The Best of INXS [Rhino]
Engineer: Chris Kimsey; David Nicholas; David Walsh; Jason Corsaro; Mark Opitz; Nick Launay; Niven Garland; Andrew Scott; Steve Churchyard...
Distributor: WEA (Distributor)
Notes: INXS: Kirk Pengilly (vocals, guitar, saxophone); Michael Hutchence (vocals); Andrew Farriss (guitar, keyboards); Garry Gary Beers (bass); Jon Farriss (drums). Compilation producers: INXS, David McLees, Emily Cagan, Karen Ahmed, David Edwards. All tracks have been digitally remastered. Personnel: Kirk Pengilly (vocals, guitar, saxophone); Michael Hutchence (vocals); Andrew Farriss (guitar, keyboards); Tim Farriss (guitar); James Morrison (brass); Jon Farriss (drums); Sunil DeSilva (percussion); Sean Kelly, Daryl Hall, Deni Hines, Frank Simms, Kim Liat Edwards, David Spinner, Jenny Morris, Norma Lewis (background vocals). Audio Mixers: Mark Opitz; Nick Launay; Niven Garland; Bob Clearmountain. Audio Remasterers: Don Bartley; Mark Opitz; Andrew Farriss. Audio Remixers: Julian Mendelsohn; Mark Opitz. Liner Note Authors: Jon Farriss; Kirk Pengilly; Andrew Farriss; Tim Farriss. Recording information: A&M Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Capri Digital Studios, Capri, Italy; Emerald City Studios, Sydney, New South Wales, Australi; Manor Studios, Oxford, England; Olympic Studios, London, England; Paradise Studios, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; Rhinoceros Recordings, Sydney, New South Wales, Austral; Studio De La Grande Armee, Paris, France; Studio Guillaume Tell, Suresnes, France; The Power Station, NY; Westside Studios, London, England. Photographers: Eugene Adebari; Michael Halsband; Andrew Southam. Even though it encompasses only one disc, BEST OF INXS is a fairly comprehensive, 21-track offering that hits on virtually all of the group's well known high points and visits some more obscure material as well. In light of singer Michael Hutchence's tragic suicide, it's tempting to look on the Australian band's oeuvre through a gray mist, but that would be to deny everything Hutchence, the Farriss brothers, and the rest of the INXS boys were about. As this disc shows, they were a high-energy party band with one foot in Stones-influenced rock (Hutchence's strutting stage presence gave Mick Jagger a run for his money) and frothy, new wave-flavored dance-pop. From the darkly majestic early hit "The One Thing" through the heartfelt romanticism of "This Time" and the pumping, danceable "Listen Like Thieves" and "Devil Inside" INXS placed entertainment value above all else. BEST OF INXS is an effective showcase for the canny popcraft of a band whose career was stalled too soon.
Like many groups that achieved mainstream success in the 1980s, Australia's INXS was kinetically inspired by the British punk scene. Led by charismatic singer Michael Hutchence and the musically gifted Farriss brothers, INXS began as a new-wave rock band, but by the mid-'80s they hit on a global level with an accessible, streamlined dance-rock sound. For most people, the band's saga ended with Hutchence's tragic suicide in 1997. In 2005, however, the band went in search of a new lead singer via the AMERICAN IDOL-style reality-TV series ROCKSTAR, eventually choosing Canadian J.D. Fortune. The revamped INXS released SWITCH in 2005 and toured the world in support of it that same year.
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