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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Words: Between The Line of Ages

Words: Between The Line of Ages

We have a bit of a propensity here to deal with a lot of words.

So Neil Young's song "Words" holds a special place for us as a blogger. But not just us though.

Artist Ron Regé, Jr. at his blog THE PLIGHT OF THE CARTOON UTOPIAN has a recent commission Words: Between The Line of Ages which is pretty cool. If you follow the link you can see a blowup and lots more words.

And our friend Greg M (A Friend Of Yours) has these words on "Words":

Well, you went and did it, forced me to own up to the fact that of all Neil’s LPs and CDs the one I don't own is Red Rocks. If I'm not mistaken, I had it for about two weeks before it got stuck in a CD player and I never replaced it. Also if I'm not mistaken, I saw the Neil With Friends tour stop outside Detroit. I remember being blown away by the set list which included at least two or three songs I had never heard before in 30+ concerts ( “I Believe In You”, for one), and several songs that were real set list rarities, as well, although I do not recall if he played Words that night.

Thanks for the tip, I will definitely go out and get the CD as funds permit, and as Borders 50% off offers come available. The JTTP version is not stellar by any stretch, just a fondly recalled funky album side cut from a funky album. The Harvest version is pretty low key due to Neil’s back problems at the time, I think, but still so well executed. Now I am anxious to hear the Red Rocks version. If the guitar breaks are anything like “On The Beach” as Junkman Shining Shoes seems to intimate, then I'm really intrigued, because I agree that that is some of his best recorded guitar work- crisp, melodic and bluesy, and unadorned by any wall of sound treatment- a lot like his guitar playing from a Shocking Pinks concert I saw.

By the way, while we’re on the subject of best versions, in my list of gem moments from JTTP, I neglected to single out what for me is Neil’s best Mr. Soul version. One time I played back all the versions I had with a friend- the Buffalo Springfield album release, Trans, and JTTP, and we both thought the JTTP version was the most vibrant and “in the pocket” version. The live concert sound of the guitar lead is incredible. The version from Canterbury House does nothing to change this for me. I believe Thrasher has posted this version in one of the Buffalo Springfield focus pieces (Stills opening up with “For What It’s Worth”, I think, with a seated Neil getting up and breaking into Mr. Soul, although the JTTP cut has a much better sound quality than the video clip) . Check it out sometime, you might agree.

Thanks again- Greg M


"Words" by Neil Young @ Mile One Centre in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada concert on April 7, 2009.

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At 7/23/2009 09:55:00 AM, Blogger dano said...

hey thrasher a little off topic here but do you know if and when the TRUNK SHOW will be released on dvd or bluray i know it was premired at the sxsw in texas a short while ago cant wait for that to be released. thanks

At 7/23/2009 08:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd really like to know this as well. I'm almost certain we can expect a blu ray, since its Neil's new favorite medium.

At 7/24/2009 03:13:00 PM, Anonymous SONY said...

Good video! Good phone.

In a word - A working man's hero!
(is something to be)

At 7/27/2009 02:31:00 AM, Blogger D.I. Kertis said...

Ah, Words! One of my favorite Neil Young songs and one of many highlights on the Harvest albums. Yet it gets so little attention. (Hopefully the funk little piece of art above gets more.)

I personally liked the JTTP version quite a bit--sure it broke down a few minutes in at one point. I feel, as I was listening to it on the Archives set (in superb quality) earlier this afternoon, that this really aids a feeling of being in the studio watching Neil and The Stray Gators working. And the arrangement is only improved, when the return full-force. I've liked the lyrics of Words (and I at least *think* I kind of understand where it's coming from, having watched some people close to me age and eventually die over the years) but, more than with the Harvest version, what I can get deeply into with the JTTP version is Neil's guitar between the verses. As you listen to lick after lick, it gets you into a deep groove. It's indescribable. I think some people get into this with jazz or classical (which I do too sometimes), but I get into it with Neil's lead guitar... it's innaresting, so to speak.


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