Whispering Jack

by John Farnham

Original Release Date: 1986-10-20

Whispering Jack

Whispering Jack is the twelfth studio album by Australian adult contemporary pop singer John Farnham. It was produced by Ross Fraser and released on 29 September 1986, peaking at No. 1 on the Australian Kent Music Report albums chart. Whispering Jack became the second-best-selling album in Australia, behind only Meat Loaf’s album Bat Out of Hell, and the highest-selling album in Australia by an Australian artist―24× platinum, indicating over 1.68 million copies sold; it remains the third-best-selling album of all time in Australia, as Shania Twain’s Come On Over eventually eclipsed it. It spent 25 weeks at the No. 1 spot on the albums chart during 1986–1987, it was awarded the 1987 ARIA Award for Album of the Year, and it was the best-charting album for the decade of the 1980s in Australia. It was the first Australian-made album to be released on compact disc within Australia. One of Farnham’s biggest hits, “You’re the Voice”, was issued as the lead single from the album and peaked at No. 1 on the Kent Music Report singles chart.Prior to this album, Farnham’s career had stalled after being recruited and then leaving as lead singer of Little River Band. Farnham’s manager, Glenn Wheatley, mortgaged his home to raise funds for the recording of this album. After initial reluctance by major Australian radio stations to play the lead single, “You’re the Voice”, public demand became overwhelming and they relented. The song became one of the standout number-one songs on the Australian charts of the 1980s and still remains a staple of Australian radio. Whispering Jack restarted Farnham’s career, which sustained across two more decades. On 21 November 2006, Whispering Jack was re-released to celebrate its 20th anniversary, which came with a bonus track, an extended studio version of “Pressure Down”, and with a DVD of the edited 1987 Whispering Jack Live in Concert televised performance.


  1. Pressure Down
  2. You’re The Voice
  3. One Step Away
  4. Reasons
  5. Going, Going, Gone
  6. No One Comes Close
  7. Love To Shine
  8. Trouble
  9. A Touch Of Paradise
  10. Let Me Out

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Wikipedia URL https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whispering_Jack
Format Vinyl LP Album Limited Edition Stereo (White & Black marbled)
Label Music On Vinyl
Catalog Number MOVLP3275
Notes - 180 gram audiophile vinyl - Gatefold sleeve with spot varnish - The 24x Platinum-certified hit album that sold over 2 million copies worldwide - Featuring the massive hit single “You’re The Voice” - Peaked at #1 on the Australian Albums Chart and in the top 10 of several European countries - Limited edition of 1500 individually numbered copies on white & black marbled vinyl
Discogs URL John Farnham - Whispering Jack