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Whisky Bay

by Chris Chapple

Good old-fashioned, computer-free, guitar driven pop songs. An elegant suite of melodies & harmonies, with intelligent lyrics - delivered warmly to your ears.
Genre: Pop: 70's Pop
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1. One Day We'll Both Be Well
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2. If You Love A Leaver
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3. What Night-time Did To Me
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4. Over My Head
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5. One Day We'll Both Be Well Again
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6. Seen On The Surface
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7. Perfection
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8. Whisky Bay
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9. Old Skin
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Album Notes
In 1998, Chris Chapple, one time guitarist for Melbourne quartet Autohaze, released his debut solo album It's A Wonderful Life to much local critical acclaim.
After performing a dozen or so solo acoustic shows, he teamed up with two members of Charlie Marshall's Body Electric : pianist, cellist and vocalist Julitha Ryan (also from The Dead Salesmen , Silver Ray ) and drummer extraordinaire Dave Creese (The Dumb Earth , The Hired Guns) to form the Chris Chapple Ensemble.
As a predominantly laid-back, acoustic trio, the Ensemble played shows supporting, among others, artists such as Lisa Miller, The Underground Lovers, Robert Forster / Grant McLennan, Chris Wilson and, from the U.S., Sparklehorse.
Which brings us to the line-up which worked on the second album Whisky Bay:
Dan Luscombe ( The Blackeyed Susans ) : guitar / slide guitar / backing vocals
Sean Simmons (The Spoils) : Bass
Chris Chapple:acoustic & electric guitar / vocals
Brett Poliness (Silver Ray): drums/percussion

The currently performing line-up of The Chris Chapple Ensemble features Steve "Harmony" Hassett of Wagons fame playing bass guitar and singing, and Clare Moore of The Moodists and TheDave Graney Show playing drums and singing (a little).
Chris has also played bass, on a stand-in
basis, for The Spoils, Matt Walker and
Ron Sexsmith (on his 2001 Aust. tour),
and supported Ron Sexsmith on his 2003
national Australian tour.


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A stunning recording...tough but supple. Chapple's abilities are relenlessly im
Chris Chapple possesses a singing voice so rich in timbre and true in tone, that once heard, it cannot be forgotten. This is Chapple's greatest asset, though certainly not his only one. This second LP for the Melbourne singer/songwriter iterates his considerable talent as lyricist and songwriter and proves yet again that with enough talent and taste, you can make a stunning recording with no more than an 8-track reel to reel recorder and a collection of sympathetic and gifted friends. Though Whisky Bay starts off in minimalist, home recorded fashion with the beautifully bare One Day We'll Both Be Well, a song that showcases the aforementioned qualities of Chapple's singing, it ain't long before we're swaying along to a full rock band, horn section included. If You Love A Leaver is tough but supple, demonstrating that Chapple can rock as effortlessly as he croons.
In teaming up with Blackeyed Susans guitarist Dan Luscombe, Silver Ray drummer Brett Poliness and The Spoils' Sean Simmons on bass, Chapple has managed to really pick the cream of Melbourne like-minded musicians, and consequently assembled a formidable rock group. From the more muscular moments of If You Love A Leaver and What Night time Did To Me to low and slow contemplations like the title track and Old Skin, Chapple's abilities are relentlessly impressive. -Martin Jones