Recurring Dream Of Bliss,
This review is from: Recurring Dream: the Very Best of Crowded House (Audio CD)I came to Crowded House late, and I picked this up cheap at a veggie fair-and was hit with song after brilliant song that I'd barely known existed-and it awoke me to the fact they were a band whose albums I should probably have in my collection. People only ever bang on about Ms Minogue, like she was the only thing of worth the Southern Hemisphere gave us musically (really?), but there's no topping these guys. Like other reviewers have said, there's been several types of this CD released over the years, some with an extra disc of live material, but this is the first one I had. In no chronological order (which actually makes the listening even more enjoyable) most of the delightful singles feature-even better, unlike most bands and singers, they are exact replicas of the album versions, no pointless remixes or annoying edits. But for UK listeners, there is a significant release left off from each album here ('Now We're Getting Somewhere', 'Sister Madly', 'Chocolate Cake'-and 2 left off the 1994 album-'Fingers Of Love' and 'Nails In My Feet').
This is especially anoying, as I feel for a UK album, the following songs on this CD we could have done without-'Mean To Me', 'When You Come' and 'Private Universe'-all of them fine songs but not singles in the UK, so therefore unnecessary. But of the 3 new songs, 'Instinct' is wonderful, 'Everything Is Good For You' muddles along nicely (though much of it has been recycled from the aborted 1989 track 'Anyone Can Tell' which then turned up on their 1999 b-sides CD release five years after their split, and is a better song; it also became a radio single the same year to promote the album which impressively made the UK Top 20. Weakest song here is the remaining new 1960s-sounding leftover-'Not The Girl You Think You Are'-a deliberate Beatles identikit release-and all the worse for it, a slow, dull, drearily sung (very unusual for the crisply tone-perfect and lively Mr Finn) museum piece that I can barely listen to and don't play often and sounds like it was made on an old tape-loop that had been left out in the rain since the Beatle's demise.
To sum up-this is as perfect a retrospective as any 1980s genius outfit could give us, and better than most, as the singles stay true to the album versions and there isn't too much missing, or too many album tracks and no mixes that make an unnecessary Crowded House out of ample single space. If you don't have this, get it, it'll never be out of the Hi-Fi-indeed it only left mine when I sent for their first four albums (all of which are perfect) but this remains a wicked album, not just for introductory purposes, but for at least 2 cool new songs, "and your Instinct can't be wrong".
Please note: for anyone who knows the title of this CD comes from an actual song made back in their first years but is miffed said song doesn't appear here, I remind anyone who may not know that 'Recurring Dream' turns up on their 1999 b-sides collection 'Afterglow'-a very good reason to own that album to, along with 'Anyone Can Tell'-and yes, of course it should have been a single! Song's beautiful! What a silly move of them-or their record company-to vanquish it away like that!