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Weekly Vinyl – Live Rust

26 Jun

Live Rust
Neil Young
(1979)

There is really not much to say about this album.
As a live album, it is one of the best.
It neatly summarises Neil Young’s music at the moment and foreshadowed the force he was to become.
This album, and the movie, was and is a great introduction to Neil Young’s music. At once poignant, sorrowful, introspective, angry and powerful. There is no weak track on this album. As a reminder to how genuine Young is – the album even has him flubbing the words to his song Thrasher. This is pure brilliance – when have you ever heard a live album with the band or artist making mistakes? It all gets overdubbed and corrected in the studio making these albums not really genuinely live.
Acoustic and electric, foreshadowing the grunge era, foreshadowing the “Unplugged” fad, embracing punk and hippie subcultures, naïvely optimistic and realistically cynical … this album has it all.

It is one of the best albums ever pressed.

Weekly Vinyl – Harvest

24 Oct

Harvest
Neil Young
(1972)
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This is the album that made Neil Young. IT sky rocketed him to international stardom and gave him the financial comfort zone to do what he wants. And he’s still doing what he wants – refusing to sell out and being a brilliant counterpoint to what a “star” performer is.
Although this album is on the “mellow” side of Neil Young’s discography, there is enough diversity in the sound that makes every song distinct and interesting. Is it really that mellow in itself, or is it just mellow in what music Neil Young was to create subsequent to this recording?
I am bisead tough. This record was very formative to me. The song “Heart of Gold” is a mellow wistful song. It has a special place in my heart as it was the first song I mastered on the guitar and harmonica. I did a killer version of this. With help I figured out the very comlecx riff of “Needle and the Damage Done” on guitar. I learnt to play guitar with this album. Back in the day I could easily play five out of the ten songs on the album. I could play most of them.
It was an acoustic album that had a drive and a purpose.
It is still that.

Weekly Vinyl – Comes a Time

7 Feb

Comes aTime
Neil Young
(1978)
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When I randomly picked this album, I thought the review would be easy. A cakewalk.
After all, I know this album very well. I’ve had it for many years. The album is a classic. A piece of cake to review.
Well, not really. I had forgotten how good this album is. A mix of countryish tunes. Some rock and roll. Whimsical folk. I was listening for a weak song. Nothing doing. Each song is great. Some are more well known than others, but it is quite telling that out of the 10 songs on this disk, five are classics (this includes the Ian Tyson “Four Strong Winds” cover Neil does.)
This album was one of my guitar teachers in high school. I could play most of the songs on this album on my bannana-necked guitar. I knew a few chords and I could play along with Neil. What’s better than that. I recall ineffectively serenading a objects of my affection with the songs “Look Out For My Love” and “Comes a Time” among others.
Although this album is quite mellow and laid back there are hints of what is to come next in Neil Young’s musical odyssey. You can only hear this if you know that after this album come the sonic assault in the forms of the albums Rust Never Sleeps and Live Rust. You can hear the subtleties of noise yearning to breakout in the background of “Look Out For My Love” and “Motorcycle Mama.”