Truth, Beauty and a Picture of You

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Truth, Beauty and a Picture of You
Best of the Whitlams Cover.jpg
Greatest hits album by The Whitlams
Released August 2, 2008


Pop Piano rock
Label Black Yak / Warner Music
The Whitlams chronology
Live in Concert
(2008)Live in Concert2008
Truth, Beauty and a Picture of You
Alternative Covers
Pre-release cover
Pre-release cover

Truth, Beauty and a Picture of You is a "Best of" compilation album by Australian rock band The Whitlams.

The album is a comprehensive look at the journey of the ARIA award winning band, from scrappy beginnings and tragedy to the success and stability of recent years. It also features a new song, The Road Is Lost, featuring Torcha and the Queensland Orchestra.

The title comes from a lyric in the track "No Aphrodisiac".

"I actually wanted to call it Long Story Short (a title taken by new Tamworth band Chasing Bailey). If you listen to the songs you get exactly an understanding of where we've been." - Tim Freedman[2]

A two disc deluxe edition includes a bonus DVD with documentaries on the making of the Love This City and Torch The Moon albums, and footage of their concerts at the Sydney Opera House in 2007 with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. An article in The Age promoted the album's release, discussing the orchestrally-reworked Whitlams songs, the highs and lows of the band, and Freedman's young daughter Alice.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Blow Up the Pokies" (from Love This City) Tim Freedman 3:25
2. "Buy Now Pay Later" (from Eternal Nightcap) Freedman 3:45
3. "Fondness Makes the Heart Grow Absent" (from Little Cloud) Freedman 3:58
4. "No Aphrodisiac" (from Eternal Nightcap) Freedman 4:22
5. "Beauty in Me" (from Little Cloud) Freedman 3:06
6. "Fall For You" (from Torch the Moon) Freedman 3:49
7. "Thank You (for Loving Me at My Worst)" (from Love This City) Freedman 4:12
8. "You Sound Like Louis Burdett" (from Eternal Nightcap) Freedman 4:01
9. "I Will Not Go Quietly" (from Torch the Moon) Freedman 3:51
10. "I Make Hamburgers" (from Undeniably) Freedman 3:36
11. "Gough" (from Introducing) Freedman 3:17
12. "Following My Own Tracks" (from Undeniably) Stevie Plunder 3:31
13. "Shining" (from Undeniably) Plunder 4:23
14. "Royal in the Afternoon" (from Torch the Moon) Freedman 2:58
15. "Melbourne" (from Eternal Nightcap) Freedman 4:19
16. "The Road is Lost" (featuring Torcha and the Queensland Orchestra)   3:43
17. "Keep the Light On" (Live with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra) Freedman 3:54
18. "The Curse Stops Here" (Live with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra) Freedman 3:37
19. "Out the Back" (from Torch the Moon) Freedman 4:30
20. "There's No-one" (from Love This City) Freedman 5:05

Chart positions and sales[edit]

Truth, Beauty and a Picture of You debuted at No. 3 on the ARIA Top 50 Album Chart[4]

Country Peak position Certification Sales
Australia 3 Gold 35,000+
New Zealand

Bonus DVD[edit]

Includes videos from The Whitlams Years DVD and footage from the Whitlams & SSO concerts.

  • The Stories Behind the songs interview with Tim Freedman - 19:25
  • Making of Love This City Doco (from the whitlam years DVD) - 15:57
  • Making of Torch The Moon Doco (from the whitlam years DVD) - 7:02
  • Where Is She from the Byron Bay Festival 1995 (from the whitlam years DVD) - 4:15
  • Live Performance of "Fondness Makes The Heart Grow Absent" (with SSO) - 4:18
  • Live Performance of "Ease of the Midnight Visit" (with SSO) - 4:57


  1. ^ Cashmere, Tim (2008-05-28). "The Whitlams Give Away Live Album This Weekend". Undercover Media. Retrieved 2008-07-12.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ Compton, Maz (2008-08-10). "A true picture of The Whitlams". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  3. ^ "Revisiting the darkness". The Age. Melbourne. 2008-09-12. Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  4. ^ "ARIA Charts". ARIA. Retrieved 2008-08-11.