Neil Young - On The Beach

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
A3 Revolution Blues 4:02 18
B3 Ambulance Blues 8:57 18
B1 On the Beach 7:04 15
A4 For the Turnstiles 3:13 11
A2 See the Sky About to Rain 5:03 6
A1 Walk On 2:40 5
B2 Motion Pictures 4:20 4
A5 Vampire Blues 4:11 3


Zeno, Wednesday, 13 May 2009 22:51 (eleven years ago) link

Great album. For me: See The Sky About To Rain. I've overused this word today, but it's "bluesy," and melancholy, and sounds like a jaded good-bye note to the era.

Daniel, Esq., Wednesday, 13 May 2009 22:53 (eleven years ago) link

Ambulance>Motion>Revolution>Beach>Turnstile>Walk>Sky>Vampire

Zeno, Wednesday, 13 May 2009 22:53 (eleven years ago) link

my favourite Young record for sure. his most special,most delicate and nuanced thing he ever did.
same goes with the cover art btw.

Zeno, Wednesday, 13 May 2009 22:55 (eleven years ago) link

Walk On, narrowly over Ambulance Blues

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 13 May 2009 23:09 (eleven years ago) link

motion pictures

isn't even a question imo

iatee, Wednesday, 13 May 2009 23:11 (eleven years ago) link

for the turnstiles...omg this album rules!

even corpse management will be at risk (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 13 May 2009 23:25 (eleven years ago) link

it's a good album, I like all of these songs. will rep for vampire blues, that guitar solo rules

sonderangerbot, Wednesday, 13 May 2009 23:33 (eleven years ago) link

The last three songs are probably my favorite side OF ALL TIME.

^ Z S on the internet here (Z S), Wednesday, 13 May 2009 23:56 (eleven years ago) link

every song is classic but title track is just...beyond.

jesus is the man (jabba hands), Thursday, 14 May 2009 00:14 (eleven years ago) link

I could vote for every song here, but I'm in an "Ambulance Blues" mood.

Bud Huxtable (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 14 May 2009 01:12 (eleven years ago) link

voted the title track, its like a morphine addled roll down the stairs.

❉❉❉❉❉❉❉❉Plaxico❉❉❉❉❉❉❉❉❉ (I know, right?), Thursday, 14 May 2009 01:14 (eleven years ago) link

I'd be amazed if anything other than "Ambulance Blues" won.

clemenza, Thursday, 14 May 2009 01:37 (eleven years ago) link

do any balearicy edits exist of anything on this?

❉❉❉❉❉❉❉❉Plaxico❉❉❉❉❉❉❉❉❉ (I know, right?), Thursday, 14 May 2009 01:38 (eleven years ago) link

least favorite of the doom trilogy. gotta go with "turnstiles"

kamerad, Thursday, 14 May 2009 01:39 (eleven years ago) link

"Revolution Blues", I love the pop sound on the drums on this hippy apocalypse; final solo is pretty tremendous too.

dulce est desipere in loco (Euler), Thursday, 14 May 2009 01:49 (eleven years ago) link

b side is a perfect thing of beauty

in the face of that impossibility I'm going with "revolution blues"

鬼の手 (Edward III), Thursday, 14 May 2009 04:10 (eleven years ago) link

contains one of my favorite young lyrics

well I hear that laurel canyon is full of famous stars
but I hate them more than lepers and I'll kill them in their caaarrrs

鬼の手 (Edward III), Thursday, 14 May 2009 04:11 (eleven years ago) link

^^^ ed III otm.

ian, Thursday, 14 May 2009 04:59 (eleven years ago) link

There was a summer when I listened to this album every single morning on my walk to work. Three miles to wash dishes at Old Country Buffet. Some days it was my only moment of bliss. Gonna re-listen a few times before I vote. Great album.

SQUIRREL WITH A PEOPLE FACE (╓abies), Thursday, 14 May 2009 05:30 (eleven years ago) link

^i love this story.

i used to listen to it a lot while riding the bus to & from work at a hole in the wall diner. "See The Sky About to Rain" has always stuck with me more than any of the others. The keys just resonate in a profound way that sucks me in & holds me tight. i never liked happy music before work, but i didn't want to be depressed either. That song is a perfect melancholic work & i still play it a lot. The rest of the songs are brilliant as well, my personal fav NY album.

myndbloom, Thursday, 14 May 2009 06:29 (eleven years ago) link

may be an impossible poll for me. just pulled it out for a listen and i gotta be up in a few hours...

^^great stories btw - this is the perfect album to create memories with

sknybrg, Thursday, 14 May 2009 07:20 (eleven years ago) link

Revolution Blues and for that lyric - best thing he ever wrote.

sonofstan, Thursday, 14 May 2009 08:37 (eleven years ago) link

Ditto.

Enemy Insects (NickB), Thursday, 14 May 2009 08:38 (eleven years ago) link

Seems to be a bit overrated these days, this album, not that it isn't good... very good. "See the Sky About to Rain" is pretty. Has to be "Ambulance Blues" though.

Dante ... Bruno . Vico .. Passantino (Tom D.), Thursday, 14 May 2009 08:47 (eleven years ago) link

Favourite NY album, probably my 8 favourite NY songs. Hard to choose, but I'll go for On The Beach. This is also the only NY album my wife can bear to listen to.

nate woolls, Thursday, 14 May 2009 08:47 (eleven years ago) link

ambulance blues, "we're all just pissing in the wind"

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 14 May 2009 09:25 (eleven years ago) link

Not sure if I prefer Sky or Ambulance.

the next grozart, Thursday, 14 May 2009 10:22 (eleven years ago) link

This album... I mean, you'd think a '70s hippy album called "On The Beach" would be a sunny shiny affair, but it's just so RAINY. It's dreary, but beautifully so. It reminds me of a particularly miserable lunch time, sitting in the sandwich shop and staring out the window at the windscreen wipers on the cars working furiously as people's umbrellas shot up.

ch4rlie fr4m3, Thursday, 14 May 2009 11:20 (eleven years ago) link

OTB=RAINY=OTM
That's the detail I forgot in the story above. The first notes of Walk On always retrieve, more than anything, really vivid smells of rain while walking up Madison Ave.

SQUIRREL WITH A PEOPLE FACE (╓abies), Thursday, 14 May 2009 11:30 (eleven years ago) link

Before the 2003 CD release, did y'all just copy the vinyl version to a tape?

Bud Huxtable (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 14 May 2009 11:31 (eleven years ago) link

My vinyl version (well, my dad's vinyl version) has the parasol pattern inside the sleeve. Is this on every vinyl copy or am I sitting on a goldmine?

nate woolls, Thursday, 14 May 2009 11:43 (eleven years ago) link

what's neil young got against lepers?

ch4rlie fr4m3, Thursday, 14 May 2009 11:45 (eleven years ago) link

They're not all that popular in general, historically

Dante ... Bruno . Vico .. Passantino (Tom D.), Thursday, 14 May 2009 11:46 (eleven years ago) link

They remind him of David Crosby.

Bud Huxtable (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 14 May 2009 11:47 (eleven years ago) link

in some way, i think on the beach is Neil Young response to Nick Drake (only so much better)
it is known that Ambulance is influenced by Bert Jansch's "Needle of Death", and i think Drake was influenced by Jansch as well.
all those gentle, beautiful touches, like Rusty Kershaw fiddle in Ambulance (and the hand drums), or the banjo in Turnstiles,were never represented in any other Young record.
even the rock songs here arent row and heavy like most of Young rock songs,and present a more creative aspects:
the guitar has no distortion, and the playing is not the regular chords-solo-chords you usually get from Neil.
same goes with the drums.
i think only in Harvest he did something similiar but it wasnt as gentle,delicate and beautiful as On The Beach.

Zeno, Thursday, 14 May 2009 11:50 (eleven years ago) link

Definitely my favourite NY album. Revolution Blues for the surly, apocalyptic anti-LA vibe. It sounds so poisonous.

Dorian (Dorianlynskey), Thursday, 14 May 2009 11:51 (eleven years ago) link

in some way, i think on the beach is Neil Young response to Nick Drake (only so much better)

Be surprised if he'd heard him

even the rock songs here arent row and heavy like most of Young rock songs,and present a more creative aspects:
the guitar has no distortion, and the playing is not the regular chords-solo-chords you usually get from Neil.
same goes with the drums.

This is why they are not so good, in my opinion

Dante ... Bruno . Vico .. Passantino (Tom D.), Thursday, 14 May 2009 11:56 (eleven years ago) link

Ambulance Blues by a mile. best thing Neil ever done.

Ludo, Thursday, 14 May 2009 12:08 (eleven years ago) link

I love this album, and its great that he finally reissued it, but I'm a little tired of it. I've been listening to Time Fades Away a whole lot lately and I'd rather talk about that one and why in the hell its still out of print.

Trip Maker, Thursday, 14 May 2009 14:01 (eleven years ago) link

wait till you get tired of time fades away and get hooked on journey through the past

鬼の手 (Edward III), Thursday, 14 May 2009 14:04 (eleven years ago) link

^ serious talk

Dante ... Bruno . Vico .. Passantino (Tom D.), Thursday, 14 May 2009 14:06 (eleven years ago) link

time fades away is out of print because neil is a fidelity nut and the master tapes are all 2 track tape that you can't really remix

he prepared an SACD version that sounded fantastic but then declined to release it

I have a leaked copy that I think I've leonardo'd in the past?

鬼の手 (Edward III), Thursday, 14 May 2009 14:06 (eleven years ago) link

I'd like to hear it.

Trip Maker, Thursday, 14 May 2009 14:09 (eleven years ago) link

i thought it was because Neil didn't like the album?

ch4rlie fr4m3, Thursday, 14 May 2009 14:11 (eleven years ago) link

xp I'll see if I can dig it out

from http://www.thrasherswheat.org/tnfy/timefadesaway_album.htm

The problem with "Time Fades Away" is even worse, as it naivély stated on LP labels: "This Recording Was Mastered 16-Track/Direct To Disc (acetate) by Computer"; the multi-track master tape was recorded/mixed LIVE, leaving little room for remixing the "warts & all" tape hiss, bad notes & crowd noise.

To reassemble the album, someone would need to sort through fifty or so ¼" and/or 2" multi-track reels & "a few" cassettes. Finding the right version by date would be easy enough, but at what stage would the mix be at? Raw recording? Truck monitor mix? Mono PA monitor recording? And what about necessary over-dubs ("L.A.", "Last Dance")? Where are Crosby's vocals? How'd they layer the voices like that? ...impossible.

鬼の手 (Edward III), Thursday, 14 May 2009 14:20 (eleven years ago) link

My vinyl version (well, my dad's vinyl version) has the parasol pattern inside the sleeve. Is this on every vinyl copy or am I sitting on a goldmine?

Mine has this. assumed they all did? I got mine about a dozen years ago for .50 ... great copy, too!

Plunge Protection Team, Thursday, 14 May 2009 14:28 (eleven years ago) link

yeah, time fades away clearly isn't neil's favorite album but he went so far as to get it ready for HDCD rerelease along with the rest of the "missing 6" in 2004 (on the beach, journey through the past, time fades away, american stars & bars, hawks & doves, reactor)

the only two that didn't get a final release were time fades away and journey through the past, even though they were given a catalog number, had copies pressed, etc. and from what I understand it was due to unhappiness w/ the final sound quality.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y176/edwardiii/timefadesaway.png

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y176/edwardiii/jttp.png

鬼の手 (Edward III), Thursday, 14 May 2009 14:30 (eleven years ago) link

frankly I'm shocked that he's gonna release journey through the past (the film) on DVD as part of the archives

鬼の手 (Edward III), Thursday, 14 May 2009 14:32 (eleven years ago) link

Doing what you least expect him to do is his thing really

Dante ... Bruno . Vico .. Passantino (Tom D.), Thursday, 14 May 2009 14:33 (eleven years ago) link

"Pocahontas, Liza Minelli and me"

50 Shades of Greil (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 20:37 (seven years ago) link

she is 4'4"

she once recounted to Neil her deep desire to "walk like a giant"

Duke, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 21:27 (seven years ago) link

As a person of short stature, I can identify with that.

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 21:33 (seven years ago) link

she isn't 4'4" really is she?

tylerw, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 21:43 (seven years ago) link

Damn I just looked it up and she's taller than I am!

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 21:45 (seven years ago) link

Google tells me she is 5'4" (1.63 m)

Duke, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 22:08 (seven years ago) link

In a further thread-derail, and having found how easy it is to Google people's height..., I'm disappointed to learn that Iggy Pop is not actually Five Foot One, but 5'7".

Duke, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 22:13 (seven years ago) link

Prince is 5'2" right?

Iago Galdston, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 22:21 (seven years ago) link

You never know......

Duke, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 22:22 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

40 years young today

tylerw, Wednesday, 16 July 2014 20:43 (five years ago) link

He should have taken a chance and held it back for three weeks--could have released it the day Nixon resigned.

clemenza, Wednesday, 16 July 2014 21:44 (five years ago) link

heh heh.
i've been listening to this album for 20+ years now... still so good.

tylerw, Wednesday, 16 July 2014 21:48 (five years ago) link

Motion Pictures should have been much, much higher

nostormo, Wednesday, 16 July 2014 21:48 (five years ago) link

five months pass...

What would've been perfect: if Altman had interspersed the title track into The Long Goodbye the same way he used "The Stranger Song" in McCabe & Mrs. Miller

wince (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 26 December 2014 12:11 (five years ago) link

(Though I guess this album was released a year too late for that...)

wince (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 26 December 2014 12:12 (five years ago) link

Robert Altman came to my school for a Robert FIlm Festival and said that the idea for McCabe and Mrs. Miller appeared to him (in snowy images of the title characters) while listening to an LP by L. Cohen, forget which one, He was high at the time but he remembered (made notes).
As said on CSNY thread, I saw them on tour in Memphis, about five weeks after OTB was released, I think, although I hadn't heard it, and it was so exciting to encounter some of those surgin' songs in the midst of all that porridge. Y warbling true after all the "harmonies," then S-Y guitar wars wah-wahing all over C & N's hapless handclaps (okay, some of the group efforts worked, but best on Young & Stills songs). I realized that he wasn't just gonna run that Harvest sound into the ground, or turn into James Taylor. And the audience as a whole really woke up for his new stuff (though prob some wanted to get back to the mellow).

dow, Friday, 26 December 2014 15:21 (five years ago) link

Robert Altman Film Festival, not just any Robert.

dow, Friday, 26 December 2014 15:21 (five years ago) link

Neil Young, 6' 0" (1.82 m)

dow, Friday, 26 December 2014 15:25 (five years ago) link

Stood in a record store and held the Ditch box set in my hand yesterday. So much money--$179. Happily, no need for it.

clemenza, Saturday, 27 December 2014 00:53 (five years ago) link

The Pono versions won't be near as expensive.

Don A Henley And Get Over It (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 27 December 2014 01:17 (five years ago) link

Idk it's hard to imagine the long goodbye having any other theme song than the long goodbye.

man alive, Saturday, 27 December 2014 02:13 (five years ago) link

Wow I thought Neil was taller, not that 6 feet is short but I guess the ppl he's in band's with must by short

Wu-Tang Clannad (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 28 December 2014 21:04 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

i'd rather start all over again

home organ, Tuesday, 8 March 2016 02:33 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

the world is turning

home organ, Sunday, 17 April 2016 05:44 (four years ago) link

yow, neil played "revolution blues" last night in texas ... first time since 1987. those promise of the real-ers must be real on the beach heads.

tylerw, Wednesday, 27 April 2016 15:21 (four years ago) link

really dug the show I saw w them even tho we didn't get any deep cut/rarities like that honestly I might put them just behind Crazy Horse as his best backing band

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:28 (four years ago) link

I like every song on this record, but could probably agree if they were ranked according to these poll results.

JWoww Gilberto (man alive), Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:30 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

Feeling totally appropriate after the chaos of Christmas Day.

piscesx, Tuesday, 26 December 2017 12:57 (two years ago) link

seven months pass...

Underrated part

Remember your guard dog?
Well, I'm afraid that he's gone
It was such a drag to hear him whining all night long
(mocking whine)

omar little, Monday, 20 August 2018 01:30 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

According to setlist.fm, Vampire Weekend debuted a cover of--wait for it--"Vampire Blues" w/opener Kingfish Ingram (new blues dude) at their Austin shows,

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 22 August 2019 05:48 (ten months ago) link

ten months pass...

this was one of my all-time favorite albums in college. for some reason in the past decade i haven't been putting on that much neil, but homegrown put me right back in the position to really take in how brilliant this record is on every level from songcraft to arrangement. those screaming guitar tones in "walk on" @_@

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 25 June 2020 14:47 (two weeks ago) link

i love every song on this album

ACABincalifornia (voodoo chili), Thursday, 25 June 2020 15:35 (two weeks ago) link

would've voted for the title track because it's the perfect encapsulation of being stoned and depressed, just this long bummed-out smear of an experience

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 25 June 2020 15:39 (two weeks ago) link

Motion Pictures should have been much higher.Agreed on Vampire Blues though- i always skip that track

nostormo, Thursday, 25 June 2020 15:42 (two weeks ago) link

motion pictures would have been my vote

devvvine, Thursday, 25 June 2020 21:42 (two weeks ago) link

the solo on motion pictures is glorious

scampo, foggy and clegg (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 25 June 2020 21:55 (two weeks ago) link

Can’t remember if I voted in this, but Motion Pictures is like a top 5 favorite song for me, so that would have been it

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Thursday, 25 June 2020 22:24 (two weeks ago) link

I have such vivid memories of hearing this album for the first time when I visited LA for the first time in Summer of 1999.

A friend got me super high after a night of drinking and he gave me his discman and a bootleg CD of OTB that he had burned. The first side just blew my mind and I think I passed out after Revolution Blues.

It's only been within the last five years or so that I realized the second side is just as good.

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Thursday, 25 June 2020 22:31 (two weeks ago) link

get out of towwwwn...think i'll get outta toowwwwn

ACABincalifornia (voodoo chili), Thursday, 25 June 2020 22:49 (two weeks ago) link

Best song

Spottie, Thursday, 25 June 2020 23:05 (two weeks ago) link

the title track and 'cortez the killer' share a lot of dna--both sun-scorched slow burns. if one of those isn't my favorite neil song, the other one is.

ACABincalifornia (voodoo chili), Thursday, 25 June 2020 23:08 (two weeks ago) link

idk about these results. i think "revolution blues" is one of the weaker tracks, along with "see the sky about to rain"

"walk on" probably one of the best songs ever by anybody, that would've been my vote

the rest are top-tier neil, with possibly the exception of "vampire blues" which has great lyrics but, insofar as its more or less a genre exercise, for me functions as a bit of funky levity before the devastating closing trio of tracks

budo jeru, Thursday, 25 June 2020 23:30 (two weeks ago) link

also "vampire blues" guitar solo v underrated, it's so creepy and garbled, a complete subversion of what you'd expect from "blues rock"

budo jeru, Thursday, 25 June 2020 23:33 (two weeks ago) link

Young's electric piano in "See the Sky About to Rain"

.......

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 25 June 2020 23:45 (two weeks ago) link

I know it was easily available on vinyl, but it was a huge fuckin' deal in my circle when Young reissued it in 2003.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 25 June 2020 23:45 (two weeks ago) link

I love "Vampire Blues" but that may also be related to having actually seen him do a very rare live performance of it a few years back. I do think it works perfectly in the context of the album in terms of sound and feel.

sleeve, Thursday, 25 June 2020 23:48 (two weeks ago) link

xp yeah i love that wurlitzer / steel guitar combo

budo jeru, Thursday, 25 June 2020 23:58 (two weeks ago) link

yeah, not gonna tolerate any 'see the sky' slander. inevitably the first song i played the few times i've sat in front of an actual wurly

ACABincalifornia (voodoo chili), Friday, 26 June 2020 01:16 (two weeks ago) link

it's not slander, it's an excellent song that's on a record full of perfect songs

budo jeru, Friday, 26 June 2020 02:06 (two weeks ago) link

I know it was easily available on vinyl, but it was a huge fuckin' deal in my circle when Young reissued it in 2003.

― TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, June 25, 2020 7:45 PM (two hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

Yeah, this getting reissued that year was my gateway into NY. Read lots of press around then about this masterpiece was getting rereleased. Thankfully, this was around the time you could still buy used vinyl copies of albums like that at record stores for just a few bucks.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Friday, 26 June 2020 02:34 (two weeks ago) link


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