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  • Audio CD (Feb. 25 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mushroom
  • ASIN: B0000087R2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
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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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"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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9c201888) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ba451e0) out of 5 stars Good stuff Dec 20 1999
By Marc Kloszewski - Published on
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 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bcf88ac) out of 5 stars Super cool March 19 2002
By A Customer - Published on
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!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c201450) out of 5 stars South Pacific legends May 22 2000
By A Customer - Published on
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 know the rest.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bbd351c) out of 5 stars Second of the first two great records by the Enz March 17 2008
By D. Garcia - Published on
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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bd01270) out of 5 stars Out with Judd, Chunn and Crowther, in with Lil' Finn, Griggs And Green Jan. 3 2007
By DonkeyKongFan91 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Dizrythmia, Split Enz's 3rd album, was released in August of 1977.

Split Enz were at a Crossroads in 1977. They lost 3 members (Phil Judd, guitar/vocals/songwriting, Mike Chunn, bass and Emlyn Crowther, drums) and replaced them with Neil Finn (Tim's younger brother) on guitar/vocals/songwriting, Nigel Griggs on bass and Malcolm Green on drums. Dizrythmia showed the band drop the neo-classical arrangements of the first two albums and replace them with Tim Finn's more straightforward pop approach while a considerable amount of Phil Judd influences are still present (Judd wrote/co-wrote three tracks on the album: Sugar And Spice, Nice To Know (with Tim and Eddie Rayner) and Jamboree (with the rest of the Enz).

Here is my breakdown on the tracks:

1. Bold As Brass- Second single off the album with a crazy video and a vibraslap in the middle

2. My Mistake- First single with a catchy refrain (That was my mistake, that was my mistake) and another memorable video (Trumpet and piano thieves, anyone?)

3. Parrot Fashion Love- I don't know what parrot fashion love is, but like a lot of this album, is rather bouncy and upbeat.

4. Sugar And Spice- Extremely catchy song with lots of guitar riffs and lyrics mixing love with food, courtesy of Phil Judd.

5. Without A Doubt- The first 'dark' track on the album, took a fair while for me to get used to and appreciate but once I did, this is one of Tim's highest moments on the album, without a doubt.

6. Crosswords- Bouncytown sandwiched between the two acoustic guitar driven opuses.

7. Charlie- The album's masterpiece, a 5 and a half minute masterpiece of pure excellence so good you have to listen to it.

8. Nice To Know- Another poppy tune, with an accidentally left in cough from Tim at 0:44 and memorable solos from Robert Gillies and Neil Finn.

9. Jamboree- The almost-seven minute closer starts very quiet with only a piano, but builds up to a smash of a climax.

BONUS TRACK ON 2006 REMASTER. Another Great Divide- Single, January 1977

Overall grade for the album: B

COMMENT: Considering the loss of Judd etc. Tim seems to have found solid ground rather quickly, but th Enz would not be walking on concrete until February 1979, when Frenzy came out.