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Poll Results

OptionVotes
On the Beach 12
Tonight's the Night 12
Rust Never Sleeps 12
After the Gold Rush 9
Sleeps With Angels 8
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere 7
Arc/Weld 3
Old Ways 3
Dead Man 2
Ragged Glory 2
Trans 2
Live Rust 2
Time Fades Away 1
Re-ac-tor 1
Zuma 1
Everybody's Rockin' 1
Mirror Ball 1
Harvest 1
Comes a Time 1
Broken Arrow 1
Hawks & Doves 1
Silver & Gold 0
Are You Passionate? 0
Greendale 0
Prairie Wind 0
Harvest Moon 0
Freedom 0
This Note's for You 0
Life 0
Landing on Water 0
Neil Young 0
American Stars 'N Bars 0
Living with War0


strgn, Sunday, 17 June 2007 11:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

oh shit decade

strgn, Sunday, 17 June 2007 11:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

and #s of boots. sorry gang. read my lips, vote dead man

strgn, Sunday, 17 June 2007 11:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

After The Gold Rush.

but On The Beach too. the title song makes me cry.

bakerstreetsaxsolo, Sunday, 17 June 2007 12:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

I voted Time Fades Away

Billy Pilgrim, Sunday, 17 June 2007 12:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

this was already done.
Best of Neil Young studio records

Zeno, Sunday, 17 June 2007 13:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

This one has live albums.

Some of them, anyway. (Unplugged, Year of the Horse, Road Rock vol. 1)

StanM, Sunday, 17 June 2007 14:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

Oh. The studio albums poll had the live albums too. Nevermind then.

StanM, Sunday, 17 June 2007 14:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

I voted Ragged Glory because it needs more love and less rockism. That's a srsly good record, yo.

kenan, Sunday, 17 June 2007 14:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

First person to vote "Old Ways" gets a dollar from me.

kenan, Sunday, 17 June 2007 14:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

I voted for "Old Ways" just for the cash. You want my paypal address?

Rock Hardy, Sunday, 17 June 2007 18:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

After The Gold Rush = the good songs are so good they make you forget about the bad ones

On The Beach = pretty much all good

Hurting 2, Sunday, 17 June 2007 20:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

I mean "When You Dance" is kind of endearing as a cornily sincere, b-level hippie artifact, but Cripple Creek Ferry is a real turd of a song, and Birds isn't great either.

Hurting 2, Sunday, 17 June 2007 20:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

I got to get away from this day to day running around

calstars, Sunday, 17 June 2007 23:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

TRANS FTW!

circa1916, Sunday, 17 June 2007 23:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

Arc/Weld. The worst/best live albums ever.

SeekAltRoute, Monday, 18 June 2007 03:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

Dead Man is actually really really good.

MRZBW, Monday, 18 June 2007 08:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 23:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

Tonight's The Night

closely followed by Goldrush and On The Beach

TTN is definitely my favourite - it's so fucked, so moving. Tender, ragged and rocking in equal measure.

Baby Mellow My Mind aches so hard - the swell of pedal steel, touch of lonesome barroom piano, and Neil's voice actually breaking up.

Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown rocks. It sounds so triumphant in its hedonism yet the undercurrent is utterly bleak.

Other favourites - Everybody Knows, Rust, Zuma, Time Fades Away, Sleeps With Angels, Live Rust. Hell, there hardly any poor ones. I've not heard the infamous Landing On Water, but Are You Passionate was bloody awful. Trans is ace though.

Ragged Glory is great fun, one of his most satisfying rock records, but I wouldn't quite put it in the top rung of Neil albums.

Harvest - handful of great songs and some dreary stuff too. Overall, it's too slick, too polite. I like Neil a little scuffed around the edges.

Stew, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 23:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

Rust Never Sleeps has Powderfinger, for the win.

Oilyrags, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 23:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

Anyone else notice how Apatow kept dropping the cover of Landing On Water all over Knocked Up. What's the deal with that? Consensus aropund these parts on that album?

talrose, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 06:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

Rust Never Sleeps for "Powderfinger", but also because of the individually peculiar time and place in which I first loved this record. Also, it's an incredibly balanced album in so many ways I can't be bothered to expand on here.

Lostandfound, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 06:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

Consensus aropund these parts on that album?

I noticed the curious product placement too, Tal. There's an interesting thread here devoted to Landing on Water.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 13:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

no "none of the above"????

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 13:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

just snuck in a vote for tonight's the night. right in the nick of time.

emotion of the less contained and calculated variety

Charlie Howard, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 15:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

me for tonights the night, too. its so close though - there are better songs on zuma and everybody knows, and almost enough to give the nod to one of them, but TTN takes it

69, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 15:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Tonight's The Night would be my second or third and very close.

Hurting 2, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 17:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

Rust Never Sleeps by a hair, for side one and Powderfinger alone (though nearly sunk by Welfare Mothers).

Davey D, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 18:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

Oh c'mon, Welfare Mothers is great! My favorite Neil Young throwaway.

Jiminy Krokus, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 19:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

DIVORCEE

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 19:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 23:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

a 3-way tie this time then.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Thursday, 21 June 2007 00:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

Fair result.

Lostandfound, Thursday, 21 June 2007 00:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

Wait. Zuma should've been much higher, though.

Lostandfound, Thursday, 21 June 2007 00:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

c'est vrai

blunt, Thursday, 21 June 2007 00:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

Someone voted for Everybody's Rockin' again.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Thursday, 21 June 2007 16:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

One vote for "Zuma"! No way!! This poll is corrupt!!!

Tom D., Thursday, 21 June 2007 16:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

"On the Beach" - there's an ILM album if ever there was one

Tom D., Thursday, 21 June 2007 16:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

Sleeps With Angels is way too high. And Freedom is way too low.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 21 June 2007 16:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

The fact that Zuma ranked below Trans completely invalidates this poll.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Thursday, 21 June 2007 16:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

So, basically, I'm the only person who voted for "Zuma"? Don't believe it.

Tom D., Thursday, 21 June 2007 16:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

I wasn't around when CSN(and sometimes Y) were at their peak, so apologies for the following somewhat naive question:

How much of Neil Young's popularity in the 70s can be attributed to his association with CSN? The thought never really occurred to me until I was checking out CSN(Y)'s Allmusic entry today, which says "it was the only American-based band to approach the overall societal impact of the Beatles".

Personally, I like Neil Young exponentially more than CSN(Y), so my gut feeling is that the majority of Neil Young's fans were there on account of his own talent. But was there a certain contingency of fans who cheered loudest for "Ohio" and "Helpless", contemplating to themselves at the Live Rust concerts that it would be better if CSN were up on stage too? Or was it more like "Why the hell does Neil Young ever play with them? They butchered 'Helpless'..."? Just wondering what the prevalent view was back in the day.

Z S, Friday, 23 November 2007 20:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

When CSN and sometimes Y reunited for a predictably horrible album in 1988, Neil begged off the obligatory tour, saying, "I dunno man, those guys need some serious practice."

And that Allmusic statement strikes me as comically absurd.

Sara Sara Sara, Friday, 23 November 2007 20:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I admit it raised my eyebrow as well, but then I go the ILM search function, and the second thing I read on the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young C/D S/D thread is "i'm more interested in the fact that CSN(Y) (or whatever) were actually REALLY POPULAR and BIG -- as in springsteen in '85/outkast or britney spears BIG. that's such a radical sea-change in mass public musical taste that deserves some comment, no?"

Z S, Friday, 23 November 2007 20:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

On The Beach is very good, but would have voted Everybody Knows this is Nowhere, in fact i shall play it now

Alex in Denver, Friday, 23 November 2007 20:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

hi alex, how is the weather in denver? in frankfurt it has been raining most of the day. i would have voted <i>after the goldrush</i>, i think. but <i>on the beach</i> is a decent winner, too.

alex in mainhattan, Friday, 23 November 2007 20:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

i will never learn the ilm html tags...

alex in mainhattan, Friday, 23 November 2007 20:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

weird

moscow_nights, Monday, 26 November 2007 03:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

it was the only American-based band to approach the overall societal impact of the Beatles

In their time their American album sales were HUGE. Their cultural cachet was such that their public greeted "Ohio" as a major statement. I'm wary of statements like AllMusic's, but the Shakey bio also makes the same suggestion.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 26 November 2007 03:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

CSNY were huge because the Byrds, the Hollies, and the Buffalo Springfield had all been huge before.

Nubbelverbrennung, Monday, 26 November 2007 11:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

yeah i think some of this is live stuff drawn from either the desert trip fest or the telluride show?

tylerw, Friday, 23 March 2018 15:05 (three weeks ago) Permalink

cowgirl jam is, as you'd expect, them jamming on the cowgirl in the sand changes....

like this is good, but again fucking #bongoalert, someone toss this hippie

this is obviously neil jamming electric so it's got a certain quality but i swear promise of the real is basically like "damn dogg u ever wish crazy horse had edie brickell and the new bohemian's rhythm section??"

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 23 March 2018 15:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

damn ok they got into it around 7 minutes...

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 23 March 2018 15:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

neil jamming electric is one of the pure sounds of music

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 23 March 2018 15:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

agreed, i could listen to him play electric guitar probably from now until the end of time tbh

playing in his high school band “The Velvet Pickle” (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 23 March 2018 15:12 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i love the way his tone has, like, corroded over time

playing in his high school band “The Velvet Pickle” (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 23 March 2018 15:13 (three weeks ago) Permalink

"what was good"

"yeah that was good"

"lets go over here and smoke a beer"

"sip a joint"

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 23 March 2018 15:13 (three weeks ago) Permalink

low-key nice little cover of "angel flying to close to the ground" with (assuming) PoTR dude singing, actually very sweet little cover, standup bass, mandolin and acoustic guitars

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 23 March 2018 15:15 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i swear promise of the real is basically like "damn dogg u ever wish crazy horse had edie brickell and the new bohemian's rhythm section??"

this brutally otm own has forever ruined neil and the real, thx ums

playing in his high school band “The Velvet Pickle” (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 23 March 2018 15:16 (three weeks ago) Permalink

haha yes, so good

we interrupt this paradox live blog

https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3cDLsAlH6YU/WrQuE55WYII/AAAAAAAAN1A/2UTc5QxaX4IzkiSXsnj7vvJTqNHCZP0WgCLcBGAs/s1600/roxy-marquee.jpg

tylerw, Friday, 23 March 2018 15:17 (three weeks ago) Permalink

paradox passage 4 - literally 14 seconds long and maybe not even that many notes on acoustic guitar

now...the "digging in the dirt" song is back and longer, i see now the previous version that was 1:30 was "digging in the dirt (chorus)", so basically neil did a reprise of this song before the actual song appeared?

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 23 March 2018 15:20 (three weeks ago) Permalink

paradox passage 5, acoustic noodling...."i was just out there takin a leak...think i heard the call of the silver eagle"....

running to the silver eagle super big japanese taiko type drum circle tom toms...big electric riff almost bo diddley....harmonica wailing...huge sounding tribal drums this is pretty cool

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 23 March 2018 15:24 (three weeks ago) Permalink

neil did a reprise of this song before the actual song appeared?

classic neil

playing in his high school band “The Velvet Pickle” (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 23 March 2018 15:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

it's a paradox

StanM, Friday, 23 March 2018 15:30 (three weeks ago) Permalink

next up..."baby what do you want me to do"

half-assey bluesy acoustic shuffle jam on what google tells me is a jimmy reed song that elvis and albert collins also did

paradox passage 6: foghorn of feedback for 17 seconds

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 23 March 2018 15:32 (three weeks ago) Permalink

"Offerings" 50 second song with fingerstyle and harmonica, sounds like the intro to a song off Prairie Wind, stops at 50 seconds

"How Long?" --- 2:26 of rawly recorded delta blues fingerstyle with the PoTR dude singing...almost sounds like an instrumental outtake off A Letter Home, it's actually the blues song "Further On Up the Road" that Clapton did (i'm sure it's a cover of someone)

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 23 March 2018 15:34 (three weeks ago) Permalink

"Happy Together" sounds like a field recording of them walking (there's footstep sounds and they are kinda out of breath")...cover of the Turtles song

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 23 March 2018 15:36 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Tumbleweed...the last song...some more acoustic strumming BUT WAIT...suddenly we are transported to the land of oz! all of a sudden it's super lush strings and harp and flute like we went to heaven...or the album storytone at least...

then it goes back down to ukelele, version of the song from storytone...
actually i looked it up on youtube outside of the weird transition this actually IS "tumbleweed (solo)" from storytone as far as i can tell

and um...

that's it?

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 23 March 2018 15:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

You know an artist is good when Harvest Moon receives 0 votes

tinnitus the night (Ross), Friday, 23 March 2018 15:41 (three weeks ago) Permalink

well.

this is, at least on my one listen, by far the least essential most half-assed thing Neil has ever done by a wide margin. (and yes i realize that's not a small statement)

but yeah as shitty as anything he's ever done has been, there doesn't seem to be any reason for this to exist

perhaps it will make more sense in context of the film, though i suspect it will make even less sense

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 23 March 2018 15:42 (three weeks ago) Permalink

we're about two years from Neil putting out albums of music that is nothing but reprise versions of songs he'll never release.

omar little, Friday, 23 March 2018 15:57 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i think that poll i ran a couple years back on 21st century neil young records is already in need of a major update, i was at Amoeba the other night digging into the Neil section and it was 50% Promise of the Real stuff and the covers after awhile all started to look the same.

omar little, Friday, 23 March 2018 15:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink

reprise versions of songs he'll never release.

for a second i got excited about this, thinking Reprise was going to issue one of his unreleased albums

Karl Malone, Friday, 23 March 2018 16:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

it's actually the blues song "Further On Up the Road" that Clapton did (i'm sure it's a cover of someone)

Bobby Blue Bland

...some of y'all too woke to function (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 23 March 2018 16:41 (three weeks ago) Permalink

That's a deliberate tongue twister name, right? Blobby?

StanM, Friday, 23 March 2018 16:59 (three weeks ago) Permalink

hilarious that there's another version of "baby what do you want me to do" here, as though the version on Broken Arrow wasn't more than enough.

tylerw, Friday, 23 March 2018 17:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

He nearly went into it back in 73 during a TTN show, after he made a Jimmy Reed joke and Nils didn't know who he was:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/r8mfpnvqi3u5xg8/NY%2011-20-73%20clip.wav?dl=0

whitehallunity, Saturday, 24 March 2018 02:45 (three weeks ago) Permalink

WTF Nils?

...some of y'all too woke to function (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 24 March 2018 03:05 (three weeks ago) Permalink

yeah it's sorta strange that after hanging around Neil and co. since the Topanga era he never heard Jimmy Reed, haha.

whitehallunity, Saturday, 24 March 2018 03:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

haha ums thanks for liveblogging this, great read

niels, Saturday, 24 March 2018 08:18 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Listening to the soundtrack now — god help me, I would love a whole album of “paradox passages”

tylerw, Saturday, 24 March 2018 15:18 (three weeks ago) Permalink

sorry, this is pretty basic neil young but i’ve been listening to a lot of zuma and rust never sleeps, random thoughts:

zuma is a relationship album that doesn’t want to be by the end. ‘pardon my heart’ is about falling out of a love faith and then maybe falling back in (based on moments not shared?)

rust never sleeps is more adult, about passing torches on and so forth. powderfinger is so heartbreaking and moving about innocent youth. lately struck by the ‘out of the blue and into the black’ lyric - coming from nowhere and making money - “they give you this but you pay for that, and once you’re gone you can never come back” - he sounds like he’s physically cold at the end of that.

map, Monday, 2 April 2018 04:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I don't think Neil regards himself as having ever possessed a "torch" to "pass"; the Rotten references are commentary if not fandom. Rust Never Sleeps is about artistic creation and growth.

Moo Vaughn, Monday, 2 April 2018 13:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

And it's his best album.

Moo Vaughn, Monday, 2 April 2018 13:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

no it's not

DACA Flocka Flame (Hadrian VIII), Monday, 2 April 2018 14:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

xp FP

sleeve, Monday, 2 April 2018 14:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Neil Young + Promise Of The Real
Paradox Official Motion Picture Soundtrack

http://image.e.wbr.com/lib/fe98127074640d7b74/m/1/400+NY+Promise+of+the+real.jpg

Is this cover image from the movie, I hope?

Available Now on Vinyl, High Resolution Audio, Download and Streaming
Available on CD April 20th

dow, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 20:23 (one week ago) Permalink

yes

DACA Flocka Flame (Hadrian VIII), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 20:26 (one week ago) Permalink

Don't think this was posted yet, pretty interesting new interview:

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/neil-young-retirement-tours-are-bullshit-w517920

tl;dr: the archives website is going subscription-based; there will probably be another physical box set at some point, although the sound quality of the CDs will apparently be worse than Neil's streaming service; he's writing a SF novel.

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 09:53 (one week ago) Permalink

classic neil

star wars ep viii: the bay of porgs (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 09:58 (one week ago) Permalink

Rumblings and rumors about the return of Crazy Horse

tylerw, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 13:00 (one week ago) Permalink

if only poncho can tear himself away from gardening for a bit

star wars ep viii: the bay of porgs (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 13:05 (one week ago) Permalink

Young is excited the film is finally coming out, though he seems well aware of its niche appeal. "We don’t expect everyone to like it," he says. "We're a little nervous because we're on a platform and everybody's gonna see it on the platform. It's like Facebook – people are gonna scream at you, and throw tomatoes and talk about your sex life and everything.

Neil has never actually been on Facebook has he...

omar little, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 13:10 (one week ago) Permalink

omg neil's novel synopsis haha

DACA Flocka Flame (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 13:18 (one week ago) Permalink

XP A few years ago he posted to his page that he was taking it over and would handling all dispatches from there on out out, but I think he got bored with that pretty quick, because it seemed like it soon went back to more generic posts, but still any political stuff posted I'm pretty sure comes direct from him.

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 16:40 (one week ago) Permalink

It's a novel called Canary. I have an agent in New York working with me on it right now. We're just finishing it. It's kind of a sci-fi thing about a guy who gets busted for a crime. He works for a power company and there's corruption in the power company and he wants to expose it, so he figures out a way to expose it and shuts down the grid a couple of times. He gets busted for doing that, and the cops come and take him out of his office, put him in a van, drug him, and he goes to a hospital somewhere. Then he wakes up and he's on a mission to pay his debt to society. That's all he cares about. Then he puts on these glasses, and they broadcast everything that he sees and he goes into different places and interacts with the people there and he's just a regular guy, but these people in this room downtown are watching everything he's doing and listening to everything. He discovers the solar company he works for is a hoax. And they're not really using solar. They're using this shit – the guy who's doing this has come up with a way to make bad fuel, the bad energy, this really ugly terrible stuff, and he's figured out a way to genetically create these animals that shit that gives the energy to make the (fuel). So he's created this new species. But the species escapes. So it's a fuckin' mess. It's a long story. So it's a novel.

idk sounds like an old guy on fb to me

sciatica, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 17:56 (one week ago) Permalink

It's a novel called Canary.

So it's a novel.

omar little, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 17:58 (one week ago) Permalink

I hope he invents some shitty fake Kindle thing for us to read it on.

cwkiii, Saturday, 14 April 2018 00:41 (five days ago) Permalink

Cortez the Killer is a fantastic jam, but the lyrics often remind me of a child retelling a fascinating documentary he saw on tv but didn't quite understand, at some point the story acquires a life of its own and he starts projecting his own desires into the world he's describing:
And the women all were beautiful

niels, Saturday, 14 April 2018 08:59 (five days ago) Permalink

i thought that was what makes the song neil-y; it's not about hernán cortés/z, it's about neil and his thoughts about cortez
neil is a child, he lasts a while

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 14 April 2018 14:14 (five days ago) Permalink


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