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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

MP3 of "Fork In The Road": Quality Whether You Want It or Not

fork-in-road-cover.jpgThe MP3 for Neil Young's new Fork In The Road is now available for download on

It'll be interesting to see how many folks download this MP3, especially since Neil challenges its quality with the line "it sounds like shit". Reverse marketing, maybe?

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At 2/04/2009 01:40:00 AM, Blogger Chad Huculak said...

It's also available on itunes, where I just bought mine. I'm lovin' this track, no matter the sound quality.

At 2/04/2009 05:14:00 AM, Anonymous cleandemon said...

Not on the UK iTunes or Amazon.


At 2/04/2009 09:03:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Fork on the road is nothing less than another statement about the world we live in today. About the recession, about cars and fuel, but also about quality, especially sound quality.
Read this:

This article tells Neils opinion on sound quality. if you look and listen to FITR with this in mind, you get the idea Neil is trying to put out.
I also think this is the reason why the song sounds (even in many a fan's ears - not mine btw) like a 'Piece of Crap'. Not coincendentally the name of a similar song Neil put out quite some years ago. This is one of his concerns in our present world: we are overloaded with crap. And getting used to it being normal, thanks to (a.o.) Apple. Download this!

If you read Neils comment on the 'poor' melodies on LWW he states: some of these melodies were meant to irritate > the message will get all the more through. some are meant to stick in your head, they sound very familiar.

About qualituy in general:
I stumbled upon the supposedly artwork for the cover of the unreleased 'Homegrown' through one of your pages. Had never seen it before, great! It clearly is not the definitive artwork but a 'rough sketch' of what it would look like if the design would be accepted. If you look close, you can see the felt-marker stripes of (probably) Gary Burden or Janice Heo.
But even this cover makes a statement about quality: at the top of the design it says 'Neil young - Homegrown' and at the bottom it says: 'never known to fail'
That was back in… 1975?

I love the mission Neil is on. Please continue Neil!

At 2/04/2009 09:39:00 AM, Anonymous MARIAN M. said...

Thanks for the link, Thrasher!

I couldn't find it yesterday on my own. As this is is my first download, I'm pretty excited!

I love this song!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marian M.

At 2/04/2009 10:42:00 AM, Anonymous BBQ.Master said...

The fact that Neil releases this song as a mp3 download and singing about it sounding like shit is a complete joke, but I like Neil's humor. ;)

At 2/04/2009 12:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Archives Guy,

If you're out there?When can we look for FITR the album,CD whatever to be available?The whole shabang a bang that is.And please tell us that Neil WAS joking when he said in the Aussie interview that Archives vol.3 could come out before vol.2.?NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
The Mugwump

At 2/05/2009 11:16:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't eat Hope.


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