"No Hidden Path": The Best Post-1970s Neil Young Song?
This past weekend Rolling Stone posed the question: "What Is the Best Post-1970s Neil Young Song?"
Lots of interesting nominations, including many songs from the 1970's (which dis-qualified) like "Powderfinger", etc.
Anyways, we nominated "No Hidden Path" from Chrome Dreams II. Why? Well, just because we were feeling the intensity in the moment. Especially after a particularly rewarding --yet vexing -- weekend here on TW with our ever amazing -- yet puzzling -- readers.
Isn't kind of funny how here we are in 2016 and folks still debate over how Neil Young really hasn't put out anything great since the 1970's? Or 1980's? Or 1990's? Or 2000's? Or 2010's?
Back to "Why No Hidden Path" from Chrome Dreams II.
From "No Hidden Path": Atomic Sunrise or a Nuclear Sunset? (via Uncut.co.uk London 3/6 review by Allan Jones):
And then there’s a show-stopping, simply colossal “No Hidden Path”, nigh on 20 minutes of it, Neil’s solos sounding like ruptures in the earth’s crust, fissures appearing everywhere, tectonic plates shifting and crashing beneath him. The stage now and the people on it are drenched in a burning golden light, that mixed with the red back-spots bathes the band in the burnished glow of an atomic sunrise or a nuclear sunset, I’m not sure which. As the song reaches towards an awesome climax, Neil stands facing the massive klieg light to the left of the stage, soloing into it, head thrown back, then lowered into it, as if he may at any moment be consumed by it, beamed up, the next stop presumably being the Phoenix Asteroid.More on Neil Young in London, England - 3/8 & 9/08: Concert Reports.
I have a feeling of being witness to some sun-cult ritual, a worship of light as the source of eternal renewal. It’s a spooky fucking couple of minutes, this bit of the show, and I am at a loss to even begin to explain how he wrings from his guitar the sound he makes in the song’s final, dying moments, which provokes much awestruck head shaking and how-the-fuck-does-he-do-that looks at anyone who catches my eye.
ps - apparently our comment on RS got spiked. Maybe the F* word?! Why do we keep fuckin' up???
No Hidden Path, London - 3/9/08
Photo by Dan on Flickr
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