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Happy 75th Birthday - Neil Young

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Chip, Nov 12, 2020.

  1. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Of course Neil will always be a Canadian, but AFAIK he recently emigrated to the US just to do something he deeply believed in?

    Aside from that, he is one of a much smaller number of Rock stars who can fill and satisfy a stadium, alone with just an acoustic guitar and mic.

    Not a lotta Rock stars are at that level.
     
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    That may the same tuning heard on 'Bandit' from Greendale, the low E (now C) string prominently rattles thru the song, to great effect!


     
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    One of my all time favorite artists! I saw him in '76 with Stills-Young Band but missed Rust Never Sleeps tour. I still kick myself but have the record.
     
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    teletimetx Doctor of Teleocity

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    Yeah, but we do anyway.

    uh, we like what we like but we are sometimes surprised that others may not.

    For me, there was a time and place when I listened to Neil quite a lot. Others, too. I still appreciate times like that, in the most elemental way, like it's part of geography. Still have moments of wonderful listening, but I prefer the live format. Make me believe, baby! And many do.

    Funny coincidence, maybe. For peoples that likes the Clash, I'm pretty much missing that boat. Not sure I get what all the fuss is about. Certainly same for Radiohead. Just a few examples.

    But the value of my opinion is only worth something to me and maybe some of my friends.
     
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    I missed Stills-Young, But caught Rust Never Sleeps. October 1978, the good old general admission days and I was about 12 feet from Neil.
     
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    I just checked he is all the way down to a low Bb, but he's playing song in a D chord position.

    Which means guitar, is first tuned down 2 whole steps, at Standard intervals so low to high:
    C, F, Bb, Eb, G, C, then the 1st and 6th strings are tuned down to Bb, wow!

    * in other words double Drop D tuning applied to a guitar already tuned down two whole steps!

    -Leave it to Neil!
     
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    Good sleuthing there! So all told, an appropriate name for that tuning might be "Floppy" haha
     
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  8. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Poster Extraordinaire

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    Part of my hobby or whatever you want to call it ( BS I do instead of real work) is learning the right guitar parts and tuning on early Bob Dylan albums, and Neil Young songs.
    Not to really play at gigs ( not a big market for that) , so much as a curiosity thing.
     
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    Floppy B Flat! It's what's for breakfast!
     
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    raysachs Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I've always loved the guy. When i was first playing electric guitar, a buddy and I used to jam to Down By The River endlessly and then later to Cortez the Killer and Like A Hurricane. I liked the ultra-popular stuff like After the Gold Rush and Harvest, but my favorite Neil was probably the more raw and out there Tonight's the Night, On the Beach, Zuma, American Stars and Bars. Also loved the Rust period and the later stuff like Ragged Glory, but haven't really been grabbed by his stuff the last several years. I only saw him once. The first set was solo acoustic it was fantastic - as good as it gets. But this was from the Spud's MacKenzie period where he had an album of faux 50's rockers and he came out for the second set with a white suit and his hair slicked back, a band to match, and just played that stuff the whole set. That was kind of a disappointment, but it was the album he was touring behind, so not all that surprising.

    Happy Birthday Neil,

    -Ray
     
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    Quite a contrast to the earlier video of Van Morrison “No More Lockdown”.
     
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    He is a treasure.
     
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    Stills is among the ranks of "highly underrated" guitar players.
     
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    Happy Birthday Neil Young.

    Keep on rockin in the free world.
     
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    He is amazing ( or maybe now, was) on acoustic or electric guitar

    His acoustic tuning on Suite: Judy Blue Eyes: ( low to high):

    EE(low) EE (up an octave) B E
     
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    Neil and Meryl Streep:

     
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    Other than After The Goldrush, his Live At Massey Hall 1971, is the one I keep going back to.
     
  18. telemnemonics

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    Not sure I know that record but in my head I mostly hear him fingerpicking acoustic.
     
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    If Neil is your guitar teacher?

    You are dooooooooooooooooooooooooomed!!!!
     
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    This is one of the reasons why I really appreciate Neil. You'd never immediately call him a prog guy or an art rocker, but occasionally he'll have a weird idea like this and commit 100% to it. The result isn't always... pleasing (I had a thread a little while back about the polarising Greendale) but to approach these projects with a complete lack or irony puts him on another level of performer for me. That's how you know that when he kills it it's not a fluke - he always knows what he's doing whether we like it or not.

    HBD.
     
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