Oh, the title wasn't quite as apocalyptic as all that: after Farewell To The World
, their final concert together as Crowded House, New Zealand brothers Neil and Tim Finn continued to make music, sometimes even together as The Finn Brothers. For fans, though, this 24-song set -- recorded at the Sydney Opera House in front of 100,000 people -- should stand head and shoulders above the band's extensive back catalogue of bootleg live recordings.
The hits, as you might expect, are present -- "Four Seasons In One Day", "Fall At Your Feet", and what's perhaps the group's finest moment, a kaleidoscopic "Pineapple Head". (Less expected is a bit of X-rated onstage banter, which finds drummer Paul Hester claiming to have "deposited a bit of sperm in Sydney town from time to time" -- nice!). Elsewhere, the band show off their admirable chops, "Hole In The River" branching off into the sort of jazzy, prog-tinged instrumental break that'd shame most jam bands. From start 'til finish, though, they've got the crowd in the palm of their hands, right through to a tearful, valedictory "Don't Dream It's Over". -- Louis Pattison