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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

THE TELLURIDE SESSIONS w/ Neil Young & Crazy Horse by John Hanlon, “Senior Chief” Recording Engineer

Billy, Neil, Nils, & Ralph - April 2019

via Neil Young Archives | Times Contrarian
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Last April, Neil Young announced that he was in the studio with Crazy Horse recording an album of new songs.

The band jammed on April 20 under a full moon while recording high up in the Rocky Mountains in Telluride, Colorado. And the sessions appear to be very fruitful with Neil reporting that as of 04-22-19 "8 songs now recorded". Earlier, Neil Young disclosed that the new album will have 11 new songs, ranging from 3 minutes to 14 minutes of music each, which: "We believe we have a great Crazy Horse album, one to stand alongside ‘Everybody Know’s this is Nowhere’, ‘Rust Never Sleeps’, Sleeps With Angels’, ‘Psychedelic Pill’ and all the others."

On THE TELLURIDE SESSIONS: Part One John Hanlon, “Senior Chief” Recording Engineer, describes setting and recording the sessions in the Telluride studio. Now, in THE TELLURIDE SESSIONS: Part Two, Hanlon discusses more details on recording the Crazy Horse sessions, in a new and completely different approach.

The tentative, working title of the new, upcoming Neil Young & Crazy Horse's album is "Pink Moon" per the posting for Album Of The Week | NYA.

EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS IS NOWHERE : 50th anniversary edition
Album Of The Week | NYA

Neil Young wrote on NYA that "Pink Moon" is "one of the most diverse albums I have ever made". Neil Young also indicates that a "Full Scale Crazy Horse Tour" tour is in the works. More on Neil Young Archives | Times Contrarian. Also, see Neil Young has been in the studio with Crazy Horse recording a new album.

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At 6/25/2019 08:32:00 PM, Blogger SJ said...

I can't fuckin wait

At 6/26/2019 09:20:00 AM, Blogger nick said...

From a new article in the New York Times about the 2008 UMG vault fire:

"UMG's own lists present riddles. Documents show that the company believed it had lost recordings by one of music's most zealous audiophiles, Neil Young — whose website offers high-resolution versions of his complete discography, presumably sourced from the original masters. It is unclear if the Young recordings thought by UMG to have been destroyed were safety copies of the four albums he recorded for Geffen in the 1980s or outtakes from the sessions for those albums, or if UMG officials were simply mistaken about Young having had material in the backlot vault."

In a recent Letter to the Editor in the NYA, Neil said none of his master tapes were lost, so hopefully UMG is mistaken.

At 6/26/2019 11:13:00 AM, Blogger Hans Werksman said...

There already is a great album called Pink Moon ...

That said a new album with the Horse is something to look forward to.

At 6/26/2019 01:43:00 PM, Blogger sab1024 said...

I had never heard of Nick Drake but what a great discovery. Very intriguing artist.

At 6/26/2019 01:59:00 PM, Blogger Hans Werksman said...

He released three studio albums in the early Seventies, which all sold poorly until he was rediscovered much later on. Amazing acoustic guitar player. "Pink Moon" was his swan song.

At 6/26/2019 02:05:00 PM, Blogger tolstoigorky said...

Have been listening to those three Nick Drake albums for thirty years; always fresh and fascinating.

At 6/26/2019 02:12:00 PM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

Neil in the NYA letters section on June 7: "Pink Moon is a working title. That title will change. Soon to be announced."

At 6/26/2019 05:49:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

thanks to all on Pink Moon title updates.

right Babbo - "working title". And yep, Nick Drake is definitely worth checking out if you missed him 1st time around 40 years ago (like most everyone, ourselves included.)

So what's with all the moon titles anyways???

There's the "Harvest Moon". There's the the "Wolf Moon".

So, what is the deal with Neil Young and Songs on Moons?. Incidentally, last time we checked with "Anne, our Lady of Northern Moons" -- who did a tally of Neil Moon Songs -- she counted 26 different moon songs in 1995?! That's certainly increased in last several decades.

lunacy, man

At 6/26/2019 06:23:00 PM, Blogger Knowledge Nomad said...

I saw what you did there, Thrasher. Nice one, you big loon :)

At 6/28/2019 02:57:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Knowledge Nomad - thanks for noticing. We try because we care. Loony, eh?!

At 6/28/2019 03:24:00 AM, Blogger The Metamorphic Rocker said...

Thanks, Thrasher (and others) for filling in a few blanks while we wait for New Neil.

I'm especially pleased with NY's shout-out to Sleeps with Angels--one of my all-time favorites but not, perhaps, an obvious reference point outside the community of deeply devoted, longtime Rusties. Ragged Glory, which Neil doesn't mention here by name, would have been a more expected name check, being an obvious slam dunk to those looking for the classic electrifying "rusted-out garage" sound of Crazy Horse. Don't get me wrong: this is not a simple swipe at RG... any album that includes "Love and Only Love" and "Mother Earth (Natural Anthem)" is kindly received by me... but in some ways, I find SWA to be more consistent, textured, and certainly nuanced. And I'm glad NY particularly acknowledges that album within his and The Horse's legacies.

Ragged Glory has always been more of an odds-on favorite. SWA is, if I may be particularly gnomic, a Dark Horse. I've been saying for a while (and thinking for longer) that that album is where it's at for those with the ears and the heart to embrace it. After SWA, for '90s Horse I'm actually most likely to pull out Weld and/or Year of the Horse. Weld hits a lot (all?) of my personal RG highlights, while YOH is, I think, underrated. (For SWA materials, by contrast, we have few and limited live performance renderings--I think I understand parts of why that may be the case, but it remains a bittersweet bargain for such a bold and incisive record.)

With regard to the upcoming album, I'm especially glad Neil mentions SWA because it suggests the possibility that "Pink Moon" (for convenience, that's what I'll call it until further notice) may be both musically adventurous and share some of SWA's passion and emotional range. I saw glimpses of all this in Psychedelic Pill, and am game to take the plunge again in search of that elusive Blue Eden that's "part of me and part of you."

Finally,salutations to Frank "Poncho" Sampedro, if by some quirky chance he ever comes upon this note. I hope Hawaiian retirement to organic gardening is nourishing his spirit, if that is indeed where he is now. It's valuable to note his contributions to an array of NY projects down the years, not just the Crazy Horse ones... Bluenotes, Are You Passionate?... starting from the unenviable position of having to take over second guitar for Danny Whitten, he's come a hell of way as major player consistently showing up in NY's musical orbit, a sensitive and rather versatile supporting musician, and consistently resourceful in the face of many of NY's detours and whims even during lean years for the Horse. Always did appreciate his resilience and apparent capacity for not taking NY's vagaries personally. If he's ready to step back from that career at this point, he will be missed but it makes all the sense in the world. "We come and go that way, my friend."

Come the autumn, I'll be looking out for a Pink Moon over Blue Eden. "I know I won't awaken; it's a dream that can last."


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