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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Geoff738, Feb 24, 2016.
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
After The Gold Rush
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if Crazy Horse is a garage band, CSN&Y was a barbershop quartet.
Is there a better record, pound for pound, better than "Ragged Glory"? By anybody? It's , it's, it's, it's just immense.
I'm a "Trans" fan, too.
It's on my favorites list, along with "Rust Never Sleeps" and "Freedom."
I'll throw in the single "Wonderin'" (not crazy about the album that spawned it, "Everybody's Rockin'"):
Time Fades Away
Any album where Neil doesn't play lead electric guitar. Terrible lead guitarist.
In no particular order.
American Stars 'n' Bars
On The Beach
I like Live From Massey Hall a lot but most of the songs on it are on other records so I left if off.
I really like this thread, and Neil Young of course, but it's occurred to me that since the days of the phonograph record, where you could look at the spinning label to see what the title of the song playing was, songs have come disconnected from their titles. For me that's true anyway; I'm still primariy on CDs. I can't tell you the names of all my favorite Neil Young songs without leaving some out--just memories without any place to stay. . . .
1. After The Gold Rush
2. Everybody Know This is Nowhere
5. " "
(1) After the Goldrush
(2) Live Rust
(3) everything else...
Neil's actually one of my favorite guitarists of all time.
Vive la difference.
I was going to say the same thing but you bet me to it
Surprised to see Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere feature so strongly. Apart from two or three classics it is a patchy album -- but hey I'm a big fan of Old Ways so take my opinion with a pinch of salt.
Rust Never Sleeps
Sleeps With Angels
Neil is my guy. He is why I play guitar. So my top 5 would be something like this:
1) Rust Never Sleeps
2) After The Gold Rush
3) Comes A Time
4) Harvest Moon
5) Le Noise
I am surprised nobody mentioned "Le Noise". The title is a play on the producer Daniel Lanois' name. Neil is very candid about his life on this album and he still has the ability to pull on the heart strings after all these years. Big time. I started listening to Neil at 14 now I'm 41 and he is still my dude!
The first solo album (w/ the slightly "psychedelic" portrait of him on the cover---The Old Laughing Lady, Last Train to....etc), Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere, After The Gold Rush, Harvest, On the Beach (plus Tonight's the Night, American Stars and Bars...to me,things get problematically uneven after those... not to say there's never something worthwhile on almost all his albums)...my fave is still On the Beach though, and I remember wearing out three vinyl copies 'til he finally allowed the re-release....just a deep, deep timeless album with a lot of resonance for me----and now as I say it, in my head I'm hearing "I never knew a man could tell so many lies, had a different story for every set of eyes, how can he remember who he's talkin' to, 'cause I know it ain't me, and I hope it isn't you...." (from Ambulance Blues, one of the greatest songs:
The guy's output is way too huge, to pick just 5 albums.
I really enjoy all of them, except Re-ac-tor and Trans. Special mention for two of the soundtrack albums - the double LP (Journey through the Past) with the extended version of "Words" on it (and "Soldier") and the Dead Man soundtrack of 1996.
There's also a Box Set on the Buffalo Springfield with 4 discs, from ATCO that's good except you also need a copy of "Last Time Around" since Neil's been a bugger as regards that release (Messina, Furay and Martin had to finish the record without him, and he doesn't acknowledge it).
As much as I love Warren Haynes' other work and some of the others who have covered Neil's compositions, if Neil recorded it before you did, you can forget me showing much interest in your cover. In my mind there's few things more fruitless than trying to cover Neil. Better IMHO to try to "channel" Neil on compositions of your own (the way Israel Nash does so well). I often break into playing Neil's songs off by myself but being able to play 'em doesn't get the rest of us anything more than a cup of coffee - there's just no money there IMO.
My sister is 7 years older than me and worshiped Neil Young during the '70s. I know most of his early stuff quite well, but really have zero knowledge of his recordings after Trans & Reactor. My top five would be in this order:
-On the Beach: My sister listened to this constantly, and it was my favorite when I was 8 in 74. I still love listening to it 40 years later
-Tonight's the Night: Almost as great as On the Beach though most people like this one better. The Hits & Misses order sequenced by David Briggs is better than what was released. Kind of an art project really. Neil refused the first couple of covers because the paper didn't feel right.
-Everybody Knows this is Nowhere: This is the first record where Neil found his true voice. An absolute classic.
-Rust Never Sleeps: For whatever reason I love the really rough quality of the recording and performances. Definitely a classic to me
-After the Gold Rush: A great record that was recorded in Neil's basement because he hated being in the studio. Personally I like this one better than Harvest(which is more consequential)
I would also mention
-Zuma: It's a great listen just for Cortez the Killer alone.
-Time Fades Away: In some ways I like this better than Rust Never Sleeps, but it's an acquired taste. Neil really didn't want to be on tour and it shows. A great example of audio verite made on some strange all in one 16 track recording device made by Quad Eight known as the Compumix. It was mixed straight from the board to the cutting head mix. Probably his poorest selling record that was loathed when it was released. People think about it differently now.
-Hawks & Doves: Comes a Time is a better executed record but I like this one and American Stars & Bars better. All three have scraps from the Homegrown record that Reprise so desperately wanted to be the followup for Harvest. In his infinite wisdom, Neil canned the idea and released Tonight's the Night instead. Much to the company's dismay.
-Harvest: Neil's universal classic. I've heard too many times to enjoy it anymore(it was my sister's favorite). A real can't miss record for sure and worthy of its status.
-Any track from Buffalo Springfield Again that was written by Neil. Expecting to Fly, Broken Arrow & Mr Soul are some of his greatest songs. It presaged the first solo album, but Neil doesn't seem to like the overproduced aesthetic which is understandable. For me Expecting to Fly & Broken Arrow are cooler than anything the Beatles did on Sgt Pepper's. Then again I like Their Satanic Majesties Request better than Sgt Pepper's so my opinion is certainly offbase.
-Neil Young(the first solo LP): Buffalo Springfield Again continued without anyone from Buffalo Springfield to bother him. Neil hates this record, but it's worth the price of admission for The Loner
I love this album, too, but which Neil Young Voice did he find? There's such a startling variety of New Young Voices in a number of the subsequent albums, from Comes A Time to Arc/Weld. All different.
I laugh that Neil doesn't like his first solo album, "Neil Young". I think it is gorgeous. What I suggest is, Neil should just keep following his destiny and keep cranking stuff out and let other people decide what's excellent and what isn't. Because, Neil is not about learning "what works for him" since as soon as something is working for him, he stops doing that and goes off doing something else. Which is righteous, and exactly what he should be doing.
Btw, I prefer Peppers to Satanic Majesties but I will say, I've listened to "Citadel" 4 times for every one time I've ever listened to any song from Sgt. Peppers. Yet, I've listened to "Expecting to Fly" 3 times for every one time I've listened to Citadel.