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Split Enz Audio CD
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Digitally Remastered Classic Album Reissue from the New Zealand Pop Band that Comes in a Limited Digipak Design.

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST Rock Recordings ... EVER ! Oct. 19 2009
By Richard S. Warner TOP 50 REVIEWER
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"Dizrythmia" is a phenomenon. One of those rare rock recordings that embody the best of what the idiom can provide. Everything is here, brilliant and original lyrics, highly skilled playing, ingenious instrumental arrangements, and extraordinarily crafted melodies that catch the mind and holds it for days on end. The sound alone on this re-master is worth the price but this version also includes, FINALLY, the lyrics, which are an absolute necessity in any appreciation of Split Enz. There are also some really fine period photographs of the band in classic style. Enz keyboardist, Eddie Rayner, did a great job on the re-mastering and repackaging of this classic album. It is virtually a celebration of the band.

Their previous album, their debut, "Mental Notes", produced by Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera, was a far more eccentric and experimental work that has a great affinity to the original Roxy album. "Mental Notes"' writing was largely the work of guitarist Philip Judd. But Judd left the band halfway between "Notes" and "Dizrythmia", leaving a lot of material that the Enz polished off. With Judd's departure came the addition of Tim Finn's younger brother Neil ( later of Crowded House fame ). It is the first album that featured him, taking over on guitar from Judd.

After "Dizrythmia"s 1977 release the band took on a more mainstream, slicker, commercial feel which probably had a lot to do with Neil Finn's more "pop" sensibilities. "Dizrythmia", however, sits PERFECTLY in the middle, between complete eccentricity and hook-laden melodic addiction, and as such is the finest recording the Enz ever made.

The songwriting on this CD is dominated by and is clearly the fruit of the eccentric, eloquent genius of Tim Finn, front man and main vocalist.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff Dec 20 1999
By Marc Kloszewski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Split Enz emerged form the indulgent art-rock scene with this solid collection of straight-ahead pop (their 3rd, after "Mental Notes" and the revamped version "Second Thoughts" for the wider release--which still had the title of the first album in most markets--confused yet?). Anyway, the first side is filled with perfect pop confections, a few ("My Mistake" and "Parrot Fashion Love") bringing to mind old music-hall-type songs. They jangle along with piano and horns chiming in. The opener, "Bold as Brass" is a real ear-catcher, with a heavy bass 'n' drum disco beat, and a rubbery guitar/keyboard line. This is the one that will burrow deep into your brain and not leave--incredilby infectious. Rounding out the side is "Sugar and Spice" (not a remake of the old 60's hit) and "Without a Doubt." The second side stretches out a bit with the ballad "Charlie" (sounding a bit too strained for my taste, and the slow rocking groove of "Nice to Know", and, perhaps hearkening back to the earlier days, "Jamboree" which doesn't stick to one mood--a multi-movement thing, if you will. Oh, and I believe it's "Crosswords", not "Crossroads" as listed above. What makes this group unique for the time is, I suppose, its clean, simple sound, the unique instrumentation, unusually literate lyrics, and the warbling voice of Tim Finn, whose delivery could assure that Split Enz would never get too serious--this is, and always was, a good-time band, despite their occasional forays into topicality ("Six Months in a Leaky Boat", for ex.). Their style would change slightly within the next few years, and the production would get slicker, but Split Enz are never less than pleasing to these ears.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Super cool March 19 2002
By "marzullo" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I purchased a sealed vinyl copy of Dizrythmia a few months ago. If I didn't know that this album was recorded in 1977, I would never have guessed it was 25 years old. It is surprisingly modern sounding (except for some dated keyboard sounds). This was the first Enz album without co-leader Phil Judd and the first to feature Neil Finn on guitar. Thus, the songs are a little less artsy and vaudevillian (is that a word?) than their first 2 lps. This is not to suggest that the music isn't still artsy, because it is; however, it incorporates more of a modern edge and pop song structures. To my ears, it sounds great. The lead-off track, 'Bold as Brass,' is just awesome. Great fast beat and bassline. On side 2, 'Charlie' is another standout track with a slower tempo and somber lyrics.
Overall, this album succeeds as a whole because of the unity and quality of the songs. Those familiar with post-True Colors era Enz--who view the band's music as primarily pop or new wave--may be surprised at the level of musicianship displayed here. These guys can flat-out play!
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4.0 out of 5 stars South Pacific legends May 22 2000
By "crokko" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As usual with any release involving the brothers Finn this album is worth a listen . Split Enz were a fun band with an excellent ear for melodic pop and this album catches them fresh with their less mainstream off kilter pop sensibility going strong . Anyone who was around then would probably remember 'My Mistake' which still sounds good today . So does this whole album . If you like good pop music done really well then do yourself a favour and ....you know the rest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Second of the first two great records by the Enz March 17 2008
By D. Garcia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There are two distinct Enz periods, the original period and the post Phil Judd period dominated by the Finn brothers. They were a good pop band post Judd. But during the original period with Judd there was nothing else like them. Vaudeville, tack piano, avant-garde, rock, early jazz mixed together with an Addams family like humorous touch. Really a miss match of styles that worked beautifully. Shockingly original, and really really beautiful gorgeous stuff. I mean really really heart breakingly beautiful but at the same time weirdly off the wall. Mostly due to the weirder sensibilities of Judd tempered by the pop oriented Tim Finn. A clash of personalities if there ever was one. When they were able to work it out it worked like nothing else. Lucky for us collectors of the unusual, obscure and great.

Dizrythmia & Mental Notes are the two from the original period. There is nothing like either of them. Unfortunately one of my favorite songs "The Woman Who Loved You" is absent from both CDs.

I've owned over 10,000 records and these are of a few that have grown in stature over time, in my mind. Still have my originals in plastic. Had to have the CDs too though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is why I got into new wave Nov. 11 2005
By skankersore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was five when this album came out. Genesis was going pop without their peculiar former front man, the BeeGees had gone disco. Queen, Bowie and Floyd were about the best (commercially) the UK had to offer at this point. America had promising progressives like Stix. Paul McCarteny (wings) had some interesting stuff so pop acts like Ambrosia and others were emulating him rather than define their own style. Everybody around me looked like something out of a post apocalyptic hippie commune, with the droopy clothes, bush heads and long hair, not to mention the mandatory wireframe pilot sunglasses. The disco scene was like a nightmare from Guatamala. Nobody had any style, and that was hip. Bands like "the clash" and "The Specials" and "Devo" were just getting started.

Yes, mid-late 70's was pretty sucky. I was traumatised by the radio's constant playing of "Fly Robin Fly" and "You come again (dolly parton)", "How deep is your love" and "Were all alone". Well, looking back this music wasn't bad considering the crap played on pop radio post MTV era. But, as a small kid I hated disco because it was what the smart-ass flare legged teenagers were listening to. When new wave began to emerge, it was something that threw a middle finger to this depressing "Meatloaf" worshipping era.

So what was so great about Split enz? For one, their music. This 1977 album is unashamedly gershwin-esqe, sounding vaguely like "Supertramp", and a prelude to more famous acts to come such as "Madness", "XTC" and other second wave ska that is now thrown into box of new wave. They had a strong classical influence that seeps through, yet they weren't another Moody Blues clone. This was an example of how you can actually place well-written lyrics in "feel-good" music, and not be compromised either way.

Then their was the look. These guys never really hit the mainstream like their emulators - acts like "A Flock of Seaguls" and others, but they fostered the 80's "Look" that became one with new wave/rock, starting with cubist abstract pop-art that's all over their albums and photo-shoots. They incorporated the vaudvillian character of their music by dress/make-up as neo-harlequins. This was a testament to the fact that pop-music doesn't have to take itself seriously, yet it can still be just as arty. These guys were the new wave when the word didn't exist.
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