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Whispering Jack
Whispering Jack
is the twelfth studio album by Australian adult contemporary pop singer John Farnham.[1][2][3] It was produced by Ross Fraser,[4] and released on 20 October 1986, which peaked at #1 on the Australian Kent Music Report
Kent Music Report
Album
Album
Charts.[5] Whispering Jack
Whispering Jack
has become the second best-selling-album in Australia, behind Meatloaf's album Bat Out of Hell, and the highest selling album in Australia by an Australian artist - 24x platinum indicating sales of over 1.68 million copies sold.[6] It spent 25 weeks at the No. 1 spot on the Album
Album
Charts during 1986–1987,[5] it was awarded the 1987 ARIA Award for " Album
Album
of the Year",[7] and was the best charting album for the decade of the 1980s in Australia.[5] It was the first Australian-made album to be released on Compact Disc
Compact Disc
within Australia. One of Farnham's biggest hits, "You're the Voice" was issued as the lead single from this album and peaked at No. 1 on the Kent Music Report Singles Charts.[5] Prior to this album, Farnham's career had stalled after being recruited and then leaving as lead singer of Australia's Little River Band.[1] Farnham's manager, Glenn Wheatley, mortgaged his home to raise funds for the recording of this album.[2][3] After initial reluctance by major Australian radio stations to play the lead single, "You're the Voice", public demand became overwhelming and they relented. The song became one of the standout Number One songs on the Australian Charts of the 1980s and still remains a staple of Australian Radio. Whispering Jack
Whispering Jack
restarted Farnham's career and kept it rolling across two more decades. On 21 November 2006, Whispering Jack was re-released to celebrate its 20th Anniversary, which came with a bonus track, an extended studio version of "Pressure Down" and with a DVD of the edited 1987 Whispering Jack
Whispering Jack
Live in Concert televised performance.

Contents

1 Background 2 Track listing

2.1 Alternate track listing

3 Whispering Jack
Whispering Jack
Live 4 20th Anniversary Edition Track listing 5 Personnel 6 Chart positions

6.1 Weekly charts 6.2 Year-end charts

7 Certifications 8 Release history 9 See also 10 References

Background[edit] John Farnham
John Farnham
had been a teen pop idol during the late 1960s and 1970s billed then as "Johnny". He met Glenn Wheatley, who was bass guitarist of rock group The Masters Apprentices, when both acts were managed by Darryl Sambell.[8] From the mid-1970s, Farnham had moved into television, stage and cabaret entertainment.[1] Wheatley, who was already managing Little River Band
Little River Band
(LRB), signed Farnham to his company in 1980.[2][8] They decided Farnham's comeback single would be a reworking of The Beatles' "Help!",[2] which was produced by LRB's Graeham Goble,[4] it peaked at No. 8 on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart.[5] Farnham was utilising a more adult contemporary pop style[1][9] and the associated album, Uncovered, was also produced by Goble,[2][4] which peaked at No. 20 on the Kent Music Report Album
Album
Charts.[5] The B-side of "Help" was Farnham's song writing effort, "Jillie's Song",[2] co-written with Goble.[10] In recording the album, Farnham's studio band included guitarist Tommy Emmanuel (ex-Southern Star Band), keyboardist Mal Logan (ex-Renée Geyer Band, LRB), drummer Derek Pellicci (LRB) and bass guitarist Barry Sullivan (ex-Chain).[1] They became his tour band until Logan and Pellicci returned to their LRB commitments and were replaced by Sam McNally and David Jones respectively.[1] Three other solo singles followed in 1981 but none charted into the Top 50.[5] In February 1982, after Glenn Shorrock
Glenn Shorrock
had departed Little River Band, Farnham became their lead vocalist with recommendations by Goble and Wheatley.[1] In 1985, Farnham had started collecting a songlist for a future solo album while still in Little River Band, he finished his vocals for their album, No Reins, and left the band late that year.[1][8] Farnham's first solo performances since 1981 were live shows with the John Farnham
John Farnham
Band consisting of Brett Garsed
Brett Garsed
on lead guitar, Sam See on guitar and Derek Pellicci, formerly of Little River Band, on drums.[1][4] In early 1986, sound engineer Ross Fraser suggested to Wheatley that it was time to start working on the solo album.[3] Wheatley searched vainly for a producer and record label willing to work with Farnham,[3] Fraser took on the producer role and Wheatley provided financial support after mortgaging his house.[2][3] Whilst visiting a jazz club in the US, Farnham was mistakenly introduced as Jack Phantom, and when he subsequently provided a running commentary for a local pool game he named himself Whispering Jack Phantom after the Pot Black
Pot Black
commentator 'Whispering' Ted Lowe.[8] Farnham's work for the album, Whispering Jack, included expanding his song list with Fraser's advice. "A Touch of Paradise" was co-written by Gulliver Smith of Company Caine and Mondo Rock's Ross Wilson,[11] while "Pressure Down" was provided by Harry Bogdanovs.[12] Two weeks before the album was due to be recorded a demo tape arrived from London with similar material to "Pressure Down", Farnham and Fraser listened to the demo of "You're the Voice" and knew they had found a once-in-a-lifetime song.[8] Another song on offer was "We Built This City" but Farnham knocked it back, it was later recorded by US band Starship.[8] Initially, public interest in the re-branded former teen-idol was difficult to cultivate, and radio stations refused to play Farnham's album. Things however started to change after Sydney
Sydney
radio station 2Day FM
2Day FM
played its first single, "You're the Voice", which was released in September 1986. Henceforth, radio stations began receiving requests for the song. Its television debut was on Hey Hey Its Saturday with Skyhook's Greg Macainsh providing bass guitar.[8] "You're the Voice," peaked at No. 1 in Sweden[13][14] and Australia,[5] as well as being a Top Ten hit in some European countries: No. 3 in Switzerland,[13][15] No. 6 in the UK,[16] and No. 6 in Austria.[13][17] The song was written by Andy Qunta (ex-Icehouse), Keith Reid (Procol Harum), Maggie Ryder and Chris Thompson (ex-Manfred Mann's Earth Band).[18] Whispering Jack, released in October, became the highest-selling album by an Australian act in Australia, and peaked at No. 1 on the Australian Kent Music Report
Kent Music Report
Album
Album
Charts for a total of 25 weeks.[5] As of 2006, it was 24x platinum indicating sales of over 1.68 million units in Australia alone.[6] The album was released internationally on RCA/BMG and peaked at No. 1 in Sweden,[14][19] No. 3 in Austria,[17][19] and Top 20 in Norway.[19] In August 1988 it returned to the Australian Top Ten.[20] Other Australian singles were December's "Pressure Down", which peaked at No. 4, February 1987's "Touch of Paradise" and September's "Reasons".[5] Farnham followed with Jack's Back Tour, an initial itinerary of eleven performances was thought to be enough considering they were up against tours by Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
and Billy Joel, but after high ticket sales, it was extended by eight more shows and use of larger venues. At that time, Jack's Back Tour was the highest grossing tour by an Australian act.[3] John Farnham
John Farnham
Band now consisted of Garsed on lead guitar, David Hirschfelder on keyboards (ex-Little River Band), Macainsh on bass and Angus Burchill on drums.[1] Farnham won six of the inaugural 1987 Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Awards for 'Album of the Year', 'Single of the Year', 'Highest Selling Album', 'Highest Selling Single', 'Best Male Artist' and 'Best Adult Contemporary Album'.[7] On 19 July 1987, TV series Countdown broadcast its last show, the 1986 Countdown Music and Video Awards with Farnham winning the 'Best Album
Album
Award' for Whispering Jack.[21] In October 2010, Whispering Jack
Whispering Jack
(1986) was listed in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums.[22] In 2011 Farnham announced a national tour to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Whispering Jack, including the album being performed in its entirety in track order.[23] Track listing[edit]

"Pressure Down" (Harry Bogdanovs) – 3:50 "You're the Voice" (Andy Qunta, Keith Reid, Maggie Ryder, Chris Thompson, Roger McLachlan) – 5:04 "One Step Away" (Jon Kennett, Dave Skinner) – 3:36 "Reasons" (Sam See) – 4:26 "Going, Going, Gone" (John Farnham, David Hirschfelder, Ross Fraser) – 3:33 "No One Comes Close" (Eric McCusker) – 4:09 "Love to Shine" (Bogdanovs, K Dee) – 4:01 "Trouble" (D East) – 3:25 "A Touch of Paradise" (Ross Wilson, Gulliver Smith, Roger McLachlan) – 4:48 "Let Me Out" (Farnham) – 4:22

Alternate track listing[edit]

" Pressure Down
Pressure Down
(remix)" (Bogdanovs) – 3:45 " You're the Voice
You're the Voice
(remix)" (Qunta, Reid, Ryder, Thompson) – 5:35 " A Touch of Paradise
A Touch of Paradise
(remix)" (Wilson, Smith) – 4:39 "One Step Away" (Kennett, Skinner) – 3:36 "Reasons" (See) – 4:26 "No One Comes Close" (McCusker) – 4:09 "Love to Shine" (Bogdanovs, Dee) – 4:01 "Trouble" (East) – 3:25 "Let Me Out" (Farnham) – 4:22 "Going, Going, Gone" (Farnham, Hirschfelder, Fraser) – 3:33

Whispering Jack
Whispering Jack
Live[edit] Following the initial success of the album, a series of concerts was performed around Australia in 1987. One such performance was recorded at the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Centre, and broadcast on Network Ten. A full version of the concert was also released to video in the same year.[24]

"Pressure Down" (Bogdanovs) "One Step Away" (Kennett, Skinner) "Going, Going, Gone" (Farnham, Hirschfelder, Fraser) "Paper Paradise" (Hirschfelder, Nelson) "Infatuation" (Brady, Goble) "Let Me Out" (Farnham) "A Touch of Paradise" (Wilson, Smith) "When the War is Over" (Prestwich) "Comic Conversations" (Bromley) "All In Love Is Fair" (Stevie Wonder) "Amazing Grace" (Traditional) "Reasons" (See) "No One Comes Close" (McCusker) "Trouble" (East) "Love to Shine" (Bogdanovs, Dee) "Playing to Win" (Farnham, Goble, Hirschfelder, Housden, Proffer, Nelson, Prestwich) "One" (Nilsson) "Down on the Border (Goble) "Help" (Lennon, McCartney) "You're the Voice" (Qunta, Reid, Ryder, Thompson)

20th Anniversary Edition Track listing[edit] Disc One (CD)

"Pressure Down" (Bogdanovs) - 3:50 "You're the Voice" (Qunta, Reid, Ryder, Thompson) - 5:04 "One Step Away" (Kennett, Skinner) - 3:36 "Reasons" (See) - 4:26 "Going, Going, Gone" (Farnham, Hirschfelder, Fraser) - 3:33 "No One Comes Close" (McCusker) - 4:09 "Love to Shine" (Bogdanovs, Dee) - 4:01 "Trouble" (East) - 3:25 "A Touch of Paradise" (Wilson, Smith) - 4:48 "Let Me Out" (Farnham) - 4:22 " Pressure Down
Pressure Down
[Extended Version]" (Bogdanovs) - 5:55

Disc Two (" Whispering Jack
Whispering Jack
Live in Concert" DVD) (NOTE: The DVD used the edited version originally broadcast on television in 1987.)

" Pressure Down
Pressure Down
[Live]" (Bogdanovs) - 4:19 "One Step Away [Live]" (Kennett, Skinner) - 3:35 "Going, Going, Gone [Live]" (Farnham, Hirschfelder, Fraser) - 3:47 "Let Me Out [Live]" (Farnham) - 4:21 " A Touch of Paradise
A Touch of Paradise
[Live]" (Wilson, Smith) - 5:29 "When the War Is Over [Live]" (Steve Prestwich) - 5:33 "Amazing Grace" [Live](Traditional) - 4:39 "Reasons [Live]" (See) - 5:14 "No One Comes Close [Live]" (McCusker) - 4:26 "Love to Shine [Live]" (Bogdanovs, Dee) - 4:23 "One [Live]" (H Nilsson) - 5:47 "Playing to Win [Live]" (Graham Goble, Farnham, Hirschfelder, Stephen Housden, Spencer Proffer, Wayne Nelson, Prestwich) - 3:08 "Help! [Live]" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) - 4:58 " You're the Voice
You're the Voice
[Live]" (Qunta, Reid, Ryder, Thompson) - 6:13 "Credits" - 2:06

Personnel[edit]

John Farnham
John Farnham
band

John Farnham
John Farnham
– vocals, drum machine, percussion (credited as Whispering Jack) Brett Garsed
Brett Garsed
– guitars David Hirschfelder – keyboards, drum machine, percussion Roger McLachlan – bass guitar

Additional musicians

Rozzi Bazzani – backing vocals Sandy Weeks – backing vocals Helen Cornish – backing vocals Penny Dyer – backing vocals Colin Setches – backing vocals Mal Stainton – backing vocals Nikki Nicholls - backing vocals Ross Fraser – drum machine, percussion Wickow – percussion Dougie – low moans

Production

Ross Fraser – Producer Doug Brady – Recording And Mix Engineer Michael Wickow – Assistant Engineer Don Bartley – Original 1986 Mastering Engineer Martin Pullan – 2006 Remastering Engineer

Chart positions[edit] Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1988/89) Peak position

Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[5] 1

German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[25] 4

Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[26] 32

New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[27] 2

Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[28] 12

Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[29] 1

Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[30] 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1987) Position

Australian Albums (Kent Music Report) 1

Chart (1988) Position

Australian Albums (ARIA)[31] 10

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales

Australia (ARIA)[32] 24× Platinum 1,680,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date

Australia 20 October 1986

United Kingdom 13 January 1987

See also[edit]

List of best-selling albums in Australia List of Top 25 albums for 1987 in Australia List of Top 25 albums for 1988 in Australia List of number-one albums in Australia during the 1980s

References[edit]

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Preceded by Graceland by Paul Simon Australian Kent Music Report
Kent Music Report
number-one album 17 November 1986 - 11 January 1987 26 January - 5 April 1987 20 April - 3 May 1987 11 May - 7 June 1987 15–21 June 1987 Succeeded by Summer '87
Summer '87
by Various artists

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John Farnham

Studio albums

Sadie Everybody Oughta Sing a Song Looking Through a Tear Christmas Is... Johnny Farnham Johnny Together Johnny Farnham Sings the Shows Hits Magic & Rock 'N Roll Johnny Farnham Sings Hits from the Movies J.P. Farnham Sings Uncovered Whispering Jack Age of Reason Chain Reaction Then Again... Romeo's Heart 33⅓ The Last Time I Remember When I Was Young: Songs from the Great Australian Songbook Jack Friends for Christmas

Live albums

Johnny Farnham Sings The Big Hits Of '73 Live! Full House Live At The Regent Theatre Highlights from The Main Event John Farnham
John Farnham
& Tom Jones – Together in Concert The Acoustic Chapel Sessions Two Strong Hearts
Two Strong Hearts
Live

Compilation albums

The Best of Johnny Farnham Johnny Farnham's Greatest Hits Anthology 1: Greatest Hits 1986–1997 Anthology 2: Classic Hits 1967–1985 (Recorded Live) Anthology 3: Rarities Love Songs One Voice: The Greatest Hits The Essential The Essential 3.0

Videos & DVDs

The Main Event Anthology - The Videos An Audience with John Farnham The Last Time One Voice: The Greatest Clips John Farnham
John Farnham
& Tom Jones – Together in Concert Classic Jack Live! Chain Reaction Live in Concert With The Sydney
Sydney
Symphony Live at the Sydney
Sydney
Opera House Two Strong Hearts
Two Strong Hearts
Live

EPs & Singles

"Sadie (The Cleaning Lady)" "Underneath the Arches" "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" "One" "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" "Help!" "You're the Voice" "Pressure Down" "A Touch of Paradise" "Reasons" "Age Of Reason" "Two Strong Hearts" "Beyond the Call" "When Something Is Wrong with My Baby" "Everything's Alright" "Everytime You Cry" "The Last Time" "We Will Rock You" "Downhearted" "Even When I'm Sleeping"

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