Neil Young on Jack White, Archives II and His Special Message to Mom | Rolling Stone
Fairly significant coverage and reaction to Neil Young's performance on The Tonight Show this week.
There were the usual detractors claiming it was all a "stunt", a "gimmick" -- just to try and sell some cover songs on vinyl. Not really sure how something is a "gimmick" that has never been before (cutting a record before a live audience on national TV)?
But could A Letter Home be more than just a quaint "covers albums" of old songs?
As we discussed this past weekend on TW Radio ( podcast), we find the exercise remarkable.
And we see it as an exercise like ARC or Dead Man or Shocking Pinks or any of his other many experiments. Some work, some don't. Sometimes it takes awhile for an evaluation to stabilize. Exhibit A being Tonight's The Night or TRANS, for example, which were very misunderstood upon release.
Also, see the new Rolling Stone interview with David Fricke where he refers to ALH as a "covers album" and Neil gets nearly angry and says : "I resent the album being labeled a covers album".
The guy is on journey through the past and he's just gone somewhere we've never been.
relax. enjoy the ride. it's just a ride, you know that, right?
Afterall, here's a comment from Dan1:
For my money Neil has earned the right to do whatever he pleases ...Thanks Dan1!
that said, the coolest thing I've read here on TW was that the process of making this album caused some of the masters to rub off on him and he's writing new material ... someone in thread alluded to this and it reminds me a little of Americana ... there were all these doubters complaining about it and then PP showed up on the back end ...
same thing here, I haven't had the time to focus on listening to it (was it ever streaming on NPR?) or buying it (although I listen to 'Changes' and Needle of Death' from Carnegie Hall incessantly) but if you end up with new material on the back end its pure gold ...
anyhow, I thought Americana would be a throw away and granted I only listened to it a few times but it was excellent and as with most things Neil these albums age beautifully and in time they somehow make total sense ... one of the things I love about Neil is that the whole trip around the music is art too ... and he's saying lots of things ... too easy to be negative and dismiss it as a gimmick ...
Neil's too busy to do gimmicks and he ain't doing it to just sell records ...
From Neil Young on Jack White, Archives II and His Special Message to Mom | David Fricke | Rolling Stone:
What is the status of your next memoir?Full interview at Neil Young on Jack White, Archives II and His Special Message to Mom | David Fricke | Rolling Stone.
Neil Young: It's finished. I'm painting art for it now. They're very simple paintings, based on tracings of things that I love. And I water-color them, put my own little thing on them. I've never done that before. I find it relaxing and gratifying.
It's not the same kind of book [as Waging Heavy Peace]. It's about my history with cars. I told the story of what happened in every car that I got, how my life changed as I drove these cars around. I would discover these different things that I saw while I was in them. And each chapter is about the next car I got, the experiences I had until that car was done.
What is the state of Archives: Volume II? I've heard that it could be out by the end of this year.
Neil Young:It'll be finished this summer. All of the music will be done. It goes just past [1979's] Rust Never Sleeps. It's full of albums that weren't there before – stuff I did that I never put out. [Already confirmed for the set by Young: material from the unissued LPs Chrome Dreams and Homegrown and an alternate edition of the 1973 live album, Time Fades Away.]
The rest will come out pretty quickly. While we've been working on Volume II, we've been working on the other Volumes. [Young has said that there will be five Volumes, the last covering the 2000s.]