Neil Young's TRANS: An Underrated Masterpiece, or Justly Ignored?

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"We R in Control" sounds like Kilroy was Here-era Styx, albeit with better chord changes and ugly guitar breaks.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 02:08 (fourteen years ago) link

'but it has some pretty solid (and even touching) songs. '

I like Little Thing Called Love, like a faster, happier version of 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart':

Only love puts a tear in your eye
Only love makes you hypnotiyized
Only love makes you choose
Only love brings you...the bloooz.

Carlos Keith (Buck_Wilde), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 10:13 (fourteen years ago) link

eleven months pass...
Thank you to my friend who told me about this album, I'm not that into Neil Young, but Transformer Man is so beautiful, it's really lovely melody getting strangled by the vocoder. *shudders*

I know, right?, Monday, 14 May 2007 16:06 (thirteen years ago) link

"Sample and Hold" is the best thing on the record ... that album is brilliant songwriting mixed with a poignant concept (past, present future through the prism of his son). Makes me forgive the analog vocoder shit. I'm endlessly fascinated it.

Jiminy Krokus, Monday, 14 May 2007 16:31 (thirteen years ago) link

the vocorder stuff is the best part! my biggest complaint w/trans is that he didn't go synth pop enough...i wish there weren't the bet hedging trad songs....but it's still a great record.

M@tt He1ges0n, Monday, 14 May 2007 16:35 (thirteen years ago) link

I'll agree that it doesn't go far enough; some tracks are underwritten. "Like an Inca" should be the epic song of this period, the nearest rival to "Rockin' in the Free World" several years later, but it's not weird enough: it sounds like Thomas Dolby hired to put synth touches on a Santana number.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 14 May 2007 16:37 (thirteen years ago) link

It is Neil Young's best album.

The Real Dirty Vicar, Monday, 14 May 2007 16:58 (thirteen years ago) link

i love it, but that's going a bit far

jaxon, Monday, 14 May 2007 17:29 (thirteen years ago) link

Underrated, not a masterpiece.

M.V., Monday, 14 May 2007 17:34 (thirteen years ago) link

Neil Young:Trans::Martin Scorsese:King of Comedy

sanskrit, Monday, 14 May 2007 18:13 (thirteen years ago) link

i think i needed spaces in there, but you know what i meant

sanskrit, Monday, 14 May 2007 18:13 (thirteen years ago) link

Charming in many ways, especially from a 20 years-after-the-fact hindsight view (the same way it's entertaining to watch Clockwork Orange and think about its view of what those in the early Seventies thought the future [which is today] would look like).

Wait a minute! Today is the future? Then what the hell is tomorrow?

Tinky-Winky, Monday, 14 May 2007 18:54 (thirteen years ago) link

This is a good album with some great songs but I actually like Everybody's Rockin more. Wonderin' is such a beautiful song and it has a beautiful video.

filthy dylan, Monday, 14 May 2007 18:59 (thirteen years ago) link

It sounds like its from some really good 80's cartoon video. Like one of those weird ones you'd get on old VHS bunged in with My Little Pony.

I know, right?, Monday, 14 May 2007 19:10 (thirteen years ago) link

two years pass...

Listening for the first time - this is a very timely album.

I am using your worlds, Wednesday, 22 July 2009 19:32 (ten years ago) link

this album's great! kinda marred by the inclusion of the non-synth/electro stuff though. so unnecessary.

girlish in the worst sense of that term (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 22 July 2009 20:13 (ten years ago) link

but I adore "Like an Inca" though. I've listened to it more often than "Cortez the Killer," I think.

Heric E. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 22 July 2009 20:18 (ten years ago) link

(I guess that one's non-synth besides the two-note synth motif in the chorus)

Heric E. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 22 July 2009 20:19 (ten years ago) link

It is Neil Young's best album.
^^^^belongs in the challops hall of fame ... not even in Neil Young's top ten best albums, though you could make a case for it being the best of the 80s, maybe. it is pretty fascinating overall -- is there an example of another major 60s rock artist trying something so weirdly daring in the 80s?

tylerw, Wednesday, 22 July 2009 20:29 (ten years ago) link

i fixed a facebook quiz so that i could get this as my 'what neil young album are you'

like totally gr80 to the max (jaxon), Wednesday, 22 July 2009 20:31 (ten years ago) link

five months pass...

Is Human Highway ever going to get rereleased? If they put it on BlueRay, that would be the thing pushing me into buying a player.

I X Love (Abbott), Wednesday, 30 December 2009 00:27 (ten years ago) link

i don't know about a re-release, but if you just need a copy you can e-mail me @ dr.carl.sagan at gmail

ian, Wednesday, 30 December 2009 00:35 (ten years ago) link

You kick ass.

I X Love (Abbott), Wednesday, 30 December 2009 00:40 (ten years ago) link

haha, enjoy ....

tylerw, Wednesday, 30 December 2009 00:43 (ten years ago) link

or rather, "enjoy"

tylerw, Wednesday, 30 December 2009 00:43 (ten years ago) link

just remembered that the non-LP single version of Mr Soul was better than the one on Trans. Never checked to see if it was available. I remember it as being a denser/louder sound. Anyone know if it's out there as MP3, bonus track .. ( I could search, I guess.)

dave225, Wednesday, 30 December 2009 00:50 (ten years ago) link

I've seen Human Highway before & I totally enjoyed it.

I X Love (Abbott), Wednesday, 30 December 2009 00:56 (ten years ago) link

Underrated half-assterpiece. The half that's good is my favorite Neil Young I've ever heard.

Nate Carson, Wednesday, 30 December 2009 01:50 (ten years ago) link

two years pass...

Trans is so fucking good. Especially loud.

harmonies on Sample & Hold are godlike.

Jamie_ATP, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 11:13 (eight years ago) link

three years pass...

yeah, seriously, "sample and hold" owns. juiced up severed heads with sweet harmonies or a kinder gentler skinny puppy

brimstead, Sunday, 19 April 2015 08:09 (five years ago) link

Rated #20 (out of 35) in this piece of click bait. FWIW I like Trans a lot; would certainly make the bottom half of my top 10 Neil records.

Bloody Snail, Sunday, 19 April 2015 09:09 (five years ago) link

eight months pass...

Listening to this in full for the first time (on slightly hissy O.G. VINYL that I've actually had for a long time) after dipping into Shakey again, and being intrigued by the perverse idea of Neil using the Synclavier to do note for note replacements of Crazy Horse backing tracks. The non-electro songs would've been at quite at home on a mythical early 80s CSNY album (or Daylight Again, if S & N went to Y instead of ringers and the then at death's door C).

I wonder how pissed Geffen got when he heard ZZ Top's Eliminator, which dropped a few months after Trans and used electronics in similar ways, and realized how horribly right this project could have gone.

"Damn the Taquitos" (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 2 January 2016 01:00 (four years ago) link

I'd call it Unjustly Not Ignored. But I know it has lots of defenders.

clemenza, Saturday, 2 January 2016 01:57 (four years ago) link

After I got done with Trans, I put on a vinyl copy of The Bridge tribute (which I think scored in the same haul about 7 years ago). The Sonic Youth "Computer Age" was nice, but I get the feeling they could've picked anything from the Young catalogue and it would have come sounded exactly the same as that cover.

"Damn the Taquitos" (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 2 January 2016 05:16 (four years ago) link

three years pass...

In case anyone cares, a whole raft of recordings from the Solo Trans tour have just been upped on D1mead0zen.

Maresn3st, Saturday, 5 October 2019 16:11 (nine months ago) link

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