Let's Talk About The New Neil Young Album...

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...and how unbelievably awful it is.

Daver, Thursday, 21 March 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

You wanna hear? You have Shockwave? You have speedy processor? You go here! (Don't say I didn't warn you.)

Daver, Thursday, 21 March 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Hoooooo doggies. This isn't exactly stinky, but it's pretty damn boring. And as I said elsethread, that's one of the ugliest fucking covers I've seen in a long time. I can tell what I WON'T be spending my money on, come April 2. By the way, is it just me or does track 4, "Quit", remind you of "Tie a Yellow Ribbon"?

Sean Carruthers, Thursday, 21 March 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Here we go. It must be one of his worst albums. Lame and boring. Neil has proven again that his best days are gone by. That "Silver and Gold" was just a small flaring up of his flame.

alex in mainhattan, Friday, 22 March 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

"Silver and Gold" was just a small flaring up of his flame.

Frightens me to think of what you might consider his lesser stuff....

M Matos, Friday, 22 March 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Don't get me wrong Michaelangelo but I liked "Silver and Gold" a lot. A very calm and serene album. But it really was more an album of 1987 then 2001. His best release since "Ragged Glory" for me. But most of what he put out in the 90s was not really bad but not as good as his classic 70s albums neither. Ok compared to most of the 80s stuff the 90s were a small progress.

alex in mainhattan, Friday, 22 March 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

However bad this is, I wopn't write him off. He's periodically made bad or dull records since the '70s, and sporadically made great ones too. A bad one now doesn't necessarily mean he'll never make another terrific album.

Martin Skidmore, Friday, 22 March 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Neil. What can you say about him? Some great stuff, some weak. I'm inclined to give him a break, but his sneering pose as he sings "Imagine" (could this be the most overused anthem ever?) at the WTC fundraiser AS IF he was doing something poignant was indeed tired. Like his last record. Maybe he needs a nap or another late 60s styled revolution. -jeff

mxyzptlk, Saturday, 23 March 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

seven years pass...

Not optimistic after listening to this:

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WARS OF ARMAGEDDON (Karaoke Version) (Sparkle Motion), Monday, 23 March 2009 06:05 (ten years ago) link

I like it. Better than the other recent stuff.

iatee, Monday, 23 March 2009 06:15 (ten years ago) link

This is great, actually. The harmonies around 'it's all about my world' are lovely. Skunky guitar gets good at the end of the song. The lyrics are relevant without sounding completely retarded, which is hard to pull off.

iatee, Monday, 23 March 2009 06:21 (ten years ago) link

(as neil young would know)

iatee, Monday, 23 March 2009 06:25 (ten years ago) link

i like the song. i also like that neil's idea of what rich guys do is ride around in limousines reading the wall street journal.

paper plans (tipsy mothra), Monday, 23 March 2009 06:36 (ten years ago) link

my idea is sorta that minus the wall street journal.

his homemade videos are really endearing.

iatee, Monday, 23 March 2009 06:45 (ten years ago) link

Liked the vid, didn't like the song...I just didn't want to hear the same thing over and over after a minute or so.

WARS OF ARMAGEDDON (Karaoke Version) (Sparkle Motion), Monday, 23 March 2009 17:01 (ten years ago) link

Well, tonight's the night: At the stroke of midnight, Neil Young will premiere his new album, Fork in the Road, on MySpace. Fans of Young's guitar salvos can stream the entire album for free before it goes on shelves April 7.

Bee OK, Friday, 3 April 2009 05:14 (ten years ago) link

the guitar on 'cough up the bucks' is really great

CaptainLorax, Friday, 3 April 2009 07:13 (ten years ago) link

this is fucking awesome

This Board is a Prison on Planet Bullshit (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 3 April 2009 21:42 (ten years ago) link

yeah so far waaaaay better than i was expecting!

d20 riot tard (M@tt He1ges0n), Friday, 3 April 2009 21:59 (ten years ago) link

guitars sound great .. so far, better than Living With War -- I was basically expecting this to part 2 of that album.

tylerw, Friday, 3 April 2009 22:32 (ten years ago) link

did you like Living With War? I thought it was great...

Plunge Protection Team, Friday, 3 April 2009 22:40 (ten years ago) link

liking this so far

i like to fart and i am crazy (gbx), Friday, 3 April 2009 22:40 (ten years ago) link

i liked it when it came out, but it's not something i have any urge to listen to very often.

tylerw, Friday, 3 April 2009 22:41 (ten years ago) link

the cover of this one is hilarious

tylerw, Friday, 3 April 2009 22:42 (ten years ago) link

"keep on bloggin till the power goes out, till the power goes out, twist and shout"

O_O

i like to fart and i am crazy (gbx), Friday, 3 April 2009 22:48 (ten years ago) link

'fork in the road'
'off the road'
'hit the road'

surely this is on purpose, right?

iatee, Saturday, 4 April 2009 01:41 (ten years ago) link

'middle of the road'

CNTFACE (omar little), Saturday, 4 April 2009 01:43 (ten years ago) link

"crap in my face" (inside joke)

CaptainLorax, Sunday, 5 April 2009 05:47 (ten years ago) link

haven't bought this yet ... but probably will ... Neil's setlists look intense on his current tour. pretty heavy tonight's the night stuff! Speakin' Out / Tonight's The Night / World On A String / Albuquerque ... urgh i may have to shell out the $100 for the Denver show.

tylerw, Saturday, 11 April 2009 03:35 (ten years ago) link

nine months pass...

so i went and made an 80-minute Neil Young in the 00s mix, and honestly, after listening to all these records again, it seems like kind of a weak decade. Not terrible, but just not a lot of classic tunes ... Silver & Gold is really the only album I really enjoyed hearing all the way through. But it's not a bad 80 minutes -- send me a webmail if you want to hear it ...

tylerw, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 16:51 (ten years ago) link

Can you just post the track listing?

Euler, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 17:05 (ten years ago) link

sure, i'll do it when i get home from work ...

tylerw, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 17:14 (ten years ago) link

anyone else heard the recent Dreamin' Man live '92 set? listening now for the first time and think it's a real improvement on Harvest Moon

pobrecito (outdoor_miner), Wednesday, 13 January 2010 03:05 (ten years ago) link

I like it-- wouldn't call it an improvement but I like Harvest Moon a lot.

Mark, Wednesday, 13 January 2010 03:23 (ten years ago) link

Here's my best of the 00s tracklisting ...

Good To See You
Goin' Home
Differently
After the Garden
Falling From Above
Silver & Gold
Falling Off The Face Of The Earth
Spirit Road
It's A Dream
Light A Candle
No Hidden Path
Razor Love
A Day In The Life

tylerw, Wednesday, 13 January 2010 04:27 (ten years ago) link

Is there any other artist who's been making music for pretty much five full decades who we actually might expect would be putting out in his 6th? Like "the 00s were a little weak, but there might be some right nuggets in the 10s."

Did you say you were going to mangle the light? (staggerlee), Friday, 15 January 2010 03:53 (ten years ago) link

dylan's 00s were pretty tight and his 10s could be even better

kamerad, Friday, 15 January 2010 05:50 (ten years ago) link

really like dreamin' man too. just disappointed there will only be 9 more live archive
albums recorded between the 1970-1992 period

Jamie_ATP, Friday, 15 January 2010 09:28 (ten years ago) link

is that official? i remember there being a list of possible releases, but I think it turned out that was just conjecture on the part of a fan ...

tylerw, Friday, 15 January 2010 16:02 (ten years ago) link

(still need to get Dreamin' Man)

tylerw, Friday, 15 January 2010 16:02 (ten years ago) link

There's no official list, but Dreamin' Man is labelled 'Archives Performance Series No. 12', so you can probably make a decent stab at what 4-11 will be.

Joe Tackleberry (Some guy from Goole), Friday, 15 January 2010 16:05 (ten years ago) link

yeah, i mean Dreamin' Man might not be the last one ... There's gotta be an uhhh Mirror Ball tour CD, right? Right?

tylerw, Friday, 15 January 2010 16:08 (ten years ago) link

yeah...but i was thinking this was gonna be a really long term archive project so a bit disappointing at the small amount of shows

Jamie_ATP, Friday, 15 January 2010 16:16 (ten years ago) link

* for that period

Jamie_ATP, Friday, 15 January 2010 16:16 (ten years ago) link

I've heard Dreamin' Man and it's pretty nice but nothing more. But maybe it will reveal more secrets next listening.

Euler, Friday, 15 January 2010 16:20 (ten years ago) link

Maybe discs 13-25 will just cover '93-'97 (inc. complete Old Princeton Landings recordings, obv), who knows? But yeah, considering how everyone talks about that European tour with Pearl Jam in Shakey I'd be amazed if there's nothing released from it.

xxxpost

Joe Tackleberry (Some guy from Goole), Friday, 15 January 2010 16:21 (ten years ago) link

yeah, totally ... i mean, there are a ton of under-represented (and great) live bands/tours in Neil's career, esp. post 70s. Int'l Harvesters, Young & Restless, Mirror Ball Band .. . Trans Band, Shocking Pinks!

tylerw, Friday, 15 January 2010 16:24 (ten years ago) link

here's that list of possible performance series thangs -- again, no idea if this is official or just someone filling in the blanks
0 Canterbury 1968
1 Riverboat 1969
2 Fillmore 1970
3 Massey Hall 1971
4 Time Fades Away II 1973
5 Rainbow 1973
6 Doom Tour 1974
7 Hammersmith/Budokan 1976
8 Boarding House 1978
9 Trans Tour 1982
10 Int Harv/Grey Riders 1985
11 Bluenotes 1988
12 Dreamin Man 1992

tylerw, Friday, 15 January 2010 16:28 (ten years ago) link

tyler, you might know: are there any performances of "Cortez" from 1976 that are long, say 20+ minutes? I have two 1976 shows, one from March in Paris and one from November in Chicago. He only plays "Cortez" at the first and it's an 8 minute version, in the same spirit as the album version. But did he ever really cut loose on "Cortez" in 1976?

Euler, Friday, 15 January 2010 16:32 (ten years ago) link

i don't think so! All the ones I've heard don't stretch past 10 minutes. even the 1976 version of Cowgirl in the Sand is on the shorter side. but that is definitely one of my fave periods for Neil's guitar playing all the same. not a single note wasted, perfect Zuma tone.

tylerw, Friday, 15 January 2010 16:34 (ten years ago) link

closest comparison to neil's guitar in 1976 would have to be tom verlaine, actually!

tylerw, Friday, 15 January 2010 16:34 (ten years ago) link

huh, I need to listen to those shows more closely then. There's a ten+ minute "Down By The River" on the Paris show, and a 12 minute "Like A Hurricane" on the Chicago show. But o/w the songs don't reach epic liftoff.

Euler, Friday, 15 January 2010 16:38 (ten years ago) link

Japanese shows are probably the best of that year ... I'll get around to posting some of those soon!

tylerw, Friday, 15 January 2010 16:40 (ten years ago) link

three months pass...

hmm, neil young + lanois ... ? http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/;kw=%5B13193,138765%5D

tylerw, Friday, 30 April 2010 14:50 (nine years ago) link

two weeks pass...

looks liek the new solo tour is kind of interesting ... new songs + electric guitar stuff? Hitchhiker!
2010-05-18
Palace Theatre, Albany, New York, USA
Solo

1. My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue) (acoustic guitar)
2. Tell Me Why (acoustic guitar)
3. Helpless (acoustic guitar)
4. You Never Call (acoustic guitar w/ pickup)
5. Peaceful Valley (acoustic guitar w/ pickup)
6. Love And War (acoustic guitar w/ pickup)
7. Down By The River (electric guitar - Old Black)
8. Hitchhiker (electric guitar - Old Black)
9. Ohio (electric guitar - white falcon)
10. Sign Of Love (electric guitar - white falcon)
11. Leia (upright piano)
12. After The Gold Rush (pump organ)
13. I Believe In You (grand piano)
14. Rumblin' (electric guitar - Old Black)
15. Cortez The Killer (electric guitar - Old Black)
16. Cinnamon Girl (electric guitar - Old Black)
---
17. Walk With Me (
electric guitar - white falcon)
18. Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black) (electric guitar - Old Black)

tylerw, Wednesday, 19 May 2010 18:49 (nine years ago) link

haha, kind of a trainwreck
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w1Pna5r_vE

tylerw, Wednesday, 19 May 2010 18:51 (nine years ago) link

"perfect!"

lol

honestly I'm kinda amazed his voice sounds so unchanged after all these years

yeah, compared to a lot of singers from his generation, he sounds pretty great. maybe neil was never a heavy smoker? of tobacco, that is?

tylerw, Wednesday, 19 May 2010 18:59 (nine years ago) link


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