Electric Digger Dandy

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Electric Digger Dandy
Electric Digger Dandy by James Reyne.jpg
Australian album cover
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1991
LabelFree City Music/ Virgin Records (Australia)
Charisma (US)
ProducerSimon Hussey
James Reyne chronology
Hard Reyne
Electric Digger Dandy
The Best
Singles from Electric Digger Dandy
  1. "Slave"
    Released: May 1991
  2. "Any Day Above Ground"
    Released: July 1991
  3. "Some People"
    Released: November 1991
Alternative cover
US album cover
US album cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Electric Digger Dandy is the third solo studio album by Australian singer/songwriter James Reyne released in June 1991. The album was released in America as Any Day Above Ground. The album peaked at number 3 on the ARIA Charts, which remains Reyne's highest charting album. [2]

The album saw Reyne's return to a more electric sound. It features the singles "Slave", "Any Day Above Ground" and "Some People", as well as a new, acoustic rendition of the Australian Crawl song "Reckless."


Tomas Mureika of All Music said on "Electric Digger Dandy Reyne expands his musical boundaries with collaborations with Jim Vallance and Tony Joe White. The result is an invigorated Reyne, who seems to be having a great time winding his voice around gorgeous melodies and intense rants alike. Despite its nutty had-to-be-changed-for-America title, Digger Dandy finds a more introspective experimental Reyne, one content to play the music at a lower level and let his words and stiletto voice speak for itself.".[3]

Track listing[edit]

CD/Vinyl (VOZCD2050 / 91785-2)
  1. "Some People" (J. Reyne, J. Vallance) - 4:13
  2. "Slave" (J. Reyne, J. Vallance) - 4:13
  3. "Reckless" (J. Reyne) - 5:19
  4. "Any Day Above Ground" (J. Reyne) - 3:38
  5. "Take a Giant Step" (J. Reyne, S. Hussey) - 5:10
  6. "Company of Strangers" (J. Reyne, S. Hussey) - 4:05
  7. "Black and Blue World" (J. Reyne, B. Goldsmith) - 4:06
  8. "Stood Up" (J. Hiatt) - 4:52
  9. "Outback Woman" (J. Reyne, T. J. White) - 3:38
  10. "Water, Water" (J. Reyne) - 5:40
  11. "Lay Your Weary Head Down" (J. Reyne) - 2:34


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[4] 3


  • James Reyne - Vocals, guitar
  • Jef Scott - Guitars, bass, vocals
  • Simon Hussey - Keyboards, producer
  • John Watson - Drums


  • Mick O'Connor - Hammond Organ
  • Renee Geyer - Backing Vocals
  • Gene Black - Guitar
  • C. J. Vanston - Keyboards
  • Scott Griffiths - Piano, Hammon ORgan, Keyboards
  • Steve Housden - Guitar solo on "Slave"
  • Richard Pleasance - Mandolin
  • Brett Kingman - Electric Guitar
  • Mark Goldenberg - guitars, keyboards
  • Kenny Aronoff - Drums, percussion
  • Jimmie Wood - Harmonica
  • Eric Lowen - backing vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Dan Navarro - backing vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Tony Joe White - electric guitar, harmonica, bass, drums
  • John Pierce - bass
  • Byron Berline - fiddle
  • Jim McMains - backing vocals


  1. ^ ""Electric Digger Dandy" by James Reyne". Allmusic. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  2. ^ "JAMES REYNE - ELECTRIC DIGGER DANDY (ALBUM)". www.australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on 12 March 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Any Day About Ground by James Reyne review". www.allmusic.com. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Australiancharts.com – James Reyne – Electric Digger Dandy". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 11 2016.