Crowded House made their farewell show a huge, moving, communal event. To a spectacular backdrop - the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge - 100,000 people laughed, cried and sang along. It wasn't just Crowded House's rich catalogue of songs they were celebrating, but the band itself. There was no rock star posturing about Crowded House, these were boys next door with an endearing sense of humour and seductive way with a melody. As good as their studio albums were, to really get the full Crowded House experience, they needed to be seen live. They were funny - sometimes outrageously so, thanks to the unpredictability of the lovely, much-missed drummer Paul Hester - spontaneous and big-hearted, and the music just soared.
Farewell to the World captures all of this, and it's a much better reflection of their live show than the extra disc that once came with the greatest hits collection Recurring Dream. But this was not just any live show, it was an event in which a much loved band bowed out with grace. The band was as moved as the audience, as a small detail in Chris Bourke's book Something So Strong records: Paul Hester was weeping so profusely during Don't Dream It's Over that his tears flowed onto his snare drum. If you haven't read that definitive biography (it's here on Amazon UK) it's the perfect accompaniment to this perfect farewell.