The Whole Thing's Started
|The Whole Thing's Started|
|Studio album by Air Supply|
|Recorded||March 1977, Albert Studios, Sydney|
|Air Supply chronology|
|Singles from The Whole Thing's Started|
The Whole Thing's Started is the second studio album by Australian soft rock band Air Supply, it was released in July 1977. The first single "Do What You Do" was released ahead of the album in June, "That's How the Whole Thing Started" followed in October and "Do It Again" appeared in February 1978. Neither the album nor the singles peaked into the Australian Kent Music Report Top 40 charts.
Chrissie Hammond, Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell met in May 1975 while performing in the Australian production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical, Jesus Christ Superstar. With Hammond and Hitchcock on vocals and Russell on guitar, they formed Air Supply as a harmony vocal group in Melbourne. Hammond was replaced by Jeremy Paul (ex-Soffrok) on bass guitar and vocals in 1976. The group's first single, "Love and Other Bruises", peaked at No. 6 on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart in October. It was followed by Air Supply, their debut album, in December, which reached No. 17 on the Kent Music Report Albums Chart and achieved gold in Australia. The album was produced by Peter Dawkins (Spectrum, Ross Ryan) with Air Supply line-up as Hitchcock, Paul, Russell and drummer Jeff Browne, guitarist Mark McEntee and keyboardist, arranger Adrian Scott. A national tour followed with Hitchcock, Paul, Russell and Scott joined by Nigel Macara (ex-Tamam Shud, Ariel) on drums and Brenton White (Skintight) on guitar. Brenton White rehearsed but did not perform with Air Supply.
Their second album, The Whole Thing's Started, also produced by Dawkins, was released in July 1977 with White replaced on lead guitar by Rex Goh. The album spawned the singles "Do What You Do" (June), "That's How the Whole Thing Started" (October) and "Do It Again" (February 1978) but neither album nor singles charted into the Top 40. From late 1977, the group supported Rod Stewart during his tour of Australia—he invited them to continue on to United States and Canada. Their third album, Love & Other Bruises, included re-recordings of some earlier tracks, and was made mid-tour in Los Angeles in July-August and released internationally later that year on Columbia Records with Jimmy Horowitz producing. During the tour, Paul left the band with a new the line-up of Goh, Hitchcock, Macara and Russell, plus Joey Carbone on keyboards, Robin LeMesurier on lead guitar and Howard Sukimoto on bass guitar. Paul, in 1980, joined fellow Air Supply band mate McEntee in the lineup of Divinyls, fronted by Chrissie Amphlett. Air Supply performed in London supporting Chicago and Boz Scaggs.
|1.||"Teach Me to Run"||4:02|
|2.||"Do It Again"||3:35|
|3.||"Do What You Do"||3:47|
|4.||"There's Nothing I Can Do"||3:38|
|5.||"Ready for You"||4:28|
|6.||"That's How the Whole Thing Started"||4:03|
|7.||"Love Comes to Me"||5:51|
|8.||"The Answer Lies"||3:44|
|10.||"The End of the Line"||3:33|
Air Supply members
- Russell Hitchcock – vocals
- Rex Goh – electric guitar
- Graham Russell – acoustic guitar, vocals
- Adrian Scott – keyboards
- Jeremy Paul – bass guitar, vocals
- Nigel Macara – drums
- William Motzing – arranger and conductor (strings and brass)
- Producer – Peter Dawkins
- Engineer – Bruce Brown at Albert Studios, Sydney
- Additional engineering – Peter Dawkins, Wyn Wynyard
- Art Direction & Design – J. Peter Thoeming
- Photography – Patrick Jones
7" Singles 
|1977||"Do What You Do"||3:47||CBS||BA 222304|
|1977||"That's How the Whole Thing Started"||4:03||BA 222325|
|"There's Nothing I Can Do"||3:38|
|1978||"Do It Again"||3:35||Columbia||C4-8217|
|2LP||SBP 241031||Repackaged with Air Supply|
|1980||Japan||Epic/Sony||LP||25•3P-238||Japanese reissue, alternate cover|
|1981||Australia||Harmony||LP||HC 15070||Love and Other Bruises compilation, includes six tracks from The Whole Thing's Started|
|CBS/Disctronics||463016 2||Reissue of 1981 compilation, alternate cover|
|1991||Japan||Epic/Sony||CD||ESCA 5390||First appearance of full album on CD |
|1992||Australia||Rainbow||2CD||2RCD 111/112||Feel the Breeze, includes Air Supply and The Whole Thing's Started |
|1996||Korea||Columbia/Sony||CD||486553.2||Once Upon a Time, includes five tracks from The Whole Thing's Started|
|2002||Japan||Epic||CD||EICP 7033||Reissue of 1991 release|
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- "Air Supply History: Chapter 4"
- "CBS 45 Discography"
- "1977 Print Ad"
- "Air Supply History: Chapter 18"
- "Air Supply History: Chapter 16"
- "Air Supply History: Chapter 20"