(re-run from Aug. ’02)
Split Enz were
By the time of the original release of “Time & Tide”, Split Enz had been in the status of ongoing concern for nearly a decade, having gone through many line-up changes. They had been relatively successful for about three years at this point, spending a lot of time outside of
On top of that, “Time & Tide” was the follow-up to a well-loved release, “Waiata” (aka “Coroboree”). Talk about a “Hard Act To Follow”…
The well-known singles from this album were “Dirty Creature” and “Six Months In A Leaky Boat”, which had the dubious honor of being withdrawn/banned by the BBC at the time of the initial Falkland Islands ‘misunderstandings’. Some of the other material on this album could easily fall into the ‘weak’ category – “Lost For Words”, unusual subject matter – “Hello Sandy Allen” etc. And some may have enjoyed the elder Finn’s introspection, but…there aren’t any “History Never Repeats” or “Shark Attack” type songs on this album.
I found the 2 Split Enz box sets compulsory purchases, mostly for the bonus discs of rare/unusual material. The original CD issue of “Time And Tide” was the world’s first Split Enz CD, initially only released in
All of that being said, Split Enz created one of my all-time favorite records: the original “Mental Notes” (1975 White Cloud NZ; Mushroom AUS) – not be confused with the US/UK Chrysalis LP of the same name (which is known as “Second Thoughts” in
2007 addendum: Phil Judd is still making music (“Mr. Phudd’s Novelty Act”) and Split Enz got the full “re-mastering” treatment, in digipaks, instead of little paper album covers. The re-mastering was done by Mr. Eddie Rayner, who saw fit to mess with several of the albums, though not much on “Time & Tide”. But he turned “Waiata” (aka “Coroboree”) inside out!