Tha Making of Neil Young's "Will To Love"
We learn so much from our dear readers (and super Neil knowledgeable, at that) here at Thrasher's Wheat.
What starts off as an off hand observation can turn into a full blown analysis -- or something like that.
As Neil Young's 2017 sabbatical continues, we've been plowing deep into the Thrasher's Wheat Archives Vaults. For example, we recently posted a 1977 Review: Neil Young - AMERICAN STARS 'N' BARS. The album contains the absolutely sublime "Will To Love".
In the post comments, RichieC noted that "Will To Love" was recorded in the studio. To which we replied saying: "Hey, wasn't "Will To Love" recorded by a fireplace which you can actually hear in the background?
As is often the case in life, we're both right and wrong.
To which RichieC replied:
Thrasher,Acoustic FeedBack then said...
As far as the recording of "Will To Love" goes, according to Neil in an excerpt from the Shakey biography, Neil recorded himself by the fireplace playing the song on his acoustic (supposedly on a crappy boom box!).
Then Neil and Briggs ended up in a studio, and for one crazy session, Neil overdubbed himself playing all kinds on instruments (bass, electric guitar, vibes, even drums).
So what you hear on the album is a combo of Neil by the fireplace and odd goings on in the studio.
Since the song was never played live, it's possible that Neil's recording of it may have been the ONLY time he ever played the song! Quite amazing when you hear what a jewel of a song it is........
Will To Love was not recorded on a boom box, but a home recording 4-track cassette system.So Tired said...
The original cassette was transferred to a 16 track reel and overdubbed at Indigo.Thanks folks! You learn many, many things every day, one of which is that nobody is right if everybody is wrong ... FWIW ... unless everybody is right if nobody is wrong???
Neil Young and CSN tried to complete Will To Love at Criteria Studios, Miami before the Indigo treatment. To which extent no one knows, but a few of Will To Love tapes are included in the list of the Atlantic masters from those sessions.