JIMMY BARNES ‘Soul Searchin’ debuts at #1, surpasses the Beatles with 15th #1 career album


It’s not often that you can lay claim to surpassing a legendary group like The Beatles, but Jimmy Barnes has managed to do just that with the debut today of his 15th #1 career album, Soul Searchin’ (out now through Liberation Music).

The Soul Series started 25 years ago in 1991 with the seven times platinum Soul Deep and the #1 Australian chart debut of the fourth and final instalment in this hugely successful soul series sees Jimmy pull ahead of the Beatles 14 #1 albums in Australia, and sees him draw ever closer to the career #1 totals for Paul McCartney and George Harrison of 16 apiece and John Lennon 17.

Jimmy Barnes said of the feat:

“I feel blessed to still be making music after such a long time in the business and equally I feel privileged that people are still buying our records and coming to the shows – it’s very humbling.
“As for achieving another #1, it’s an absolute honour to be counted amongst such iconic bands and legendary artists.”

Michael Gudinski, Managing Director of the Mushroom Group said;

“I am so proud that all 11 of Jimmy’s solo number ones have been in partnership with the Mushroom Group. 
“Jimmy’s singing better than ever and he continues to raise the bar for every Australian performer.”

Soul Searchin’ sees Jimmy uncovering lost soul gems, presenting a glorious snap shot in time.  He was joined in the studio by some of the greatest soul musicians ever assembled, including Steve Cropper (Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, and later gaining fame as a member of the Blues Brothers band), Dan Penn (musician, songwriter, and record producer who co-wrote many soul hits of the 1960s) and, of course, The Memphis Boys who date back to original recording sessions from the mid ‘60s to the early ‘70s with Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and Joe Tex, amongst many, many others.

Produced by Kevin Shirley, Soul Searchin’ is full to the brim with hidden gems and certified soul classics, all given the inimitable and unmistakable Jimmy Barnes treatment.

17 – John Lennon (3 solo + 14 Beatles)
16 – George Harrison (2 solo + 14 Beatles)
16 – Paul McCartney (2 solo + 14 Beatles)
15 – Jimmy Barnes (11 solo + 4 Cold Chisel)
14 – The Beatles
11 – U2
11 – Madonna
09 – Bon Jovi
09 – John Farnham

The soaring guitar riffs, bedazzling horn arrangements and old-school backing vocals that give the new album its alluring, old-fashioned charm will come alive on stage in his August Soul Searchin’ Tour.

The first volume of Jimmy’s autobiography – a childhood memoir called “Working Class Boy” – will be released on September 19.


Jimmy Barnes
Soul Searchin’ Tour
(All shows All Ages)

Tickets on sale now

For full tour information, click here

Fri 12 Aug
Entertainment Centre (Theatre) (All Ages)
Adelaide, SA 

132 849

Sat 13 Aug
Crown Theatre (All Ages)
Perth, WA 

136 100

Sat 20 Aug
Jupiters Hotel & Casino (All Ages)
Gold Coast, QLD

132 849

Sun 21 Aug
QPAC Concert Hall (All Ages)
Brisbane, QLD 

136 246

Thu 25 Aug
Palais Theatre (All Ages)
Melbourne, VIC 

136 100

Sat 27 Aug
Enmore Theatre (All Ages)
Sydney, NSW 

132 849
Presented by Frontier Touring by arrangement with Premier Artists and ARN Network

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Featuring Jimmy Barnes, Icehouse, James Reyne, Russell Morris +
The Badloves

Sun 27 Nov
Werribee Park on the Great Lawn (All Ages)
Werribee VIC

136 100


Soul Searchin'

Soul Searchin’ (20 Track deluxe version) tracklist

  1. She’s Looking Good
  2. Hard Working Woman
  3. A Woman Needs To Be Loved
  4. Cry To Me
  5. If Loving You Is A Crime (w/ The Memphis Boys)
  6. It’s How You Make It Good
  7. I Worship The Ground (feat. Steve Cropper)
  8. Bad Girl
  9. Lonely For You Baby
  10. The Dark End of the Street (feat. Dan Penn)
  11. Mercy Mercy
  12. Rainbow Road
  13. I Testify
  14. Mustang Sally
  15. More And More (w/ The Memphis Boys)
  16. Drowning In The Sea of Love
  17. In The Midnight Hour
  18. In A Broken Dream (feat. Joe Bonamassa)
  19. You Got My Mind Messed Up (w/ The Memphis Boys)
  20. Suspicious Minds (w/ The Memphis Boys)