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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by cometazzi, Aug 8, 2020.
My favorite editions of one of my all-time fave Neil tunes, and he has a lot of good ones.
I'm reading his book on dogs and cars and he just talked about writing that song on a napkin in the back seat of car after a night out with a friend, really high.
Good timing for the post for me.
I recorded a very short bare bones instrumental version of " Like a Hurricane"
as one of 13 songs...
( instrumental melodies, recorded live into digital handheld Tascam, maybe 2014?))
... for a solo Classical guitar CD project I just worked at very casually, over a year or so. I'm not a Classical player, just love the change-up in tone, and playing approach.
I love the Spanish-sounding chord progression coupled with Neil's simple melody.
So I just played song straight/short, without any solo, a few times.
In College/1979 my wife-to-be ( that I moved in with) had an 8-track Stereo instead of a turntable, and a milk crate full of tapes.
Neil's 'American Stars & Bars' ( the album "Hurricane" was on) was in heavy rotation!
I remember watching him play that on The Midnight Special in the 70's. I was probably 15. I was in awe.
Found it on youtube. It starts at 16:00
I ride my mountain bike very often to the spot where he wrote Hurricane at Skeggs Point.
Man, this is one hell of a show!
Saw Bonnie Raitt in 1977 ( live at small PA college) with this same band lineup.
They did " Sugar Mama" just like this.
Yeah, The Midnight Special was a great show. When this episode aired, I was living in Denver for the summer with my oldest brother. I was 15. He had a '72 VW Super Beetle. I would take him to work in the morning and I would have his car all day. You had to be 16 to get a driver's license, so I didn't have one yet. It was a great summer.
"Live Rust" and "Rust Never Sleeps" are great live albums and this is one of the tunes that contributes to making them so.
On the dvd the other guitarist is playing this keyboard with these big wings on the sides haha it’s awesome.
That's one of the few tunes of his I can sorta stomach
the whine is strong on the chorus, though
It is a little whiny. I guess that's one of the reasons I prefer Powderfinger
Same. I had no idea who he was and was just mesmerized.
Neil shows his inner Viking.
My first big concert was Neil and CH on the Rust Never Sleeps tour. I already loved Neil and Hurricane and when they played it (very loud) I was in absolute heaven.
yeah , Neil's a viking at whining
Funny how things change. I was a huge NY fan at one point, today not so much. A few songs I will always cling to, other than that nope. "Hurricane, Cinnamon Girl, Cortez the Killer, Needle and the Damage Done, Old Man".
Right there with you, @ronzhd I was the lead singer and rhythm guitarist in a band in high school, and we did "Like a Hurricane" and "Cortez the Killer," along with "Farmer John" and others. I cut my guitar teeth on Neil Young's Harvest and on CSNY and so forth, and I came to love any of the stuff Neil Young did with Crazy Horse. I still go back from time to time to listen to the two-disc Weld, mostly because the guitar sonics are so freakin' awesome. I recall asking an amp tech in the mid-90's whether I should put a fan on the back of my '67 Bandmaster, because I had read that NY did that with his Deluxe (not knowing the reason why), and he just laughed: "If Neil Young jumped off a cliff, would you do it, too?"
Anyway, I have a deep appreciation for his sound and for some of his songwriting. In my acoustic style, I am very, very influenced by NY. As for albums I still think are really good, the first one that pops to mind is Comes a Time. A beautiful album, and a good pairing with Linda Ronstadt. And there are always tunes that are dear to me, like the ones you mentioned above. But over time, the whine has really gotten to me, as have the insipid lyrics of some of his songs. So I just focus on what I like of his and acknowledge the sonic genius.
Talk is cheap.
Everyone has an opinion.
Class is a bit rarer.
If Neil ever decides to show any, let me know
Love this song and all those 25 minute live sagas with cowgirls, killing chics down by the river, Cortez, red heads.....then all the way down to the other side with being helpless and hearing a song and feeling like getting high....
Prolific song writer, classic rock star, plays guitar while singing and harmonicaing and composed every bit of it. Played Farm Aid, Live Aid, went through some health hell in life personally and with family, paid his dues, and left his mark. A true original icon of rock, folk, AND country.