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Eternal Nightcap

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B00004SVAL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
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1. No Aphrodisiac
2. Buy Now Pay Later (Charlie No.2)
3. You Sound Like Louis Burdett
4. Met My Match
5. Melbourne
6. I Make Hamburgers
7. Following My Own Tracks
8. Charlie No.3
9. Life's A Beach
10. Charlie No.1
11. 1999
12. Don't Love Too Long
13. Band On Every Corner

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Includes Five Tracks Not on the Australian Version! Met My Match, I Make Hamburgers, Following My Own Tracks, 1999 and Don't Love Too Long.

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By A Customer on Aug. 25 2005
Format: Audio CD
If it was possible to wear out a CD, in 1999 I would have worn out this one. I loved it then and still do. I saw the Whitlams live at an outdoor concert at a winery in Western Australia and bought this CD as a result, so perhaps for me there is a bit of bias from my introduction to this group. But I would still not hesitate to recommend it to others.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4fcd48c) out of 5 stars A Story In Every Song Aug. 28 2005
By Prince Saxonius III - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If you do one thing today, buy this album.

The Whitlams have been together since 1992, and started out as a 3-piece and released their first album, a ten-song collection including two ballads, two short and odd songs, a few masterful jazz/rock pieces and even a 25 second hillbilly song about lighting your mother on fire.

After this, they only got better, with Undeniably, an album released in 1995. It contained numerous fan favourites including the singles I Make Hamburgers and Met My Match/Following My Own Tracks.

Unfortunately, in 1996, lead singer and guitarist Stevie Plunder (real name: Anthony Hayes) was found dead at the bottom of a cliff in New South Wales.

After four months, Tim Freedman got himself together with an assortment of musicians, Including Louis Burdett, Ben Fink, and original Whitlams member Andy Lewis (who went on to commit suicide in 2000).

This album, released in late 1996, is the result of all that history.

It opens with No Aphrodisiac, one of the most famous and influential songs in Australian music in the 90s. Tim Freedman wrote the entire song in one night with a keyboard and a bottle of scotch, with the obviously un-Whitlams like bridge written by friends Machine Gun Fellatio.

The next song, Charlie No. 2 (buy now pay later) is totally touching, and even better live, as it is played faster, with more rock.

Love Is Everywhere is a great jazzy little interlude that is only really there to give you a break before the next masterpiece -

You Sound Like Louis Burdett - an ingenious rock song, played with heavy piano and bass. This is one of my favourite songs of all time, and with good reason.

Melbourne, the original single off the album is a bittersweet love song, and is beautifully orchestrated.

Where's The Enemy and Life's A Beach are great, but not up to par with the rest of the album, but wedged in between them is Charlie No. 3, the final song in the Charlie trilogy, and probably the best.

Tangled Up In Blue is up there with No Aph, Louis, and Melbourne as the best songs on this album. An old Bob Dylan song about love and seperation, a favourite of mine.

Of the remainder of the album (Laugh In Their Faces, Charlie No. 1, Up Against The Wall, Band On Every Corner), you cannot find a single fault. Especially with Up Against The Wall - a song about seduction, lies, and betrayal.

Overall, this is a must have for anybody who likes any album of the Whitlams, as it bridges the gap between Introducing and Undeniably to Love This City and Torch The Moon.

But it. Buy it now. You won't regret it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2f6bc30) out of 5 stars WORLD! listen to this band. Nov. 5 2001
By J. Snyder - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
this band is incredible. the lyrics go from fun and funny to tragic and ponderous. They blow me away. but the vocals... so natural and flowing. And I am an American. I wish these guys could get out of Australia... don't get me wrong if I was in Australia I'd probably stay too, but the rest of the world needs to hear these guys. if you buy it, i'd love to hear what you think.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2e4cb88) out of 5 stars Tragic masterpiece May 28 2001
By Jeremy Young - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album, recorded in the aftermath of Plunder's death, sees Tim Freedman coping with the loss of his fellow band member and best friend. The album is haunted with a melancholy sound (especially in the "Charlie" trilogy of songs, dedicated to Plunder), but this only hits home after comparing it to their earlier recordings with Plunder. We still have classic pop songs, like "You Sound Like Louis Burdett", but the album is dominated with traditional Tim Freedman ballads, like hit single "No aphrodisiac", "Laugh in their faces" and "Life's a beach".
I almost put "Undeniably" here instead of this. It is an excellent retrospective of the early half of their career, with a perfect combination of Freedman and Plunder numbers. It shows the Whitlams at their nutty best, and they sound unlike any Australian band you have heard before.
But this was the album that got me into the Whitlams, and I still consider it their greatest musical accomplishment. It's tragic that this album, dedicated to Stevie Plunder, made the Whitlams big.
But like all struggling artists, sometimes tragedy is all it takes.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4fcda08) out of 5 stars Great CD! Nov. 13 2003
By Michelle - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Eternal Nightcap is an eternal classic, I first purchased this cd after hearing No Aphrodisiac on the radio (this song was voted number 1 for the year in JJJ hottest 100) and have been loving this CD every since. I have seen the Whitlams live and loved them...Tim certainly knows how to work the crowd and the best part was he hung out at the bar like a regular guy during the support acts, I also have seen Tim doing a solo show - just him and his piano fantastic I will never forget that night (sorry I had to rub it in to all of you USA types!!). Eternal Nightcap will in my opinion never get old, everytime I listen to it something else grabs me - especially the hidden track.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa34de2ac) out of 5 stars Subtle and sublime June 11 2001
By Adelaide Drew - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Tim Freedman comes of age on this album, which has some of the most melancholy yet beautiful songs on it that I've ever heard. The single which rocketed The Whitlams to national stardom is No Aphrodisiac, and it is one of the best on the album. Another highlight is the jazzy You Sounds Like Louis Burdette.
The Charlie series, Buy Now Pay Later (Charlie No.2), Charlie No.1 and Charlie No.3 are quite simply a wonderful compilation of thoughts written in to some of the best tunes you'll ever hear. Buy Now Pay Later is a personal favourite.
However, my favourite track on Eternal Nightcap is Melboune. I'm not really sure why it appeals to me, but it has to be one of my favourite songs of all time. This track is what makes this album really stand out for me, and I think it's chronically underrated by most people.
Overall, a fantastic album. Best listened to when you're in a quiet or sad mood, this is The Whitlams at their best.

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