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Thursday, April 09, 2009

"Are You Ready for the Country?" @ St. John's, Newfoundland - 4/7/09

Neil Young - "Are You Ready for the Country?", St. John's, Newfoundland - 4/7/09

More rave concert reviews of tour kickoff in St. John's, 4/6 & 7/2009.

Thanks RodneyMaxwellFord!


At 4/09/2009 07:15:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is cool but nobody filmed
LOST IN SPACE, GOIN BACK or ALBUQUERQUE?? These are treasure songs that are hardly ever WRECKING BALL was filmed last year in Colmar.

Neil is really pulling out some amazing numbers for us and people record Heart of Gold or Needle and the damage done...what's wrong?

Chris the Azorean

At 4/09/2009 07:41:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

lost in space


At 4/09/2009 07:43:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great great redneck version of this great kickass song ! I'm a Lynyrd and Crazy Horse fan, and I love it, damn.
Sam from Texas

At 4/09/2009 08:12:00 AM, Anonymous wiggy said...

the ways of love:

goin back:

At 4/09/2009 08:18:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome video today.

FITR FINALLY arrived today!!

I've got to say, loving it so far. A lot more than I liked LWW at first listen. A good Rock n Roll record. Good for driving on sunny days too... :-)

Slight problem though, I got the CD + DVD version, and both discs were quite badly scratched when I took them out the cover. Anyone else receive them like this? The DVD seems to be playing fine so far, but I'm a bit worried the CD will mess up... Time will tell


Davie from Scotland

At 4/09/2009 08:57:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay some people have good sense!

Amazing videos!


At 4/09/2009 09:27:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am getting very excited about the upcoming show in Kingston. Amazing setlist so far. I can't help but wonder how it will change by the time I see the Kington show.

OK NEIL! I've thrown this out here before, I know it's crazy, maybe the time isn't right, maybe it could be... A friend and I would would certainly love to hear you play "The Painter". ...You know we have our reasons.

Ont. Canada

At 4/09/2009 10:48:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love to see "The Painter" too. Almost anything from Prairie Wind, in fact, it was forgotten far too fast. Like "No Hidden Path", it seems :-(

At 4/09/2009 02:45:00 PM, Blogger Greg McGarvey said...

Despite making some moves that are catering more toward fans of the distant, post-human, or at least post-CD future (i.e. diluting CD and DVD versions of his box set and new album in favor of bulking up their respective Blu-Ray releases, a well-intentioned strategy to get us closer to the master tapes), this is a fucking GREAT time to be a Neil Young fan!!

I was alternately misty-eyed and hysterical (an Irish thing?) watching Rodney's St. John's videos last night. I'm feeling the same buzz as I re-watch "Lost In Space," "The Ways Of Love," "Goin' Back," "Albuquerque," etc.

Where were the strings (the orchestral strings, not the whopping thirty acoustic guitar strings playing those beautiful chords) on "Goin' Back" coming from? Maybe Larry on the Stringman?

Vibes. I miss the vibes in the studio recording of "Just Singing A Song." It's interesting how many of his great '70s recordings, including some that have been revived this week, have vibraphone. Such a subtle touch, but beautiful.

Nobody but Crazy Horse can be Crazy Horse, but it's fantastic knowing that Neil the concert performer and Neil the writer can do his arrangements knowing that he has such a wide palette of musical colors with which to work. Once the Greendale tour was over, I was hoping he'd return to projects with both Ben and The Restless/Lost Dogs. It's kind of hard to believe that Neil didn't stumble upon this dynamic and eclectic band until just a few months ago (not that CD II album and the Ralph tours were bad at all).

When I started to check out the Get Around film two nights ago, I had my first flirtation with the "maybe he's losing it" thought that so many have previously shared (often during times when it was convenient to dismiss the substance of what he was communicating). But now that I've watched it, not only do I realize that he probably found great humor in both the project itself and anticipation of the general public having another "you'll never believe what Neil Young did" story, BUT it also gave me an opportunity to listen to the album for the first time, for free, in my headphones with a full-screen video of the lead singer, the car he is singing about, and the American landscape he is singing about.

Don't get me wrong, I'm never going to watch it again, especially if they stick to the plan of releasing a film of the actual studio performances, but, looking back, I feel like I was in Texas with Neil, hearing his new album for the first time (which, like many fans, I enjoyed more than I expected) and I didn't have to pay for the album, grass, OR gas!

Hot tip: try playing the title track with a voice removal effect on your playback device. It turns into a real long Ben Keith lap steel solo, with chunky acoustic guitar, light drum accompaniment, and little organ flourishes.

At 4/09/2009 06:17:00 PM, Blogger CCTB said...

WHY,..does everyone say a "rushed cd" Neil put out a rushed cd...Neil puts a CD out every year. He lives the times, thinks the times and writes the times. Every year. This IS the way he is and recordes. In the moment. FITR is a fab CD and fits quite nicely in the rack. Theres my bit for the day!
Gotta love the Electric Band!

At 4/09/2009 06:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greg and CCTB bang on ... That's what Neil does ... Would you rather some greatest hits tour every 5 years? Of course not! As a 15 year old in 1983 I "discovered" Rust never sleeps, loved the electric stuff and then got into the acoustic stuff. Why get hung up about the 70's? Neil has just produced another top album. This man is at the top of his game. I don't want the greatest hits I want Neil Young in 2009. Roll on Nottingham!
Mr Fudge UK

At 4/10/2009 02:37:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would be cool if he played White Line for a while. That song is such a neglected classic.


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