Friday, June 7, 2024

Neil Finn - Acoustic Radio Sessions, Volume 3: 2002-2014

This is the third and final album I'm posting of Neil Finn's acoustic radio sessions. The title says 2002 to 2014, but note that all but the last song is from the 2002 to 2004 time frame.

Unfortunately, when I posted Volume 2 in this series, it got taken down to due a copyright issue. I have since restored that post without the download link... but you may find a useful link in the comments section there. We'll see if this lasts. I was surprised that one was taken down, because all but two of the performances were unreleased. For this one, all but three of the performances are unreleased. But I guess one never knows, so grab it while you can.

This comes from the same source of the kind person who sent me a bunch of Crowded House related music a few years ago. I'm sure Finn has continued to perform more for the radio, but this is all I have from that source. If I come across more, perhaps there could be a Volume 4 someday. If anyone has the material to help with that, please send it along.

As I mentioned above, only three songs here have been officially released. Those are tracks 1, 11, and 12. Track 11 ("Won't Give In (Acoustic Version)") was a B-side, while the other two are from various artists compilations. Most of the rest come from appearances on the radio shows "Morning Becomes Eclectic" and "World Cafe."

The vast majority of the songs are originals. But the last two are interesting cover versions of classic songs by Marvin Gaye and Bob Marley. "Persuasion" is actually sung by Richard Thompson, with Neil Finn and Tim Finn only playing guitar. The song was originally written by Thompson as an instrumental and included in a movie soundtrack in 1991. But Neil Finn liked the song, added lyrics to it, and included it in his 1993 album "Before and After." Since then, Thompson has performed the song a lot, and always sings the Finn lyrics, like he does here.

This album is 48 minutes long.

01 Private Universe (Neil Finn)
02 Faster than Light (Neil Finn)
03 Weather with You (Neil Finn)
04 Whaling (Neil Finn)
05 Secret God (Neil Finn)
06 The Climber (Neil Finn)
07 It's Only Natural (Finn Brothers [Neil Finn & Tim Finn])
08 Persuasion (Finn Brothers [Neil Finn & Tim Finn] & Richard Thompson)
09 Love Is All That Remains (Neil Finn)
10 Pineapple Head (Neil Finn)
11 Won't Give In [Acoustic Version] (Finn Brothers [Neil Finn & Tim Finn])
12 Sexual Healing (Neil Finn)
13 Waiting in Vain (Neil Finn)

The cover photo is from a 2001 concert at the Palace Theatre (wherever that is).


  1. I know it gets confusing but Persuasion lyrics were written by TIM Finn and was on his album, not his more successful brother Neil. Credit where it's due, you know? Thanks for the great compilations!!!!

  2. Thanks, I downloaded it to make sure I didn't miss it! I wonder if the last acoustic album was blocked because of whoever owns the rights to MJ's song... Anyway, thanks for all your hard work again, G.

  3. Whatever happens,...Thankfully, SoulseekQt is there.
    Thanks again!

  4. The Palace Theatre is in central London, England at 113 Shaftesbury Avenue

  5. More link trouble already. The link died, so I replaced it with a new one.

  6. Thank you so much for these and the Brandi Carlile songs, your blog is amazing.

  7. late to the is dead. Re-up?

  8. I have tried a couple of time the last few days but no luck - 404 message each time. I've had no luck with soulseek either, usually don't. Thanks for trying to share this, appreciate all you do. will have to be patient and hope I get a chance to listen at some future point. Thanks again.

    1. I'm having trouble with this link. The link died, due to a copyright issue. Now the imagenetz link died, also probably due to a copyright issue. But hey, I just thought of the recently suggested pixeldrain service. Maybe I'll try that.

    2. Okay, I just put in a pixeldrain link. See if that works.