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Thursday, March 04, 2021

Amazon Best Sellers: #2 - ‘Way Down in the Rust Bucket’ by Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse

  #2 - ‘Way Down in the Rust Bucket’
Amazon Best Sellers

As noted repeatedly over the past many months (see here, here and here), the 2019 major discovery of the "Rust Bucket tapes" continues to blow rusties' minds as its massively majestic magnitude manifests around the EARTH.

Currently #2 on Amazon Best Sellers -- right behind Bob Dylan's album "1970" (just as it should be) -- WAY DOWN IN THE RUST BUCKET" by Neil Young w/  Crazy Horse is surprising even those most diehard rusties with its spellbinding majesty like a "water-washed diamond in a river of sin".
 

Neil Young with Crazy Horse

 

As the "Inextinguishable Scotsman" declared succinctly: "RUST BUCKET: the sound of Ragged Glory transforming into Weld."

Also, see:

 

Deluxe Box Set Edition (DVD, 4 LPs, 2 CDs)
by Neil Young w/  Crazy Horse 
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So --  as we often like to say to anyone who cares to listen, see and hear: "May The Horse Be With You & Yours!"
 
 #MayTheHorseBeWithYou 

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14 Comments:

At 3/05/2021 01:25:00 AM, Blogger Alan said...

As soon as I announced I was maybe done buying physical Neil Young products, what with the keys to the (virtual) kingdom at NYA for $20/year. But I ended up buying the Rust Bucket CD. It’s just too wonderful to resist having in my hands and on my stereo, in my car, for some “high resolution non-streaming” audio bliss.

And, tomorrow NYA2 retail arrives, and I think I’m going to buy that too! Waiting to see what happens to the price after the initial release comes out. But how many days can I wait before I push the button? I’m gonna find out. Having it in my hands will give me another way to see it, understand it, and enjoy it. And thanks to a small cash infusion, it’s going to happen. But I will resist buying most of the releases coming, I think! Young Shakespeare is tempting also, of course. Might need to snap it up. Neil says it’s the best. Thanks Neil!

Talked with a new coworker today about music. My friend Jo was there and the new guy hit the right note when he said he loved Pink Floyd. And Tom Petty. We were quite pleased with his taste this far. Then he says Neil Diamond, and I say, I’m more of a Neil Young guy. He then reveals he is not a fan. Jo and I looked at each other as if he had just slandered our religion. I jokingly said, “End of discussion!” But you know what? I’m glad that not everyone loves Neil’s music. Less competition “on the rail!” The fruit is sweeter not being everyone’s favorite! Long live Neil Young! Alan in Seattle

 
At 3/05/2021 03:23:00 AM, Blogger Andy Walters said...

NYA2 further delay - Greedy Hand informed me now sending out 19th March!

 
At 3/05/2021 12:36:00 PM, Blogger Old Black said...

I've made my feelings quite clear before about how I feel about the UK Greedy Hand, so I've ordered the WDITRB dvd and Old Shakespeare dvd from the U.S. store, and will happily pay the extra involved. I know the dvd's are region coded but that's not an issue. Most of the feedback on here was pretty positive about the U.S. store so I'm quite happy to give them a go.

I wasn't going to buy either to be honest, I've said before that I miss the performance series cd / dvd or blu ray combos of earlier releases, and was quite content to just own the cd's, but WDITRB is just so good!! It's a joyous show, to me it's the perfect balance of light and shade in it's mood. It's got a lot of humour, but you know that lurking just beneath the surface could be unleashed a brooding, menacing ferocity if the mood took the band, which it obviously did by the time of Weld.

I honestly think that if I was trying to get over to someone who wasn't aware of Neil just how, in a live setting, solo or with a band, acoustic or electric, he could be so diverse and convey so many emotions and moods I think I'd recommend WDITRB and Songs for Judy.

Stay safe!

 
At 3/05/2021 01:03:00 PM, Blogger (D.) Ian Kertis; The Metamorphic Rocker said...

It has been a blast listening to Rust Bucket. Quite possibly the best Cinnamon Girl I’ve ever heard; fantastic, wild Danger Bird, Hurricane, and Cortez. Surfer Joe and T-Bone acquit themselves well.The RG songs hold up overall although I personally wouldn’t open with Country Home—I prefer its placement on Earth, barnyard sounds and all. Special mention to LAOL and Over and Over.

I do think the album gets stronger as it goes on. Sometimes, Neil front loads the sequence/set list, sometimes he does not. This is a case of the latter, where most of the true delights come later in the set after an unassuming start. There’s an art to starting an album strong without blowing your load (for lack of a better term), and it’s debatable whether the sweet spot was hit in this case. Although the Horse itself is in superb form start to finish, the selection of material is occasionally a matter of taste: Bite the Bullet, Farmer John.

Once you hit Danger Bird and Sedan Delivery, though, there’s no stopping the ride. I can’t emphasize enough: the high points are incredibly high. If I seem like somewhat of a consensus buster, it’s only because I hear how the Horse grew throughout the ‘90s and galloped full circle with Psychedelic Pill and Colorado. The evolution, musically, from Mansion on the Hill, Days that Used to Be to Walk Like a Giant is its own journey for me.

Currently in process of putting together a highlights playlist from DITRB. I’m calling it ‘Buckets of Rust’, which those familiar with Bob’s back pages may appreciate. After all this high octane Rust, I find myself tempted to spin Year of the Horse to turn down the temperature.


 
At 3/05/2021 01:06:00 PM, Blogger Jonathan said...

I guess I will order through Amazon & just tell myself I am paying twice what it should be...at least Amazon will deliver it tomorrow...giving up on Warner Reprise Greedy Hand bullshit

 
At 3/05/2021 01:24:00 PM, Blogger Dionys said...

Now that some fans might have read the NYA Roadstory on „Toast“ some of these people might re-consider what they, albeit unknowingly, have been asking for over the years. Obviously this is not about some lost album of the 70’s a la "Homegrown". The roadstory shines an unexpected and dazzling light on the difficulties to maintain one’s autonomy as an artist. And as a second thought or question: What’s to think now of the occasional announcement of “Toast” going to be released “soon” back on the old website? Were these messages directed at somebody else? If “Way Down in the Rust Bucket” is nothing short of a triumph, maybe “Toast” is another dive, this time for a quite different ditch. And then, of course, “Greendale” also might be something else, beyond what had already been understood by the listener.

 
At 3/05/2021 05:21:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

What amazes me is that Neil transfers the same sonic sound and tone on the Ragged Glory album to this live show. Who did that work to get it the same? Whatever tone he got was the Ragged Glory tone for that time...it is different from other tones on other previous records and tours. When he went on the Weld tour, I think the tone changed to a different sonic level. At least that is what I am hearing from the recordings. I am not tone deaf. ~Union Train

 
At 3/05/2021 08:21:00 PM, Blogger tomatron said...

Sounds like basically the same setup on Weld, but louder. Bigger stage, amps turned up! Crunchier tones result, with a lot more feedback

 
At 3/05/2021 08:23:00 PM, Blogger tomatron said...

Toast promises to be an awesome record. Neil rarely gets this deep into song meanings. He must’ve been smoking that homegrown on the way to the listening room

 
At 3/05/2021 08:35:00 PM, Blogger tomatron said...

The album is a bit Shakey-er from song to song than Weld, but it has more of a balance between the fun vibe, the seedy, and the cosmic. I agree it tends to ramp up after the first few. Although I love Country Home as the opener, the way it cements Rust Bucket as “Live Ragged.” The leads on Danger Bird are amazing, but the pitchiness of the band vocals that charmed on first listen have worn to grating after a spin or two. There are some tunes with tempo fluctuations that may not have made the Weld cut (with so many shows to choose from) but they give the set character. Rust Bucket has the best versions of its Reactor cuts for sure. Other highlights for me are Don’t Cry No Tears and, surprisingly, Cinnamon Girl, probably because of what a blast Billy is having with it. I am super stoked for Arc/Weld to drop on new vinyl this year!

 
At 3/05/2021 08:37:00 PM, Blogger tomatron said...

The album is a bit Shakey-er from song to song than Weld, but it has more of a balance between the fun vibe, the seedy, and the cosmic. I agree it tends to ramp up after the first few. Although I love Country Home as the opener, the way it cements Rust Bucket as “Live Ragged.” The leads on Danger Bird are amazing, but the pitchiness of the band vocals that charmed on first listen have worn to grating after a spin or two. There are some tunes with tempo fluctuations that may not have made the Weld cut (with so many shows to choose from) but they give the set character. Rust Bucket has the best versions of its Reactor cuts for sure. Other highlights for me are Don’t Cry No Tears and, surprisingly, Cinnamon Girl, probably because of what a blast Billy is having with it. I am super stoked for Arc/Weld to drop on new vinyl this year!

 
At 3/05/2021 10:08:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

Neil opened every Old Princeton Landing show with Country Home; for me, it’s perfect as an opener, and it reminds me of the OPL in wonderful ways. He also played The Losing End at every OPL show pretty much. Just ask Johnny the Chef next door, the champion of garlic fries! He did not care for that song. I gave him a jazz cassette as a gift since he was a jazz guy. I snuck Losing End on at the end just to fuck with him. 😂 Alan in Seattle

 
At 3/05/2021 10:39:00 PM, Blogger (D.) Ian Kertis; The Metamorphic Rocker said...

Good observations, @Alan and tomatron. I've always enjoyed Weld more than Ragged Glory. The strongest RG songs are among Neil's best, yet generally benefit from the loose, loud live environment. My take on RG itself is, I guess, a bit cockeyed. I look forward to the extended version--the added tracks may affect the overall tone a bit. The album stands as vital and artistically necessary at the time, yet I can't help hearing it as a stepping stone to the some of the more experimental Horse albums that followed.

 
At 3/08/2021 11:16:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I think it has some vibes from the Reactor era, a little Rust from the Rust era, and Ragged Glory from the Ragged era...Weld gives it a good boost for sure but the tone is different I still think. He must have added more Marshal/Fender amps and Larry probably replaced some tubes or adjusted something...~Union Train

 

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