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  • Audio CD (27 Feb. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mushroom
  • ASIN: B000007V54
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,953 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By misterpunk on 24 Dec. 2006
Format: Audio CD
For me, this double cd easily qualifies as the best 'best of' Enz cd available, as it encompasses all eras of the Enz and includes (give or take the odd track) some of their best work.

Disc 1 features most of their popular hits, such as 'I See Red', 'I Got You' (which was their only real big UK hit back in the early 80's), 'Six months in a leaky boat' and 'Message to my girl'. It also features quite alot of the 'True Colours' album, which is probably their best known and well-received record (from 1980). As a stand alone disc, this really is superb and shows just how good a band the Enz are (bearing in mind they just toured Australia a few months back).

Disc 2 showcases some of the more-eclectic early stuff, such as the Phil-Judd era 'Sweet Dreams' and 'Maybe', then through to Tim Finn's anthemic 'Stuff and Nonsense' (some lovely additional acoustic guitar on this version) to Neil Finn's 'Devil You Know', which is off the 'Conflicting Emotions' album of 1983. Again, there is some great stuff on this and something for everyone.

Overall, I would buy this as a starting point for the Enz, ignoring other less-comprehensive compilations. Certainly for me, the Enz have produced a body of work which still stands the test of time and I would doubt anyone with a good musical ear would think otherwise! A must have!!!
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Always loved Split Enz saw them back in their 80s heyday so wanted to get a great compilation album to play in the car this fits the bill perfectly has all the main songs and loads of lesser known but just as much fun stuff. Highly recommended
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
World Famous In New Zealand 13 Oct. 2002
By Olly Buxton - Published on
Format: Audio CD
First off, disclosure: I may live in old Blighty but I'm a kiwi, and therefore like all my countrymen, am insufferably partisan about the half-dozen New Zealanders (and one sporting team) who have, across the whole spectrum of human endeavour, actually been better than anyone else in their chosen field.
New Zealand is (by and large) an egalitarian, progressive, pleasant place, which builds solid, earnest, probably above average but, if truth be known, not entirely interesting citizens. And if that's New Zealand generally, then it's Te Awamutu, the Waikato farming town which spawned Split Enz, specifically: Dull doesn't begin to describe the place.
So the first remarkable thing about Split Enz is the fact that they are in anyway remarkable at all. Their origins couldn't possibly have been more mundane.
When you've got over the shock that this great music has its origins in Nowhere City, the next remarkable thing is that, seeing as they did escape the sheep paddocks, got as far as London and even managed to attract the (disdainful) attention of Margaret Thatcher (she ignorantly banned "Six Months in a Leaky Boat" for its apparent (but non-existent) political connotations on the eve of the Falklands campaign), that Split Enz didn't conquer the world, rewrite pop history and finally give the UK music press something to write about other than the Beatles (alas, this is something it still does monotonously.)
This I am not able to explain and, should you listen to the forty odd tracks on this compilation, I daresay neither will you.
Split Enz rocks, it fizzes, it boogies, it piano-rolls, it slinks, and it pops. It's witty, it's poignant, it's smarty-pants, (but never too smarty pants for its own good), it's consummately performed and beautifully recorded, the Enz had an outstanding live show. For a band which didn't manage to beat the world, there are more world-beating songs on this collection alone than can be rationally explained.
Enz were a good fifteen years ahead of their time. Maybe that's the problem - indeed, fifteen years after their heyday, one of their number did manage to forge his name on rock history, with a diluted version of his old band.
The proof that I'm not exaggerating (should you need it) is the success Neil Finn did manage, second attempt, with Crowded House. You have to feel sorry for the other Enzers, though, who have by and large drifted back into obscurity. The thing is, Split Enz's material is every bit as good as Crowded House's - much of it better - it's not like Crowded House represents any sort of paradigm shift or critical development in the blueprint.
The good news for Crowded House fans is, of course, that there are another dozen or so records to delve into once they've worn out the Crowded House repertoire. For the more casual listener, there's this double album.
For my money, truly essential pop music.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Big Tunes from a Long White Cloud 3 Feb. 2002
By "dgnunan" - Published on
Format: Audio CD
There is an undefinable quality that makes pop music good or bad, respectable or ignorable, brilliant or downright lazy and most of all important or unimportant.
And I a m pleased to say that this compilation, Like the ENZ carrer, is Good, Respectable, Brilliant and definatly important.
Good song writing trancends cultures, nations and even decades and these songs still have a feeling about them which I can honestly say will make any good music fan sing on for years to come. Neil and Tim Finn are New Zealand's, or for that matter, the southern hemispheres, Lennon and McCartney. Just see what Paul thinks of Neil Finn as a song writer.
All the good stuff is here and to a new listener you may find some of the 'have not heard before' material a little dated. But once again, after a few listenings you won't be laughing at 'Haul Away' but singing along to it.
A true show case of the ENZ talent as a band, and as a nod towards the Neil Finn best known in Crowded House.
Best songs: Always up to you but, Then again, History Never Repeats.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Best Enz compilation out there I must say 17 Jan. 2007
By DonkeyKongFan91 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Spellbound was my first Split Enz album and it's great!

Tracks from Each album:

Beginning Of The Enz: 1- Matinee Idyll (129) (incorrectly printed in liners as the 1976 Second Thoughts version)

Mental Notes: 2- Maybe and Mental Notes

Second Thoughts: 3- Late Last Night, Titus and Sweet Dreams

Dizrythmia: 4- Bold As Brass, My Mistake, Sugar And Spice and Without A Doubt

Frenzy: 3- I See Red, Give It A Whirl and Stuff and Nonsense (S & N has been remixed for this compilation, with great results)

True Colours: 6- I Got You, I Hope I Never, Nobody Takes Me Seriously, What's The Matter With You, Poor Boy and Shark Attack

Waiata/Corroboree: 2- One Step Ahead and History Never Repeats

Time & Tide 6- Dirty Creature, Pioneer, Six Months In A Leaky Boat, Take A Walk, Haul Away and Make Sense Of It

Conflicting Emotions: 3- Message To My Girl, Strait Old Line and The Devil You Know

See Ya' Round: 4- I Walk Away, Voices, Doctor Love and Years Go By

Anniversary (now Extravagenza): 2- Charlie and Time For A Change

Not on albums: Another Great Divide (single, 1977), Semi-Detached, Hermit McDermitt (both Luton recordings, 1978)

While unbalanced in terms of song selection, there's nothing better than Spellbound to get into the Enz, or maybe just buy Mental Notes and Frenzy.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Least expensive way to get highlights of Enz catalog 4 Feb. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Unless you want to buy both of the box sets, SPELLBOUND, featuring remastered versions of a wide variety of ENZ songs, from Sweet Dreams to Years Go By, is the best way to get a comprehensive Enz collection in one fell swoop. A great double-CD set!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Superb. Varied, funny, wistful, powerful, gentle... 9 Mar. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Few bands can have managed quite the variety of Split Enz, from the off-beat artsy stuff from their first album (Second Thoughts, Titus) through to some of the most beautiful pop songs ever written (Stuff and Nonsense, Message to my Girl) and on into the pre-Crowded House sound of their last recordings (including I Walk Away). The Finn brothers complemented each other brilliantly, and this CD is a breathless tour through over two hours of their greatest moments. My desert island disc, for every mood under the sun, even if I have to wait there six months for a leaky boat. Thank you Enz!
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