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"Neil Finn and Nick Seymour, you are charged that in the year 1985 in the city of Melbourne you did form a four-piece group called The Mullanes which within a year was a three-piece group called Crowded House who had a couple of hits in America, before becoming in 1991 a four-piece involving Neil's brother Tim who left soon afterwards just as you were having your biggest British hits ... Read more in Amazon's Crowded House Store

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  • Audio CD (December 5, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Capitol Music
  • Run Time: 48 minutes
  • ASIN: B00003ZADB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,180 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Afterglow by Crowded House

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The unreleased residue of popular recording careers is typically the stuff of box-set "extra" discs and sometimes suspicious reissue "bonus tracks." Even the Beatles' vaunted Anthology series argued that serving up leftovers as a main course is a risky proposition at best. Afterglow, a collection of 13 surplus tracks from New Zealand popmeisters Crowded House, fares better than most such efforts, if only because of the old-fashioned dedication to songcraft that Neil Finn and company displayed throughout their career. Stretching from the band's pre-signing days ("Recurring Dream" and "Left Hand"), through no fewer than seven outtakes from the band's 1991 standout, Woodface (including some outstanding harmony work between Neil Finn and elder brother and fellow Split Enz mainstay Tim) to sparely produced tracks for an unfinished fifth album, Afterglow possesses a surprising cohesiveness as an album. While there's no stellar pop hits like "Don't Dream It's Over" lurking in this scrapyard, there's enough solid B+ material to perk the interest of Crowded House devotees. --Jerry McCulley

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Far be it from me to tell you what to buy....but this CD is soooo essential.
Alex Green
Although it doesn't hold together like their best albums this collection of b sides and unreleased tracks is a fairly consistent work.
Wayne Klein
Despite being a collection of b-sides and unreleased material, it holds up as a complete album with little in the way of filler.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This record (released as "Afterglow") is actually a collection of rarities and b-sides, not a retrospective. These tracks, most of which were previously enjoyed only by hard-core fans and by audiences of the band's live shows, showcase the same songwriting and melodic genius that made Crowded House an internationally acclaimed musical force. Particularly good are "I Am In Love", "You Can Touch", "Anyone Can Tell", and "Recurring Dream". Neil Finn and company are in fine form on this record!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steffan Ziegler on June 28, 2000
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Normally, a rarities cd will offer one or two good tracks along with a ton of experimental or unusual cuts that never made the albums for good reason. So often I'll buy one from a favorite group, and within two weeks, I'll be unloading it at the used CD store, disappointed and sad. Sometimes the Finn Brothers' little experiments can be hit or miss, so I was a little cautious when purchasing, thinking I might get another album of perfectly passable, but unremarkable harmonious ditties with no soul. I need not have worried. This cd is "Woodface" era Crowded House at it's best. Each song is not just what you'd expect from Crowded House in peak form, but much much more, as many of the tracks show an impetuousness and a spirit that sometimes gets crushed in the steep production of the commercial Crowded House albums. Notable standouts are the Harrison-esque "I Love You Dawn," and the wondrously harmonic multi-layered passionate home demo, "Lester." But the whole darn thing is pretty good. It sits on my shelf between "Woodface" and "Together Alone" and it deserves that spot. I eagerly await the album of home demos hinted at in the liner notes, if this is the kind of thing I can expect.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 19, 1999
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I, for one, did not lament the end of Crowded House too much because I am a Neil Finn fan and there was no doubt he would go on making great music, with or without his Enz or Crowdies bandmates. "Together Alone" is their crowning glory, so it was best that they went out with that. Having said that, however, basking in the afterglow isn't too bad. I already own or have heard these songs on various singles or fanclub CDs . . . but to have them all in one place, they sound better than ever. The three TA outakes are great, as are "Recurring Dream" (version two), "I Love You Dawn," and "Anyone Can Tell." I've never cared for "Dr. Livingston," but this improved version is better . . . If anything, it just makes me more eager for Mr. Finn's second solo CD.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By mpmwa@earthlink.net on April 10, 2000
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This is that most rarest of rarities collections, one that serves equally well as a salve for fans mourning the demise of the band and as a primer for people new to the band's music. Crowded House made beautiful, haunting pop music with a warm sense of humor and the good fortune to have been fronted by Neil Finn, one of the greatest songwriters of the last 20 years.
The hits compilation *Recurring Dream* is also a good place to start, of course, but for some reason you won't find the *song* "Recurring Dream" there, and you'll encounter a fair amount of overlap when you go on to pick up the other CH albums (as you surely will!).
The songs here (with the exception of the drummer's intolerable "My Telly's Gone Bung") are brilliant. Good mastering and great liner notes round out the project. Fans of *Together Alone* will find particular delight in outtakes from that session ("I Am in Love," "You Can Touch"), as well as in the *TA*-esque "Help is Coming" and a gorgeous acoustic version of "Private Universe."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Bourke on November 27, 2005
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Afterglow, the result of some spring-cleaning by Crowded House, gels like a proper album. It is dominated by the preparation for Woodface and the Together Alone sessions at the New Zealand beach village of Karekare. There are some excellent songs here that were never released, or seemed inconsequential when they came out as B-sides. It reveals a lot not only about Neil Finn's perfectionism, but also about the band itself. With all the acclaim of Finn as a songwriter, it's often overlooked that Crowded House was a true band glued together by its rhythm section and harmonies.

This is instantly apparent from the opening number. `I Am in Love' is compelling; it must have kept all of Karekare awake the night it was recorded. The band's chemistry and rapport is obvious, and it shows what a loosening of the bowels those sessions were. `You Can Tell' is also a rescued B-side; recorded at Karekare one night after Paul Hester took an early shower, Finn's guitar and drumming explore a raw nerve.

A sparse version of `Private Universe', all harmonies and reverb, completes the visit to Karekare, but `Help is Coming' - recorded nearly three years later - has the same atmosphere. It dates from the wet winter of 1995, when Crowded House spent a unsatisfying month recording in Auckland. By then, Peter Jones was on drums; he brought the R&B out in Nick Seymour's bass playing, an Al Jackson to Hester's Keith Moon. Seymour's basslines weren't so much walking as wandering, a melodic counterpoint that added to the musical mood.

In 1989-90 (as described in my book Something So Strong) Crowded House was in limbo. Seymour was briefly out in the cold, and Neil was finding more success writing with Tim than for a follow-up to the rich Temple of Low Men.
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