FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 29 VIA SONY MUSIC
BAND FEATURES MEMBERS OF CROWDED HOUSE, RADIOHEAD, WILCO, THE SMITHS, KT TUNSTALL AMONG MANY OTHERS
The first 7 Worlds Collide album, a collection of amazing musical talents from across the globe in aid of Médecins Sans Frontières, was a unique live performance experience, fusing the varied talents of a stellar cast across a range of cover versions to create a series of shows that culminated in the live album of the same name. Seven years after that project, instigator Neil Finn has upped the ante with the new 7 Worlds Collide project, The Sun Came Out, a double album of original songs created and recorded by many of the original cast alongside notable new additions in an intense three weeks in his native New Zealand. This time the beneficiaries of this album will be Oxfam, as well as music lovers worldwide.
Familiar faces from the original album abound, Johnny Marr, Ed O’Brien and Phil Selway of Radiohead but this album, first and foremost presents the listener with new songs rather than interpretations of old favourites. The Sun Came Out also features a whole host of new guest talents such as KT Tunstall and Wilco and heart stopping firsts, including Phil Selway's songwriting and vocal debut as well as dream collaborations such as those between Johnny Marr and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy; and KT Tunstall and Neil Finn .
At the heart of the record is Neil Finn. His enthusiasm and drive persuaded the likes of celebrated producer Jim Scott, Lisa Germano, Johnny Marr and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Pat Sansone, John Stirratt and Glenn Kotche (amongst others) to spend their Christmas holiday in New Zealand and even interrupted KT Tunstall’s honeymoon in the process.
With families welcome, the studio became a constant whirl of creativity and energy throughout the three weeks allocated to create the record. Johnny Marr returned from a run on the beach with the basis of ‘Too Blue’, where Jeff Tweedy was waiting to add his talents; KT Tunstall stopped Neil retiring to his bed to complete ‘Hazel Black’; a wandering Johnny Marr added a chorus melody to Liam Finn’s ‘Red Wine Bottle’; Ed O’Brien fashioned ‘Bodhisattva Blues’ from a Tibetan chant. In this atmosphere, anything was possible and Neil’s wife Sharon found herself laying down her debut vocal on ‘Little By Little’ whilst Phil Selway also took his vocal bow and unveiled a hitherto unknown songwriting talent with his solo turn ‘The Ties That Bind Us’ in one take.
From Neil’s original doubts over the idea, “I thought, what is this? Is it just an ego thing,” came a double album of astounding collaborations for the listener and amazing memories for all those concerned in the recording. At the center of it all stands Neil Finn, too humble to take the glory himself, it is left to KT Tunstall to give the credit due to the man who made this happen: “It’s Neil. It all comes from him. There’s something about him that made everyone open up creatively.”
Jeremy Hobbs, Director of Oxfam International said: "7 Worlds Collide is a great project. I hope The Sun Came Out is a huge success. Not just because it's a unique musical experience but because each CD sold will make a difference -- raising money to fund Oxfam's work to fight poverty."
The complete tracklisting and credits for the 2-CD set is below:
1. Too Blue – (Johnny
Marr/Jeff Tweedy) – Johnny Marr and Neil Finn vocals
2. You Never Know – (Jeff Tweedy) – Jeff
Glenn Kotche (drums &
percussion), Liam Finn (additional drums), Sharon Finn (bass), and Neil Finn (guitars,
Chamberlin, Jupiter 8, marimba)
4. Learn To Crawl – (Ed
O’Brien/Johnny Marr/Liam Finn/Neil Finn) – Neil and Liam vocals
5. Black Silk Ribbon – (KT
Tunstall/Bic Runga) – KT and Bic vocals
9. The Ties That Bind Us – (Phil Selway) -
10. Reptile – (Lisa Germano) - Lisa vocals
11. Bodhisattva Blues – (Ed O’Brien/Liam
Finn) – Ed and Neil Finn vocals
12. What Could Have Been – (Jeff Tweedy) - Jeff vocals
Glenn Kotche (drums,
percussion), Jeff Tweedy (acoustic guitar), John Stirratt (bass), Neil Finn
(vibes, electric guitar, harmony), and Pat Sansone (piano, Wurlitzer organ)
2. Duxton Blues – (Glenn Richards) - Glenn
3. Hazel Black – (KT Tunstall/Neil Finn) –
KT and Neil vocals
4. Riding The Wave – (Tim
Finn) – Tim vocals
7. A Change Of Heart – (Bic
Runga/Dan Wilson) – Bic vocals
10. The Cobbler – (Elroy
Finn) - Elroy vocals
12. The Water – (Sebastian
Steinberg) - Sebastian vocals
About Oxfam America
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