"Walk Like A Giant": It's Just So Huge
"Walk Like A Giant"
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
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Without a doubt, "Walk Like A Giant" was one of the highlights of Neil Young & Crazy Horse's 2012 Alchemy tour.
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From Music review: Neil Young goes his own way - Canton, OH - CantonRep.com by Chad Berndtson:
“Walk Like a Giant,” the fourth song of the night, sprawled into a fuzzed-out guitar jam that simmered past 20 minutes, and included a lengthy, psychedelic outro complete with elongated chord bursts and guttural sounds that rang out like dinosaur roars in the arena.
From Neil Young in Winnipeg: Long May He Run | The Local Current Blog by Jim McGuinn:
The centerpiece of the show was the extended version of “Walk Like a Giant” from Psychedelic Pill. An untethered and transcendent Crazy Horse rode the song for over 20 minutes, with a musical quote from “Hey Hey, My My” and nearly 10 minutes of "playing the feedback" while simulating dinosaurs stomping across the plain.
From T-MAK World | Toronto's Site for Music, Movies and Culture
My personal highlight of the night was the next song - Walk Like a Giant. Some might describe it as self-indulgent, monolithic, or dinosaur rock - and they would be right. This song captures everything that made the 70's the best era for stadium rock - thunderous drums and bass setting the foundation for screeching electric guitars for over 25 minutes.
Not a typo.
Most of the song the 2 guitarists and the bassist (Talbot, Sampredro and Young) would jam in a small circle facing each other. Pearl Jam fans will immediately visualize my description because PJ also loves to jam in that format - certainly a tribute to their idol Uncle Neil. Although the band had this massive stage the vast majority of the night was spent with all four of them within a few feet of each other right in front of the drum kit. After about 16 minutes as the song appears to be over we are treated to a 9 minute coda (or outro to the song). As if teasing the audience when you thought it was over, the guitars would pick up again and continue the "finale". Young even sticks his hand in one of the massive amp prop boxes causing distortion. At this point we were four songs in the concert and 55 minutes into the night!
"Walk Like A Giant" is just huge. Too big for words. See for yourself.