Split Enz

The Gold Collection

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Gold Collection, a part of EMI's budget-line series from the late-90s, is a predictably bare-bones survey of the Enz catalog without liner notes or anything but the basic information. Most noteworthy is the fact that the collection is heavy on the band's lesser known early material -- 11 of the 14 tracks are from this pre-hit period, probably because Chrysalis (which was absorbed by EMI) had the international rights to these songs. And while it may not be ideal for consumers looking for a classic new wave collection (even though "I Got You" and "History Never Repeats" are included), there is no shortage of great songs -- it simply fails to give the even-handed picture of the band that most listeners would be looking for.

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