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Friday, January 03, 2020

Neil Young Interview: Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum - 2005

Neil Young was interviewed for the Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum in Nashville, TN in 2005.

Joe Chambers, CEO and Founder of the Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum, recorded in the interviews at Masterlink Studio in Nashville, TN on June 29, 2005. The interviews have now been made available on YouTube. (Thanks HtH!)

In the interview above, Neil Young discusses the musicians behind the music. In the interview below, Neil Young discusses his equipment, guitars, amps, strings, song writing, and his early years.

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At 1/03/2020 01:52:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

Great interviews. Neil is speaking out, and educating the masses on the true masters of music. What a wonderful way to teach people about the legends who built the foundations of music. He really knows his history and it’s always great to hear him talk about his equipment. Very informative. Thanks Thrashers Wheat for posting these.


At 1/04/2020 10:05:00 AM, Blogger Chris said...

Out of subject here but I watched the Documentary about Linda Ronstadt on CNN ( a must see ) and I was wondering if I ´m missing songs she did with Neil. I know the ones on ASAB and of course Old Man . Any I missed?

At 1/04/2020 02:16:00 PM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

@Chris: Looks like Heart of Gold, Hangin' on a Limb, The Ways of Love, Unknown Legend, From Hank to Hendrix, Harvest Moon, War of Man, One of These Days and Red Sun.

At 1/05/2020 12:45:00 AM, Blogger The Metamorphic Rocker said...


"Red Sun" (prominent backing vox from Linda R. and Emmylou) is an oft-forgotten gem from Silver and Gold, itself an underrated album. Maybe because it's so quiet and understated, some people overlook S&G. On the surface, the album doesn't draw a lot of attention to itself, but songs on the order of "Great Divide", "Horseshoe Man", "Razor Love", and "Without Rings" don't come around too often.

Personal note/odd trivia: S&G was one of my first Neil albums. An odd starting point and one that took some time to grow on me, but some of the tracks have an unreal feeling about them. The mellowness of the album is... indescribable. It's not an absence or lack of emotion. Rather, it's the weight of stillness. The slow, gentle flow of water on a lake, rather than the heaving waves of the ocean. Each time you catch a ripple in the corner of your eye, you're left looking for the stone that made it.

At 1/05/2020 09:59:00 AM, Blogger Chris said...

Thanks! I have always loved SAG . Razor love is a song that comes back regularly in my head.

At 1/05/2020 01:03:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

Great insight on Silver & Gold Ian. I love the album and play it often, particularly on vinyl, it sounds amazing. And Razor Love is a highlight for me as well.

At 1/05/2020 09:07:00 PM, Blogger The Metamorphic Rocker said...

Thanks, Dan! S&G is sometimes victim to unfavorable comparisons with Harvest Moon, Harvest, Comes a Time, even Prairie Wind. Which, in all honesty, I can't see where Prairie Wind is a stronger record than Silver and Gold.

Personal taste aside, I try not to play the comparison game too often or heavily. As with children, each one has its unique merits and idiosyncrasies.

At 1/06/2020 03:30:00 PM, Blogger Richie Cruz said...

While I do agree that Silver and Gold is a fine Neil album, I have to admit to being disappointed with the studio version of Razor Love. There are solo live versions from the 80's that positively flow like honey. The studio version felt too stilted for me. Personally, I felt Neil should have skipped any backing musicians on that song, Razor Love is better with just Neil, to me anyways.

At 1/06/2020 04:23:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

I understand what you’re saying Richie, and perhaps Neil will release a solo version in 2020. A great song.


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