Comment of the Moment: The 10 Best Neil Young Deep Cuts + TONIGHT: Thrasher's Wheat Radio
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Earlier in the week, we posted The 10 Best Neil Young Deep Cuts | Rolling Stone which generated a fair amount of comments on the blog, which we found pleasantly surprising.
Lots of passion for favorite deep cuts which in turn drew attention to the fact that Neil's catalog is actually a big, giant set of deep cuts. Yes, there is filler and 2nd tier tunes here and there, but there are so many songs that would be the richest vein in any mountain, as you can see below.
The Comment of the Moment is from The 10 Best Neil Young Deep Cuts | Rolling Stone by (D.) Ian Kertis, who said...
First of all, let me just chime in that Thrasher is a brilliant song, and it's a good choice for the number one spot in that, at least for me personally, it's somewhat unexpected.Thanks Ian! That's 2 Comment of the Moments in the past couple of weeks. Wanna go for a trifecta, triple crown?!
Otherwise, though, the list is a little narrow. Considering just how much of Neil there is out there, it's a little "On the Beach"-heavy for my tastes. And I like that album a lot: it may be my favorite of the Ditch trilogy. But Vampire Blues? I do love the title song (would argue for it over Motion Pictures-- not that we're arguing) and I understand Ambulance Blues being there. I'm generally a deep cuts kind of guy and as Topanga pointed out, our definition of Neil Young's deep cuts is probably different than most people's; apart from Rockin' in the Free world and Harvest Moon, the only two post-1980 songs on Greatest HIts, the stuff most people are aware of is over thirty years old. So there's a whole slew of stuff I'd like to see given a little more attention, but I'm not surprised that it's not happening. Here are some of mine, no particular order. I'm especially intrigued with the idea of rounding up great deep cuts from the last fifteen-twenty years. This list is focused on the recent years, but trying to hit each decade:
Words (Between the Lines of Age)
The Great Divide
Touch the Night
Love and War
Are You Passionate?
She's a Healer
For the Love of Man
Two old Friends
When God Made Me
Light a Candle
No Hidden Path
Almost the entire Sleeps with Angels album, which I regard as a wholly brilliant piece of work, might as well be on my list. but I have to give special mention to A Dream that Can Last, one of the greatest album closers ever and a beautiful and uplifting song that I've taken inspiration from any number of times. There's nothing else like that I know of in Neil's catalogue (except for My Heart, its sister that bookends the other end of the album) and it constitutes a master stroke. The whole motley assortment of musical ideas going on--Ralph Molina's monotonous ball-and-chain, heavy footstep drumbeat, the gliding and sometimes giddily dancing tack piano, and intermittent flourishes of the second piano, ranging from an ominous, discordant rumble to coloratura skipping across the melody, completely coalesces.
It might sound like a mess on paper, but when I hear them, these seemingly disparate elements produce a profoundly unified whole of music and an astonishing image of the struggle between despair and hope.
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