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Blue Smoke (featuring Jim Carter) Neil Finn, Music Video – 2015

Blue Smoke (featuring Jim Carter)

Neil Finn, Music Video – 2015

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Creating New Zealand's first local hit involved a lot of trial and error, as a company best known for making radios grappled with how to make records. Sixty-six years later Neil Finn visited musician Jim Carter, whose Hawaiian-style guitar is part of the magic of the original 'Blue Smoke' track. Finn "gently persuaded" Carter to help him record a new version on a laptop in just a few hours. Alongside newsreel shots of WWII soldiers, this evocative clip features footage of two musicians from different generations sharing memories, and making music about saying goodbye.

Key Cast & Crew

Neil Finn

Director

Liam Finn

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(Recording engineer Stan) Dallas improvised new techniques on the spot such as plugging Carter's homemade amplifier directly into a mixer rather than recording it through a microphone ... The slightest glitch at any stage meant they had to begin again...
– Chris Bourke on the original recording in 1948, from his book Blue Smoke - The Lost Dawn of New Zealand Popular Music 1918 - 1964, page 160

Source

Thom Music

Availability

iTunes download available only in NZ and Australia at this time