Comment of the Moment: Neil Young's Best of the Last 25 Years
2008 Berlin Film Festival
Photo by Hannibal-Hanschke
Quite a warm reaction to the recent post covering The Best of Neil Young of the Last 25 Years.
The blog The Unfinished Line surveyed Neil's songs from 1986's "Hippie Dream" up to 2010's "Love and War", and came up with a list of some essential Neil Young tracks.
Here's a comment from Jill :
I agree with a lot Christian`s choices although it is never easy to compile a list where Neil is concerned, and I find my favourites change over time anyway. I`m glad he mentioned `When your Lonely Heart Breaks`, such a really beautiful song and an all-time fave of mine. Personally I would have gone for `Love to Burn` from RG, for Neil`s guitar solos if nothing else.
SWA is without doubt a masterpiece, and I agree that `Change your Mind` is brilliant, but`Safeway Cart` is one that really grabs my attention every time I play it. Actually that whole album is amazing. `Prime of Life` is another of my faves.
`Goin` Home` yes, I see as the highlight of AYP, but it stands apart from the other songs being a CH rocker. From the rest of that album I would go for `She`s a Healer`. Or maybe `Mr Disappointment`.
I would go for `Falling off the Face of the Earth` from PW, although `The Painter` is also a lovely song . I well remember hearing that album for the first time and being move to tears with the sheer beauty and emotion of it.
Picking up on what MNOTR said about the songs flowing out of him so fast, that really is behind such a lot of what Neil has done in the past and still is doing (`don`t mess with the muse man!`) …he has so much creativity pouring through him that he has to write and record albums quickly and move on, he cannot spend too long on any one project or with any one band for too long. He has no choice but to keep up with the flow of creative energy and inspiration in order to keep it relevant and to keep it real for himself.
I know this has all been said before but it`s the weekend folks so please excuse me rambling.
Thanks Jill! No excuse necessary. :) peace