Chain (Australian blues band)

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Chain are an Australian blues band formed in Melbourne as The Chain in late 1968 with a lineup including guitarist, vocalist Phil Manning; they are sometimes known as Matt Taylor's Chain after lead singer-songwriter and harmonica player, Matt Taylor. Their January 1971 single "Black and Blue", which became their only top twenty hit, was recorded by Chain line-up of Manning, Taylor, drummer Barry Harvey and bass guitarist Barry Sullivan. The related album, Toward the Blues followed in September and peaked in the top ten albums chart.

Chain had various line-ups until July 1974, they separated for several years then reformed in 1982 for a one-off concert and more permanently from 1983–1986. Further line-up changes occurred with some forms called Matt Taylor's Chain, from 1998 Chain members are Harvey, Manning, Taylor and Dirk Du Bois on bass guitar. Both Manning and Taylor have also had separate solo careers. In 2005 Chain released, Sweet Honey and continued touring irregularly; on 3 May 2009, they performed at the Cairns Blues Festival.

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Year Title Rating Releases
1971 Toward the Blues 4
1973 Two of a Kind 2
1985 Child of the Street 1
1987 Australian Rhythm & Blues 2
1989 Blue Metal 1
1999 Mix Up the Oils 1
2005 Sweet Honey 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1974 History of Chain Compilation 4 1
1978 The Best of Chain Compilation 1
1998 The First 30 Years Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1972 Live Again Live 1


Year Title Rating Releases
1970 Live Chain Live 1

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