Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: World Music, Pop, Rock
Limited edition digitally remastered digipack version of their 1976 sophomore album, released to coincide with their 2006 reunion tour of Australia and New Zealand. Produced by Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera, this second alb... more »
Limited edition digitally remastered digipack version of their 1976 sophomore album, released to coincide with their 2006 reunion tour of Australia and New Zealand. Produced by Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera, this second album from Phil Judd, Tim Finn and mates features superior re-recordings of half the tracks from their debut album plus a handful of gorgeous 'new' tracks. Confusingly, this album was originally repackaged and retitled "Mental Notes" by Chrysalis Records for the U.S. market. Remastered by Enz keyboard whiz Eddie Rayner. 2006.
Excellent remaster of a wonderful album!
Philmosaur | Florida | 07/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you have the original CD of this, you need to upgrade. The sound is sooo much better on this and Dizrythmia. The instruments are clearly defined, the vocals are right up front, and the overall balanced sound makes for one of the most improved remasters I have heard. As for the uninitiated, this is a brilliant album full of humor, great hooks and excellent vocals. This, along with Dizrythmia (their follow up album) are two of my favorites. Later, Split Enz were to strip down their act and get more in line with the 80's pop bands, but these early works are timeless."
Finally the way it should sound
M. Sholl | Melbourne Australia | 07/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have been waiting quietly for re masters of the Early Split Enz Catalogue. Let me say it has been worth the wait....
I first heard this album in 1977 after i had bought Dizrythmia & loved it. Hmmm i thought what else have these talented boys made.
I was pleasantly suprised by the Genius work, although on first listen you may not be sold, but after subsequent listens the different melodies & arrangements will hit you & never quite leave you ever again.
The remastering by Eddie Raynor is truly magnificent. The original disctronics CD's i had sounded like they were burnt of a vinyl master-particulairly as tracks 5 & 10 sounded compressed & distorted, but Now the album sounds like it is being played through the Studio Monitors of the Control room. The music now jumps out of the speakers the way it always should have
Buy the Remasters & enjoy. Thanks Eddie love ya work"
Not so hot if you already have the highlights
Stephen Constantelos | Chicago, IL USA | 06/24/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I love Split Enz, but if you have Mental Notes, Beginning of the Enz, and their greatest hits you need not get this album unless you are a completist. Most of this is somewhat interesting (but inferior across the board to my mind) re-recordings of songs on Mental Notes and Beginning...
"Sweet Dreams" is an outstanding, touching song, and only appears here and on their greatest. "Late Last Night" also appears on their greatest. This version of "Titus" is on par with the original. "Lovey Dovey" has some cool twists on the original, but is too frenetic. "Woman Who Loves You" appears nowhere else (with its spoon solo to boot). The other four songs are wholly inferior to their Mental Notes/Beginning... versions, I think.
Whereas the originals had a rootsy, jazzy feel to them, these are like processed versions, specially made to bring out the silliness at the expense of deeper feelings."