Radio Birdman CD Box Set

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RADIO BIRDMAN CD BOX SET - (Free UK Delivery)
 
Radio Birdman - The Definitive Reissues
Radio Birdman, legendary Australian underground band and one of the pioneers of the high energy rock n roll scene, are primed to reissue their formidable back catalogue late this October. 
 
The reissues will initially be in the form of a limited edition CD box set that will contain the three studio albums Radios Appear (Trafalgar and Sire versions) and Living Eyes, all remastered from original tapes and each accompanied by a standalone bonus disc. Much of the bonus disc material is previously unreleased and will provide a treasure trove of material for diehard fans.
 
The seventh disc to make up the box set is a previously unreleased live concert recorded at Paddington Town Hall (PTH), Sydney, in December 1977 just prior to the band's departure for the UK to promote the Sire release of Radios Appear. This live recording has been mixed from master tapes that have languished forgotten for decades. The result is a totally wild and raw release that captures the bands true primal energy. Were sure it will prove to be the jewel in the crown for the box set. The bonus accompanying this disc is an all regions PAL format DVD of live footage; two clip from the December 77 PTH concert, another from a previous PTH concert in April 77, two obscure 76 Macquarie University (Sydney) tracks plus a promotional video made to celebrate the Australia only 1988 LP box set release Under The Ashes.
The studio albums will also be reissued on vinyl, these being staggered over the months leading up to Christmas. Each release will be 140g audiophile quality and where possible all artwork has been reconstructed from original photographs. The 19 track Live At Paddington Town Hall Dec 12th 77 will see life as a double LP in a gatefold sleeve.
 
Indeed, Radio Birdman was, for a moment, the greatest Rock & Roll band in the world. In the pressure cooker of the Oxford Hotel, Birdman cranked the sound harder and faster and pushed every moment to its limit. Birdman never played at anything less than full intensity. When was the last time that you danced non-stop for an hour and a half? When was the last time that you actually saw a band so overload the sound system that it fell apart on stage? When did you see a band that really didn't give a fuck what you or anybody else thought of them? They never played the same set twice. It was inspiring. It was, in fact, exactly what they tell you Rock & Roll is about but almost never is. Toby Creswell from the box set liner notes.
 
 A Little Bit of Prehistory
Detroit born guitarist Deniz Tek and vocalist Rob Younger started Radio Birdman mid 1974 in Sydney, Australia. Tek, having grown up in Ann Arbor, had witnessed The Stooges and MC5 first hand and had bought these influences with him to Australia. Younger, himself enamored with these Motor City icons, also brought a love of garage punk and many things 60s and British.
Together the pair envisioned a band that would break rules and have no regard for the status quo of the parochial Australian rock business of the time. The band would play extremely volatile and confronting music with maximum involvement from the members at all times. It was to be an art form created from passion, with no strict format or structure, which could go in any direction at any time. This would include forays into improvised visual as well as sonic realms. Loose, wild feedback drenched glory - no two performances were ever to be the same. 
 
The Australian musical establishment reacted predictably. Many doors slammed shut immediately, engagements were cancelled after the first song and often there was the threat of actual physical violence as club bouncers were let loose on the band itself. Ultimately they had to resort to putting on its own shows in small community halls, before starting their own venue, The Oxford Funhouse, in Sydney's inner city suburb of Darlinghurst. This allowed them to perform regularly and without restrictions with the Funhouse being made available for other like minded groups who followed. Most notable of these were The Saints who were to make their first Sydney appearance there. 
 
The Funhouse was to become the centre for the incipient crystallization of the Sydney punk scene even though the founders were not really a punk band, more like a Detroit orientated high-energy rock band with a myriad of garage, surf and New York influences not suggested by this generalized description. 
 
Radio Birdman recorded an EP Burned My Eye and then an album Radios Appear at the nascent Trafalgar Studios. With the local music scene continually shunning them the band responded by created their own label with Trafalgar and the records were self distributed. This changed when Sire Records president Seymour Stein arrived in Australia to sign The Saints, saw a Birdman show at the Funhouse and immediately licensed Radios Appear for US and European release, signing the band to a recording contract as well. They then toured Europe and England, frequently playing with Sire label mates The Flaming Groovies, before recording a second album, Living Eyes, at Rockfield Studios in Wales. 
 
Radio Birdman was a volatile mix of personalities. The chemistry of the members: Rob Younger, Deniz Tek, Chris Masuak, Warwick Gilbert, Pip Hoyle and Ron Keeley, combined to form a whole that was much greater than the sum of the parts. In effect, a new force was created whose energy seemed to empower members but also corrode them. As hot as the band glowed, it was inevitable that it would relentlessly burn out its components. It is a wonder that they lasted as long they did, finally giving up in June of 1978 at the end of a long UK tour. 
 
For years following the bands demise, a wave of influence was unleashed that has ultimately crossed the globe. An entire sub-subculture, tied loosely to surf and skateboard culture, has formed based on the cult of Radio Birdman. Seminally important in the development of music in Australia, their reach has now firmly extended out internationally. Their most dedicated fans are often musicians in bands that are successful today.
LABEL:                    Citadel Australia
FORMAT:                   CD Box Set (7 audio CDs, 1 DVD)
BOX DESCRIPTION:
1.     Clamshell red and black box
2.     4 x 6 panel cardboard wallets containing 7 audio discs and a bonus PAL all regions DVD
3.     A 40 page booklet contains liner notes and almost exclusively never before seen photos
4.     All studio albums mastered from original tapes
5.     Two bonus discs worth of material mixed from original 2" master tapes and previously unreleased
6.     Live 19 track CD (disc 7) mixed from original 2" master tapes. 16 tracks never before heard
7.     The original Living Eyes studio album has its 1995 remix as its bonus disc
8.     Cover artwork reproduced as faithfully as possible from original photos
 
DESCRIPTION:
Radio Birdman, legendary Australian underground band and one of the pioneers of the high energy rock 'n' roll scene, are primed to reissue their formidable back catalogue in a comprehensive limited edition CD box set just in time for Halloween. 
 
The box set will contain the three studio albums Radios Appear (Trafalgar and Sire versions) and Living Eyes, all remastered from original tapes and each accompanied by a standalone bonus disc. Much of the bonus disc material is previously unreleased and will provide a treasure trove of material for diehard fans.
 
The seventh disc to make up the box set is a previously unreleased live concert recorded at Paddington Town Hall (Sydney Australia) in December 1977 just prior to the band's departure for the UK to promote the Sire release of Radios Appear. This live recording has been mixed from master tapes that have languished forgotten for decades. The result is a totally wild and raw release that captures the band's true primal energy. The bonus accompanying this disc is an all regions PAL format DVD of live footage; two clip from the December '77 concert, one from April '77, two obscure '76 tracks plus a promotional video made to celebrate the Australia only 1988 LP box set release "Under The Ashes".
 
BOX TRACKLISTING:
 
Disc 1: RADIOS APPEAR (TRAFALGAR VERSION)
1.    T.V. Eye
2.    Murder City Nights
3.    Anglo Girl Desire
4.    Man With Golden Helmet
5.    Descent into the Maelstrom
6.    Monday Morning Gunk
7.    Do The Pop
8.    Love Kills
9.    Hand Of Law
10.   New Race
 
Disc 2: RADIOS APPEAR (TRAFALGAR VERSION) BONUS
1.    Smith And Wesson Blues
2.    I 94
3.    Snake
4.    Burn My Eye
5.    Love Kills
6.    Insane Alive
7.    I 94
8.    Descent Into The Maelstrom
9.    Man With Golden Helmet
10.   Snake
11.   Hand Of Law
12.   Anglo Girl Desire
Tracks 1- 4: From the 1976 EP 'Burn My Eye' (Trafalgar / ME-109).
Tracks 5 - 12: Outtakes mixed from original masters and previously unreleased.
 
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Disc 3: RADIOS APPEAR (SIRE VERSION)
1.    What Gives?
2.    Non Stop Girls
3.    Do The Pop
4.    Man With Golden Helmet
5.    Descent into The Maelstrom
6.    New Race
7.    Aloha Steve & Danno
8.    Anglo Girl Desire
9.    Murder City Nights
10.   You're Gonna Miss Me
11.   Hand Of Law
12.   Hit Them Again
Disc 4: RADIOS APPEAR (SIRE VERSION) BONUS
1.    You're Gonna Miss Me
2.    Shakin' Street
3.    Hit Them Again
4.    Anglo Girl Desire
5.    Non Stop Girls
6.    Aloha Steve & Danno
7.    Breaks My Heart
8.    Crying Sun
9.    Do The Pop
10.   More Fun
11.   What Gives?
12.   Love Kills
Tracks 1 - 5, 9, 11: Outtakes. Tracks 7, 8, 10: Trafalgar demos. Tracks 6, 12: Alternate arrangements.  All tracks previously unreleased.
 
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Disc 5: LIVING EYES
1.    More Fun
2.    T.P.B.R. Combo
3.    455 SD
4.    Do The Movin' Change
5.    I 94
6.    Iskender Time
7.    Burn My Eye '78
8.    Time To Fall
9.    Smith and Wesson Blues
10.   Crying Sun
11.   Breaks My Heart
12.   Alone In The Endzone
13.   Hanging On
 
Disc 6: LIVING EYES BONUS
1.    Hanging On
2.    455 SD
3.    Do The Movin' Change
4.    T.P.B.R. Combo
5.    I 94
6.    Iskender Time
7.    Burn My Eye '78
8.    Alien Skies
9.    Time To Fall
10.   Smith and Wesson Blues
11.   Crying Sun
12.   Breaks My Heart
13.   More Fun
14.   Alone In The Endzone
15.   Dark Surprise
16.   Didn't Tell The Man
17.   Death By The Gun
18.   Dark Surprise
19.   Breaks My Heart
20.   More Fun
 
Tracks 1 - 14: Original Rockfield tracks remixed for the Redeye Records CD reissue of Living Eyes Track 15, 16: Rockfield outtakes. Track 17: Previously unreleased outtake. Tracks 18-20: From the 1989 12? EP 'More Fun!' (WEA / WEA0.257825)
 
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Disc 7: LIVE AT PADDINGTON TOWN HALL DEC 12TH 1977
1.    New Race
2.    Descent Into The Maelstrom
3.    Anglo Girl Desire
4.    Murder City Nights
5.    Transmaniacon MC
6.    More Fun
7.    Smith And Wesson Blues
8.    Man With Golden Helmet
9.    Crying Sun
10.   Breaks My Heart
11.   What Gives?
12.   Let The Kids Dance
13.   Dark Surprise
14.   I 94
15.   Non Stop Girls
16.   Do The Pop
17.   Burn My Eye
18.   Monday Morning Gunk
19.   Ramblin' Rose
All track mixed from master 2" tapes. Except for tracks 6, 10, 13 previously unreleased
 
Disc 8: LAPTH BONUS DVD
1.     Aloha Steve & Danno (live)
2.     What Gives? (live)
3.     New Race  (live)
4.     Aloha Steve & Danno (promo)
5.     Monday Morning Gunk (live)
6.     Ramblin' Rose (live)
DVD Tracks 1, 2: Paddington Town Hall Dec '77. Track 3: Paddington Town Hall April '77. Track 4: Promotional video. Tracks 5, 6: Macquarie University '76
 
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