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RADIO BIRDMAN - CD BOX SET

Radio Birdman, legendary Australian underground band and one of the pioneers of the high energy rock n roll scene, are primed to re-issue their formidable back catalogue early this October.

The re-issues 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 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.

The studio albums will also be re-issued on vinyl, 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 1977 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 Tavern, 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
August 2014

Disc 1 - Radios Appear (Trafalgar Version)
Radios Appear (Trafalgar Version)
  1. T.V. Eye (The Stooges) (4:22 m:s)
  2. Murder City Nights (D Tek) (2:24 m:s)
  3. Anglo Girl Desire (D Tek) (3:22 m:s)
  4. Man With Golden Helmet (D Tek / S Kambly) (5:38 m:s)
  5. Descent into The Maelstrom (D Tek) (4:22 m:s)
  6. Monday Morning Gunk (D Tek) (3:03 m:s)
  7. Do The Pop (D Tek / M Sisto) (2:35 m:s)
  8. Love Kills (D Tek) (3:44 m:s)
  9. Hand Of Law (D Tek) (4:45 m:s)
  10. New Race (D Tek) (4:32 m:s)

Disc 2 - Radios Appear (Trafalgar Version Bonus)
  1. Smith And Wesson Blues (D Tek) (3:04 m:s)
  2. I 94 (D Tek / C Jones) (3:37 m:s)
  3. Snake (D Tek) (3:07 m:s)
  4. Burn My Eye (D Tek) (1:52 m:s)
  5. Love Kills (D Tek) (3:53 m:s)
  6. Insane Alive (G Jeffreys / D Tek) (4:17 m:s)
  7. I 94 (D Tek / C Jones) (3:49 m:s)
  8. Descent Into The Maelstrom (D Tek) (4:20 m:s)
  9. Man With Golden Helmet (D Tek / S Kambly) (5:39 m:s)
  10. Snake (D Tek) (3:16 m:s)
  11. Hand Of Law (D Tek) (4:52 m:s)
  12. 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.

Disc 3 - Radios Appear (Sire Version)
Radios Appear (Sire Version)
  1. What Gives? (W Gilbert / D Tek) (2:26 m:s)
  2. Non Stop Girls (D Tek) (2:42 m:s)
  3. Do The Pop (D Tek / M Sisto) (2:34 m:s)
  4. Man With Golden Helmet (D Tek / S Kambly) (5:40 m:s)
  5. Descent into The Maelstrom (D Tek) (4:24 m:s)
  6. New Race (D Tek) (2:44 m:s)
  7. Aloha Steve & Danno (D Tek / R Younger / M Stevens) (3:59 m:s)
  8. Anglo Girl Desire (D Tek) (3:09 m:s)
  9. Murder City Nights (D Tek) (2:25 m:s)
  10. You're Gonna Miss Me (13th Floor Elevators) (2:41 m:s)
  11. Hand Of Law (D Tek) (4:47 m:s)
  12. Hit Them Again (D Tek / R Asheton) (4:29 m:s)

Disc 4 - Radios Appear (Sire Version Bonus)
  1. You're Gonna Miss Me (13th Floor Elevators) (2:37 m:s)
  2. Shakin' Street (MC5) (2:12 m:s)
  3. Hit Them Again (D Tek / R Asheton) (4:47 m:s)
  4. Anglo Girl Desire (D Tek) (3:13 m:s)
  5. Non Stop Girls (D Tek) (2:50 m:s)
  6. Aloha Steve & Danno (D Tek / R Younger / M Stevens) (3:37 m:s)
  7. Breaks My Heart (D Tek) (2:45 m:s)
  8. Crying Sun (W Gilbert / D Tek) (2:45 m:s)
  9. Do The Pop (D Tek / M Sisto) (2:47 m:s)
  10. More Fun (D Tek) (1:48 m:s)
  11. What Gives? (W Gilbert / D Tek) (2:21 m:s)
  12. 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.

Disc 5 - Living Eyes
Living Eyes
  1. More Fun (D Tek) (2:01 m:s)
  2. T.P.B.R. Combo (D Tek / C Masuak) (2:12 m:s)
  3. 455 SD (D Tek) (2:41 m:s)
  4. Do The Movin' Change (D Tek) (2:29 m:s)
  5. I 94 (D Tek / C Jones) (2:59 m:s)
  6. Iskender Time (D Tek) (1:49 m:s)
  7. Burn My Eye '78 (D Tek) (1:35 m:s)
  8. Time To Fall (D Tek) (3:14 m:s)
  9. Smith and Wesson Blues (D Tek) (2:56 m:s)
  10. Crying Sun (W Gilbert / D Tek) (2:53m:s
  11. Breaks My Heart (D Tek) (3:02 m:s)
  12. Alone In The Endzone (D Tek) (2:05 m:s)
  13. Hanging On (D Tek) (3:37 m:s)

Disc 6 - Living Eyes (Bonus)
  1. Hanging On (D Tek) (3:38 m:s)
  2. 455 SD (D Tek) (2:45 m:s)
  3. Do The Movin' Change (D Tek) (2:28 m:s)
  4. T.P.B.R. Combo (D Tek / C Masuak) (2:12 m:s)
  5. I 94 (D Tek / C Jones) (2:49 m:s)
  6. Iskender Time (D Tek) (1:49 m:s)
  7. Burn My Eye '78 (D Tek) (1:35 m:s)
  8. Alien Skies (P Hoyle) (3:15 m:s)
  9. Time To Fall (D Tek) (3:11 m:s)
  10. Smith and Wesson Blues (D Tek) (2:55 m:s)
  11. Crying Sun (W Gilbert / D Tek) (2:56 m:s)
  12. Breaks My Heart (D Tek) (3:02 m:s)
  13. More Fun (D Tek) (2:00 m:s)
  14. Alone In The Endzone (D Tek) (2:07 m:s)
  15. Dark Surprise (D Tek) (3:29 m:s)
  16. Didn't Tell The Man (C Masuak) (3:12 m:s)
  17. Death By The Gun (C Masuak) (3:05 m:s)
  18. Dark Surprise (D Tek) (3:56 m:s)
  19. Breaks My Heart (D Tek) (2:54 m:s)
  20. 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)

Disc 7 - Live At Paddington Town Hall Dec 12TH '77
Live AT paddingtone Town Hall
  1. New Race (D Tek) (3:17 m:s)
  2. Descent Into The Maelstrom (D Tek) (4:04 m:s)
  3. Anglo Girl Desire (D Tek) (3:05 m:s)
  4. Murder City Nights (D Tek) (2:19 m:s)
  5. Transmaniacon MC (Blue Oyster Cult) (2:36 m:s)
  6. More Fun (D Tek) (2:01 m:s)
  7. Smith And Wesson Blues (D Tek) (2:59 m:s)
  8. Man With Golden Helmet (D Tek / S Kambly) (5:45 m:s)
  9. Crying Sun (W Gilbert / D Tek) (3:39 m:s)
  10. Breaks My Heart (D Tek) (2:57 m:s)
  11. What Gives? (W Gilbert / D Tek) (2:26 m:s)
  12. Let The Kids Dance (E McDaniel) (2:30 m:s)
  13. Dark Surprise (D Tek) (3:53 m:s)
  14. I 94 (D Tek / C Jones) (3:06 m:s)
  15. Non Stop Girls (D Tek) (2:44 m:s)
  16. Do The Pop (D Tek / M Sisto) (2:26 m:s)
  17. Burn My Eye (D Tek) (1:39 m:s)
  18. Monday Morning Gunk (D Tek) (2:47 m:s)
  19. 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)
  1. Aloha Steve & Danno (D Tek / R Younger / M Stevens) (3:45 m:s)
  2. What Gives? (W Gilbert / D Tek) (2:33 m:s)
  3. New Race (D Tek) (5:25 m:s)
  4. Aloha Steve & Danno (D Tek / R Younger / M Stevens) (3:03 m:s)
  5. Monday Morning Gunk (D Tek) (2:13 m:s)
  6. 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