The Tone! Neil Young's "Eldorado" on Freedom

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  1. theprofessor

    theprofessor Poster Extraordinaire

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    As a young kid learning to play the acoustic guitar, I started off with the classic Neil Young stuff, along with CSNY. If I recall correctly, the album Freedom came out when I was in junior high school, and I listened to it a good bit at that time. I believe this was just before Eddie Vedder was doing his best to pay homage to Neil's apparent status as godfather of grunge. At any rate, I come back to this song sometimes, just because the tone is _so darn good_. Hope someone else likes it too.

     
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    beyer160 Friend of Leo's

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    I have very fond memories of this album, because it ended a decade-long string of duds from Neil.
     
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    Chiogtr4x Doctor of Teleocity

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    Neil is (IMO) an electric and acoustic master of really, a bunch of things- tone, space, phrasing, effects/delay.
    And it's all right here!

    Funny, some of the Spanish phrasing here, almost sounds like what Steve Stills might play. Another master
     
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    That album is awesome. I love Ragged Glory too.
     
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    A live version of this song. He really is a master. Notice his soft touch at times.

     
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    the way his guitar sounds on zuma is my tone holy grail.

    only thing better than the way he phrases his chords is all the work that he does with his right hand. unbelievable feel and dynamics. such a criminally underrated player who's instrumentation often gets overlooked because his songwriting is so strong. nothing but soul
     
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    Lou Reed seconds that, in particular Cortez.
     
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    Hi.

    I’m down on Neil at the moment. I just downloaded the app for the Neil Young Archive and through it, paid for a one year subscription (according to Apple, it went through). Which apparently broke the app. Now, I cannot log in on the app, and the website still lists me as a ‘free subscription’ level member. Not alone in this problem too, apparently.

    But also, I’m really hot on Neil at the moment. Reading Waging Heavy Peace, revisiting lots of his work and just bought Roxy: Tonight’s the Night Live.

    I really rate his guitar playing. On electric, when he nails it, man does he nail it. The tone, the phrasing, the choices he makes, all of it are just so powerful and evoke emotion in a way I think of as raw, meaningful and real.

    But yeah, c’mon and fix that app...

    Pax/
    Dean
     
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    I stooped caring after Rust Never Sleeps, where he gave us all at that show permanent ear damage and tinnitus.
     
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    Because of his history of neurological deficits from polio and epilepsy, he has said that his right and left side do not seem to communicate well. He has always had trouble walking because of this, and I can imagine how difficult it is for him to play guitar or piano. He never plays a lot of notes, but he knows exactly how to use the ones he does play. Awesome!
     
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    GGardner Friend of Leo's

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    Interesting! I thought this thread was going to be about the tone he gets from his 5E3.
     
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    It sounded like he was getting some extra tone from a spring reverb unit toward the end there: SLAM!!! Rumble rumble rumble...that was cool in a Neil Young kind of way.
     
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    I love Neil Young's guitar work but when I listen to this, I hear a lot of Mark Knopfler influence. It's like he's about to break into "Sultans of Swing" every time he turns the corner.
     
  14. TokyoPortrait

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    Hi.

    Other way round maybe?

    Young has talked about how much he liked JJ Cale.

    Edit: but, to be fair, I also get what you mean.

    Pax/
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    i went out to dinner one time and lou reed and richard belzer from law and order were sitting at the table next to us. they both had sunglasses on indoors. if i only knew then what i know now
     
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