Looking Forward Looking Back

Looking Forward Looking Back is a studio album released by Australian country music singer Slim Dusty. The album was Dusty's 100th album release.[1]

Looking Forward Looking Back
Looking Forward Looking Back by Slim Dusty.jpg
Studio album by
Released12 July 2000
StudioColumbia Lane, Electric Avenue, Music Cellar, Studios 301
LabelEMI Music
ProducerRod Coe, Phil Punch
Slim Dusty chronology
Ninety Nine
Looking Forward Looking Back
The Man Who Is Australia

Looking Forward Looking Back was celebrated with a special Network 9 This Is Your Life event presentation by Mike Munro.[2]

At the ARIA Music Awards of 2001, the album won the ARIA Award for Best Country Album. The album was also nominated for Highest Selling Album.[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [4]

Track listingEdit

1."Looking Forward Looking Back"Don Walker3:12
2."Never Was at All"Norma O'Hara Murphy3:15
3."There's a Rainbow Over the Rock"Kevin Bloody Wilson2:57
4."Matilda No More" (featuring Kasey Chambers)Eric Bogle3:41
5."The Bloke Who Serves the Beer"Peter Denahy3:00
6."Paddy William"O'Hara Murphy4:32
7."Clean Up Our Own Backyard"Joy McKean2:24
8."Old Time Country Songs"Slim Dusty3:02
9."A Bad Day's Fishing"Wilson2:36
10."Port Augusta"Steve Grace3:20
11."Good Heavens Above"Barry Skipsey2:32
12."Hooks & Ride"John Quinn, Tom Oliver2:17
13."Keela Valley Coals"A.E. Brooks, Dusty3:17
14."Memories and Dreams"Jeff Burton, Michael Fix3:09
15."Looking Forward Looking Back" (reprise)Walker1:31


Looking Forward Looking Back debuted at number 5 in the Australian album charts and peaked at number 3 in September 2000.

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2000) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[5] 3

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2000) Position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[6] 28
Australian Country Albums (ARIA) 1
Australian Artist Albums (ARIA) 9
Chart (2001) Position
Australian Country Albums (ARIA)[7] 8


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[8] 2× Platinum 140,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Edition(s) Label Catalogue
Australia 12 July 2000 [9] Standard Slim Dusty Enterprises, EMI Music 5271602
Australia 10 June 2016 [2] Vinyl EMI Music 3794225


  1. ^ "Looking Forward, Looking Back". Amnplify. 2018. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Looking Forward Looking Back (Vinyl)". Slim Dusty. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  3. ^ "ARIA Awards – History: Winners by Year 2001: 15th Annual ARIA Awards". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Looking Forward Looking Back by AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Slim Dusty – Looking Forward Looking Back". Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  6. ^ "2000 ARIA ALBUMS CHART". ARIA. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  7. ^ "2001 ARIA COUNTRY ALBUMS CHART". ARIA. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  8. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2000 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  9. ^ "Looking Forward Looking Back CD". JB HiFi. Retrieved 7 September 2018.