The Sun Came Out (Vinyl) Import
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7 years ago, Neil Finn & friends first got together to perform some live shows and release a resulting live album. In December of 2008 and January 2009, Neil did it again, only this time bigger and better! He assembled a group of his friends and fellow artists in Auckland, New Zealand to record a brand new album of all new & original material. The cast list this time includes Neil, Sharon & Liam Finn, members of Wilco, Johnny Marr, KT Tunstall, Ed O'Brien & Phil Selway of Radiohead, Lisa Germano, Bic Runga, plus others all contributing to the performances and songwriting. Sony Music-UK is contributing L1 per CD sold worldwide to Oxfam International. The indie companies working the release are all working for greatly reduced fees to maximize the projects impact on behalf of Oxfam. We are openly asking everyone involved in marketing, promoting, or selling this release to donate in kind considerations that will allow this project to be more successful in their world(s) in whatever shape that may take. Oxfam America is an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. Together with individuals and local groups in more than 100 countries, Oxfam saves lives, helps people overcome poverty, and fights for social justice. We are an affiliate of Oxfam International. For more information on Oxfam and the work they do to make this a better world, please visit www.oxfamamerica.org.
7 years ago, Neil Finn & friends first got together to perform some live shows – and release a resulting live album. In December of 2008 and January 2009, Neil did it again, only this time bigger and better! He assembled a group of his friends and fellow artists in Auckland, New Zealand to record a brand new album of all new & original material.
The cast list this time includes Neil, Sharon & Liam Finn, members of Wilco, Johnny Marr, KT Tunstall, Ed O’Brien & Phil Selway of Radiohead, Lisa Germano, Bic Runga, plus others – all contributing to the performances and songwriting.
Sony Music Canada is contributing $1 per CD sold in Canada to Oxfam. Oxfam Canada builds lasting solutions to global poverty and injustice. Oxfam believe that to end global poverty, we must ensure women’s rights. To do this, we work with allies in Canada and around the world to change the policies and practices that perpetuate human suffering. We support organizations in poor communities overseas in their struggle to secure basic rights. We are an affiliate of Oxfam International. For more information on Oxfam and the work they do to make this a better world, please visit – www.oxfam.ca
Members Of Wilco
Johnny Marr (The Smiths, Modest Mouse)
Members Of Radiohead
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1. "Too Blue" (Johnny Marr/Jeff Tweedy), vocals Neil Finn and Johnny Marr, featuring Ed O'Brien, Phil Selway (Radiohead) & Glenn Kotche
2. "You Never Know" (Jeff Tweedy), vocals Jeff Tweedy
3. "Little By Little" (Sharon Finn/Neil Finn), vocals Sharon Finn and Neil Finn
4. "Learn To Crawl" (Ed O'Brien/Jonny Marr/Neil Finn/Liam Finn), vocals Neil Finn
5. "Black Silk Ribbon" (KT Tunstall/Bic Runga), vocals KT Tunstall and Bic Runga
6. "Girl, Make Your Own Mind Up" (Don McGlashan), vocals Don McGlashan, featuring Glenn Kotche, Ed O'Brien & Jeff Tweedy
7. "Run In The Dust" (Johnny Marr), vocals Johnny Marr
8. "Red Wine Bottle" (Liam Finn/Chris Garland/Johnny Marr), vocals Liam Finn
9. "The Ties That Bind Us" (Phil Selway), vocals Phil Selway
10. "Reptile" (Lisa Germano), vocals Lisa Germano, featuring featuring Glenn Kotche & Neil Finn
11. "Bodhisattva Blues" (Ed O'Brien/Liam Finn), vocals Ed O'Brien and Neil Finn
12. "What Could Have Been" (Jeff Tweedy), vocals Jeff Tweedy
1. "All Comedians Suffer" (Neil Finn), vocals Neil Finn
2. "Duxton Blues" (Glenn Richards), vocals Glenn Richards featuring Johnny Marr & Neil Finn
3. "Hazel Black" (KT Tunstall/Neil Finn), vocals KT Tunstall
4. "Riding The Wave" (Tim Finn), vocals Tim Finn
5. "The Witching Hour" (Phil Selway), vocals Phil Selway
6. "Over And Done" (John Stirratt), vocals John Stirrat featuring Glenn Kotche
7. "Change Of Heart" (Bic Runga/Dan Wilson), vocals Bic Runga featuring Glenn Kotche & Neil Finn
8. "Don't Forget Me" (Pat Sansone), vocals Pat Sansone, featuring Glenn Kotche & Johnny Marr
9. "Long Time Gone" (Don McGlashan), vocals Don McGlashan featuring Johnny Marr, Phil Selway & Ed O'Brien
10. "The Cobbler" (Elroy Finn), vocals Elroy Finn
11. "3 Worlds Collide" (Glenn Kotche/Phil Selway/Neil Baldock), drums & percussion Glenn Kotche & Phil Selway
12. "The Water" (Sebastian Steinberg), vocals Sebastian Steinberg featuring Neil Finn, Glenn Kotche & Johnny Marr
As a fan of Crowded House and Neil Finn, as well as most of the artists on this CD, it was always a given that I would love this album. This is the second CD by Finn's "7 Worlds Collide" project and unlike 2001's debut which comprised live recordings, these are studio originals. As with the debut, this was also recorded to benefit Oxfam. Despite appearing on 7 tracks, and co-writing 4 tracks, the result sounds very like a Crowded House affair, light and airy gorgeous melodies and harmonies.
The sound is light and airy, an Alt/Folk/Pop affair and standouts are plenty; on Disc 1 we have the George Harrison-channelling "You never know" by Jeff Tweedy, the spare acoustic "Learn to crawl" by Neil Finn and son Liam Finn, the gentle acoustic "Black silk ribbon" harmonised beautifully by KT Tunstall and Bic Runga, the dreamy "Girl make your own mind up" by Don McGlashan, the more upbeat "Run in the dust" by Johnny Marr (with hypnotic sounding jangly guitars and dreamy harmonies), the woozy waltzy "Red wine bottle" by Liam Finn (who has definitely inherited his dad's sense of melody), a clear voiced Phil Selway on the floaty "The ties that bind us" (very Simon & Garfunkel), the upbeat Rocking Blues "Bodhisattva Blues" by Ed O'Brien and Neil Finn (superb "Oooooh" harmonies), and "What Could Have Been" by Jeff Tweedy.
Disc 2 has the following highlights; the upbeat "All comedians suffer" by Neil Finn (incredible guitar breaks), the dreamy "Duxton blues" by Glenn Richards, KT Tunstall's bouncy Blues/Country "Hazel back", the tender acoustic almost lullaby-like "The witching hour" by Phil Selway, the enchanting and dreamy "Riding the wave" by Liam Finn, the pretty voiced Bic Runga singing the hymnal "A change of heart", "Don't forget me" by Pat Sansone (sunny and gentle in turn), the rocking "Long time gone" by Pat Sansone (with spoken/sung verses), the acoustic "The cobbler" by Elroy Finn (with erie electronic flourishes), the instrumental "3 worlds collide" with tribal-sounding drumming by Glenn Kotche & Phil Selway, while closing is the delicate "The water" by Sebastian Steinberg featuring Neil Finn, Glenn Kotche & Johnny Marr.
For an album with 24 tracks, there is surprisingly very little filler if any. Highly reccommended!
This benefits OXFAM and it turns nicely on the turntable with an interesting mix of music. I can't wait for Round Three. I'm not going to get into a individual track review, I'll leave that for you to judge. Just know, these guys continue to knock me out with talent, music and passion. You find yourself wanting it to never end and continue on.
Remember the heartbreak of Crowded House when they called it quits, then hearing they were coming back? The extended "Finn Family" shows first-rate, musical class and invites their friends to join the party. The musicians of the world should take note.
It has to be a passionate project for these folks to find a way to take off three weeks or so in their busy lives, trudge equipment and stuff to New Zealand and hang out and make music. Yes they do it for a living...it still takes the want and desire...and a great ringleader. We still have musicians who care enough. This one will take repeated listens to grow on you. Around the fifth spin it starts to click.
It's rare when heart & soul combine, as Neil, his family and friends (now, extended family) have really struck a nice chord.
These are the kind of folks you would be proud to call friends. This is music you can be proud to call your own, then share it with the world.