Huge Radio Birdman Box Coming in October

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Includes previously unreleased live concert plus a DVD of live footage.

By Fred Mills

Yeah, hup! Fans of Australian rock are currently salivating at the prospect a 7CD/1DVD box set from Aussie godfathers Radio Birdman. Sensibly titled Radio Birdman, it’s due on Sydney label Citadel on Oct. 3. Keep your eyes peeled around that time for an interview with the band from yours truly’s archives.

According to Citadel, the box will have both of the original studio albums Radios Appear (Trafalgar and Sire versions – each version will comprise its own CD) and Living Eyes, all remastered from original tapes and each accompanied by a standalone bonus disc. See the full tracklisting below. Advises Citadel, “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 in December 1977 just before the band’s departure for the UK to tour and promote their 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. We’re 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 clips from the December 77 PTH concert, another from a previous PTH concert in April 77; two obscure 76 Macquarie Uni tracks; plus a promotional video made to celebrate the 1988 release of the WEA LP box set Under The Ashes.”

Vinyl collectors, take note: the studio albums will each get LP releases (180 gram vinyl, of course) and the 19-track Live At Paddington Town Hall Dec 12th 1977 will be a double LP in a gatefold sleeve.

RADIOS APPEAR TRAFALGAR VERSION

Disc 1 – Radios Appear (Trafalgar Version)

T.V. Eye (The Stooges) (4:22 m:s)

Murder City Nights (D Tek) (2:24 m:s)

Anglo Girl Desire (D Tek) (3:22 m:s)

Man With Golden Helmet (D Tek / S Kambly) (5:38 m:s)

Descent into The Maelstrom (D Tek) (4:22 m:s)

Monday Morning Gunk (D Tek) (3:03 m:s)

Do The Pop (D Tek / M Sisto) (2:35 m:s)

Love Kills (D Tek) (3:44 m:s)

Hand Of Law (D Tek) (4:45 m:s)

New Race (D Tek) (4:32 m:s)

 

Disc 2 – Radios Appear (Trafalgar Version Bonus)

Smith And Wesson Blues (D Tek) (3:04 m:s)

I 94 (D Tek / C Jones) (3:37 m:s)

Snake (D Tek) (3:07 m:s)

Burn My Eye (D Tek) (1:52 m:s)

Love Kills (D Tek) (3:53 m:s)

Insane Alive (G Jeffreys / D Tek) (4:17 m:s)

I 94 (D Tek / C Jones) (3:49 m:s)

Descent Into The Maelstrom (D Tek) (4:20 m:s)

Man With Golden Helmet (D Tek / S Kambly) (5:39 m:s)

Snake (D Tek) (3:16 m:s)

Hand Of Law (D Tek) (4:52 m:s)

Anglo Girl Desire (D Tek) (3:25 m:s)

 

Tracks 1- 4: From the 1976 EP ‘Burn My Eye’ (Trafalgar / ME-109)

Tracks 5 – 12: Outtakes mixed from original masters and previously unreleased.

 

RADIOS APPEAR SIRE VERSION

Disc 3 – Radios Appear (Sire Version)

What Gives? (W Gilbert / D Tek) (2:26 m:s)

Non Stop Girls (D Tek) (2:42 m:s)

Do The Pop (D Tek / M Sisto) (2:34 m:s)

Man With Golden Helmet (D Tek / S Kambly) (5:40 m:s)

Descent into The Maelstrom (D Tek) (4:24 m:s)

New Race (D Tek) (2:44 m:s)

Aloha Steve & Danno (D Tek / R Younger / M Stevens) (3:59 m:s)

Anglo Girl Desire (D Tek) (3:09 m:s)

Murder City Nights (D Tek) (2:25 m:s)

You’re Gonna Miss Me (13th Floor Elevators) (2:41 m:s)

Hand Of Law (D Tek) (4:47 m:s)

Hit Them Again (D Tek / R Asheton) (4:29 m:s)

 

Disc 4 – Radios Appear (Sire Version Bonus)

You’re Gonna Miss Me (13th Floor Elevators) (2:37 m:s)

Shakin’ Street (MC5) (2:12 m:s)

Hit Them Again (D Tek / R Asheton) (4:47 m:s)

Anglo Girl Desire (D Tek) (3:13 m:s)

Non Stop Girls (D Tek) (2:50 m:s)

Aloha Steve & Danno (D Tek / R Younger / M Stevens) (3:37 m:s)

Breaks My Heart (D Tek) (2:45 m:s)

Crying Sun (W Gilbert / D Tek) (2:45 m:s)

Do The Pop (D Tek / M Sisto) (2:47 m:s)

More Fun (D Tek) (1:48 m:s)

What Gives? (W Gilbert / D Tek) (2:21 m:s)

Love Kills (D Tek) (4:04 m:s)

 

Tracks 1 – 5, 9, 11: Outtakes. Tracks 7, 8, 10: Trafalgar demos. Tracks 6, 12: Alternate arrangements.

All tracks previously unreleased.

 

LIVING EYES

Disc 5 – Living Eyes

More Fun (D Tek) (2:01 m:s)

T.P.B.R. Combo (D Tek / C Masuak) (2:12 m:s)

455 SD (D Tek) (2:41 m:s)

Do The Movin’ Change (D Tek) (2:29 m:s)

I 94 (D Tek / C Jones) (2:59 m:s)

Iskender Time (D Tek) (1:49 m:s)

Burn My Eye ’78 (D Tek) (1:35 m:s)

Time To Fall (D Tek) (3:14 m:s)

Smith and Wesson Blues (D Tek) (2:56 m:s)

Crying Sun (W Gilbert / D Tek) (2:53m:s

Breaks My Heart (D Tek) (3:02 m:s)

Alone In The Endzone (D Tek) (2:05 m:s)

Hanging On (D Tek) (3:37 m:s)

 

Disc 6 – Living Eyes (Bonus)

Hanging On (D Tek) (3:38 m:s)

455 SD (D Tek) (2:45 m:s)

Do The Movin’ Change (D Tek) (2:28 m:s)

T.P.B.R. Combo (D Tek / C Masuak) (2:12 m:s)

I 94 (D Tek / C Jones) (2:49 m:s)

Iskender Time (D Tek) (1:49 m:s)

Burn My Eye ’78 (D Tek) (1:35 m:s)

Alien Skies (P Hoyle) (3:15 m:s)

Time To Fall (D Tek) (3:11 m:s)

Smith and Wesson Blues (D Tek) (2:55 m:s)

Crying Sun (W Gilbert / D Tek) (2:56 m:s)

Breaks My Heart (D Tek) (3:02 m:s)

More Fun (D Tek) (2:00 m:s)

Alone In The Endzone (D Tek) (2:07 m:s)

Dark Surprise (D Tek) (3:29 m:s)

Didn’t Tell The Man (C Masuak) (3:12 m:s)

Death By The Gun (C Masuak) (3:05 m:s)

Dark Surprise (D Tek) (3:56 m:s)

Breaks My Heart (D Tek) (2:54 m:s)

More Fun (D Tek) (2:00 m:s)

 

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)

 

LIVE AT PADDINGTON TOWN HALL

Disc 7 – Live At Paddington Town Hall Dec 12TH ’77

New Race (D Tek) (3:17 m:s)

Descent Into The Maelstrom (D Tek) (4:04 m:s)

Anglo Girl Desire (D Tek) (3:05 m:s)

Murder City Nights (D Tek) (2:19 m:s)

Transmaniacon MC (Blue Oyster Cult) (2:36 m:s)

More Fun (D Tek) (2:01 m:s)

Smith And Wesson Blues (D Tek) (2:59 m:s)

Man With Golden Helmet (D Tek / S Kambly) (5:45 m:s)

Crying Sun (W Gilbert / D Tek) (3:39 m:s)

Breaks My Heart (D Tek) (2:57 m:s)

What Gives? (W Gilbert / D Tek) (2:26 m:s)

Let The Kids Dance (E McDaniel) (2:30 m:s)

Dark Surprise (D Tek) (3:53 m:s)

I 94 (D Tek / C Jones) (3:06 m:s)

Non Stop Girls (D Tek) (2:44 m:s)

Do The Pop (D Tek / M Sisto) (2:26 m:s)

Burn My Eye (D Tek) (1:39 m:s)

Monday Morning Gunk (D Tek) (2:47 m:s)

Ramblin’ Rose ( M Wilkin / F Burch / O Wilson) (2:50 m:s)

 

All track mixed from master 2″ tapes. Except for tracks 6, 10, 13 previously unreleased

 

Disc 8 – Live At Paddington Town Hall Dec 12TH ’77 (Bonus DVD)

Aloha Steve & Danno (D Tek / R Younger / M Stevens) (3:45 m:s)

What Gives? (W Gilbert / D Tek) (2:33 m:s)

New Race (D Tek) (5:25 m:s)

Aloha Steve & Danno (D Tek / R Younger / M Stevens) (3:03 m:s)

Monday Morning Gunk (D Tek) (2:13 m:s)

Ramblin’ Rose ( M Wilkin / F Burch / O Wilson) (1:53 ms)

 

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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