For the Working Class Man


For the Working Class Man

Infobox Album
Name = For the Working Class Man
Type = studio
Longtype =
Artist = Jimmy Barnes


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Released = 1985
Recorded =
Genre = Hard rock
Length =
Language = English
Label = flagicon|AUSMushroom Records
Producer = Jonathan Cain
Reviews =
Compiled by =
Chronology =
Last album = "Bodyswerve" (1984)
This album = "For the Working Class Man"
Next album = "Freight Train Heart" (1986)
Misc = Extra album cover 2
Upper caption = US version
Type = studio


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"For the Working Class Man" is the second studio album by Australian rock singer Jimmy Barnes, released in 1985. The album was released in the US on Geffen as "Jimmy Barnes". It was re-released in 2005 in a special 20th anniversary edition, CD/DVD box set. The album itself has sold more than 500,000 copies (7 x Platinum), meaning that one in forty Australians own a copy of this album. The front cover art of Barnes standing in a burning Sugarcane field became one of the iconic images of Australian rock music in the 1980s. The original release of this album was as a double-vinyl issue with sides one and two featuring the first five songs and the third and fourth sides featuring the remaining tracks, which were remixed versions of songs from Barnes' debut "Bodyswerve". This album was specifically geared toward securing Barnes a break into the American music market, recorded in New York and Los Angeles with a variety of producers and international musicians. Journey keyboards player Jonathan Cain wrote "Working Class Man" and "American Heartbeat", Steven Van Zandt penned "Ride the Night Away" and producer Chas Sandford wrote "I'd Die to Be with You Tonight". "Working Class Man" was used in the soundtrack to the Ron Howard film "Gung Ho".

Track listing

# "I'd Die to Be with You Tonight"
# "Ride the Night Away"
# "American Heartbeat"
# "Working Class Man"
# "Without Your Love"
# "No Second Prize"
# "Vision"
# "Promise Me You'll Call"
# "Boys Cry Out for War"
# "Daylight"
# "Thickskinned"
# "Paradise"
# "I Enjoy Hats

Chart positions

Recording personnel

*Lead vocals: Jimmy Barnes
*Guitars: Chas Sandford, Mal Eastick, Waddy Wachtel, Dave Amato, Charlie Sexton, Billy Burnette, Chris Stockley, Johnny Lee
*Bass: Randy Jackson, Kenny Gradney, Bruce Howe
*Drums: Tony Braunagel, Mick Fleetwood, Tony Brout, Ray Arnott
*Keyboards: Jonathan Cain, William Smith, Bill Payne
*Percussion: Arno Lewis
*Backing vocals: Kim Carnes, Maxine Willard, Julia Tillman, Dave Amato, Jonathan Cain, Renée Geyer, Vanetta Fields, Shauna Jenson
*Mandolin: Chris Stockley
*Bagpipes: Viv Riley

succession box
before = "Listen Like Thieves" by INXS
title = Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
years = December 16 1985 - February 2 1986
after = "The Dream of the Blue Turtles" by Sting


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