Cold Chisel – Breakfast At Sweethearts - 1979-Hard Rock, Pop Rock (vinyl) Rare
Cold Chisel – Breakfast At Sweethearts - 1979-Hard Rock, Pop Rock (vinyl)
Sleeve Condition (Out of 10) ~ 9 slight wear only / punch hole in cover
Label Condition (Out of 10) ~ 10
Vinyl Condition ~ (Out of 10)
Side 1 - 10
side 2 -10
BIN # 110
"Sweethearts" was a cafè in Kings Cross, Sydney, Australia in the 1970s and 1980s, but has since been demolished. It was located where the present-day McDonald's is now, in the middle of Kings Cross. The song "Plaza" refers to Sydney's Plaza Hotel, where Don Walker was living in Kings Cross at the time. Walker later said, "As a whole set of songs, it painted a picture of a certain time and a certain place which is very close to my heart. And in many ways that set of songs is quite personal to me rather than any of the other guys because they all moved out of the Cross within three weeks. It was a good time of my life." Author Louis Nowra described the song "Breakfast at Sweethearts" as, "the most immediately identifiable song about the Cross."
The first single, "Goodbye (Astrid Goodbye)" preceded the album by some months, and was recorded when demos were being done for the album. Reaching number 65 on the national charts, the single is markedly different from the later album version.
The recording took place over a period of more than 6 months. Don Walker said, "It was a very bad low point for the band. We were constantly touring and when we got a weekend off we were thrown into the studio and expected to be creative."Barnes said, "There are really great songs on that record, but it wasn't the most enjoyable recording process. We wanted to go into Studio One at Alberts, where AC/DC and The Angels were doing great records. We booked, but couldn't get in, so we ended up in Studio Three, which was a new studio and didn't have the same atmosphere." Barnes said of the album, "Breakfast at Sweethearts stunk, and you can spell that f-u-c-k-e-d."
Although reviews were generally positive and some of the songs were later live staples, the members of Cold Chisel were unhappy with sound of Breakfast at Sweethearts and the production methods of Richard Batchens. Batchens would later admit that this was an unhappy period of his life, and the band felt he was overly critical and the recording suffered from lack of spontaneity. Batchens was used at the behest of the record company that wanted a known producer, and Batchens had recently produced Richard Clapton's Goodbye Tiger, which the band admired
|A2||Merry Go Round||3:40|
|A4||Goodbye (Astrid Goodbye)||2:49|
|B2||I'm Gonna Roll Ya||3:23|
|B4||Breakfast At Sweethearts||4:06|