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Sunday, May 29, 2022

Comment of the Moment: "TOAST": Neil Young's Unreleased 2001 Album w/ Crazy Horse Set for 8th July, 2022

Neil Young Unreleased 2001 Album w/ Crazy Horse 
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Over the years -- and in recent days -- details on the elusive unreleased 2001 album by Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse "TOAST" have slowly been trickling out.

With "Gateway of Love",the 1st dropped track of  "TOAST" now streaming,  and pre-orders being accepted, it looks like  "TOAST" will finally pop up and out.

Which brings us to the TW  Comment of the Moment on "TOAST": Neil Young's Unreleased 2001 Album w/ Crazy Horse Set for 8th July, 2022  by (D.) Ian Kertis; The Metamorphic Rocker:

Just now listening to 'Standing in the Light'... fascinating and much clearer than relying on old clips from the Horse's 2001 tour. 

Sounds technically nice, too. Familiar and yet different. Where on 'Goin Home' on AYP? sounded a little thin (particularly Ralph's drums), they seem to have figured out how to mix and master these recordings at some point in the last 20 years.

On that note, I've always assumed Goin' Home would be the same take from AYP?. Generally, NY seems to pick his preferred take and stick with it, but we shall see. If 'Standing in the Light...' is anything to go by, I suspect Goin' Home will have been remixed along with the rest of the album.

AYP?, the album, came out exactly 20 years ago this spring. It's a remarkable document of a specific time in the artist's life and, of course, in the world at large. It's also a darker, edgier album than some people give credit for. It's easy to be taken in, initially, by the brightly polished sound of the MGs, with their familiar grooves and hooks. Maybe there was a purposeful choice to juxtapose musical style and emotional tone? Or maybe it's just the way things went. The truth usually seems to be somewhere between.

A twist of serendipity: Toast has been talked about, in the past, as a Latin-inspired album. It happens that I've also been listening to some jazz-infused Spanish trad folk lately. Totally different from the Horse, but nonetheless, neat how everything starts to feel connected when your tastes are eclectic enough.

Finally, I have no firm idea about 'Boom Boom Boom'. Hell of a title, though.Giving me "Walk Like a Giant coda" vibes. 

Thanks for the comment Meta Rocker! Interesting thought on Latin/ Spanish inspired jazz-folk. Quite a mashup of aural impacts when propelled by The Horse.

Also, see Whatever happened to... “Toast” by Neil Young & Crazy Horse? 

Also, see Comment of the Moment on "Toast" - A Roadstory: Neil Young Shares Thoughts on Unreleased 2001 Album by Tony "Hambone" Hammond in the UK.  (See  "Toast" - A Roadstory: Neil Young Shares Thoughts on Unreleased 2001 Album.)

More on interview with Frank “Poncho” Sampedro, Neil Young, Crazy Horse Guitarist [discusses TOAST] | The Aquarium Drunkard. 

Also, see ‘Are You Passionate?’ Turns 10 Years Old and Neil Young's Album of the Week: 'Are You Passionate?' + Defending AYP?

'Are You Passionate?' by Neil Young w/ Booker T & M.G.’s
NYA Album of the Week - Friday, December 13, 2019

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At 5/30/2022 12:15:00 PM, Blogger Steve L said...

I thought the vinyl price seemed steep until I realised it was a double record.

At 5/31/2022 12:35:00 PM, Blogger Pat2963 said...

Special Release Series 09.

Love All those numbers.

At 5/31/2022 04:03:00 PM, Blogger Dionys said...

In rock'n'roll these numbers are always promising, such as in "Revolution #1" and "Revolution #9", in "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35", "Bob Dylan's 115th Dream" or with our own hero's "Sixty to Zero (Part I)" with Part II existing in live performances only. Numbers add up to nothing, someone said, and added a 2.5 archives release in between.


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