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Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Year of The Horse Trailer

Just for fun, here's the trailer for the film 'The Year of The Horse '.

The concert film "Year of The Horse" from the 1996 tour, directed by Jim Jarmusch, is certainly a worthy successor to the classic "Rust Never Sleeps" with the addition of interviews and behind the scenes footage along with the raging, stomping, raw Crazy Horse style.

Featuring a several epic jams including "Slip Away" and "Big Time" which clock in over 15 minutes each, the live material reveals the magic nature of what happens onstage in the "huddle".

In an interview with Crazy Horse and Neil Young:
    Neil Young: I love that movie and I think it is a perfect add-on for the "Year of The Horse" record.

    You can really feel the personal view of a film maker, and above all the movie is about the band. It's more than a simple story, it's an impression, a succession of feelings. I had the idea of doing this movie - I like this kind of stuff and I like to have a camera with me, but Jim made it possible.

    Poncho: I always thought that that the story of Crazy Horse was less interesting than his music. It's certainly the more successful movie on Neil Young and Crazy Horse, but for me, this film is just touching on this topic. With all due respect to Jim and his work, I think that the first song in the movie shows more than what you can see in the following hour. So I liked this short movie, but I wouldn't like people to stick to this cinematographic view. It happened so many things in that band, that no one, as a movie maker, will be able to relate."

More reviews of Year of The Horse film.

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UPDATE: Somewhat amazingly, PunkDavid reports that the DVD release of Year of The Horse is in short supply on with prices that are crazy expensive?! What's up with that?!

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At 1/12/2012 06:45:00 PM, Blogger Tweck9 said...

I have always wanted to see this movie, but haven't yet. Neil's glowing appraisal of it makes me want to see it even more.

Rust is the greatest concert film of all time, imo. It's just a perfect study of how to do it and do it right. An almost completely perfect performance with a captivating thematic progression and epic, soaring finish. I'm hoping YOTH, if a different experience, is equally awesome.

At 1/12/2012 10:26:00 PM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

Did you see this interview with LA Johnson and Jim Jarmusch?

Personally, I'd like to see LaNoise in Imax format. That was concert experience to behold.

Can't wait till he starts touring again.

At 1/12/2012 10:54:00 PM, Anonymous thezumaband said...

Enough nostalgia and looking backwards. Drag them out of the pasture and force them back on the road. I don't care how old and battered everyone is. We all are. Time's a wastin'!

At 1/12/2012 10:56:00 PM, Anonymous thezumaband said...

ps Neil, if the Horse won't do it, we will. We're even more hapless, but we do know the material...

At 1/13/2012 12:38:00 AM, Blogger Benet said...

I watched this film two or three years ago. Fantastic!
The scenes, the dialogs, the story... all fits perfectly in a great documentary.

At 1/13/2012 08:27:00 AM, Blogger Jonathan said...

Matthew - you're missing out 'Big Time'...classic footage of the Horse in Europe in 1976 including David Briggs on camera...and my favorite parts are the bonus interviews on the DVD...Neil wearing his Geronimo t-shirt with Jim sitting next to him...the Neil's dad is interviewed in the film...

At 1/13/2012 09:58:00 AM, Blogger JimDC821 said...

Hard to believe that this film is 15 years old now. The first time I saw it was about 8 years ago when I had just purchased this huge Projection screen TV hooked up to my 100 watt stereo... I was capitvated, blown away, mesmerized and locked in adoration for the man, the group, the IDEA of the Horse. The first viewing is stuck in my frontal cortex much as was the live Rust Never Sleeps concert I witnessed at Pine Knob.
Jarmusch is a great, off-beat, filmmaker. And, he picked a perfect subject.

Jim in DC
(see Mystery Train if you ever get the chance)

At 1/13/2012 10:35:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of my least favorite films/music of Neil Young.Except for Music Arcade and the '76 footage most of it was as Neil would say a pieace of crap.

At 1/13/2012 10:39:00 AM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

JimDC, did you see Jarmusch covering Cortez the Killer?

At 1/13/2012 10:41:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if the 1976 footage will make its way into the Archives Volume 2.By the way its been almost three years since the first Archives was released. Neil's been very quiet about when the second volume coming out.Wonder why?

At 1/13/2012 10:48:00 AM, Blogger Jonathan said...

@tim - yes and remember early last year when we were told to get our turntables ready for 'Oceanside/Countryside', etc.?


At 1/13/2012 11:09:00 AM, Blogger JimDC821 said...

Mother Nature...
Thanks for the link -- very nice job by all involved. Wish it was the complete song though..

At 1/13/2012 11:23:00 AM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

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At 1/13/2012 11:27:00 AM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

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At 1/13/2012 11:31:00 AM, Blogger Mr Henry said...

This film is great...don't be fooled. Hoping it will come out soon in Blu Ray (along with Trunk Show and....). I see where new copies are going for almost a hundred bucks right now on Amazon! And as Jonathan points out, Scott Young has some priceless interview moments.

Versions of Slip Away and Fucking Up are both superb. All of the older footage is great, although the "let's set the flowers on fire" part is a bit unsettling somehow.

This is a landmark point in Neil's development as an artist, the period in the mid 90's when he achieved some unimaginable catharsis through his tours with the Horse, his work with Pearl Jam and his music for Jim Jarmusch. We are extremely fortunate to have this to wonder and enjoy.

At 1/13/2012 11:39:00 AM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

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At 1/13/2012 11:44:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

@Matt - HNY! Good to see you. Been awhile.

You need to definitely check out YotH. As a tease, the first thing you see in film, is a graphic informing viewer that the film is meant to be played LOUD. :)

@MNOTR - thanks for link. good reminder. we'll try and blog it as a followup. Seems there's some pent up Horse demand?! imagine...

@thezumaband - keep us posted if you're taken up on your generous offer.

@Jim in DC - oh yes, Mystery Train is a delight. Screamin Jay Hawkins "Cast a Spell" is just so spooky. Now that's seared into our frontal cortex, for sure.

@Anonymous 1/13/2012 11:35:00 AM - YotH is a "pieace of crap"??

Nothing wrong with aMore reviews of minority opinion of course. Care to elaborate??

@Tim - yes, things have been quiet. It's the holidays, new year, etc. To be expected, suppose maybe. And NY's been working on his book.

Of course, just when things get too quiet, we'll probably hear a very LOUD sound...

@Jonathan - turntables on standby.

At 1/13/2012 12:21:00 PM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

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At 1/13/2012 12:26:00 PM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

My kids loved this song...

At 1/13/2012 12:36:00 PM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

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At 1/13/2012 12:54:00 PM, Blogger punkdavid said...

After many years of searching, I recently acquired a new copy of the YOTH DVD for a reasonable price from a vendor on ebay. The description was so lacking in details that I had no idea what I was going to end up getting, but since it only cost around $10-12, and I was assured that I could return it if it wasn't what I wanted, I bit.

It turned out to be a Dutch Region 2 DVD, but that was fine for my purposes, as I just ripped the region code off and reburned the disc region-free for my personal use.

YOTH, the album, is one of my favorite Neil live albums, surpassed only by the near perfection of Live Rust and Massey Hall. I love the "space jams" of this era. The movie is also a joy to watch, and flows really well with the documentary footage between songs.

At 1/13/2012 01:04:00 PM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

Here's the scene when Jarmusch is reading about the punishing God from the OT to Neil in the film - and Neil recalls cutting down trees that he planted because he didn't like the way they were growing. Toward the end of the conversation, Jarmusch asks, so for that you think you're God?

At 1/13/2012 08:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The film would be better without J. Jarmusch "on" screen. Frank Sampedro was right by characterizing him as artsy-fartsy type of filmmaker who thinks he is getting the heart of the horse. no; he didn't make it. the film is about jarmusch telling everybody out there in front of the screen how cute he is, how brilliant his concept of the film is, how much he knows about the bible. but: the director wasn't the most important person in producing this film. it was neil, and he did a great job by giving us a great selection of rare footage etc. the film would be better with Mr. Shakey on the drivers seat but Jarmusch worsened the whole thing in the way he was dealing with the material and by his involvement to the whole stuff.
great stuff, bad directors job, missed chance.

Malte, Germany

At 1/13/2012 08:48:00 PM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

Like I said, negative energy and combativeness. It's right there on the screen.

At 1/14/2012 01:29:00 AM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

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At 1/14/2012 09:18:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BRING OUT THE HORSE!!!!!! It is Time!

At 1/14/2012 12:37:00 PM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

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At 2/28/2012 08:25:00 AM, Anonymous portable wireless router said...

I watched this film two or three years ago. Fantastic!
The scenes, the dialogs, the story... all fits perfectly in a great documentary.


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