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Chain Reaction John Farnham Album

Chain Reaction
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Studio album by
Released24 September 1990 (Australia)
Recorded1990
GenrePop, rock
Length51:59
LabelSony BMG, RCA, Wheatley
ProducerRoss Fraser
John Farnham chronology
Age of Reason
(1988)
Chain Reaction
(1990)
Full House
(1991)
Singles from Chain Reaction
  1. "Chain Reaction"
    Released: August 1990
  2. "That's Freedom"
    Released: September 1990
  3. "Burn For You"
    Released: November 1990
  4. "In Days To Come"
    Released: March 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2.5/5 stars

Chain Reaction is a studio album by Australian singer John Farnham.[1] The album was released in Australia on 24 September 1990 on CD, cassette tape and LP. It was the highest selling album in Australia that year, debuting at #1 on the ARIA charts.

The album had four singles released under it, the first three of them yielding top 10 status, with the title track reaching #3 in August, "That's Freedom" at #5 in September and "Burn For You" reaching #5 in December. A fourth single, "In Days to Come", was released early the following year, peaking at #41.

The album was re-released on vinyl on 18 August 2017 by Sony Music.

Background

Keen to change his sound from previous two albums Whispering Jack and Age of Reason, John enlisted the songwriting help of Southern Sons guitarist Phil Buckle. 9 of the 12 songs on the album were co-written by John. Doug Brady was brought in to engineer the record. His baby daughter Caitlin was born during the recording sessions and a photograph of her was placed in the centre of the album's front cover.[2]

Chain Reaction tour and DVD

The album was promoted by a nationwide tour titled, "The Chain Reaction Tour," which concluded with a televised performance at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, when it was then called the Flinders Park National Tennis Centre, on approximately 14 or 15 December 1990. This performance aired on Australia's Channel Seven and was released shortly after as a VHS video cassette. This cassette was reissued as a DVD entitled Chain Reaction Live In Concert on 13 November 2005.

Track listing

  1. "That's Freedom" - (T. Kimmel, Jean A. Chapman) - 4:19
  2. "In Days To Come" - (John Farnham, David Hirschfelder, Ross Fraser) - 4:06
  3. "Burn For You" - (Phil Buckle, John Farnham, Ross Fraser) - 3:33
  4. "See The Banners Fall" - (John Farnham, David Hirschfelder, Ross Fraser) - 4:35
  5. "I Can Do Anything" - (Phil Buckle, John Farnham, Ross Fraser) - 4:27
  6. "All Our Sons And Daughters" - (Phil Buckle, John Farnham, Ross Fraser) - 4:09
  7. "Chain Reaction" - (David A. Stewart, Siobhan Fahey[3]) - 3:12
  8. "In Your Hands" - (Phil Buckle, John Farnham, Ross Fraser) - 4:21
  9. "New Day" - (Phil Buckle, John Farnham, Ross Fraser) - 4:16
  10. "The Time Has Come" - (James Creighton, John Farnham, Ross Fraser) - 4:58
  11. "The First Step" - (C. Thompson, Jean-Jacques Kravetz, K. Reid) - 4:54
  12. "Time And Money" - (Phil Buckle, John Farnham, Ross Fraser) - 5:13

Personnel

Credited to:[1]

Charts

Weekly charts

Chart (1990/91) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[4] 1
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[5] 88
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[6] 8
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[7] 35

Year-end charts

Chart (1990) Position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[8] 1
Chart (1991) Position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[9] 19

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[9] 7× Platinum 490,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Holmgren, Magnus; Reboulet, Scott; Albury, Lyn; Birtles, Beeb; Warnqvist, Stefan; Medlin, Peter. "John Farnham". Passagen.se. Australian Rock Database (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 27 November 2013. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ Gazzo, Jane (15 November 2015). John Farnahm: The Untold Story. Ebury Press. ISBN 9780857986573.
  3. ^ "John Farnham - Chain Reaction". Discogs. Retrieved 2018. Written-By - D.A. Stewart*, S. Stewart*
  4. ^ "Australiancharts.com - John Farnham - Chain Reaction". Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl - John Farnham - Chain Reaction" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Charts.nz - John Farnham - Chain Reaction". Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Swedishcharts.com - John Farnham - Chain Reaction". Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  8. ^ "1990 ARIA ALBUMS CHART". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ a b "1991 ARIA ALBUMS CHART". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2017.

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