New Zealand singer-songwriter Neil Finn, best known as a member of melodic rock act Crowded House, has assembled a star line-up of special guests for the release of an album in aid of international development organization Oxfam.

Returning from the original "Seven Worlds Collide" live project of 2001 will be Radiohead's Ed O'Brien and Phil Selway, the Smiths' founder and member of Modest Mouse Johnny Marr, Soul Coughing bassist Sebastian Steinberg, songwriter and violinist Lisa Germano, and singer songwriter Liam Finn, son of Neil Finn.

Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, Glenn Kotche and Pat Sansone from Wilco, KT Tunstall and New Zealand songwriters Bic Runga and Don McGlashan will be joining the cause for the charity album. More artists are to be announced in the coming weeks. Grammy-nominated Jim Scott (Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Santana) will engineer the record.

Recording for the new “Seven Worlds Collide” album, which will feature entirely new material, will be carried out over the next few months at Auckland's Roundhead Studios. A worldwide release is expected in 2009, although project representatives have not confirmed the label.

"Seven years ago I invited a few friends and fellow musicians to do a special series of concerts in New Zealand under the banner 'Seven Worlds Collide,'" said Finn in a statement. "The concerts were an amazing experience for all of us and we are delighted to have found an opportunity to gather again, this time to expand the concept and the line-up too."

All proceeds from the album will be donated to Oxfam International.

The first "Seven Worlds Collide" project, in 2001, featured a series of five concerts at the St. James Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand. The title was taken from a lyric to the Crowded House song "Distant Sun."

A live album entitled "Seven Worlds Collide: Live At The St. James" was compiled from the show recordings. It was released in November 2001 through Parlophone in the U.K. and in February 2002 through Nettwerk Records in the U.S. A live DVD was also released via EMI.

The 2009 "Seven Worlds Collide" project is set to include three concerts in Auckland early next year featuring many of the artists on the album, which will be filmed.

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