Tim Finn's Recorded Legacy - A Plea For A Fraction More Action

It is now almost seven years since Tim Finn's latest studio album. He would appear then to have made good on his statements around the time that he might not make another album, but focus instead on music for the theatre. If we have indeed seen the last (let's hope not) album from Tim...then so be it. He would have left us a truly remarkable body of work, one which we can continue to enjoy and discover new depth to. 

But...should we, as fans, be concerned about the apparent neglect of some aspects of his existing catalogue? And whether there is any interest on Tim's part or any plans for archival-type releases? As a decade has now passed since the "Rarities Vol. 1" disc, the answer is increasingly looking like probably not. If this is the case, then, in my view, it would be a tragic missed opportunity. Tim Finn has remained for decades among my top two or three favourite artists, and I'm sure that I'm not alone. Is it too much to hope that someone would take the initiative to bring more of his work to the light of day?

Here are some matters that come to mind...

1. Is there a case for remastering the early albums?

2. What about several releases in the 'eighties which to this day remain only on vinyl.

3. There are 100 album tracks, but, by my count, at least an equal number of other song titles (originals and covers) for which a recording (official releases, radio/TV, bootleg, audience recordings etc) is available to collectors. And that's not counting the multiple variant versions of the above or Tim's contributions to Crowded House, Finn Brothers and ALT. And who knows how much unheard material has been left in the vaults? So, is anybody curating all this? Is there an archive as such? Is there a desire and a plan to lift some of this from obscurity?

4. Finally, we know that Tim has produced music for several stage productions in recent years. Is there not some way that this could also be made available to collectors? From what I heard of "White Cloud" for example, this material is equally worthy of being heard as all that has gone before it.

Let's hope my pessimism is misplaced. Let's hope there will be future Tim Finn releases of some kind. I know the record business is complicated, and I don't pretend to understand the commercial realities. But from an artistic perspective and a fan perspective, Tim's work deserves to be better preserved and made more accessible.

Could we please have A Fraction More Action?



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Hear, Hear! At the very least, I would love a Rarities, Vol. II, and perhaps a compilation of some of the theater songs, preferably by Tim, not the cast, but I'd take ANY new (to me) music by Tim. As for remasters, I'm not particularly interested unless bonus tracks are added. Don't care to buy new copies of what I already have. 

I agree with the sentiment of the OP (although I disagree strongly that the early albums need a remastering. I'd argue that it's the later albums that were so badly brickwalled that need remastering).

It does feel at this point as though Tim's career and back catalogue has just been left to rot. He's had several labels so ownership is scattered, making any kind of coherent reissue or re-promotion programme difficult and, without owning his own work, he has little to no say in what happens to it.

It seems to have been a slow and sad demise, which is a shame because, judging from his last couple of albums, his ability to fashion a melody remains as good as ever.

Let me subscribe to all that has been said by David above. To mention a further point, the Fiery Maze CD has been cancelled for some unspecified reason… And now, there is not a single word about it any more. I hope it would not be against Andrea Goldsmith’s will if I copy here a short email reply which I have received from her to my question whether there would be any chance for at least part of the material of Fiery Maze to be shared with the wider public. Here is what she replied 26 February 2018:

'Unfortunately a high quality recording of the performances was not made. However, there is a possibility of some of the songs being made available through streaming. I am keen for this to happen, and will let you know if and when it does.'

Let’s keep our fingers crossed and see what happens... Not that I’m jealous of Tim’s children who were growing up with these songs in their ears. But after all, we are Tim’s fans.

Forgive me and please move this post, pleasez?  

I miss Tim.  There was a recent TIME magazine cover, and the lower part of the E was covered. Appeared as if it read "TIM F".

And perhaps in a similar font, to the artist's name, on the forelorned "before and after" release?   I had a cassette 20 to thirty years ago. Forgive me if I'm off, please. I just want to add to the conversation. Finns rule.

Odd, "Before & After" is on the US iTunes, but Finn family related material (and this is true of many other great international, non-US bands that aren't AS bog in the US) is fairly sparse and basic compared to when I see what's available in Australia or NZ or England. 

I agree heartily with all the above, though. Recording DOES cost money, but Roundhead is sitting right there for Tim to use as (I imagine) he'd like. I'm sure Neil will give his big brother a bit of a discount to record something there - and probably use the Finn/Partridge Family backup band, as well. 

Then there is undoubtably tons of vault material, outtakes, demos, unreleased, etc. The original B&A recordings are floating around out there - and they could easily be put on a deluxe issue (I think they're great). Toss in a couple new songs. 

Tim deserves to be enjoying the same late career adulation as Neil. He's a legend, a genius and an institution. 

Thank you KOABAC.  I'm only four songs in and really enjoying this. Have a road  trip planned with my young daughter in July and look forward to sharing this with her, among other chestnuts she knows.

One time I saw Richard Thompson, he did Persuasion and gave Tim a mention.  

I truly haven't heard this CH timeline Tim in decades, and I am knee-deep in delight. Everyone ought to purchase this if their tunes store allows.

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