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Monday, March 19, 2012

Album Cover Art & Track Listing: Americana - Neil Young & Crazy Horse

From Neil Young's official website, comes the album cover art for Americana, the upcoming release by Neil Young & Crazy Horse.

Here is the complete track-listing for Americana:

Oh Susannah
Tom Dula
Gallows Pole
Get A Job
Travel On
HIgh Flyin' Bird
Jesus' Chariot
This Land Is Your Land
Wayfarin' Stranger
God Save The Queen

From Neil Young And Crazy Horse to Release New Album 'Americana' on June 5th | Music News | Rolling Stone By Andy Greene, the release date is June 5.
"What ties these songs together is the fact that while they may represent an America that may no longer exist," says a press release announcing the new album."The emotions and scenarios behind these songs still resonate with what’s going on in the country today with equal, if not greater impact nearly 200 years later. The lyrics reflect the same concerns and are still remarkably meaningful to a society going through economic and cultural upheaval, especially during an election year. They are just as poignant and powerful today as the day they were written."

The newest album with Crazy Horse is eagerly anticipated by fans.

Based on the reception of Crazy Horse at the Musicares Honors Paul McCartney event in February.

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At 3/19/2012 10:01:00 PM, Anonymous LRR said...

Love the artwork! Can't wait to hear the music! Go Americana!

At 3/19/2012 10:08:00 PM, Anonymous thezumaband said...

They borrowed Geronimo's "Cadillac" for the artwork...

At 3/19/2012 11:23:00 PM, Blogger mark said...

...... the cover remind's me of the 'collage art' cover on 'Buffalo Springfield Retrospective' ?

.... if Neil & DM's version of 'Oh Susannah' @ Bridge this year is any indicator, this records' gonna be good !

At 3/19/2012 11:33:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to "Americana... in the Beginning" ;-)

At 3/20/2012 06:04:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy Cow! The Horse is back! Can't wait to hear this one. These songs with The Horse and some kids singing... Hope they even come close to some of the versions of these songs recorded by others in the past.

But what about the cover... when I saw the partial cover yesterday I had my doubts. Neils handwriting with a bold typeface that is filled with some bleached American stars and bars... Today we see the picture and that makes it even more mysterious... Are they having fun over there at the ranch? The last time people talked about Geronimo was with operation Geronimo in 2011. The United States military used the code name "Geronimo" for the raid that killed the al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. To use a picture with Gironimo on a cover of an album could be some Neil politics. But when you replace the face of Geronimo by Ralph Molina something else is going on. ... Don't know it all looks very funny...

Does anyone know from when the pictures of Neil and the Horse were made? Seventies? It's for sure an old photograph.


At 3/20/2012 06:09:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geronimo in a 1905 Locomobile Model C, taken at the Miller brothers' 101 Ranch located southwest of Ponca City, Oklahoma, June 11, 1905.

At 3/20/2012 07:47:00 AM, Anonymous Mother Nature on the Run said...

Horse crap! What a whitewash!

"What ties these songs together is the fact that while they may represent an America that may no longer exist ..."

In fact, the America back then is just as racist & divided in their political and religious views as today. The only difference is that that we are less isolated about our opinions and views.

At 3/20/2012 07:54:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Americana was recorded at Audio Casa Blanca...

At 3/20/2012 07:57:00 AM, Anonymous Mother Nature on the Run... said...

The cover art and liner notes say it all. The more things change, the more it stays the same.

Not getting on this bandwagon because it glorifies a past that heaped injustice on people living the consequences of institional racism, bigotry, and social inequity.

"All God's children in the wind, take it in blow hard..."

At 3/20/2012 08:09:00 AM, Blogger peter d. said...

clippings from NY & CH are from around the time of Zuma...

At 3/20/2012 08:15:00 AM, Blogger peter d. said...

If you blow up the picture you can see the shiny 'plastic' that seems to lay over the photograph / paper, made all wet and dirty.

Makes it look like a thrown away and trampled transparant plastic bag.

At 3/20/2012 08:18:00 AM, Anonymous Dirty Young Man said...

once he wore a Geronimo T-shirt, i think it also was when playing with the horse, i think it was in 2001 or 2003, but can't find it immediatly

At 3/20/2012 08:29:00 AM, Blogger Jonathan said...

OK MNOTR we get it - you don't like Crazy Horse & you're not interested in this new album...but some of us love CH & some of us are elated at this news...please let us enjoy this without constant buzz kills every other minute...

At 3/20/2012 08:34:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Peter. Yes, it seems the pictures of Neil and Crazy Horse on the Americane cover come from the Zuma Beach photo shoot back in 1975... Since Neil's handwriting also looks like it dates from around that time... maybe the recordings do too... imagine...

At 3/20/2012 08:42:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not that excited about this one sadly. A covers record of old standards w/ a children's choir? Sounds like my worst nightmare for a Neil Young and Crazy Horse reunion coming true.

At 3/20/2012 08:56:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hurray (potentially)
There is some precedent for an artistic renewal after a project like this - especially Dylan's World Gone Wrong era recordings.

It may be that the real benefit will come after Neil and the Horse get reaquainted with some traditional folk stuff.

And before everyone starts shouting - I'm not saying Neil needs an artistic renewal, but I think Neil and Crazy Horse may need some out of left field motivation like this to resume making great music.

Holding my breath
Pinto(or Flounder)

At 3/20/2012 09:10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is God Save The Queen?
The Canadian royal anthem or the Sex Pistols song?
Something else?

At 3/20/2012 09:23:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am 100% sure that it will be kinda sequel of EKTIN album. Pure gold folk-rock!! I'd bet my salary! they'll turn to be ballads like 'ektin', 'the losing end' and the final riff of 'cinnamon girl'. Tks Neil and CH!!!

At 3/20/2012 09:29:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Save The Queen / America

"My Country, 'Tis of Thee", also known as "America", is an American patriotic song, whose lyrics were written by Samuel Francis Smith. The melody used is the British national anthem, "God Save the Queen", arranged by Thomas Arne and used by many members of the Commonwealth of Nations. The song served as a de facto national anthem of the United States before the adoption of "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the official anthem.

At 3/20/2012 10:01:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No MNOTR, it does not glorify a past of racism/abuse. It is a celebration of songs of inclusion and idealism.

People like you take things way, way too far. I firmly believe you could probably find something distasteful or offensive about almost anything you put your mind to in the world based on the comments of yours I've read here.

Back on the real topic, the music - really looking forward to hearing how this sounds. Some acoustic Horse?

At 3/20/2012 10:08:00 AM, Anonymous Mother Nature on the Run said...

Jonathon, Cleary you don't get it. I like Crazy Horse. Very much. One of my favorite album is the one with the girl's crouch.

Certainly what went on at the Young Family jamborees when Neil was growing is the fuel behind this album. I just don't get warm touchy feely about our collective past. Like most things over which we are in denial, we gloss it over with a thick film of plastic or schlock, and move on like it didn't happen. It's like children of alcholic or abusive parents who try to reinvent their childhood because the past is just too painful to remember.

Whatever gets you through the night.

At 3/20/2012 10:18:00 AM, Anonymous Mother Nature on the Run said...

@Anon, Horse crap. Songs about inclusion? Half of the songs are protest songs about social injustice, violence, and gender inequity. So much for that bullshit book title, too

I'm not saying don't sing these songs if they provide a dream comfort and memory to spare.

But do it with some dignity, man.

At 3/20/2012 10:37:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's unfair of me to judge before hearing any of the music (sorry) but there seems to be a startling lack of originality here. First, he's covering songs he didn't write. Second, the choice of songs is uninspiring -- he's not exactly digging deep into the roots of Americana; rather, he's choosing the most commonplace of all folk songs. (At least the Grateful Dead used to cover interesting and lesser-known folk songs like Peggy-O and Jack-A-Roe.) Third, the name of the album lacks any imagination. Is he even trying anymore?

-Big Old Rig

At 3/20/2012 10:39:00 AM, Blogger SONY said...

Fear not, Neil knows 'the way'.

At 3/20/2012 11:15:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 3/20/2012 11:24:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't like that song so much.
But I really do like "The Way".


At 3/20/2012 11:29:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NY Times:

AMERICANA is collection of classic, American folk songs. In their day, some of these may have been referred to as "protest songs", "murder ballads", or campfire-type songs passed down with universal, relatable tales for everyman.
Stay tuned to hear the first song soon, and info on how to pre-order Americana!


At 3/20/2012 11:30:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Bring on the first song!

At 3/20/2012 11:37:00 AM, Anonymous thezumaband said...

Seems a bit premature and in some cases ideologically biased to be judging something that hasn't been heard yet. Lighten up, folks. And take a listen to the acoustic version of "Oh Susannah" from the Bridge concert. He's doing a dramatically different take on these iconic songs of his/my/our 50s childhood. They should be particularly heavy given the electric treatment.

At 3/20/2012 12:11:00 PM, Anonymous Mother Nature on the Run said...

Holy crap. Are you kidding? An entire generation of kids who grew up in the 40s & 50s flooded college campuses protesting human injustice, indignity, and a "morality" that was being preached but not practiced?

BSM - well now. I see some wiggle room here. That's a pretty accurate description of the songs although I wouldn't say it's all inclusive.

At 3/20/2012 12:20:00 PM, Blogger theloner said...


At 3/20/2012 01:00:00 PM, Anonymous Tim Malloy said...

Great to have the Horse back, but God Save The Queen? If that's what I think it thanks! Horrible, horrible song. To have something like 'This Land Is Your Land
' and then include a pro imperialist song like GSTQ, which talks of crushing its own people... makes no sense to me.

At 3/20/2012 01:06:00 PM, Anonymous LRR said...

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At 3/20/2012 01:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That looks like unfished artwork for a neil young album...

At 3/20/2012 01:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

unfinished artwork

At 3/20/2012 01:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This land is your land" guest vocalists Pegi and Steve Stills!

At 3/20/2012 01:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes MNOR, INCLUSION. Inclusion.

Why were they considered protest songs? What is a protest song? It is protesting an injustice. Why is it protesting an injustice? Because it is AN INJUSTICE and it is meant as a way to initiate action to create a society where it is no longer an injustice.

The horror. The sheer horror of such dastardly ideas.

Give me a break. If that's horse crap, then you're the elephant's crap in the room.

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At 3/20/2012 03:58:00 PM, Blogger Don said...

Gotta say I'm not filled with confidence on this one, thumbs up for the cover - looks like a late 70's photo shoot to my failing eyes - but the track listing, well I'll hold my tongue for the mo.....

At 3/20/2012 05:18:00 PM, Blogger BIGCHIEF said...

This original photo was taken in 1905 in Ponca City, Oklahoma. It originally had 'Geronimo' driving. In 1975, Tom Wilke's who did a lot of album cover artwork super-imposed the faces of Neil and Crazy Horse over the original faces of Geronimo and his pal's. Originally intended as an album cover in the 70's, it was never used but was discovered during the warehouse fire in 2010 while attempting to salvage memorabilia that was lost or damaged in the fire. During the 1905 photo shoot, Geronimo commented to Edward LeClair Sr, the man in the full head dress, that he admired the 'beaded vest' that he was wearing. LeClair gave it to Geronimo as a gift later that evening and Geronimo was buried wearing it four years later in 1909.

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At 3/20/2012 06:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's really like Neil going back to his roots with The Squires. A lot of these songs he first arranged as rock songs before country or folk rock even existed. Always looking to hear new originals but I think this could make for a great crazy horse sound. Been waiting for the Horse to get back to their dirty country roots like Losing End/Running Dry.

At 3/20/2012 06:52:00 PM, Blogger Johnny 1P5 said...

Interesting, with retrospective compilations, tribute albums, books and etc coming out this year to celebrate the Woody Guthrie 100 years (1912-2012), Crazy Horse and Neil Young delve back in time as well.


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