A Box of Birds

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A Box of Birds
Studio album by The Church
Released September 21, 1999 (1999-09-21)
Recorded 1999
Genre Rock
Label Cooking Vinyl, Festival
Producer Dave Trump, Tim Powles
The Church chronology
Hologram of Baal
A Box of Birds
After Everything Now This

A Box of Birds is the eleventh studio album by Australian alternative rock group, The Church, which was released in 1999.[1] It consists of cover versions of tracks by artists who were influential on the group's music.

The album was released after the band's decision to abandon an already-complete live album[2] and was recorded and mixed in 10 days.[3] Guitarist Marty Willson-Piper said the band had played several covers in its gigs over the years including The Porpoise Song," "It's All Too Much" and "Cortez the Killer"—"and we thought, why not put them on a record. So we came along with our own ideas. Tim wanted to do an Iggy Pop number, Peter wanted "Cortez", Steve wanted Kevin Ayres and I wanted to do Alex Harvey. We had to pick 10 after an initial list of about 40."[4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original Artist Length
1. "The Faith Healer"   A. Harvey, H. McKenna The Sensational Alex Harvey Band 7:35
2. "It's All Too Much"   G. Harrison The Beatles 6:10
3. "Hiroshima Mon Amour"   J. Foxx, B. Currie, W. Cann Ultravox 4:27
4. "The Porpoise Song"   G. Goffin, C. King The Monkees 4:28
5. "Decadence"   K. Ayers Kevin Ayers 9:14
6. "The Endless Sea"   J. Osterberg Jr. Iggy Pop 4:33
7. "Friction"   T. Verlaine Television 5:11
8. "All the Young Dudes"   D. Bowie Mott the Hoople 4:10
9. "Silver Machine"   D. Brock, R. Calvert Hawkwind 4:57
10. "Cortez the Killer"   N. Young Neil Young with Crazy Horse 11:08


  1. ^ Holmgren, Magnus. "The Church". passagen.se. Australian Rock Database (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 6 October 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Scatena, Dino (7 October 1999). "Box of Birds review". Daily Telegraph (Sydney). pp. T21. 
  3. ^ Scatena, Dino (16 March 2000). "The Church resurrection". Daily Telegraph (Sydney). pp. T21. 
  4. ^ Buivids, Amanda (5 March 2000). "One out of the box for Church". Sunday Herald Sun (Melbourne). p. 98. 
  5. ^ A Box of Birds at AllMusic