I'm sitting here listening to one incredible rarity song after another. Thank you Neil and the rest of the band and all others who were involved in putting these deluxe editions together. There are so many brilliant songs here that I've never heard. 

What is your favorite song from the bonus/rarities material? At the moment, I'm completely entranced by the song "Bound To Rescue". How about you?

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I've only got the debut, Together Alone and Afterglow, but out of those, it's Mark Hart's I Don't Know You which is doing it the most for me.  Hard to pick as I'm spoilt for choice.

Sugar Mouse posted:

I'm sitting here listening to one incredible rarity song after another. Thank you Neil and the rest of the band and all others who were involved in putting these deluxe editions together. There are so many brilliant songs here that I've never heard. 

What is your favorite song from the bonus/rarities material? At the moment, I'm completely entranced by the song "Bound To Rescue". How about you?

1st Love so far..Played it again straight away after the 1st listen. 

Camus posted:

I've only got the debut, Together Alone and Afterglow, but out of those, it's Mark Hart's I Don't Know You which is doing it the most for me.  Hard to pick as I'm spoilt for choice.

A Mark Hart song? VERY interesting! Of the "new" discoveries, how many are not Neil? I'd assumed there'd be a sprinkling of Paul, but shocked there's a Mark song!

I feel like there is so much new material that one thread to talk about it is going to get very confusing, very quickly.  I am going to start a thread for each of the new reissues, this way those who are focussing on one at a time can follow along more easily.

 

 

For some reason the 'Reply' button on each post in each thread is broken. Have tried in three different browsers, but it just ends up 'liking' the comment instead. The forum never seemed to have these problems 15 years ago.

Anyway Camus, I had to laugh you choosing the Mark song as your favourite, despite there being around 100 rare Neil recordings released haha. Not a criticism at all, just a legitimate LOL moment.

Secret God (Stew) posted:

For some reason the 'Reply' button on each post in each thread is broken. Have tried in three different browsers, but it just ends up 'liking' the comment instead. The forum never seemed to have these problems 15 years ago

If you want to reply including a quote from a specific post, click on Take Action and go to Reply With Quote.  It took me a while to figure that out.  

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brownie posted:
Secret God (Stew) posted:

For some reason the 'Reply' button on each post in each thread is broken. Have tried in three different browsers, but it just ends up 'liking' the comment instead. The forum never seemed to have these problems 15 years ago

If you want to reply including a quote from a specific post, click on Take Action and go to Reply With Quote.  It took me a while to figure that out.  

Woo, thanks! Thought they were just options to report the post!

Have to admit, I Don't Know You is a great song. Would love to hear Mark on vocals a bit more. No reason he couldn't bring one or two songs to each album like Paul did. Wouldn't mind some Neil / Mark duets either. Or at least Neil could let him sing the occasional middle 8.

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Secret God (Stew) posted:
brownie posted:
Secret God (Stew) posted:

For some reason the 'Reply' button on each post in each thread is broken. Have tried in three different browsers, but it just ends up 'liking' the comment instead. The forum never seemed to have these problems 15 years ago

If you want to reply including a quote from a specific post, click on Take Action and go to Reply With Quote.  It took me a while to figure that out.  

Woo, thanks! Thought they were just options to report the post!

Have to admit, I Don't Know You is a great song. Would love to hear Mark on vocals a bit more. No reason he couldn't bring one or two songs to each album like Paul did. Wouldn't mind some Neil / Mark duets either. Or at least Neil could let him sing the occasional middle 8.

Mark has two solo albums. I got one song off of i-tunes, mainly because it is a collaboration with Tim, and I LOVE it. It's called "Something to Take My Mind Off of You". Very catchy. I would love to know how much input Tim had. 

Mark has also produced and played on some of Tim's solo efforts. They seem to get on well together. Interesting considering they delayed Mark's joining CH in favor of Tim for Woodface.

After just a couple listens, my early vote has to go to "Fields Are Full of Your Kind"; can't get enough of it!

Fields is fantastic! Can't believe it was left off the album. 

My favourite so far is I Don't Know You, which surprised me given that I'm not a huge fan of the version on Mark's solo album (although Something to Take My Mind Off of You is as catchy as anything Neil has written).

The other tracks from the York St. sessions are probably my other favourites, the rocked out ending of Spirit of the Stairs is brilliant.

Oops, I was just counting the never-before-released rarities. "Turn It Around" is easily my favorite of all the bonus tracks and one of my top 10 CH songs overall.

Secret God (Stew) posted:
brownie posted:
Secret God (Stew) posted:

For some reason the 'Reply' button on each post in each thread is broken. Have tried in three different browsers, but it just ends up 'liking' the comment instead. The forum never seemed to have these problems 15 years ago

If you want to reply including a quote from a specific post, click on Take Action and go to Reply With Quote.  It took me a while to figure that out.  

Woo, thanks! Thought they were just options to report the post!

Have to admit, I Don't Know You is a great song. Would love to hear Mark on vocals a bit more. No reason he couldn't bring one or two songs to each album like Paul did. Wouldn't mind some Neil / Mark duets either. Or at least Neil could let him sing the occasional middle 8.

Mark does feature heavily on the middle 8 of isolation... 

gryphon posted:

Always loved "My Legs Are Gone"  and "Anthem".  Longevity , still on my faves list.

Anthem ( along with you can touch)  ...how could either of them have failed to make an album at the time!!  baffling.. 

 

Convent Girls and Spirit Of The Stairs. I've been waiting years to hear the studio recordings and I'm not disappointed. I just hope that I can resist singing Convent Girls out loud. I suspect that singing the chorus might raise a few eyebrows! Honourable mentions to Anthem and I Don't Know You. There's a few more that I've not heard or only heard snippets of. It's generally the full studio rarities that do it for me though.  

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The world will forget that the first leak of "Spirit of the Stairs" was actually on an advance test pressing of Try Whistling This. And that version of the song recorded by Neil as a solo artist will always be the final finished version. It's also the best version IMHO. Funny that we now have two demo versions of the song on these sets now too. They're all enjoyable and it's fun to hear the song evolve over so many iterations. I wonder if the Neil solo version will ever get a proper release.

I'm surprised to see no one mention I May Be Late. Fantastic NF melody with ringing guitars, just superb.

 

Trajan posted:

I'm surprised to see no one mention I May Be Late. Fantastic NF melody with ringing guitars, just superb.

 

That's on my personal list, too! Those beautiful Finn moments where you just walk around the room going 'wow!'

Paināporo posted:

The world will forget that the first leak of "Spirit of the Stairs" was actually on an advance test pressing of Try Whistling This. And that version of the song recorded by Neil as a solo artist will always be the final finished version. It's also the best version IMHO. Funny that we now have two demo versions of the song on these sets now too. They're all enjoyable and it's fun to hear the song evolve over so many iterations. I wonder if the Neil solo version will ever get a proper release.

I was aware of the test pressing, but I never managed to get my sticky mitts on one. All I ever had to go on, with both Spirit and Convent Girls, were live versions.

Well, I've just got mine (or actually just five), and only made it through Together Alone, so for me, so far it is Blue Smoke. It's a lovely song, and the only song on the bonus disc that was totally new to me.

Patjoller posted:

creek song/left hand... brilliant

There is a part of me that likes it better than "Left Hand" that was released on Afterglow. Tough call, love 'em both!

I'm wondering if folks have favorite rarities that didn't make it on the recent Crowded House reissues. Perhaps from Neil's solo career or from a Finn Brothers' project?

I'm still dumbfounded that Instinct from York Street with Peter Jones didn't make it. It's vastly superior to the recurring dream version imo. 

Anthem and Taste of something divine so far. What a beautifful and great songs. Something divine is probably coolest song that CH (and Neil) ever did, and Anthem is the diamond equal to Fall at your feet. It should have been a single, how this end in not releseas? Probably cause Neil didnt like vocals recorded in 1995., cant think of anything else...

Sugar Mouse posted:

I'm wondering if folks have favorite rarities that didn't make it on the recent Crowded House reissues. Perhaps from Neil's solo career or from a Finn Brothers' project?

My Darkest Day (Demo)
Forever Friends
Frank's Dark Past
Pieces of Change

I mean, "Newcastle Jam" is pretty epic. Love the rocking out at the end! A big improvement over the improvised live version we've all been listening to for so long.

I've actually been incredibly impressed with the quality of the previously unreleased material. This is obviously a result of Neil being very picky about what got released and, of course, I lament the omission of the material that was nixed. But really, there are maybe three or four tracks I'd have left off and the rest are well worth having.

Highlights for me: 

Taste of Something Divine

Walking on the Pier

Walking on the Spot

Isolation

Two Minutes of Silence

Nonsense of Course

The Same Language As Me (for the sound upgrade)

I am in Love (band demo)

Fingers of Love (band demo)

Convent Girls

Burnt Out Tree (demo)

I May Be Late (demo)

Creek Song

(I should confess that, while I think that Eyes Grow Heavy, The Intriguer and Turn it Around are all also terrific, they aren't new to me because I've had them on the fan club promo that was auctioned off a few years ago... )

Paināporo posted:

I mean, "Newcastle Jam" is pretty epic. Love the rocking out at the end! A big improvement over the improvised live version we've all been listening to for so long.

You think so? I much prefer the live improv. They just got in a groove on that performance that they just couldn't replicate in the studio IMO.

Like Paul, I had a lot of it, but I am beyond thrilled to have it on disc to guard against hard drive loss (which has happened), sound upgrades, studio versions of previously live songs, etc. There is also a ton of stuff totally new to me, all of it marvelous.

Highlights for me:

Stranger Underneath Your Skin

Grabbing by the Handfuls

Burnt Out Tree (both)

I May Be Late

Fields Are Full of Your Kind

Creek Song

Blue Smoke

I'm So Scared

Taste of Something Divine

Better Things

Amazing to think of how many more CH albums there could be, and nary a stinker on them. And there's still more out there that didn't make this cut!

Not having any b-sides from the original records, this was mostly all new to me, and I'm still digesting it all these weeks later.

Favorites so far -

Only Way To Go Is Forward

Archers Arrows (alternate)

Convent Girls

This is Massive (live) 

 

Steve Shealy posted:

Highlights for me:

Stranger Underneath Your Skin

I love this song! The verses sound so much better in this demo than on the final version.

'Fields Are Full Of Your Kind' is my favourite (and most played), though I've only heard the first four albums so far.  All the bonus discs are brilliant listening.

I've been loving oblivion and does anyone understand my girlfriend on the crowded house album, hoping we can get some lyrics posted of these sometime

theK9dog posted:

I've been loving oblivion and does anyone understand my girlfriend on the crowded house album, hoping we can get some lyrics posted of these sometime

I love Oblivion's ominous, urgent, looming apocalyptic vibe, which I've acquired a taste for as a huge Midnight Oil fan. The way Neil takes a few lines to fully 'arrive' on each verse is super cool, I'm not sure if it's deliberate or just his unfamiliarity with the song but it works perfectly.

Hi all,

Having listened to them all (!), these are my favourites:

Stranger Underneath Your Skin

Tinny vocal, but nice guitar sound and shows how Now We're Getting Somewhere was developed.

Think I'm Gonna Change

"The sound of your voice was familiar" - reminds me of another CH/Finn song, but not sure which.  Nice demo and again you can see how Mitchell started pasting parts of songs together.

I May Be Late

Great song, though the vocal sounds like Neil had a little bit of a sore throat/cold.  The chorus is excellent and a real shame the band couldn't develop this in the studio as would have been a great addition to Woodface.

My Legs Are Gone

Heard it before, but forgot what a good song this was - probably a victim of the standard of the rest of Woodface.

Be My Guest

I thought the fan club (Bent in Gent?) version was better, but still a good song. The other one I remembered from the live album was 'Forever Friends' which would have been an interesting one to hear as a proper demo.

Fields Are Full Of Your Kind

This is a lost gem - what a great song: "I heard the tune, saw the army band".  Really, the band could have had two albums with what was recorded for Woodface.  A shame we never got to hear 'Cemetery in the Rain.'

Blue Smoke

I'd thought this was the Neil/Jim Carter song, but it was a totally new one and probably missed the cut on TA as it doesn't;t feel like it's from that era.  Possibly more suited to the York Street demos recorded.

Tail of a Comet

How it didn't make an album I'll never know.  This could have been a single - great guitars, lyrics needed a bit of work potentially, but guess Neil wasn't too keen?

Same Language As Me

Would have been intriguing to hear a studio demo as this is another one with great potential - perhaps another for TA Mk2 (York Street)?

Newcastle Jam

You can see how the band evolved the live version into something a bit more structured, but no real chorus so suspect that stopped it getting onto TA in the face of tough competition.

Convent Girls

I was surprised to hear it was part of the Kare Kare sessions as it feels more like it belongs with the Woodface tracks.  It comes out really well though and who knows what would have happened if Neil had come up with an alternative lyric to "frilly white tights"?!

Anthem

The one song on the bonus tracks that was a missed opportunity.  I can imagine this doing really well as a single.  Fantastic track!

 

I was surprised when I enjoyed listening to Time On Earth's Second Disc the most, I really like So Dramatic and the Piano version of Pour Le Monde but they were both on a single I bought when I was little so I'm being bias, I liked everything tbh so I don't think I could choose properly without choosing everything else too.

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