 5 December, 2009.
Cold Chisel will perform live at the Deniliquin ute muster in October 2010, slated to be their only performance of the year. The band is rumoured to be working on new material for the first time since 1998, with a possible tour in 2011.
Barnes released Rage and Ruin on 27 August 2010, his first album of original material since 2007. He has stated that the ideas for most of the lyrics and song themes came from a journal he kept during a period in his life (late 1990s to early 2000s) when he struggled with drug and alcohol addiction. Two singles have been released from the album: "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" and "God or Money". The album debuted at number 3 on the ARIA Albums Chart on September 5, 2010.
- Bodyswerve (1984)
- For the Working Class Man (1985)
- Freight Train Heart (1987)
- Barnestorming (1988)
- Two Fires (1990)
- Soul Deep (1991)
- Heat (1993)
- Flesh and Wood (1993)
- Psyclone (1995)
- Hits Anthology (1996)
- Love and Fear (1999)
- Soul Deeper (2000)
- Raw (2001)
- Double Jeopardy (2002)
- Live (Unplugged) at the Chapel (2002)
- Soul Deeper Live at the Basement (2003)
- Double Happiness (2005)
- In the Heat of the Night (2006)
- 50 (box set) (2007)
- Max Sessions (2007)
- Out in the Blue (2007)
- The Rhythm and the Blues (2009)
- Rage And Ruin (2010)
- The Great Escape - Richard Clapton (backing vocals on "I Am An Island") (1982)
- "Good Times" - duet with INXS (single) (1986)
- Hey Rudolph - Tin Lids (duet on "If Santa Forgets") (1991)
- Still the 12th Man - The Twelfth Man (vocals on "Marvellous") (1992)
- "(Simply) The Best" - duet with Tina Turner (single) (1992)
- The Spirit Of Christmas - "Merry Christmas Everybody" (1995)
- "Never Give You Up" - non album single (1997)
- "Dancing Queen" - Andrew Denton's Musical Challenge Vol. 1 (2001)
- Live In Australia - Jon Lord With The Hoochie Coochie Men (vocals on three tracks) (2003)
- Living Loud - Living Loud (2004)
- Danger: White Men Dancing - The Hoochie Coochie Men (vocals on two tracks) (2007)
- Music For The Divine - Glenn Hughes (duet on "Monkey Man") (2007)
- "Hurt" - Caution: Life Ahead (2008)
- "You Make Me Feel Brand New" - No.1's and No.2's (2008) Duet with Tex Perkins
- Good Lovin' - David Campbell (duet on "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" (2008)