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Recurring Dream: The Very Best Of Crowded House

Crowded HouseAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)

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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 (July 23, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002U5B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,674 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Weather With You
2. World Where You Live
3. Fall At Your Feet
4. Locked Out
5. Don't Dream It's Over
6. Into Temptation
7. Pineapple Head
8. When You Come
9. Private Universe
10. Not The Girl You Think You Are
11. Instinct
12. I Feel Possessed
13. Four Seasons In One Day
14. It's Only Natural
15. Distant Sun
16. Something So Strong
17. Mean To Me
18. Better Be Home Soon
19. Everything Is Good For You

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for a Kiwi driving adventure! August 18, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Beautiful songs, engaging and intelligent lyrics, and melodies you'll find yourself humming hours after hearing the songs. As "greatest hits" collections go, this is one of the best - packed from start to finish with great music.
My wife and I spent two weeks driving through Crowded House's home country of New Zealand a few years back, and for most of the trip, this was THE album we listened to. It just kept finding its way back into the player.
Besides the well known hit songs ("Don't Dream It's Over," "Somthing So Strong), some of the tracks which stand out as brilliant include "Weather With You," "World Where You Live," "Fall at Your Feet," "Private Universe," and "Mean to Me." These just happen to be my favorites. Sure, some of the 19 songs on this CD are "better" than others - but none are sub-par. There are no fillers.
If you're debating whether or not to spend your hard earned $$ on this CD, think of all the albums you've paid ... for - just to get one or maybe two decent songs. With "Recurring Dream," you'll get 19 songs that you'll actually want to listen to again! Not a bad deal.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
As other reviewers have stated, Crowded House WAS underrated. The easygoing vocals are reminiscent of Paul Carrack. (Who? He sang "The Living Years" with Mike and The Mechanics.) The music is mellow and varied, but the two main weapons of this band were Neil Finn's lyrics and the harmonies ("Weather With You," case in point). These tunes harken to the lessons of Paul McCartney. They stick in my head not because they're annoying, but because they're GOOD.
Access all the track samples above; it's better than me taking up more space. See what I mean? Nearly all of these songs should have cracked the top 100 on U.S. college radio. (Top 40 was pretty much a mass grave even back then.) The aboriginal groove on "Private Universe" has a "Graceland"-era Paul Simon appeal. In some songs, the words convey a cautionary tale. In others, they're flat-out love letters. In EVERY song, the words tell a satisfying story.
"Something So Strong" and "Mean To Me" prove that the guys could rock; they just did so sparingly. Other tracks betray the influence of the Beatles ("Into Temptation," "Not The Girl You Think You Are," "Four Seasons In One Day," "Everything Is Good For You.")
At least they made a dent with "Don't Dream It's Over." Still, this band stands the test of time. They didn't blaze across the sky, but they've always hung well above the horizon.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Don't Dream", buy this album! August 19, 2000
Format:Audio CD
`Best-of' compilations are really attempts by record companies to get a few more bucks out of a waning or defunct music act. These albums should be called "the singles of (insert name here) to attract people who enjoyed their songs on radio with some new ones so that diehard fans will buy it too"-a title to rival Fiona Apple's last album.
There are times (albeit few) when a best-of compilation is worth the price. Take Crowded House, for example. They had a huge hit back in the eighties with "Don't Dream It's Over", then were doomed into one-hit wonder land. It's a real shame, considering that Recurring Dream: The Very Best of Crowded House is full of nineteen well-crafted (even classic) songs.
The band took an unique approach to Recurring Dream. The song which gave the album its title is no where to be found. The obligatory filler songs ("Not The Girl You Think You Are", "Instinct" and "Everything Is Good For You") are mixed around with sixteen other singles that span the band's career. The album starts out with "Weather With You", a feel-good pop tune featuring the impeccable harmonies of Neil and Tim Finn. Tim Finn, formerly of Split Enz, also contributes his songwriting and harmonizing skills to "Four Seasons In One Day" and "It's Only Natural".
The remainder of the album shows off Neil Finn's incredibly underrated talent as a singer/songwriter. He sings ballads ("Better Be Home Soon"), rocks out ("Mean To Me") and creates songs that will stay in your head for days ("World Where You Live"), just like any other good songwriter would.
For the majority of their career, Crowded House recorded in Los Angeles with producer Mitchell Froom.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Near essential... March 31, 2001
By Jimbob
Format:Audio CD
Recurring Dream is a satisfying, if slightly cut-and-paste collection of Crowded House's finest moments. It pains me to see no listing for Together Alone in Amazon's lists, the band's most rounded album. It's from this album that the best songs come, the gentle Pineapple Head, the ravishing Private Universe and the heartbreaking Distant Sun...no Nails In My Feet though, a glaring omission. Don't Dream It's Over remains a classic and the cuts from Woodface show off the Finn's songwriting at it's strongest. If you're new to Crowded House this is an excellent starter but seek out Together Alone to make your collection complete.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crowded With Hits March 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Australia's Crowded House is one of the most underrated bands of the late 80's and 90's. They experienced their biggest commercial success with their first, self-titled album. The album contained the superb single, the languid "Don't Dream It's Over" which peaked at number two in 1987. It was followed by the more upbeat, but equally superb "Something So Strong" which also hit the top ten peaking at number seven. The band would never again hit the top forty with a single. Their next album, The Temple Of Low Men, was a 180-degree turn from their first album. It was dark and somber with intensely personal songs that probably turned fans away. The excellent "Into Temptation" is the strongest track and "Better Be Home Soon" also rates highly. Leader Neil Finn starting writing songs with his brother, Tim Finn for a proposed Finn Brothers project. That idea was scraped, Tim joined the band and the songs were included on their third album, Woodface, which is their masterpiece. The strength of the album is the brother's flawless harmonies that a deep richness to the songs. "Weather With You" is the band's best song and was unjustly never the hit it deserved to be. During the Woodface tour, Tim, left the band and he would be replaced on the fourth album by American guitarist, Mark Hart. Together Alone added a heavier guitar sound as well as a Maori influence and features the excellent "Pineapple Head". The band broke up in 1996. Recurring Dreams is a fine overview of the band's music, amply filled out by nineteen tracks, three of which, "Not The Girl You Think You Are", "Instinct" & "Everything Is Good For You" are new. Highly recommended for hardcore fans, is a two-disk set with the second disk being a DVD which includes all the band's videos as well as an interview.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
best songs from an amazingly-talented band / wonderfully crafted pop songs with high production values / repeated listenings reveal more each time, unlike most pop music today -... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Glenn L. Olson
5.0 out of 5 stars Crowded House Rocks
I have had this recording in record and tape form and really liked the album, so I wanted it on CD to enjoy on the go.
Published 1 month ago by Heather Caldwell
5.0 out of 5 stars you know ALL the songs; they are ALL great!!!
I use to hear these songs and never knew who did them all; got turned onto this cd, now I know, it's the amazing writing capabilities of CROWDED HOUSE. Read more
Published 3 months ago by PS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I remember Crowded House from the 80's, but never bought any of their CDs. I recently heard. one of their songs on the radio and it reminded me of more of their great music. Read more
Published 11 months ago by logicity
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cd
Love the lyrics, hope they come back strong and keep it going for us who love intelligence and love the imagery.
Published 14 months ago by frank anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Crowded House
Being a fan of Neil Finn and Crowded House I loved this album. Had a lot of songs I knew. Good buy.
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars pleasantly suprised
i like a few of the songs on cd so thought i'd get this, i found i really liked about half the songs so that makes it a really great deal for the next to nothing price i paid for... Read more
Published 18 months ago by ginger
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Live Disc!
I purchased this for the hit(s) and all the other great songs but was pleasantly surprised by a bonus live disc that was included. Read more
Published on January 20, 2012 by Patty Rau
5.0 out of 5 stars i never grow tired of this album
It's difficult for me to even think that Crowded House could be considered an "80s" band. Indeed, they gained popularity in the 80s, but that would be where any other consideration... Read more
Published on December 12, 2010 by darla108
5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't know CH, start with this
This is a great introduction to people out there who might only know CH from the two hits in 1987. If that's all you know, then you are in for a real treat. Read more
Published on August 12, 2010 by music lover
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