To explore your neighbourhood without maps or gadgets, finding your way using only common sense & your senses. It's nice to do that sometimes while out walking or riding around.
Not a great analogy but listening to the Necks is something like that. You'll either enjoy the journey or you won't. But Next is a really hypnotic, dynamic and accessible album and an ideal place to start exploring.
Favorite track: Pele.
Although Next is officially the group's second release, tracks 1 and 3 (Garl's and Pele) are infact the first studio recordings the Necks ever made. In contrast to the single track form of Sex (their first album), Next contains 6 tracks - some of which see the band augmented by various guests namely; Dave Brewer on guitar; Michel Rose on pedal steel; Mike Bukovsky on trumpet; and Timothy Hopkins on saxophone.
The album's tracks are varied in style with elegant minimalism sitting alongside Eno-esque programming and sombre orchestration.
"Sublime. Six pieces, all of them beautifully played and perfectly controlled"
–Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
released September 12, 1990
All compositions Abrahams, Buck, Swanton (Sony Music Publishing/Control)
Chris Abrahams piano & keyboards
Tony Buck drums, percussion & programming
Lloyd Swanton acoustic & electric bass
Dave Brewer guitar (2,5)
Michael Rose pedal steel guitar (4)
Mike Bukousky trumpet (6)
Timothy Hopkins alto & tenor saxophone (6)
produced by The Necks and Gerry Nixon
Recorded at various studios July 1988 - June 1990
Engineered by Robert Scott with assistance from a host of others, except tracks 1 & 3 engineered by Lana Lazareff
Mixed at Studios 301, Sydney by Gerry Nixon and The Necks
Assisted by Robert Scott and Merran Laginestra
Edited and mastered at Studios 301by Don Bartley
Thanks to: Matt Dickson, Gerry, the host of others, Bob Shanks, Alan Riley, Neville Whitehead, Lowboy, Peter Rechniewski, Jane March, Sima, Dan Smith, Bette Mifsud, Mariko Yoshihara, Stuart Eadie & Chris Roberts, Anne Zahalka, Brett Baker, Lucy Pickworth, Simpsons Solicitors, Colin Seeger & James Talbot
Cover painting "Big Move to Georgetown" Michael Bell
Graphic Design: Paul McNeil & Ray Maras