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  • Audio CD (January 16, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000G8NW6K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,790 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Two CD set containing the final live performance by this Australian band fronted by Neil Finn (also of Split Enz and the Finn Brothers) finally released on the 10th anniversary of it's recording. In Novermber of 1996, Crowded House played their final gig in front of 120,000 fans in Sydney, Australia. Farewell To The World is the offically released recording of that bittersweet concert. All the Crowdies hits are here including 'Don't Dream It's Over', 'World Where You Live', 'Weather With You', 'Something So Strong', 'It's Only Natural' and many more. 24 songs total. EMI. 2006.

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If there ever was a farewell album could make one long for a reunion, this is it. Crowed House had their own personal hegemony of the airwaves in the '80s and '90s, and their final show on the steps of Sydney's Opera Plaza in 1996 shows you exactly why. This two-CD package overachieves as a live document, capturing both the high emotion of the crowd (120,000 strong) and stoicism of the band members, except for the final two songs, which find Neil Finn with a catch in his throat, fumbling over words. The entire recording is filled with memorable moments, brimming with humanity, heart, and the group's irreverent sense of humor--from dedicating song to the full moon, to inviting former band members onstage. "A Hole in the River," the gothic tune about Finn's aunt's suicide continues to haunt, while "Something So Strong" has grown up to be a self-help anthem. Farwell to the World is engaging, smart, philosophical, and sometimes even prophetic on songs like "Weather with You," when Neil Finn cautions, "You can fight the sleep, but not the dream." --Jaan Uhelszki

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One of the best live bands ever, this is a great album.
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Their live performances are one of the best things about them.
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Quality musicianship and songwriting through and through.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By commontone on January 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
In the ten years since their final show was recorded, Crowded House have seemingly become both legendary and forgotten. Australia and New Zealand worship them as their Beatles, and give leader Neil Finn the mythic songwriter status of someone like Bob Dylan, while the US long ago discarded them as an 80's one-hit pop band.

Thankfully, over time more and more people are realizing that Crowded House had something very special going on, and like the aforementioned Beatles, to call them a "pop band" seems reductive and a little vulgar. Finn's songs have a way of sneaking up on you. What might sound crafted and catchy, if inconsequential, on the first few listens, can suddenly reveal itself to be brimming with imagery and almost frighteningly empathetic. Anyone who's sighed during the chorus of "Whispers and Moans" or "Nails In My Feet" knows what I mean.

"Farewell To The World" captures their final show in front of the Sydney Opera House. Well-known as a stellar live act in the UK and Europe, Crowded House were famous for making up songs on the spot, mixing bits of new songs in with the old ones, and generally messing around a lot while sounding effortlessly tight and solid. This show finds them reeling the antics and spontaneity in, just a bit, considering the weight of the occasion.

Neil Finn was in fine voice that night (as they all were; all provided backup vocals, chiefly drummer Paul Hester), and the band, in his words, "played as well as we ever have." Almost every notable song from their catalogue makes an appearance here, making it a decent enough place to get acquainted with them.

Aware of the poignancy of the event without succumbing to it, the boys still make room for some nice interludes and extended jams.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By G. Todd Jr. on February 22, 2007
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Yes, the Crowdies were one of the few truly great bands to come out of the '80's. I first read about them in a rave review of their 1st album in the pages of Musician magazine (circa '86), bought the c.d., and have followed their brilliant but less than prolific output ever since.

Those who are reading this review are probably somewhat familiar with the band's history (Split Enz, etc.), but one fact bears repeating for U.S. listeners: Only here were they known as one hit wonders; the rest of the world quickly figured out how good they were and the band's star rose accordingly. In fact, the Very Best of Crowded House (from '96) entered the charts at number one in both England and Australia.

This live c.d. is a welcome addition to their catalogue capturing the band in 1996 in front of 100,000+ in a perfect display of the dual professionalism and looseness of their live shows.

I can't help but recommend the DVD too. In fact if you can only plunk down for one, then get the DVD. I recommend both.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. D. Seale Jr. on March 20, 2007
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Of course, with the news that Neil Finn, Nick Seymour, and Mark Hart will be touring again with a new drummer, this isn't really a 'farewell' as it were, but for hardcore CH fans, it is, and with the recent death of drummer Paul Hester, this recording attains an added bit of ironic melancholy and increased appreciation.

This is a great double CD, and for even casual fans of the band, it is well worth purchasing. The production is fabulous, and the performances are excellent. One will find so many of the "greatest hits" ("Distant Sun", "Weather With You", "World Where You Live", "Don't Dream It's Over", and my personal favorite, "Fall At Your Feet") done well, especially "Don't Dream", the last song of the show, complete with crowd-sung chorus and deafening applause at the conclusion. But fans will also enjoy other non-single album tracks like "Whispers And Moans", "Fingers of Love", and "When You Come", songs that are terrific but didn't make the Greatest Hits cut. Also included are some elements of the personality of the band, something that separated them from the majority of bands who take themselves way too seriously. Neil adds alternate lyrics in "Into Temptation" when he realizes the crowd in front needs water; during "Sister Madly", Paul does an imitation of Tina Turner, and the songs ends with the line, "Climb every mountian...". The guys are fully enjoying this last show, and you can tell it is not just for the 100,000+ fans there and the MTV Europe audience watching it live, but for themselves as well, and this recording captures that nicely.

I will say this: I bought a VHS copy of this show a few years ago before this CD was officially released, and this recording takes out some of the in-between song banter that made the concert feel even more like a concert.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Hancock on January 20, 2007
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It's a shame that most people only know Crowded House as an eighties one-hit wonder. Neil Finn and company wrote some of the most finely crafted pop of the last 20 years. I remember being devastated when the band announced its split in 1996. This is a truly awesome collection for any fan of the band or any person who just enjoys well written and energetic songs played live. I was fortunate to see the band in December 1991 in Houston. Wow! What a great show that kept the intensity for over two and-a-half hours. The setlist is a great mix of the radio staples and some great gems from the band's incredible catalogue. Also, check out any Neil Finn solo cd. Quality musicianship and songwriting through and through.
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