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Classic Album Review: Neil Finn & Friends | 7 Worlds Collide: Live at the St. James

A VIP cast joins the singer-songwriter for an enjoyable stroll down memory lane.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


With friends like these, who needs reunion tours?

Not Neil Finn. That’s obvious from his enjoyable new live album 7 Worlds Collide, which finds the ex-Split Enz and Crowded House member fronting an alt-rock supergroup — including Eddie Vedder, The SmithsJohnny Marr, two Radioheaders and, of course, brother Tim Finn — to raise money for charity. Despite all the star power, the set is a charmingly low-wattage affair, with the boys keeping egos in check and tastefully underplaying their way through a retrospective of Finn’s career, from Split Enz pop-punk (I See Red) and Crowded House pop (Don’t Dream it’s Over, Weather With You) to his more recent folky fare (Anytime, The Climber, Loose Tongue). Finn repays their graciousness in kind by making room in the set for Eddie’s Parting Ways, Marr’s Down on the Corner and even The SmithsThere is a Light that Never Goes Out. Friends indeed.