THE CRYSTAL SET

A DROP IN THE OCEAN (1984)

The Crystal Set - A Drop In The Ocean Front Cover

A Drop In The Ocean (3:36)
She Counts Up The Days (3:34)

The b-side was covered by Steve Kilbey on Remindlessness.


BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT (1985)

The Crystal Set - Benefit Of The Doubt Front Cover   The Crystal Set - Benefit Of The Doubt Back Cover

Benefit Of The Doubt (4:08) [February 1986]
Don't Be Surprised (3:25) [November 1985]

Produced by Steve Kilbey and Guy Gray


WHOLLY HOLY (1987)

The Crystal Set - Wholly Holy Front Cover   The Crystal Set - Wholly Holy Back Cover

Wholly Holy (3:51)
Hubble Bubble (4:26) 

A-side produced by Steve Kilbey

Wholly Holy
From Now On

Produced by Steve Kilbey

Vinyl Inner Groove Messages
  Side 1: HARPOONING!
  Side 2: HELLO SPACE....


WHO NEEDS WHO NOW (1987)

The Crystal Set - Who Needs Who Now Front Cover   The Crystal Set - Who Needs Who Now Back Cover

Who Needs Who Now (3:58)
From Now On (3:51)

"From Now On" produced by Steve Kilbey

Vinyl Inner Groove Messages
  Side A: ABSOLUTELY GRAY VOX!
  Side 1: POG!
The sides really are labelled "Side A" and "Side 1".


Because of a strike at the printers, some early copies had silk-screened sleeves [ Front | Back ] which are missing the Red Eye logos.
Advance copies of the single were mailed to radio stations with a promo sheet with tour dates.


UNRELEASED 12" TWO-SIDED ACETATE

The Crystal Set - Who Needs Who Now 12" Acetate Label

Tracks

A) Who Needs Who Now (test cut)
B) Stetsons or Gangajang (test cut)

Releases


FROM NOW ON (1987)

The Crystal Set - From Now On Front Cover   The Crystal Set - From Now On Back Cover

Tracks

Side 1:

  1. Wholly Holy (3:50) –  /
  2. The Catwalk (4:14)
  3. All Directions (3:54)
  4. Hypatia (4:03) (instrumental)
  5. Benefit Of The Doubt (4:42) – 

Side 2:

  1. Walk Away (3:52)
  2. The Flat Earth (4:25)
  3. Sea Of Misconception (6:00) – 
  4. From Now On (3:51) – 

Credits

Phil Maher - Guitar & Vocals
Davey Ray Moor - Keyboards & Vocals
Tim Seckold - Drums & Percussion
John Lloyd - Drums on "Benefit of the Doubt"
Russel Kilbey - bass & vocals

Recorded and mixed by John Harvey Produced by The Crystal Set and Rudolf Neuman (aka Steve Kilbey)
  except "Benefit of the Doubt" produced by Guy Gray
Recorded at Festival Studios, Sydney, Australia, Christmas 1986
  except "Benefit of the Doubt" Recorded at Studios 301, Autumn 1986
Originally Mastered by Don Bartley

Colour Photography - Kim Sandeman & Russell Paper (aka Russell Kilbey)
Band Photograph - Candy Le Guay
Art Direction - John Foy

Releases

Vinyl Inner Groove Messages
  Side 1: MYSTERIOUSNESS
  Side 2: WALLY FREE ZONE

Notes


UNRELEASED 12" TWO-SIDED ACETATE

The Crystal Set - Walk Away/The Catwalk 12" Acetate Label

Tracks

A) Walk Away (longer)
B) The Catwalk (different guitar + vocal)

These are alternate outtakes from RED LP 3 "From Now On."

Credits

Produced by Rudolph Neuman (i.e. Steve Kilbey)

Releases


CLUSTER (1988)

The Crystal Set - Cluster Front Cover   The Crystal Set - Cluster Back Cover

Tracks

Side 1:

  1. A Furious Mess (3:51) – 
  2. Who Needs Who Now (4:03)
  3. 13 Days (Of Rain) (2:15) (instrumental)

Side 2:

  1. Wild Wild Planet (4:12) – 
  2. Charlatan (4:22)
  3. The Fool (4:22)

Credits

Phil Maher - Guitar & Vocals
Russel Kilbey - Bass & Vocals
Tim Seckold - Drums & Percussion

Side One
  Produced and engineered by Guy Gray at Studio 301
  Except for "13 Days" which was recorded one dark, wet night at home
  David Moor - Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Side Two
  Produced by Craig Hooper & The Set at Electric Avenue Studios
  Engineered by Phil Punch & Craig Hooper
  Craig Hooper - Keyboards & Guitar

Cover Stars - Buster, Sequel and Arlo
Photography - Russell Paper (aka Russell Kilbey)
Band Photograph - Geoff Aitken
Art Direction - John Foy
Originally Mastered by Don Bartley

Releases

Vinyl Inner Groove Messages
  Side 1: BLUSTER BUSTER
  Side 2: WHOOPING


UMBRELLA (1989)

The Crystal Set - Umbrella Australian Cover
Red Eye RED CD 9 (Australia)
The Crystal Set - Umbrella German Cover
Red Eye RED CD 9 (Germany)

Tracks

  1. A Furious Mess (3:56) – 
  2. Who Needs Who Now (4:10)
  3. All Directions (3:56)
  4. The Catwalk (4:12)
  5. Wholly Holy(3:57) –  /
  6. Benefit Of The Doubt (4:45) – 
  7. Wild Wild Planet (4:19) – 
  8. The Fool (4:28)
  9. Charlatan (4:30)
  10. Sea Of Misconception (5:00) * – 
  11. From Now On (3:48) – 

* Bonus track on CD releases only (not listed on German CD release).

» Lyrics «

Credits

Tim Seckold - Drums & Percussion
Russel Kilbey - Bass & Vocals
Phil Maher - Guitar & Vocals

Thanks to:
David Moor - Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Craig Hooper - Keyboards & Guitar

Photography - Kim Sandeman
Photo-Finishing - Geoff Aitken
Art Direction - John Foy

Releases


A FURIOUS MESS (1990)

The Crystal Set - A Furious Mess Front Cover   The Crystal Set - A Furious Mess Back Cover

A Furious Mess (3:51) – 
Some Attention (5:25) – 


SHE SPITS OUT STARS (1990)

The Crystal Set - She Spits Out Stars Back CoverThe Crystal Set - She Spits Out Stars Front Cover

She Spits Out Stars – 
Gargoyle (Lighthouse Keepers song)

Cover Painting by Karen Casey.


THRIVE (1990)

The Crystal Set - Thrive Front Cover   The Crystal Set - Thrive Back Cover

Thrive –  /
Kicking Around

Vinyl Inner Groove Messages
  Side A: ALL THIS AND PLANT FOOD?
  Side B: LOVEWAND IS IT.


ALMOST PURE (1991)

The Crystal Set - Almost Pure Cover

Tracks

  1. Thrive (4:07) –  /
  2. Miss Superlative (4:05)
  3. She Spits Out Stars (4:26) – 
  4. Almost Pure (5:06)
  5. Siege Mentality (3:41)
  6. Homeblind (3:27)
  7. Like A Treasure (5:19) –  /
  8. Gargoyle (3:29)
  9. Spring Suicide (4:20) – 
  10. Some Attention (5:45) – 

» Lyrics «

Credits

Phil Maher - Guitar, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Russel Kilbey - Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
Darren Ryan: Drums & Percussion

Additional Keyboards: Laurie Maddey
Viola & Biscuits: Jennifer McHutchen
Produced by The Crystal Set
Engineered by Simon Polinski
Mixed by Guy Gray
Cover by Dr. I. S. White
Photography by Ross Bird

Releases

First pressings of LP and CD came with a tour pass for free admission to a Crystal Set gig.


MIXED BAG E.P. (1991)

Cover

Tracks

  1. Like A Treasure (Single Edit) (5:10) –  /
  2. Thrive (Mr Jolly Mix) (3:58)
  3. Gush (4:50)
  4. This Town (3:48)

Credits

Phil Maher - Guitar, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Russel Kilbey - Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
Darren Ryan: Drums & Percussion

Additional Vocals by Jules
Management by Bruce Butler/Valis Management
Tracks 3 & 4 Recorded at Pigpen with John Phillips
Thrive Remix ... Featuring LINCON by David Thrussell & Ross Healey
Video Art by Julia Bourke
Design by Dr. I. Floppe

Releases


 

COMPILATIONS FEATURING TRACKS BY THE CRYSTAL SET

ASIDES & BESIDES: THE FIRST FIVE YEARS (1990)

Asides & Besides: The First Five Years Cover

Tracks

  1. I Can't Control Myself (2:54) - James Baker Experience
  2. Two Lines (2:29) - Ya Ya Choral
  3. Drop In The Ocean (3:29) - The Crystal Set
  4. Psycho (3:56) - The Beasts Of Bourbon
  5. King Street (4:01) - John Kennedy's Love Gone Wrong
  6. Benefit Of The Doubt (4:26) - The Crystal Set
  7. This Asphalt Eden (3:57) - Steve Kilbey
  8. Transparent Garden (3:53) - Curious (Yellow)
  9. Just To Be Sure (3:49) - The Bhagavad Guitars
  10. You Can't Run (2:52) - Mexican Spitfires
  11. Down Below (3:14) - The Cruel Sea
  12. Like A Ghost - Steve Kilbey *
  13. Don't Be Surprised (3:30) - The Crystal Set
  14. Awakening Earth (4:18) - The Bhagavad Guitars
  15. Shell (3:47) - Steve Kilbey
  16. Run Rudolph Run (3:26) - John Kennedy's Love Gone Wrong
  17. Isabella (5:23) - Curious (Blue)
  18. Hubble Bubble (3:23) - The Crystal Set
  19. Sydney Town (2:58) - Mexican Spitfires
  20. Thought We'd Agreed - The Bhagavad Guitars *
  21. The Big Sleep - The Beasts of Bourbon *
  22. Elvis Impersonator Blues - The Beasts of Bourbon *
  23. New Neighbour (2:45) - The Tall Shirts
  24. Born To Be Punched (3:34) - James Baker Experience

* on lp release only

Releases

Vinyl Inner Groove Messages
  Side 1: HOW DO YOU KEEP A MOSSY FAN BUSY?.....(OVER)
  Side 2: HOW DO YOU KEEP A MOSSY FAN BUSY?.....(OVER)
  Side 3: LIVE STOCK!
  Side 4: BYE BYE B SIDES.....

Notes

Includes this photo of the band:

Band Photo


UP FROM DOWN BELOW (1990)

Up From Down Below Cover

Tracks

  1. A Furious Mess (3:55) - Crystal Set
  2. Charlatan (4:28) - Crystal Set
  3. Sylvia (3:46) - Curious (Yellow)
  4. Taken by Surprise (3:21) - Curious (Yellow)
  5. Down Below (3:13) - The Cruel Sea
  6. Margarita (2:43) - The Cruel Sea
  7. We Haven't Arrived (3:39) - The Bhagavad Guitars
  8. Until You Came (4:11) - The Bhagavad Guitars
  9. Bad Revisited (4:00) - The Beasts of Bourbon
  10. The Hate Inside (3:31) - The Beasts of Bourbon

Releases

Notes

Includes this write-up on The Crystal Set:

Write-up


FIVE YEARS INTO THE FUTURE (1991)

Five Years Into The Future Cover

Tracks

  1. Thrive (4:07) - Crystal Set
  2. She Spits Out Stars (4:24) - Crystal Set
  3. Souleater (2:37) - Clouds
  4. Sweetest Thing (2:52) - Clouds
  5. This Is Not The Way Home (4:06) - The Cruel Sea
  6. Cry For Me (5:22) - The Cruel Sea
  7. I Can Plainly See (4:46) - The Bhagavad Guitars
  8. Assassin (4:05) - The Bhagavad Guitars
  9. Chase The Dragon (3:41) - The Beasts of Bourbon
  10. Can't Say No (4:56) - The Beasts of Bourbon
  11. Sea Anemone (2:54) - Kim Salmon & The Surrealists
  12. 26 Good Words (4:04) - Kim Salmon & The Surrealists

Releases

Notes

Includes this write-up on The Crystal Set:

Write-up


KARMIC HIT PREVIEWS AND RARITIES VOLUME 2:
LIMITED EDITION 10TH ANNIVERSARY CD (2003)

Karmic Hit Previews and Rarities Volume 2 Cover

Tracks

Appearing on the night...

  1. * Citizens (Shaolin Wooden Men "Duty Now & Forever" remix) (5:13) - SNOG
  2. * Fill My Hole (Byron Scullin featuring Marcel Borrack "He's the Real Deal" remix) (5:23) - SNOG
  3. * A Means To An End (3:20) - Steve Kilbey
  4. Mechanism (4:10) - Steve Kilbey (from "Freaky Conclusions")
  5. Until the End (4:11) - Halogen (from "Save the Ones You Love")
  6. Caught Me (3:59) - Halogen (from "Save the Ones You Love")
  7. Rehash (3:19) - JLK (from "Nothing More Than Something to Wear")
  8. Friend Among Friends (radio edit) (3:15) - JLK (from "Nothing More Than Something to Wear")
  9. Compass (4:02) - David Lane (from Compass)
  10. * Lucky Joe (radio edit) (4:18) - David Lane

Coming soon...

  1. Monorail (2:32) - Pugwash
  2. Hey Little (3:06) - Pluto
  3. Gone For Good (2:12) - Steve Kilbey (featuring Sandi Chick) from "Kilbeyfilmusic"
  4. Providence (5:12) - Jack Frost (from Jack Frost re-release)
  5. Drop in the Ocean (3:31) - the Crystal Set (from "best of the Crystal Set")
  6. We Haven't Arrived (3:43) - the Bhagavad Guitars (from "best of BG's)
  7. The Mercury Cure (3:57) - Turkeyneck Lasso (from Turkeyneck Lasso re-release)
  8. Transmigration (3:52) - Isidore

In case you haven't heard these...

  1. My Ancient Vihmaana (5:24) - SOMA (from "My Ancient Vihmaana" EP)
  2. Hurricane Lamp (3:38) - Warp Factor 9 (from "Five Days in a Photon Belt")

* denotes track doesn't appear on another official release.

Releases

Notes

These were originally released in conjunction with the Karmic Hit 10th Anniversary shows (Feb. 27, 2003 at The Roma Room in Sydney, and March 6, 2003 at The Corner Hotel in Melbourne). The first two hundred ticket buyers for each show received the CD free. In April, 2003, this CD was offered free to the first 100 Karmic Hit mailing list subscribers who placed an order with them (either by email or through their online Mall of Convenience).