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Jim Bow
07-02-2017, 01:35 PM
https://youtu.be/4RKBUG9VLFU

Tom Montgomery
07-02-2017, 03:17 PM
I was once the biggest Neil Young fan around. Then about 15 years ago he began to write mostly topical songs. Meh.

Gerarddm
07-02-2017, 03:33 PM
^ Hmm. What about Southern Man? Ohio?

Tom Montgomery
07-02-2017, 03:41 PM
Today he is focusing on writing topical songs. FWIW I don't consider Southern Man and Ohio to be among his best songs.

Rigadog
07-03-2017, 09:14 AM
He's such a great songwriter, not his best work.

"I want to live with a Cinnamon girl..."

Ted Hoppe
07-03-2017, 09:16 AM
No rocking in the free world.

Rigadog
07-03-2017, 09:16 AM
"Here We Are In The Years"

Now that the holidays have come
They can relax and watch the sun
Rise above all
of the beautiful things
They've done.

Go to the country take the dog
Look at the sky without the smog
See the world laugh
at the farmers feeding hogs
Eat hot dogs.

What a pity
That the people from the city
Can't relate to the slower things
That the country brings.

Time itself is bought and sold.
The spreading fear of growing old
Contains a thousand foolish games
That we play.

While people
planning trips to stars
Allow another boulevard to claim
A quiet country lane
It's insane.

So the subtle face is a loser
This time around.
Here we are in the years
Where the showman
shifts the gears
Lives become careers
Children cry in fear
Let us out of here!

Tom Montgomery
07-03-2017, 09:48 AM
^
Far from his best and still a lot more subtle and artful than:


"Children Of Destiny"

Stand up for what you believe
Resist the 'powers that be'
Preserve the land and save the seas
For the children of destiny
The children of you and me

Should 'goodness' ever lose and 'evil' steal the day
Should 'happy' sing the blues and 'peaceful' fade away
What would you do?
What would you say?
How would you act on that new day?

Stand up for what you believe
Resist the 'powers that be'
Preserve the ways of democracy
So the children can be free
The children of destiny

When money matters most and war is good for gain
The capital is yours, the people feel the pain
They feel the pain, they walk the streets
While the bombs fall in the rain
The children hide, somewhere inside
While the bombs fall in the rain

Stand up for what you believe
Resist the 'powers that be'
Preserve the land and save the seas
For the children of destiny
The children of destiny

Tom Montgomery
07-03-2017, 09:52 AM
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I'm with Dylan who, for the most part and to much criticism, walked away from all that in 1964:


"My Back Pages"

Crimson flames tied through my ears
Rollin' high and mighty traps
Pounced with fire on flaming roads
Using ideas as my maps
"We'll meet on edges, soon," said I
Proud 'neath heated brow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I'm younger than that now.

Half-cracked prejudice leaped forth
"Rip down all hate," I screamed
Lies that life is black and white
Spoke from my skull, I dreamed
Romantic facts of musketeers
Foundationed deep, somehow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I'm younger than that now.

Girls' faces formed the forward path
From phony jealousy
To memorizing politics
Of ancient history
Flung down by corpse evangelists
Unthought of, thought, somehow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I'm younger than that now.

A self-ordained professor's tongue
Too serious to fool
Spouted out that liberty
Is just equality in school
"Equality," I spoke the word
As if a wedding vow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I'm younger than that now.

In a soldier's stance, I aimed my hand
At the mongrel dogs who teach
Fearing not that I'd become my enemy
In the instant that I preach
My existence led by confusion boats
Mutiny from stern to bow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I'm younger than that now.

Yes, my guard stood hard when abstract threats
Too noble to neglect
Deceived me into thinking
I had something to protect
Good and bad, I define these terms
Quite clear, no doubt, somehow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I'm younger than that now.

Garret
07-03-2017, 10:05 AM
Certainly not his best song - but a great message:


Stand up for what you believe
Resist the 'powers that be'
Preserve the land and save the seas
For the children of destiny
The children of you and me

Even if it is one of those durned Canadians telling us what to do... :)

Sky Blue
07-03-2017, 11:44 AM
certainly not his best song

That's true, but I've always enjoyed that album. It's 30 years old, this year (iirc). You know you're getting older when that record is considered some of his "newer stuff."

What stands out for me is NY's instantly-identifiable guitar sound, constituting a melding of folk, blues and noise rock stylings. He's a great artist.

Sky Blue
07-03-2017, 11:52 AM
Here's my favorite track from Freedom. It wasn't released as a single, but I think it's the best track on the record. It also is an exemplar for the meandering experimentalism in his playing, bringing forth great mood and expression.


https://youtu.be/OBPCTaEwaeA

Tom Montgomery
07-03-2017, 12:10 PM
That's true, but I've always enjoyed that album. It's 30 years old, this year (iirc). You know you're getting older when that record is considered some of his "newer stuff."
It was his first album after leaving The Buffalo Springfield. It was self-titled "Neil Young" and released on January 22, 1969... over 42 years ago. He has since released 38 lps.

Sky Blue
07-03-2017, 12:50 PM
It was his first album after leaving The Buffalo Springfield. It was self-titled "Neil Young" and released on January 22, 1969... over 42 years ago. He has since released 38 lps.

I was referring to Freedom, released 1989.

Tom Montgomery
07-03-2017, 12:56 PM
My mistake.

Sky Blue
07-03-2017, 05:36 PM
Neil Young's experimental noise rock

More casual fans may not know that Neil Young wrote and performed the unforgettable soundtrack to Jim Jarmusch's critically-acclaimed 1995 Western apocalyptic Dead Man.

The music lends an ancient, lost-to-time soundscape to the film while being undeniably avant-garde. The sound is haunting and atonal. It is the most memorable thing about the film and a major artistic accomplishment, imho.

Neil recorded the tracks live in a San Francisco warehouse while watching a rough cut of the film, responding directly to the images and dialogue.



https://youtu.be/uAgwoEUGgro

McMike
07-03-2017, 05:43 PM
He's a sellout, $150 per ticket minimum is ridiculous.

Rigadog
07-04-2017, 08:18 AM
It was his first album after leaving The Buffalo Springfield. It was self-titled "Neil Young" and released on January 22, 1969... over 42 years ago. He has since released 38 lps.


I love that first album, produced by Ry Cooder I think.

Tom Montgomery
07-04-2017, 09:19 AM
Young, Jack Nitzsche and Ry Cooder were the producers on three songs of the album. The remainder were produced by David Briggs.

In his lifetime (1944-1995) David Briggs was the producer on 18 Neil Young albums.

One time a Young fan approached him and asked, "Are you the guy who produces Neil Young's songs?" Briggs answered, "Only the best ones."

At one point Young compiled a list of songs to possibly be selected for a multi-record, greatest hits compilation. He handed the list to Briggs and asked, "Which songs would you choose?" Briggs struck a line through every song he had not produced and handed the list back to Young. Young was nonplussed. Briggs said, "You asked my honest opinion. I just gave it to you."

In an interview Briggs said, "Neil Young is a funny guy. He once said to me, 'If you and I agreed all the time one of us would be unnecessary. Guess which one?'"

In a recent interview Young said that not a day goes by without a thought about Briggs.

Rigadog
07-05-2017, 07:25 AM
He is a model train fanatic

http://www.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/Smokestack-Lightnin__-Neil-You.aspx