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This is exciting. It would have been great to have Mike Chunn on bass as well. It was interesting that Eddie mentioned in one of the Facebook comments that Phil Judd was invited to participate.

Personally, I would love to see the original Mental Notes lineup reunite (and throw Miles Golding and Geoff Chunn into the mix too) but I am resigned to the fact that it will likely never happen...

Im just pleased when any other the Enz make new music together...

This isn't so much new music as it is a radical reworking of the arrangement of 'Walking Down A Road.' There's a Brian Eno quote in Mike Chunn's 'Stranger Than Fiction' (auto)biography where Eno listen to this song particular and focuses solely on a piano part of Eddie's, stating that this could be a song all unto itself. Perhaps this is the flicker that has set this new arrangement alight. Although I find the idea intriguing, I wonder at the point of it all.

A number of former Enz members live in Auckland and are conspicuous by their absence in the clip even though a number of them played in Eddie's Enzo 3. What will be the push for 'Walking' + any album that accompanies it apart from Eddie continually keeping the candle lit for Split Enz? No other band member brings the idea of Split Enz back as often as Eddie.The 40th anniversary of True Colours c/- Eddie is imminent which will need a healthy dose of publicity and goodwill, especially if the record company has already listed each vinyl album at an average of $55 (Aust.) each in 4 different  colour combinations. Eddie's projects in the past (such as The Conrays and The Eddie Rayner Project) disappeared before they really began; the Live, Alive Oh album released 3 years ago (and thus 9 years after the final tour) barely had a whisper of P.R. to give it recognition. These are small details, I know, but a new approach such as this (give or take getting the band's name correct)  needs good management indeed. Incidentally, does Split Enz actually own its own name anymore?

I sincerely hope that something good comes of 'Walking' even when it doesn't look good to see it pulled away from Eddie's page so quickly. I listened to Mental Notes and Second Thoughts again yesterday and they absolutely floored me; phenomenal music from such young musicians. I'm very glad that they re-recorded some of Mental Notes as tunes such as Titus and Time For A Change are superb. Wally's guitar has often been much-maligned in the Enz history but he plays some brilliant lines throughout the debut album even though the engineer didn't do Wally's sound any justice at all (he's brilliant on 'The Beginning of the Enz' as well; the solo on Sweet Talking Spoon song is very clever). The rhythm section of Crowther & Chunn is beyond words for me...I love Geoff Chunn's playing, but the Crowther/Chunn combination has something magical all unto itself. Rob Gillies is a rarity in being able to move from a being a brass player to a reeds player; I think that that is him x 4 playing in Late Last Night. Therefore, I wonder why these talents weren't featured within 'Walking' (as far as I know)? Any insights shared would be much appreciated.

....And on a completely different (mental) note, the next few days sees the 43rd anniversary since Nigel and Neil joined the band....

Jeremy Loder posted:

Saw the video before it got pulled. Absolutely love it. So great to see Tim back in action. And with Enzer's Eddie and Noel with Manzanera. As much as this line up feels like something new. For the sake of it getting the biggest audience I'd be cool if they called it Split Enz or just released it as a Tim solo/comeback album.

I wouldn’t object either if it came under the Split Enz banner.  It’s a perfectly valid lineup in my eyes (even without a bassist). 

I too enjoyed the video. I’m intrigued about the album. I wonder if all the songs are reworkings of early Enz songs. They have plenty of good material to play with and I love what they did with Walking Down the Road. Can’t wait to hear how this all came about... 

I see it’s on YouTube now also. I’ve become a bit addicted to this song and it has caused me to revisit Walking Down The Road (Mental Notes) and Walking Down A Road (Second Thoughts/Mental Notes 2). 

For me, Walking Down The Road represents all that was genius with the early Enz. It’s great to see it pop up again in this new form. I hope it will prompt others to seek out the original(s) and that some will get to discover Mental Notes for the first time.

Chris Camfield posted:

On YouTube where, please?  (Sorry to be a pain, but I no longer use FB) 

 

PS were there three ENZSO releases? I thought there were only two. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70jJTeu-06o is the YouTube link.

The third ENZO (as it not called ENZSO for some reason - maybe a different thing?) is a live recording done in the 2nd of November 2013 in St Mary's Cathedral, Auckland. As far as I can tell, it has Eddie as the only member of the Enz. They even do Edible Flowers. It's really great! As far as I can tell, it is only on Eddie's bandcamp: https://eddierayner.bandcamp.c...er-than-fiction-live

The Pineapple Head posted:
Chris Camfield posted:

On YouTube where, please?  (Sorry to be a pain, but I no longer use FB) 

 

PS were there three ENZSO releases? I thought there were only two. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70jJTeu-06o is the YouTube link.

The third ENZO (as it not called ENZSO for some reason - maybe a different thing?) is a live recording done in the 2nd of November 2013 in St Mary's Cathedral, Auckland. As far as I can tell, it has Eddie as the only member of the Enz. They even do Edible Flowers. It's really great! As far as I can tell, it is only on Eddie's bandcamp: https://eddierayner.bandcamp.c...er-than-fiction-live

Yeah... It is ENZO not ENZSO because no Symphony orchestra this time. It is not so much ENZSO3, but something a bit different again. Eddie called it a 15 piece dance band enzemble! It was a mix of strings, brass, drums, bass, guitar (and Eddie and his keys). It also had a segment with 5 early enzers (Eddie, Wally, both Chunns, and Emlyn) doing Mental Notes tracks along with the enzemble. Jesse Sheehan did the vocals on the Mental Notes songs and was the ideal choice (he was the perfect blend of Tim and Phil, and looked the part too!). Funnily enough a few years later Neil would produce his first LP. 

Michael Barker (who played drums on the Enz last NZ. tour) was on drums (and spoons) also. 

For those interested, here is the original thread:https://www.frenzforum.com/top...th-5-original-enzers

The recording on Eddie's BandCamp that The Pineapple Head posted above is well worth checking out.

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