Cold Chisel release 1980 live album, ‘The Live Tapes – Vol 5 – Live At The Bondi Lifesaver’

24 beloved songs, alongside five covers

Cold Chisel have released a massive collection of tunes recorded in 1980, ‘The Live Tapes Vol. 5: Live At The Bondi Lifesaver’.

Recorded at the titular venue on February 29, 1980, Cold Chisel had announced the album’s release in October, releasing live versions of ‘My Turn To Cry’ and ‘Tomorrow’, both of which feature on the new release.

With the album out today (December 11), the Aussie rock legends took to Twitter to reveal the album contains a total of 24 of the band’s iconic tracks inclusive of five cover songs.


Just three days after the performance was captured, Cold Chisel entered the studio to record their seminal album ‘East’. Consequently, ‘The Live Tapes Vol. 5’ contain several beloved ‘East’ tracks, including ‘Choirgirl’, ‘Standing on the Outside’ and ‘Ita’.

The covers featured on the release include Cold Chisel’s take on The Yardbirds’ ‘The Nazz Are Blue’ and Bob Dylan‘s ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’.

Listen to the album in full below:

‘The Live Tapes Vol. 5: Live At The Bondi Lifesaver’ is Cold Chisel’s fifth in their ‘Live Tapes’ series and the first since 2017.


In a press release upon the album’s announcement. Jimmy Barnes said the release “might be our live best recording ever”.

“In 1980, we were fighting fit and hungry, playing every show like it was our last – and often it almost was,” Barnes said.

“We were still playing pubs, with the audience spilling onto the stage and the band spilling into the audience. I was living just around the corner from the Lifesaver – and probably half the audience ended-up back at mine.”