On this work, the original album cover art design is at centre with the lights shining through the
holes and the band's name removed. The right half was then flipped and pasted at left and the left
half was flipped and pasted at right. These were darkened to give a hint that the image at centre
is up front. The pasted images where then pushed at bit off centre and their doubles were pasted
over so that part of the image behind them show through which creates an illusion of thickness.
The whole image was then processed in Craquelure and Crosshatch and converted to monochrome
and tinted to make it look like it has been made of very old wood.
Here's the original album cover art design.
No. 80, The Virgin All-Time Album Top 1000.
Cover painting by Nick Seymour, letter construction by Timothy Eames, design by Stephen Walker,
art direction by Nick Seymour & Tommy Steele. Album produced by Mitchell Fromm & Neil Finn.
New Zealand’s Crowded House made one of the best, and most enduring, pop/rock albums of the
1990s. Released in the latter part of 1991, Woodface is a masterpiece of emotive songwriting,
evocative singing and exceptional playing. Singer/songwriter Neil Finn had moved way out in
front of 1986’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” the biggest hit Crowded House ever landed in America.
It had an awkward gestation. The album, the trio’s third, was close to being mastered when
Capitol Records president Hale Milgrim told Finn and his bandmates, and Crowded House’s
producer Mitchell Froom, that it simply wasn’t good enough to put out. He suggested they go
back into the studio.
At the same time, Finn and his older brother Tim (both of them had been cornerstones of the
Kiwi new wave group Split Enz) were writing together for a side project. Neil asked Tim if
Crowded House could have these new songs for the revised Woodface; Tim agreed but insisted
he become a full-fledged member of the band.
“The lines between what was going to be a Finn Brothers record and a Crowded House record
became very blurred,” Neil Finn told me in 1993. “And in the end we decided it was better to try
and make one good album than try and split yourself between two, and not do justice to either.”
That’s how “Weather With You,” “It’s Only Natural,” “Four Seasons in One Day,” “There Goes
God,” “How Will You Go” and three others came to be on what should have been Crowded
House’s breakthrough album – featuring stellar, Everly-esque brotherly harmonies from Neil and
Tim, Woodface is absolutely brimming with first-class, catchy songs, with gorgeous melodies and
that unmistakable Finn melancholy. Bill DeYoung for Something Else Reviews
(A) Chocolate Cake - It's Only Natural - Fall at Your Feet - Tall Trees - Weather With You - Whispers and Moans - Four Seasons in One Day
(B) There Goes God - Fame Is - All I Ask - As Sure as I Am - Italian Plastic - She Goes On - How Will You Go
"Weather With You" live from markk70 on YouTube.
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