7 Worlds Collideby Neil Finn
Where many live albums merely give listeners a chance to remember the good old days of a favorite artist, this sharp-edged set serves to prove that Neil Finn -- best known as the guiding light behind Crowded House and Split Enz -- has as much power and passion in the here and now. For proof, one need look no further than the array of guests who showed up to pay homage to the New Zealander for Seven Worlds Collide: Eddie Vedder, Radiohead's Ed O'Brien and Phil Selway, Lisa Germano, and ex-Smith Johnny Marr. The shifting aggregation backs Finn on a wide-ranging array of songs, from hits like "Don't Dream It's Over" to lesser-known ditties like Split Enz's "Take a Walk." Things get even more interesting when Finn lets his guests turn the tables to land some of their own knockout punches: Vedder offers a striking version of Pearl Jam's "Parting Ways," and Marr soars through a rendition of the Smiths classic "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out." Finn delivers a note-perfect Morrissey impression on the latter song, exhibiting a wry sensibility that seemed to fade in the latter days of Crowded House. The disc's new tunes -- particularly the introspective but invigorating "Anytime" -- further indicate that Neil Finn is still on a collision course with pop mastery.
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- Nettwerk Records
Performance CreditsNeil Finn Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Tim Finn Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Lisa Germano Piano,Violin,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Ukulele,Vocals
Johnny Marr Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Ukulele,Vocals
Sebastian Steinberg Bass,Electric Bass,Double Bass
Eddie Vedder Electric Guitar,Ukulele,Vocals
Ed O'Brien Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,E-bow
Phil Selway Drums
Liam Finn Electric Guitar
Matt Eccles Drums
Joe Bramley Bass
Chris Garland Electric Guitar
Technical CreditsSam Gibson Engineer
Rakai Karaitiana Artwork
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Neil Finn is joined by HIS fans on this disc...fans who just happen to be great musicians, and famous themselves. Neil does a great version of The Smith's ''There is a light...'', with Johnny Marr on guitar, and Eddie Vedder ROCKS on every Split Enz song he does. Too bad, though, that it is Lisa germano and not Sherly Crow on this disc's version of ''Turn & Run''. Still, a MUST for Finn fans, Radiohead fans, Pearl Jam, and Soul Coughing fans!
This is a really fabulous live album. This concert must have been rehearsal for the studio recoring of his new album, ''One All'', as many of the new songs here show up on the new album (although the feel of the songs can be quite different than the studio album). Eddie Veder does a fabulous job on the early ''Split Enz'' tracks while Neil and his brother, Tim, generally dominate the rest of the album. Neil lets his guests perform some nostalgic songs of their own (Pearl Jam and Smiths) while Lisa Germano's song (performed by her) is the only weak song on the album. Overall, the feel is very laid back and loose. This album is a bit nostalgic of the 80's and early 90's, but is freshened up quite a bit with the new stuff. The majority of the songs are very pop-oriented with a rock slant due to the choice of some of the harder songs.
A great collection of talented people who come together and show what they can do when in the midst of people admire. The DVD is an even better way to take this all in. Unlike another reviewr's opinion, Lisa Germano's backround vocals are much better than Sheryl Crow's contribution on One Nil (later One All). Highly recommended for anyone who appreciates great talent.
As the first release of live solo Neil Finn, this CD is very exciting. The previously unreleased tracks - as far as I know - are a welcome addition as well since it is usually a while between albums for Neil. His live performances are always spot on and it is great to have that energy captured on disc. For anyone who hasn't heard his work since Crowded House, this is a wonderful way to get to know what in my opinion is his best work both lyrically and musically.