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Sunday, February 06, 2011

Guitar World Neil Young Cover Issue (October 2009)


A little blast from the past of the Guitar World Magazine (October 2009) with Neil Young on the cover and an interview.

The normally reticent Neil speaks frankly about his past achievements, his songwriting and the making of perhaps the most ambitious music anthology ever created: the Archives Volume 1, 1963-1972 retrospective.

From Guitar World interview by Richard Bienstock on NYA:
Guitar World: On a more personal level, why did you feel the need to gather your work in this manner?

YOUNG: Well, my music and the way it’s presented here are really inseparable.

I have this thing that I’m doing -— I’m telling a story. It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and in doing it I’ve become part of the creation of a technology platform that is so much more far-reaching than what I originally envisioned. And I’m fascinated by that.

My music has become a way to demonstrate a navigation system through time. And really, my life, my own content, is almost secondary at this point. I look at Archives and I go, “Well, there’s a hell of a lot about me in there.” If you’re interested in that, then great. If you’re not interested in me, then just listen. Because what you’ll hear is better than any record you’ve ever had. And there’s an era coming up in which this level of sound quality, and this level of interaction, is going to be the standard. Much like the CD was the standard for the previous era.

Guitar World: Assembling Archives afforded you the opportunity to view the contents of your musical life fairly comprehensively. Was there any overall pattern of behavior that revealed itself to you in the process?

YOUNG: One thing that really surprised me is how ruthless I’ve been in pursuit of the music. And for how long I’ve been like that.

I always knew I was callous -— if I had to do something I had to do it, and I didn’t make any excuses. That might mean changing musicians midstream, or dropping a project to go somewhere else entirely. If that’s what I had to do to keep the songs coming then that’s what I did. But when I saw it, and I remembered what happened, and thought about how I dealt with things in immature ways, it gave me a lot of pause.

But nonetheless, I continue on, and keep doing it anyway.

Another snippet of the interview caught our eye in particular.

Neil discusses Archives Vol.#2 which will include Time fades Away II. TFA#2 is an alternate version from the tour's second half.
"One thing I'll tell you about the next volume of Archives is that Time Fades Away II is in there. And it's interesting because the whole thing has a different drummer than what was on that album. I switched drummers halfway through the tour- Kenny Buttrey was in there for the first half, and Johnny Barbata came in for the second. It's a completely different thing, with completely different songs. So that's interesting. There's lots of stuff like that that I'm working on right now for the second volume."

C'mon Neil. We want TFA#1! Look, 15,000 fans have signed the Release "Time Fades Away" Petition and they don't want to be disappointed. We've been running this damn petition for years now and don't plan to run for eternity.

Could this possibly mean that TFA#1 will never, ever be released? oh, the horror.

Complete interview at Neil Young: Gold Rush - Guitar World.

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At 2/07/2011 01:14:00 PM, Blogger andrea1bianco said...

Great stuff, Thrasher! Thanks for posting it. Other important quotes:

GW: In what respect?
NY:There's less waste now.I have amounts of waste all through the Seventies and Eighties.The most wasteful period is coming up in the next Archives.
GW: Define waste.
NY:Things that were unfinished, things that never really got started, things that were finished and never used.There's just so much music and and nowhere to go with it.

Neil, we have always adored your "waste".

Andrea."So Tired".

At 2/07/2011 01:25:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher said...

Indeed Andrea. If only we could all be so "wasteful". :)

At 2/07/2011 03:16:00 PM, Blogger andrea1bianco said...

Oh, the "wasteful" Young. There's an interesting debate raging on the Rust List about a record called Treasure. These are live recordings with The International Harvesters.Anyway Neil recorded for Old Ways I, again at the ranch, still again in Nashville for Old Ways II, again other songs in Nashville, finally live with International Harvesters and after...He began to hear a beat in his head... and it was Landing On Water. Joel Bernstein was pissed off for all this waste of money and songs.Briggs didn't like the country music, but he did his best for recording Neil and he was not too happy for all these wasted songs. And so Elliot Mazer.I think that Neil Young recorded at least thirty things for getting ten, over and over everywhere.
Maybe Neil was simply angry with Geffen because he had been sued...

Andrea."So Tired"


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