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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Randomly Blogged: Neil Young Signs, Cool Album of the Day, The Rock and Roll Librarian, Beyond The Pale & More Good Neil Stuff

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Some randomly blogged Neil Young...

  • From The Rock and Roll Librarian: Long May You Run:
    I have to admit that my all-time favourite has nearly brought me to tears on occasion.

    Long May You Run by Neil Young.

    There is no doubt that such a car ever existed in his life but somehow that doesn’t really even matter. The song is so heartfelt and so plainly Neil that it’s painful. His well-documented love for cars borders on fanaticism and goes back to his early days when he drove a hearse from Canada to California. His ranch is overflowing with all kinds of classic cars and he is currently driving a bio-deisel powered hybrid version of a 1959 Lincoln.

(Thanks Ian!)


  • From Beyond The Pale: Neil Young And Crazy Horse (Part 1)
    The Ditch Trilogy is the unofficial, fan-branded moniker for 1973’s Time Fades Away, ‘74’s On The Beach, and the following year’s Tonight’s The Night.

    Barring Altman’s McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Updike’s Rabbit At Rest, Jean-Luc Godard’s entire filmography and Morrissey’s “Every Day Is Like Sunday,” this triptych is probably my personal favorite work of popular art.

    Time Fades Away is comprised of eight soundboard recordings from a tour so draining that Young has yet to release the record on CD. It is out of print, and he’s rarely played the songs since, which is an enormous loss, considering just how essential “Don’t Be Denied” and “Last Dance” truly are.

(Thanks Jesse!)

(Thanks Trevor!)

Neil Young - TRANS era
(photo via the Thrasher's Wheat Archive)

  • From Neil Young “Trans” « Cool Album of the Day
    Neil Young, Trans. Love it _____, Hate It_____ You tell me. I don’t believe that there was ever a more polarizing Neil Young album than Trans. I know people that absolutely love this effort. I know people that can’t stand it. I feel that Neil loved that!

    What makes people react this way?

    Maybe you haven’t heard this album. What caused the split reaction was mainly due to one thing. That one thing was the vocoder. What is a vocoder? I guess you could say it was the grandfather to today’s auto-tuner.

(Thanks Larry!)

Neil Young with Crazy Horse at SECC Glasgow 2001, singing Gateway of Love, an unreleased song
(Thanks Sam!)


At 2/18/2012 06:16:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TRANS was a fantastic album - the only thing that I wished for was an electric version of LIKE AN INCA. Anybody that is intimate with Neil, like many of us are, later found out what Neil was all about and what could be more sad and beautiful and inspiring that that - the love of your child and the desire to move mountains to communicate with him. Neil has that in him for whatever needs to get done - buy a train company, find a clean renewable energy source - at least try to change the world with a song, too and impeach a president. And on this TRANS album, he throws the electric and acoustic fans a bone and collaborates with his old bandmates in a one from Column A, one from Column B fashion. If You've Got Love, which never made it on there, is a nice tune also.

At 2/18/2012 07:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The picture of Neil with the Trans-glasses is from The Rusted Garage tour 1986 I think, Thrasher (Poncho in the background there with the T-shirt from the Disney tour mentioned in 'Shakey').

At 2/18/2012 08:23:00 PM, Blogger SONY said...

Gateway of Love - Never heard that one before. Never heard OF that one before.

At 2/19/2012 02:30:00 AM, Blogger Greg Mantho said...

A lot of good stuff here. Count me as another who never even knew of the existence of Gateway Of Love- love hearing things I haven't heard before, that Scott Young returned to Omemee and built a house, or the time line of Live Rust and Rust Never Sleeps. Thank God I remember the RNS concert tho, with Neil waking up on top of the giant amp and dreamily playing Sugar Mountain, and going into work the next day and explaining the whole thing to my friends, including saying that Neil had played a few unreleased songs like I Am A Child, only to be told that, uh, I Am A Child was a Buffalo Springfield tune. Oops. And before that walking into a building in Ann Arbor and hearing the opening acoustic guitar and first verse of Out Of The Blue, now forever etched into my mind and senses, like I just heard it yesterday.

As for Glitch, after reading his blog I realize that there may be (are you ready for it, here it comes), a glitch in my understanding of some of Neil's key song lyrics. I'll have to reread the blog a few more times, just to be sure...

Good stuff, Thrasher.

A Friend Of Yours

At 2/19/2012 05:11:00 AM, Blogger Jill said...

Yes, fascinating stuff, thanks Thrasher.

Interestingly, `Gateway of Love` is one of the 12 titles shown on the back cover of the `Are You Passionate` album, written on scraps of paper. It`s a fantastic song but for some inexplicable reason Neil left it out, although thankfully he did include `Goin Home` with CH from the Toast sessions. Maybe it will be included on `Toast`, if that ever sees the light of day...(sigh).

At 2/21/2012 05:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...!/s/Prisoners+Of+Rock+N+Roll/3MbTuu?src=5

dear friends 13 min from 1987 gig in Milan - hope you enjoy it

At 2/21/2012 05:17:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...! -ooppssssssssss this should be the right link


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