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Enzso 2: Classical Split Enz
Genres: Pop, Rock
Enzso was the project led by Split Enz keyboardist Eddie Rayner with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conductor Peter Scholes and the New Zealand National Youth Choir to create symphonic, fully orchestrated versions of ... more »
Enzso was the project led by Split Enz keyboardist Eddie Rayner with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conductor Peter Scholes and the New Zealand National Youth Choir to create symphonic, fully orchestrated versions of Split Enz classics. In addition, former Enz members Neil Finn and Tim Finn, along with Bic Runga (though called Boh Runga at the time), Annie Crummer, Dave Dobbyn, and Sam Hunt sang lead vocals over the new arrangements. This second and final installment features 'Maybe' with lead vocal by Dave Dobbyn, 'The Devil You Know' with lead vocal by Dave Dobbyn and 'History Never Repeats' lead vocal by Jon Stevens amongst others. Unavailable in the US. Sony. 1999.
Earl Green | 08/03/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I said, three years ago, that I'd love to hear more Split Enz songs translated into orchestral form. I'm glad I asked, and I'm even happier that Eddie Rayner agreed with everyone like me who wanted more. This is the second volume of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's (hopefully ongoing) all-star tribute to the best rock band ever to emerge from the South Pacific. This time around, however, the Finn brothers do not make an appearance, and thus the list of guest vocalists is much more varied. Returning from ENZSO are the excellent Dave Dobbyn (taking over center stage for The Devil You Know and Maybe) and Sam Hunt (rambling his way through Shark Attack, probably my least favorite ENZSO translation). The major headliner on ENZSO2 is Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, who adeptly handles the soaring vocals Tim Finn originally sang in Bon Voyage. Margaret Urlich transforms Semi-Detached into an almost Tori-Amos-esque ballad (and, if there's an ENZSO3, Urlich with her lovely voice gets my vote for a repeat appearance). The NZSO gets more chances to shine with instrumental renditions of Six Months In A Leaky Boat and Frenzy, in addition to the first track, a grand version of Pioneer, an instrumental from 1982's Time & Tide which has always been a favorite of mine. In fact, if there's anything I love about ENZSO2, it's the selection of songs involved. Many of them - History Never Repeats, One Step Ahead, Maybe, Bon Voyage, Pioneer - are among my all-time Enz favorites. It's almost like Eddie Rayner was reading my mind when he picked the song list."