Landing on Water in 2009
US Airways 1549, January 15, 2009
While this is probably not the most original post we've ever done -- nor a particularly original idea -- like so many, we're grateful to hear that US Airways 1549 landed on water safely this week.
Landing on Water by Neil Young, July 1986
Actually, the reception for Neil Young's 1986 Landing on Water was chillier. Although -- like many of the 1980's Geffen releases -- the album's reputation has been enhanced over the years.
We really were looking for a better back cover scan but didn't feel like dragging out the vinyl to the flatbed. So here's a little thumbnail of the back cover which actually would've been better for this post. (So if you have one, please send our way and we'll replace).
A lot of folks are pretty unfamiliar with this album as -- like so many -- it is very underrated. Here are some MP3 samples from "Landing on Water".
An exceptionally timely interview from The Courier-Mail:
Q: One of my favourite albums was Landing on Water, a much under-appreciated album. What are your thoughts on the album now?
Neil Young: I haven't played any of those songs lately but it's an interesting record. One record company president in Europe told me it was the most claustrophobic record he had ever heard and I thought that was pretty cool. He put it on in his Porsche and would turn it up real loud. He just felt like it was all over him. That's where I met (producer) Niko Bolas. We call ourselves the volume dealers when we work together now, we did the last three, Living With War, Chrome Dreams II and Fork In the Road."
Lastly, we'll suggest that Expecting to Fly (E2F) change his handle to Expecting Not To Land on Water (EN2LOW).