Goin' Your Way

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Goin' Your Way
Live album by Neil Finn and Paul Kelly
Released 8 November 2013 (2013-11-08)
Recorded 10 March 2013
Sydney Opera House Concert Hall
Genre Pop rock
Length 119:58
Label EMI Australia
Director Paul Goldman
Producer Pete Henderson
Neil Finn live chronology
7 Worlds Collide
(2001)
Goin' Your Way
(2013)
Paul Kelly live chronology
The A – Z Recordings
(2010)
Goin' Your Way
(2013)

Goin' Your Way is a live album collaboration recorded by Neil Finn and Paul Kelly during a performance at the Sydney Opera House on 10 March 2013. It was released on 8 November as a stand-alone 2× CD, Blu-ray or DVD; or in a Limited Edition Deluxe version with all three formats. From 18 February to 18 March, Finn and Kelly undertook a joint tour of Australia, they performed tracks from their respective careers, including re-interpreting each other's work. The CD album peaked at No. 5 on the ARIA Albums Chart while the DVD reached No. 1 on the related Music DVD Chart.

Background[edit]

Goin' Your Way was recorded on 10 March 2013 at the Sydney Opera House by Neil Finn and Paul Kelly.[1][2] Both artists have a long association. Back in 1980 Finn, as a member of New Zealand band Split Enz, and Kelly, as the leader of Paul Kelly and the Dots, were both signed with Mushroom Records.[3][4] In October 1984 TV music series Rock Arena, hosted by Suzanne Dowling, broadcast Kelly's group performing "Billy Baxter" while Split Enz provided "I Got You".[5]

In 1987 Kelly and his band The Messengers opened for Finn's next group, Crowded House, on the initial dates of that group's United States tour.[3] Kelly and The Messengers then headlined their own US tour.[3] Finn provided backing vocals on "Hey Boys", a duo single by Mark Seymour (of Hunters & Collectors) and Kelly, which was released in May 1992.[6] In 1993 Finn and Kelly had started discussions about a collaborative tour over a social game of tennis – both were living in St Kilda.[7]

By 1998 Crowded House had disbanded and former members Finn, Paul Hester and Nick Seymour (Mark's brother) shared a stage, on an episode of TV series Hessie's Shed.[8] Finn and the show's host, Hester, performed "Not the Girl You Think You Are" with Largest Living Things – the show band, before being joined by Seymour for "Sister Madly" and a version of Kelly's "Leaps and Bounds", which also featured Kelly on vocals.[8][9] In November 2010 Kelly and folk musician Angus Stone covered a Crowded House track, "Four Seasons in One Day", for a tribute album, He Will Have His Way – it was co-written by Neil with his brother Tim Finn (ex-Split Enz, Crowded House). In April 2011 Neil Finn and Kelly co-headlined a show at Red Hill Auditorium in Perth; it was the first music concert at the new venue.[10]

Collaborative tour[edit]

In November 2012 after further discussions about collaborating for a tour, Finn and Kelly announced the first ten dates of their Australia-wide Goin' Your Way Tour for February and March in the following year.[11] Kelly told a press conference that "I sent Neil a list of his songs I wanted us to do, he sent me a list, the same for me. We also went through tracks songs we could do good harmony singing on".[11] They also indicated the support act for those dates would be Lisa Mitchell.[11][12] The tour was organised by Finn and Kelly with Live Nation Australasia by arrangement with Artist Voice.[13] By January 2013 additional dates had been added to the tour without Mitchell supporting.[2]

Finn and Kelly used a backing band of Kelly's nephew, Dan Kelly on guitar, Finn's son Elroy on drums, and Zoe Hauptmann on bass guitar.[7] They started their 20-date tour on 18 February at Melbourne's Palais Theatre and finished at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on 18 March – their fifth performance at that venue.[2] The final show was streamed internationally via YouTube as Neil Finn and Paul Kelly Live at Sydney Opera House.[14] One of the final tracks performed at each gig was a cover version of Henry Mancini's "Moon River" with the chorus "Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker / Wherever you're goin', I'm goin' your way".[15] The last phrase provided the album's title.[15]

Jon Jobbagy of The AU Review caught their first performance at the Sydney Opera House and noted the stage backdrop was designed by Noel Crombie (ex-Split Enz) and Sally Mill.[16] Jobbagy felt that Finn was the "most versatile musician of the pair" and "their repertoire is colossal so it was basically hit after hit".[16] On 29 July 2013 at the 13th Helpmann Awards Finn and Kelly won the Best Australian Contemporary Concert category for the tour.[13][17] At the ARIA Music Awards of 2013 they were nominated for Best Australian Live Act.[18][19]

Reception[edit]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the week ending 24 November 2013 Goin' Your Way 2× CD album debuted at No. 5 on the ARIA Albums Chart.[20] Meanwhile the DVD version reached No. 1 on the related Music DVD Chart that same week.[21]

Critical reviews[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The AU Review (9.1/10)[22]
The Australian 4.5/5 stars[1]
BMA Magazine 4.5/5 stars[23]
The New Zealand Herald 4/5 stars[24]
News Limited 5/5 stars[25]
Renowned for Sound 3.5/5 stars[15]
The Sydney Morning Herald 4.5/5 stars[26]

Sean Palmer of The Sydney Morning Herald felt the album allowed one to "enjoy these musical stalwarts jamming together".[26] He compared Kelly's "country-tinged voice" with Finn's "blend of Lennon and McCartney at their grandest", while "[t]ogether on stage, they are magic".[26] The AU Review's Justine McNamara was impressed by the "quality of the recording" where "both singers' voices are perfect".[22] Rachael McArthur of Renowned for Sound was disappointed by the band "[t]here is a bad kind of looseness. It feels as though the band has not perhaps had a huge amount of time to learn the 29 songs required"; and Finn's "piano work is at times a bit off".[15] Nevertheless McArthur "did like the album and enjoyed listening to songs that have become so deeply ingrained in Australian culture".[15]

Track listing[edit]

Credits[edit]

Musicians[edit]

  • Neil Finn – vocals, piano, acoustic guitar
  • Paul Kelly – vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica
  • Elroy Finn – drums
  • Zoe Hauptmann – bass guitar, double bass
  • Dan Kelly – guitar

Production[edit]

  • Producer – Pete Henderson
  • Engineer – Pete Henderson
  • Mastering – Leon Zervos at Studios 301, Sydney
  • Mixer – Bob Clearmountain
  • Director (visual) – Paul Goldman

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ a b Shedden, Iain (16 November 2013). "Goin' Your Way (Neil Finn and Paul Kelly)". The Australian (News Corp Australia). Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Neil Finn/Paul Kelly Australian Tour – Latest Dates". Neil Finn Official Website. January 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c McFarlane, 'Paul Kelly' entry. Archived from the original on 30 September 2004. Retrieved 14 March 2010.
  4. ^ McFarlane, 'Split Enz' entry. Archived from the original on 26 August 2004. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Countdown & Rock Arena Episodes". Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). 29 January 2005. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Blanda, Eva (October 2003). "The Recordings of Paul Kelly as a Solo Artist". Other People's Houses Australian Music Web Site. Archived from the original on 14 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Neil Finn and Paul Kelly – Kings Park Perth". EnjoyPerth!. 14 March 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Hessie's Shed – With Neil Finn". NME (Jann Wenner). Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Neil Finn and Nick Seymour". Enough Rope with Andrew Denton. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 16 July 2007. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  10. ^ Coetsee, Alexa (20 January 2011). "New Concert Venue for Perth". PerthNow (The Sunday Times) (News Corporation). ISSN 1442-9527. OCLC 215100529. Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  11. ^ a b c "Paul Kelly and Neil Finn Announce Australian Tour 2013". ARIA Music News. Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). November 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  12. ^ Fallon, Naomi (21 February 2013). "Lisa Mitchell to Support Paul Kelly and Neil Finn". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "2013 Nominees". Helpmann Awards (Live Performance Australia). Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "Watch Paul Kelly & Neil Finn Concert". Paul Kelly Official Website. 20 March 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  15. ^ a b c d e McArthur, Rachael (11 November 2013). "Neil Finn and Paul Kelly – Goin' Your Way". Renowned for Sound (Brendon Veevers, Robert Lee). Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  16. ^ a b Jobbagy, Jon (12 March 2013). "Live Review: Paul Kelly and Neil Finn + Lisa Mictchell – Sydney Opera House (10.03.13)". The AU Review (Larry Heath). Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  17. ^ Cashmere, Paul (30 July 2013). "Bruce Springsteen, Neil Finn, Paul Kelly Win Helpmann Awards". Music News (Noise11 (Paul Cashmere, Ros O'Gorman)). Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  18. ^ "ARIA Noms + Fine Arts & Artisan Winners". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 14 October 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  19. ^ "2013 ARIA Awards Winners By Year". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  20. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Neil Finn & Paul Kelly – Goin' Your Way". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  21. ^ a b "The ARIA Report:" (PDF) (1238). Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 18 November 2013. p. 24. Archived from the original on 24 November 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  22. ^ a b McNamara, Justine (13 November 2013). "Album Review: Neil Finn & Paul Kelly – Goin' Your Way (2013 LP)". The AU Review (Larry Heath). Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  23. ^ Martin, Glen (3 December 2013). "Album of the Issue". BMA Magazine (Radar Media). Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  24. ^ Baillie, Russell (21 November 2013). "Neil Finn and Paul Kelly, Goin' Your Way". The New Zealand Herald (APN Holdings). Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  25. ^ Adams, Cameron (7 November 2013). "Neil Finn and Paul Kelly Create Wall-to-Wall Magic as They Share a Stage and Each Other's Songs". News Corp Australia. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  26. ^ a b c Palmer, Sean (28 November 2013). "Neil Finn and Paul Kelly Goin' Your Way Album Review". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  27. ^ "End of Year Charts – ARIA Top 100 Albums 2014". ARIA Charts. Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  28. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2014 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 

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