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Standing On the Outside: The Songs of Cold Chisel

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This is a poor excuse for an album. This is a bad case of music companies exploiting the memories of great bands in order to make a quick buck. The artists chosen are not picked well and Paul Kelly and Alex Loyd make an absolute mockery of the memory that is Cold Chisel. A cover of a previous band songs are supposed to add to the quality of a song and see it in a new light, to actually add something to the value of the song. This album however only takes away.

A notch above textbook tribute albums

This is an important album for me; it was what introduced me to Chisel, and I think one of its strongest virtues is that by and large, the artists were so appropriately chosen for each song and each really makes it their own, with surprisingly solid production values (half of these songs sound like they could be Top 40 Singles...erm, again). Paul Kelly was never going to do something conventional for such a monumental song, as much as everyone hoped he'd go back to his pub rock roots for the occasion, so we were probably lucky to get something thoughtful and in a genre he's spent a lot of time lately. The rest of the artists lay comfortably between tasteful, appropriate reimaginations (Four Walls), almost note-for-note covers (Standing on the Outside) and plenty that update the the (aging) song to an equivalent contemporary sound that does justice to the spirit of the original (eg. Rising Sun, Forever Now, No Sense, My Baby, Water into Wine, Saturday Night and Janelle). Considering the song selection they had to work with (most of Chisel's output was rock, and 'Goodbye (Astrid Goodbye)' is an unfortunate omission, but of course it's mostly the band's popular radio-friendly music that gets addressed here), there's actually a pretty satisfying balance in the sound of the songs on offer that lends the album longevity.

why did they do this?

Can we get some real Chisel on iTunes please.

Standing On the Outside: The Songs of Cold Chisel
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  • $24.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 31 March 2007

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