Crowded House (Remaster) Crowded House
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- 1Mean To Me03:14
- 2World Where You Live03:08
- 3Now We're Getting Somewhere04:07
- 4Don't Dream It's Over03:59
- 5Love You 'Til The Day I Die03:35
- 6Something So Strong02:54
- 7Hole In The River03:58
- 8Can't Carry On03:57
- 9I Walk Away03:05
- 11That's What I Call Love03:39
Info for Crowded House (Remaster)
'Crowded House' is the debut self-titled album by Crowded House, released in June 1986. There were 5 singles from the album and one of them, Don't Dream It's Over is the band's signature song and was their first international hit, reaching #1 in Canada and #2 in the US.
When this sparkling debut by the three-piece Crowded House made its appearance in 1987, those starved for hooks minus the usual sentimentality were finally sated. New Zealander Neil Finn came all the way to Los Angeles from Australia, bringing with him some of the finest melodies and knowing lyrics to come down the pop-music pike in years. With immaculate production and keyboard additions by Mitchell Froom, (who found his fame with this band), „Crowded House“ proved to be a stellar debut.
Neil Finn first made his mark as a member of his big brother Tim's band, Split Enz. His contribution to that band gave Split Enz its first international hits (the most notable of which was 'I Got You'). Finn continued this tradition of writing and performing harmony-rich gems when he formed Crowded House with Split Enz drummer Paul Hester and Melbourne bassist Nick Seymour. Featuring the beautiful yet ambiguous 'Don't Dream Its Over' (covered by Paul Young at the Nelson Mandela Tribute Concert), 'World Where You Live,' and 'Something So Strong,' „Crowded House“ is the ideal introduction to the delights of Neil Finn and his exceptional band.
'...guitars jangle and warble and scrape around while songwriter Neil Finn's voice swung from a serenade to a kind of sculpted holler....each song [providing] a lyrical shock tied to a perfect hook...' (CMJ)
Neil Finn, guitar, lead vocals, piano
Nick Seymour, bass
Paul Hester, drums, backing vocals
Tim Pierce, guitar
Jim Keltner, drums ('Now We're Getting Somewhere')
Jerry Scheff, bass ('Now We're Getting Somewhere')
Noel Crombie, background vocals
Jim Gilstrap, background vocals
Andy Milton, background vocals
Joe Satriani, background vocals
George Bermudez, percussion
Heart Attack Horns, horns
Mitchell Froom, keyboards
Produced by Mitchell Froom, Neil Finn
Ranked #71 in Rolling Stone's '100 Greatest Albums Of The 80s' survey
After the break up of Split Enz in 1984, one of its major songwriters, Neil Finn (b. 27 May 1958, Te Awamutu, New Zealand; guitar), along with Split Enz drummer Paul Hester plus Craig Hooper (guitar) and Nick Seymour (bass) formed Crowded House in 1986, after originally calling themselves the Mullanes.
Signed to Capitol Records, the group resided in Los Angeles (where they were given their new name after the group's cramped living conditions), and worked with producer Mitchell Froom. With the group by now reduced to a trio with the departure of Hooper, Crowded House's debut album was released to little fanfare, but two singles lifted from it became enormously successful giving the group US chart hits with 'Don't Dream It's Over' (number 2) and 'Something So Strong' (number 7) in 1987. The album had one of the longest ascents up the charts ever noted, eventually peaking at number 12.
A subdued reaction to the second album failed to consolidate the group's reputation in the singles chart despite reaching the US Top 40. Paul Young gave the group some welcome publicity in the UK by singing 'Don't Dream It's Over' at the Nelson Mandela concert at Wembley Stadium in June 1988. Neil's reconciliation with brother Tim Finn led to Crowded House strengthening the line-up when he joined in February 1991. The Finn brothers subsequently cracked the UK market with the Top 20 hit 'Fall At Your Feet' (1991) and the Top 10 with 'Weather With You' (1992). The much acclaimed album Woodface also reached the Top 10 in the UK Crowded House's standing in their adopted home of Melbourne, Australia is such that the Melbourne Museum For Performing Arts displays a Crowded House exhibition, containing assorted memorabilia of the group.
In November 1991, while the band were enjoying world-wide success, Tim Finn decided to leave the line-up and continue with his solo career. Both brothers were awarded the OBE in June 1993 for their contribution to music of New Zealand. In June 1996 they announced their farewell, bowing out with an excellent compilation package featuring three new songs. Their emotional final performance was in Sydney on 24 November 1996. Neil Finn moved on to a solo career, releasing his debut album in June 1998.
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