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Steep Hill Climb
Label: Citadel Records (Australia)
Catalogue No: (CITCD540)
Format: CD (jewel case)
Released: March 1998
Price: $ 10.00
Knievel - Steep Hill Climb
Citadel reissued this album after being approached by the band who had become disillusioned with the job being done by the previous distributor. The band's press release stated that they had licensed the album to Citadel "for a handful of withered beans."
  1. Something Good Must Come (Knievel) (4:01 m:s)
  2. Slow Replay (Knievel) (2:50 m:s)
  3. Steep Hill Climb (Knievel) (3:16 m:s)
  4. Frame By Frame (Knievel) (4:51 m:s)
  5. At Least You Know (Knievel) (3:13 m:s)
  6. Paperweight (Knievel) (4:30 m:s)
  7. A Funny Thing Happened On The Way (Knievel) (3:05 m:s)
  8. What's It Take (Knievel) (3:40 m:s)
  9. Leave Quietly (Knievel) (2:49 m:s)
  10. High Tide Lounge (Knievel) (3:19 m:s)
The Musicians
Wayne Connolly - Guitar & Vocals  •  Tracy Ellis - Bass & Vocals  •  Nick Kennedy - Drums
Leo Mullins - Harmonies on tracks 3, 6 & 8  •  Paul McKercher - Cello on tracks 1, 2, 3 & 5  •  Graham Griffiths - Pedal Steel on tracks 4 & 7
Technical Details
Produced by Knievel  •  Engineered by Peter Jones  •  Recorded at Charing Cross Studios
Here's what reviewers had to say about Steep Hill Climb
"When an album like Steep Hill Climb comes along, it makes you wonder how you defined a perfect pop song before you heard all ten tracks contained on it. It is melodic and dreamy, heart felt and exhilarating. It has been a long time since guitar bass and drums sounded this good, and it is unlikely that something will "out pop" this album this year. This is one album that takes you on a ride you do not want to miss." ... Natalie McPhee - Inpress

"Track after incredible track of deceptively simple, stripped back acoustic guitar and pedal steel fills the air ... exhilarating downhill run which is right on course." ... Andrew McUtchen - Herald Sun

"An instant classic that opens with the single "Something Good Must Come" and maintains it's momentum throughout ten very good pop tunes. It takes a record like this to remind you what it's all about ... . effortless, timeless ... . songs you want to hear again and again" ... Form Guide - Melbourne

"Cruisey, beautiful, sweet, a little bit country ... ... Steep Hill Climb is an album that has an element of longevity, that can be listened to in various moods ... . one of the finer cruisier albums this year." ... Peter Blythe - Drum Media - CD of the Week

"Knievel unleash an elegant, unassuming collection of songs ... .. Steep Hill Climb rises above comparisons with an uncanny sense of melodic progression and resolution. 9/10" ... Louisa Williams - Beat Magazine

"If Wayne Connolly flew in the Welcome Mat, with Knievel he soars. Steep Hill Climb travels along clean, solid lines while still managing interesting diversions. An assured clever album." ... Tracy Grimson - Rolling Stone

"When listening to Knievel you feel like you're on a bus leaving town, or jumping on a train to a new destination that has unexpectedness in store - movement, momentum and change ... Knievel are inspirational melancholy." ... Chris Murray - Massive

" ... a positive handle on melodic structure that never resorts to guitar tossing, tub thumping mayhem combined with some beautifully woven melancholy." ... Iain Shedden - The Australian