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  • Audio CD (July 25, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002GCZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By highway_star on March 17, 2003
Format: Audio CD
New Zealanders, Split Enz scored big in the U.S. in 1980 with it's hit "I Got You". The core of Split Enz were the talented brothers Neil and Tim Finn. Neil's guitar playing and Tim's vocals made up the Split Enz melodic pop rock that made them popular in the new wave circuit. This cd includes some brilliant songs such as "History Never Repeats", "Six Months In A Leaky Boat", "I Got You", "One Step Ahead" and the funky "Dirty Creature" to name a few. Split Enz were also known for their outragious hairstyles as well as clownish uniforms that definately fit the "new wave" mold. Although Split Enz no longer exist, this cd represents the best of their hits. Younger brother Neil Finn formed Crowded House in the late 80's and had a string of successful hits.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 1999
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For those bereft fans of Crowded House who start checking out Neil Finn's back catalogue, and who seek only the later, more accessible songs from the clever art-rock team that was Split Enz. Neil has at times appeared reluctant to perform 'I got you' live; but here it has pride of place, in all its rhyming glory! This is a hits compilation (well, they were hits down here) rather than a true cross-section of the act's material like the double CD 'Spellbound'. The melodic electronic sounds betray the fact that almost all the songs come from three albums produced in the early eighties. From an act known for their inventiveness, and much recorded live (look out for the excellent double CD 'The Living Enz' and the not-so-good 'Anniversary') these were the songs that got airplay. Notable for its absence is 'My Mistake', a 1978 collaboration of front-man Tim Finn (Neil's older brother) and maestro Eddie Rayner (who toured with Crowded House in '87). My favorite is the title track, with what what we now know as a typical Neil moment: 'Deep in the night it's all so clear/I lie awake with great ideas/Lurking about in no-man's land/I think at last I understand'
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Greg Hughes on February 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I became a big Split Enz fan in 1992, 20 years after the band first formed. I already had the Crowded House album "Temple of Low Men", which I bought in 1989.
The amazing thing is I didn't realize there was a connection between the two bands. Neil Finn's voice on "Better Be Home Soon" sounds different to that on "I Got You." Among my favourite Split Enz songs are "I Hope I never", "Six Months in a Leaky Boat" and "I Got You." Split Enz also revived my interest in Crowded House, which led me to buy "Woodface".
These songs are a collection of great music from a unique New Zealand band. If you know about the band's history these songs are highly evolved in relation to their early, uncommercial material. If you listen to their compilation "The Beginning of the Enz", you wouldn't think it was the same band.
When "I Got You" was released in 1980, Australia tried to call Split Enz an Australian band. Five years earlier Australian teenagers were telling Split Enz to go back to where they came from! There will never be another band like this again.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By D. Hawkins on July 20, 2002
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Is it just me, or has Neil Finn written more catchy, moving songs than anyone else? True, Paul had John, but they often wrote some of their greatest moments separately. When I first got this compilation in the late 80's, I was only familiar with "I Got You," but many songs on this CD soon surpassed that. "Message to My Girl" has to be one of the most moving songs ever, with "I Hope I Never" and "One Step Ahead" being right behind. Combine those with the buoyant (no pun intended) "Six Months.." and "Hard Act to Follow" and you've got pop nirvana!! A wise investment!!!
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A. Temple on September 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Okay, so it doesn't have anything from their first three albums. Okay, so it almost completely ignores their late-70s crazy music-hall period. Yeah, this is pop music. Not only that, it's 80s pop music. Not only that, "I Got You" is so 80s that it rivals the movie _Flight of the Navigator_ and little gold remote-controlled robot toys labeled "rad" for the title of Epitome of 80s-Ness. But damn, there hasn't been pop music this good since the Beatles!
Take "One Step Ahead", for example. Just a simple verse-chorus-verse pop song, but the tune is convoluted and constantly surprises you with unexpected twists and unusual chord progressions. Split Enz also had a tendency to use different arrangements when the choruses come back, and the sudden appearance of staccato synths in the background of the second chorus is wonderfully effective.
Or how about "What's The Matter With You?", whose opening sounds so much like the Beatles that you'd swear it was Paul McCartney singing? The song also contains one of the most fun synth/keyboard solos I've ever heard, a lightning-quick spiky stuttering on a bluesy chord that soon falls apart into out-of-tune bass notes.
Then there's "History Never Repeats", another fantastically catchy song which contains another excellent example of Split Enz' sense of texture: For a few seconds in the middle, everything but one held note drops out to reveal some delicious falsetto harmonizing, and when the verse comes back in, there are sparkling synths zipping all over the place behind it. Oh, and there's also the wonderfully funky "Dirty Creature" (with even better falsetto in the chorus). And "Six Months in a Leaky Boat"... I could go on, but I won't.
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