Neil Finn and Friends “7 Worlds Collide”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#227 in the Series and #11 in the Live, Saturday Night Series) is Neil Finn and Friends, 7 Worlds Collide.

Today we’re featuring a different type of ‘live’ album.  The name of the project back originally was Neil Finn and Friends. The name of the album was 7 Worlds Collide.

As the project continued, it was renamed‘7 Continents Collide.  But I guess I should describe the project.

Neil Finn is the leader of Crowded House. He was also one of the leaders of another New Zealand act, the Split Enz.

About 10 years ago he decided to invite some of his favorite musicians to his homeland to live, eat, sleep and play music.  The invited guests were Eddie Vedder (Pearl  Jam), Johnny Marr (The Smiths),Tim Finn (Crowded House and Split Enz), Lisa Germano (solo and at the time, John Mellencamp Band member), Ed O’Brien and Phil Selway (Radiohead) and Sebastian Steinberg.

This was planned as a one-time thing. Get together and literally live together for a period of time, record an album, do a concert and go on your way.

On this go around (2001), the musicians would mostly stick with songs that they had already released with their previous bands.  A future 7 Worlds Collide project (2009 release) would include a slightly new batch of musicians who would take things a step further. That time, they would spend a longer period and include writing the album as part of the deal.

There are Many, MANY highlights here.  Tim Finn joins Eddie Vedder to sing a great version of the Split Enz tune, ‘Stuff and Nonsense’.  Johnny Marr covering two great Smiths tracks, ‘Down on the Corner’ and ‘There’s a Light That Never Goes Out.” Neil of course takes lead on many of his well-known tunes.

Tim and Neil Finn their own Angels Heap while Eddie Vedder joins Neil’s sons band “Betchdupa” and Tim, for a KILLER version of the Split Enz tune “I See Red.

Eddie Vedder also does a great job on “Take a Walk” and “History Never Repeats.”

You almost need to grab the CD and the DVD. The song lists are considerably different.

–Larry Carta 


  • Neil Finn – vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, acoustic 12 string guitar
  • Tim Finn – vocals, acoustic guitar, piano
  • Ed O’Brien – vocals, electric guitar, e-bow, acoustic guitar, effects
  • Johnny Marr – vocals, electric guitar, ukelele, acoustic guitar
  • Lisa Germano – vocals, keyboard, piano, violin, electric guitar, ukelele
  • Sebastian Steinberg – bass, electric bass, double bass
  • Phil Selway – drums
  • Eddie Vedder – vocals, electric guitar, ukelele
  • Paul Jeffery – keyboard, organ
  • Liam Finn – electric guitar
  • Chris Garland – electric guitar
  • Joe Bramley – bass

Track Listing

CD release

All songs were written by Neil Finn, except where noted.

  1. “Anytime” – 3:32
  2. “Take a Walk” – 3:53
  3. “The Climber” – 4:31
  4. “Loose Tongue” (N. Finn, Jim Moginie) – 4:22
  5. “Down on the Corner” (Johnny Marr) – 4:31
  6. “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” (Marr, Morrissey) – 4:22
  7. “Paper Doll” (Lisa Germano) – 2:56
  8. “Turn and Run” – 4:10
  9. “Angels Heap” (N. Finn, Tim Finn) – 3:50
  10. “Edible Flowers” (N. Finn, T. Finn) – 4:57
  11. “Stuff and Nonsense” (T. Finn) – 4:20
  12. “I See Red” (T. Finn) – 3:31
  13. “She Will Have Her Way” – 4:48
  14. “Parting Ways” (Eddie Vedder) – 5:50
  15. “Weather with You” (N. Finn, T. Finn) – 5:26
  16. “Paradise (Wherever You Are)” (N. Finn, T. Finn) – 4:06
  17. “Don’t Dream It’s Over” – 5:31

DVD release

  1. “Fall at Your Feet”
  2. “Anytime”
  3. “Hole in the Ice”
  4. “Paper Doll”
  5. “The Climber”
  6. “Take a Walk”
  7. “Last to Know”
  8. “Down on the Corner”
  9. “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out”
  10. “Private Universe”
  11. “Parting Ways”
  12. “Driving Me Mad”
  13. “Turn and Run”
  14. “Loose Tongue”
  15. “She Will Have Her Way”
  16. “Angels Heap”
  17. “Edible Flowers”
  18. “Stuff and Nonsense”
  19. “Four Seasons in One Day”
  20. “Suffer Never”
  21. “Cry Wolf”
  22. “History Never Repeats”
  23. “I See Red”
  24. “Paradise (Wherever You Are)”
  25. “Weather with You”
  26. “Don’t Dream It’s Over”

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