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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Comment of the Moment: Review: Neil Young's Dreamin' Man

The Comment of the Moment is from Review: Neil Young's Dreamin' Man by ShittyHorse:
I cant believe how great Neil sounds on this album.

Nothing beats a Solo acoustic Neil show- really. If you've never had the chance to see him this way I recommend you do next time out. I love the raw driving chaotic, melodic insanity that is Crazy Horse but the feeling you have after seeing a whole acoustic show- it's peaceful and joyous yet intense and powerful at the same time. And its solo that you really see how truly talented Neil is- with out the band and shouted lyrics, you hear the beauty in his singing and all the colorful nuances in Neil's guitar.

Dreamin Man could not have come out at a better time for me. Harvest Moon was never an album I was able to relate to well. I was too young and too busy parting and getting crazy to really appreciate what Neil was driving at. I always liked a few tunes but it was never a favorite. I was into the darkness of Tonight's the Night, on the beach, etc. I love how Neil's music truly is a soundtrack to life. It's mostly his life but we as fans can relate the songs to times and periods in our own. Neil and Dylan are both really good for that. Now my life is changing in so many ways I can relate to many things including songs and albums that I couldn't before. Harvest moon being one of them.

After some life experience- love, loss, aging, it is much easier to see the simple beauty of many things. To appreciate things for what they are and not what you want them to be. Harvest Moon (and now Dreaming man) is a tribute to life, love and persevering. Neil puts these topics down in song so beautifully, so movingly and yet still so real. Neil, on this album better than any other, captures the bitter-sweetness that is life.

These live versions just have just refreshed the beauty that Neil brought to us back in 1992.

Has it been that long?

Rock on NEIL!

Thanks SH!

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At 12/09/2009 07:41:00 PM, Blogger doc said...

Shitty, I am just SO jealous that you got "comment of the moment"!

Its been my dream to get "comment of the moment" ever since I've been comin' to the wheat.

Sadly it will never happen..there's just been too much water under the bridge with me and Thrash..although I love him dearly.
my love is not reciprocated! lol

Savour the moment Shitty..everyone deserves their "fifteen minutes of fame" hey

BTW... Great comments as always!

Jealous Doc

At 12/10/2009 02:32:00 AM, Blogger doc said...

On a more sensible note:

Liza, this is YOUR album, not only for Harvest Moon, but in its entirety. Treat it as Neil's Christmas present to you from Michael.Every song draws hard on your heart strings and feelings..I love each song's purity and sincerity, sung as only Neil knows how.
Liza,I know you'll savour these songs and they'll conjure in you those precious memories that you shared with Michael...Enjoy

luv doc

At 12/10/2009 04:54:00 AM, Anonymous Liza said...

Doc, I just felt like you looked deep into my heart....
you are so right!
Thank you!

Love, Liza

At 12/10/2009 09:45:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Listening to Natural Beauty and War of Man I am struck mostly by the way that Neil is able to maintain heartfelt sensitivity while evoking majesty, his guitar and harmonica work making him appear to be 3 or 4 musicians working simultaneously. His acoustic renditions soar and you have to love his impeccable harmonics on "Harvest Moon" - such deft craftsmanship. I, like others, didn't always give this album its due. It is wonderful to revisit it in its naked form and understand its timelessness and beauty.

At 12/10/2009 01:54:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere else, I thought I'd ask it here: what's up with the new name of From Hank To Hendrix? Where did the 'From' go? Maybe I'm the only one so pedantic to care, but is this the new name of the song? Considering how fastidious Neil is about every little detail, surely this can't be an oversight. Enquiring minds want to know.


At 12/10/2009 02:08:00 PM, Blogger Jacob said...

Ya know what's the best thing about this record? The silence before and during the songs. It's just Neil and the music. Normally a song like "Harvest Moon" is drowned out by cat-calls and screaming. But not on this record; Every note comes though perfectly clear.
Thank you Neil for the perfect christmas present.

At 12/10/2009 03:33:00 PM, Blogger ShittyHorse said...

Awesome, thank you Thrasher for this honour.
Doc, don't worry your time will come, just keep your head up and your nose to the grindstone (uh, know what I mean)

Also, I know its been said many times now but man, how awesome and impressive the scope of this archives project is! With the boxes, vol. 1 of which is just incredible, the individual discs like dreamin' man, the remastered official releases, the downloads- like Cinnamon Girl from the Filmore. It's just an avalanche of welcomed Neil material. I agree, Dreamin' is a great Christmas gift.Its a great time to be a fan!

Besides getting some well deserved rest and working on Vol.2 I wonder what Neil is up to now, what he has up his sleeve next.
Hopefully Archives Guy will give us a year-end update soon.

At 12/11/2009 08:40:00 AM, Blogger doc said...

I'm lovin' this album...My new fav. song has to be "You and Me".

Although on saying that I'm warming to all of them!
Jeez I'd love to be able to play guitar.. its just got such a sweet sound...especially with Neil plucking!!

Sorry about that "Cinnamon Girl", but that's life with Neil for ya!.. I just can't "live with ya" anymore!I'm movin' on! lol.


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