Age of Reason (album)
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Age of Reason Album

Age of Reason
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Studio album by
Released25 July 1988
Recorded1987-88
GenreSynthpop, rock
Length52:50
LabelSony BMG, RCA, Wheatley
ProducerRoss Fraser
John Farnham chronology
Whispering Jack
(1986)
Age of Reason
(1988)
Chain Reaction
(1990)
Singles from Age of Reason
  1. "Age of Reason"
    Released: 4 July 1988
  2. "Two Strong Hearts"
    Released: 26 September 1988
  3. "Beyond the Call"
    Released: 14 November 1988
  4. "We're No Angels"
    Released: February 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2.5/5 stars

Age of Reason is a studio album by Australian pop singer John Farnham. It was released through Sony BMG in Australia on 25 July 1988 and debuted at No. 1 on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Albums Chart in August and remained on top for eight weeks. It was the follow-up to his previous No. 1 album, Whispering Jack, and was the highest-selling album in Australia in 1988. As of 1997, it was eleven times platinum, indicating sales of over 770,000 units. It is also critically considered one of Farnham's best albums, with "Age of Reason" and "Beyond the Call" being about the urgency for the world to wake up and solve its problems.

The first two singles from the album were "Age of Reason", which peaked at No. 1, and "Two Strong Hearts", at No. 6. Two further singles were released, "Beyond the Call" which reached the top 50, and "We're No Angels," which did not.

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

Background

John Farnham released Whispering Jack in October 1986, it became the highest-selling album by an Australian act in Australia and peaked at number one on the Australian Kent Music Report Album Charts for a, then record, total of 25 weeks.[1][2] Ahead of his follow-up album, in July 1988, he released the title single, "Age of Reason", which peaked at No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart,[3] It was written by Johanna Pigott and Dragon member Todd Hunter.[4] The album, Age of Reason, which was produced by Ross Fraser,[5] debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart in August and stayed on top for eight weeks.[3][6] It was the highest-selling album in Australia from 1988,[1] and, as of 1997, it was 11 × platinum indicating sales of over 770,000 units.[7] Renewed interest in Whispering Jack returned it to the Top Ten in August, nearly two years after its initial release.[3] As of December 2008, "Age of Reason" remains Farnham's last No. 1 Australian single.[3] Other charting singles from this album were, "Two Strong Hearts" which peaked at No. 6 and "Beyond the Call", while a fourth single, "We're No Angels" did not reach the top 50.[3]Age of Reason had international success peaking at No. 4 in Sweden,[6][8] and No. 9 in Norway.[6] The album featured, apart from Farnham's regular band, many special guest artists including singer Jon Stevens on the track "Listen to the Wind" and trumpeter James Morrison on "Some Do, Some Don't".

ARIA awards

At the 1988 ARIA Awards, Farnham won 'Best Male Artist', 'Best Adult Contemporary Album' for "Touch of Paradise", and the 'Outstanding Achievement Award'.[9] In March 1989, Farnham was in Moscow, USSR to promote Greenpeace album Rainbow Warriors, as part of an international ensemble including David Byrne (Talking Heads), Peter Gabriel, Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders), Annie Lennox (Eurythmics) and The Edge (U2).[1] Farnham found time to record "Communication", a duet with Dannielle Gaha, as part of the National Drug Offensive's anti-drug campaign.[10] The song peaked at No. 13 in August 1989.[3]

Bonus tracks

The CD version of Age of Reason has two bonus tracks including Farnham's covers of AC/DC's "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" and Cold Chisel's "When the War Is Over".

Popular culture

The lead single off the album, "Age of Reason", was used in a promo for Australia's Channel Seven News in 2000.

Track listing

  1. "Age of Reason" (T. Hunter, J. Pigott) - 5:08
  2. "Blow by Blow" (D. Stewart, O. Ormo, B. Harrison) - 4:37
  3. "Listen to the Wind" (B. Thomas, J. Stevens) - 4:26
  4. "Two Strong Hearts" (B. Woolley, A. Hill) - 3:35
  5. "Burn Down the Night" (B. LaBounty) - 3:32
  6. "Beyond the Call" (D. Batteau, D. Brown, K. Dukes) - 4:43
  7. "We're No Angels" (R. Wilson) - 4:52
  8. "Don't Tell Me It Can't Be Done" (C. Thompson, A. Qunta) - 3:35
  9. "The Fire" (C. Thompson, K. Reid, Leiber) - 4:26
  10. "Some Do, Some Don't" (Stephen Hague, Mark Mueller) - 4:19

Bonus tracks on the CD version:

  1. "When the War Is Over" (S. Prestwich) - 4:50
  2. "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" (A. Young, M. Young, B. Scott) - 4:11

Personnel

Charts

Weekly charts

Chart (1988/89) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[11] 1
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[12] 14
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[13] 51
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[14] 6
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[15] 9
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 4

Year-end charts

Chart (1988) Position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[17] 13
Chart (1989) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[18] 71

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[19] 8× Platinum 560,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also

References

General
  • McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Whammo Homepage". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 5 April 2004. Retrieved 2010. Note: Archived [on-line] copy has limited functionality.
Specific
  1. ^ a b c McFarlane (1999). Encyclopedia entry for 'John Farnham'. Retrieved 17 June 2010.
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. NOTE: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "John Farnham discography". Australian charts portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ ""Age of Reason" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA ). Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 2010.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ a b c "John Farnham - Age Of Reason". Australian charts portal. Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 6 July 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  7. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 1997 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 2010.
  8. ^ "Discography John Farnham". Swedish charts portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010.
  9. ^ "Winners by Artist: John Farnham". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 13 February 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  10. ^ "John Farnham - Biographie - Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH". Sonymusic.de. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  11. ^ "Australiancharts.com - John Farnham - Age of Reason". Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl - John Farnham - Age of Reason" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  14. ^ "Charts.nz - John Farnham - Age of Reason". Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  15. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com - John Farnham - Age of Reason". Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  16. ^ "Swedishcharts.com - John Farnham - Age of Reason". Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  17. ^ "1988 ARIA ALBUMS CHART". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2017.
  18. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Albums Chart - 1989 (61-100) (from The ARIA Report Issue No. 1)". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 2016.
  19. ^ "ARIA Chart accreditations 1997". ARIA. Retrieved 2017.

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