The Box Set (The Twelfth Man album)

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The Box Set
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Box set by
ReleasedNovember 2009
GenreComedy, Spoken word
LabelEMI Music
ProducerBilly Birmingham, David Froggatt
The Twelfth Man chronology
The Box Set
Willy Nilly: The 12th Man's Biggest Hits, Vol. 1

The Box Set is a Box set, including all 7 of The Twelfth Man's albums. The set was released in November 2009 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first Twelfth Man release. The set peaked at number 17 on the ARIA Charts.

The box set is notably missing "It's Just Not Cricket", his debut release. Also, Bruce 2000 appears twice on the set, ending both Wired World Of Sports albums as it had been included on their 2000 reissues.

Background and release[]

Birmingham's career in comedy began when he wrote Austen Tayshus' hit "Australiana" in 1983. In 1984, Birmingham released "It's Just Not Cricket" under the name The Twelfth Man. It became the first of two Twelfth Man singles to reach number 1 on the singles chart.[1]

In 1987, The Twelfth Man released the first of seven albums to peak at number 1 on the Australian album chart and has become one of the most successful spoken-word recording artists in the world, with sales in excess of two million albums in Australia alone. The 12th man is the only Australian recording artist in history to have seven consecutive number one albums and is a multi-ARIA Award winner.[2]

Birmingham believes political correctness would render it impossible to launch such a project in 2009.[3]

On 22 November 2009, in an article in the Sydney Morning Herald, Birmingham announced he will be retiring The Twelfth Man.[4]

Track listing[]

CD 1[]

Wired World of Sports

Bonus track: "Bruce 2000: A "Special" Tribute"

CD 2[]

The 12th Man Again

Bonus track: "England V India"

CD 3[]

Still the 12th Man

Bonus track: "England V Sri Lanka"

CD 4[]

Wired World of Sports II

Bonus tracks: "Richie, Bill & Tony Interview N.Z. Cricket Captain Martin Crowe", "Triple M's Gary "Badge" Belcher Interviews Reg Warren (Ray Warren's Brother)", "Reg Warren (Ray Warren's Brother) Interviews NSW Origin Player Terry Hill", "Reg Warren (Ray Warren's Brother) Interviews QLD Origin Player Gary Larson", "Reg Warren (Ray Warren's Brother) Interviews NSW Origin Coach Tommy Raudonikis", "Bruce 2000"

CD 5[]

Bill Lawry... This Is Your Life

CD 6[]

The Final Dig?

CD 7[]



Weekly charts[]

Chart (2009/10) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[5] 17

Year-end charts[]

Chart (2009) Position
Australian (ARIA Charts)[6] 96
Australian artist (ARIA Charts) [7] 28

Release history[]

Region Date Format Edition(s) Label Catalogue
Australia November 2009 Standard EMI Music


  1. ^ "The Twelfth Man gets a new box". Sydney Morning Herald. 10 November 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Box set by 12th Man". Sanity. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  3. ^ "The Twelfth Man gets a new box". Sydney Morning Herald. 10 November 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  4. ^ Proszenko, Adrian (22 November 2009). "The 12th man finally declares". Fairfax News (Australia). Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  5. ^ " – 12TH MAN – The Box Set". Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  6. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 100 Albums 2009". ARIA. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  7. ^ "2009ARIA AUSTRALIAN ARTIST ALBUMS CHART". ARIA. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
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