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Sunday, July 17, 2022

REVIEW: Neil Young 64: Toast | Everybody’s Dummy

Neil Young Unreleased 2001 Album w/ Crazy Horse 
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From Neil Young 64: Toast | Everybody’s Dummy: 


A distinct improvement is “Gateway Of Love”, which was teased on the back cover of Passionate and played live with the Horse throughout that summer. 

It’s the only track we hear that has the “Latin influence” Poncho Sampedro mentioned in interviews about the shelved album; most of that is in the drums, while the bass could go either way. “How Ya Doin’?” is an odd title for what became “Mr. Disappointment”, since that question only surfaced in the later recording. This earlier version is sung in Neil’s natural voice, rather than the low rasp he adopted for the album. “Boom Boom Boom” is the same song as “She’s A Healer”, except that it’s longer and taken just a tad slower. Once again the eventual title features prominently in the lyrics, while the initial title does not. At thirteen minutes it does drag, but the jazzy bridge stands out more, and Tom Bray adds a trumpet, just as he would on the later album. 

Neil overdubbed a few stabs at a piano, and somebody’s playing the vibes and tapping bongos. 

Thanks Wardo!  So,  Neil Young review #64??!  Quite a run of reviews.  Onto the next 64 reviews.


"TOAST" & "Are You Passionate?" 

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At 7/17/2022 08:27:00 PM, Blogger wardo said...

Thanks thrasher, again and again!

At 7/17/2022 10:28:00 PM, Blogger The Metamorphic Rocker said...

Nice review!

For best track, personally I'd give 'Gateway of Love' the nod. The Latin sound of 'Gateway' is an aspect that hasn't been widely mentioned yet, including by me, but I immediately thought of Pancho's comments when I heard the song. The other influence I hear on 'Gateway' is early '60s surf music. Check out Aurora, Sultan, and Mustang on NYA1--Neil's first band, The Squires, were all over this sound.

This, in turn, got me thinking about Latin influences on surf music. Maybe folks who are a bit older than me find this obvious, but preliminary research suggests my ears are not deceiving me. Among others, Dick Dale, the guitarist often regarded as the pioneer of Southern California surf rock, reportedly incorporated both Latin and Middle Eastern elements into rock 'n' roll instrumentals. Historically, the connections between Hispanic and Arabic/Middle Eastern cultures go *way* back. I'm sure an ethno-musicologist (which I'm not) could have a field day with this.

As far as Toast goes, I hear traces of surf in both 'Gateway' and 'Boom Boom Boom'. Regarding the latter, I think the influence is more evident on the Booker T. and the M.G.'s take. The AYP? album, which evolved from Toast, is so "retro" in its embrace of the Stax soul sound, I always suspected Neil was reaching way back to his musical roots.

At 7/18/2022 09:45:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ wardo - anytime. always feel free to drop links on TW. We're all about freedom of expression.

@ Meta Rocker - really appreciate all the pertinent obs lately on TOAST & AYP?

Definitely rich fodder for decades to come for neil scholars.

One thing which we found particularly d]fascinating that we haven't really mentioned before is the linkage between TOAST & AYP? on NYA.

Anyone notice that? If you click the yellow postit note on Goin Home, it toggles between the TOAST & AYP? versions. Which is supper cool for the A-B comps.

recall the old days of trying to A-B tracks? Seemed like it took forever to get that setup correctly. Now ... magic.

the wonders of NYA never cease to amaze ...

At 7/18/2022 03:43:00 PM, Blogger The Metamorphic Rocker said...

My pleasure, thrasher. It’s wild to think about an alternate universe where Toast followed Silver & Gold as originally planned. Def fills in some timeline gaps and questions about what happened to Horse after the spate of albums from SWA to YOH. Seems like it was taking NY longer to get albums out around this time. S&G took several years—no studio albums for three years in the late ‘90s. I’m sure there’s more to the picture than meets the eye.

At 7/18/2022 08:03:00 PM, Blogger Richie Cruz said...

Going off topic here, but Crosby's rather big mouth got him into trouble again. I don't have link, but google Crosby/fan art to find out what I mean. Might make an interesting future thread.

At 7/19/2022 03:40:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Richie C - thanks for heads up -- sort of. ;)

Geez. Guess this never gets old for some. Oh well, here we go again, deja vu, etc

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