A couple years early is better than a couple years late. Here's my 25th anniversary edition of Woodface.
There are so many Wooface-era stories that the music could tell, but I decided to stick with the early, early days before Tim leaves the band. I wanted to include some acoustic radio performances, but it turns out I have enough terrific Woodface-era radio performances to make a separate collection just for those. So, for the anniversary edition I decided that the Capitol Records carpark performance was the most iconic live show from the early-era Woodface performances.
I think the Capitol Records concert shows both why Tim was great for the band but also why in some ways it just didn't work. It also features Mitchell Froom on keyboards for the entire concert - which is one of the few times I've ever heard Froom play with the band. Kind of like getting to see the man behind the curtain.
Of course I couldn't make the Woodface a rectangle to fit my CD case, that would just be wrong. So, I simply extended the star field behind the woodface.
Lots of tracks to squeeze on to the bonus disc. So many demos and rarities that have popped up over the years. I think I had to rip from 9 different source CDs to collect all of these tracks.
That "Weather With You (remix)" is something else. I think it must have been Tim's idea. The notes say it was remixed at Platinum Studios in Melbourne. "My Legs Are Gone" was released the same time as Afterglow, though not included on the album. The unplugged performance of "Four Seasons in One Day" comes from MTV's best of unplugged volume 2 and is the only officially released track from Crowded House's unplugged performance. "Throw Your Arms Around Me" was recorded by Crowded House with Tim Finn on lead vocals around the same time as the Woodface tracks were being written/demoed. This comes from volume 1 of Tim's own rarities album released a couple years ago. Most of the rest of the demos come from the Finn album b-sides, except for "As Sure As I Am", which came from an I Like It Rare fan club CD and "Italian Plastic", which came from the Farewell to the World DVD set.
For Woodface I was happy to be able to keep the CD designs pretty simple since the actual Woodface CD itself is very simple.