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Wednesday, November 09, 2022

Photo of the Moment: ZUMA by Neil Young Billboard (1975)

ZUMA by Neil Young Billboard (1975)
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The Photo of the Moment is of a billboard promoting the release of Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse's album ZUMA in 1975.

No further details are available.  The billboard appears to be possibly Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. (see comments below)


CSN Bilboard


Stephen Stills Bilboard

Incidentally, ZUMA was released 47 years ago tomorrow, November 10, 1975. 

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - 1975

Neil Young & Crazy Horse's 1975 album ZUMA, of course, contains the classic track "Cortez The Killer". The song is the evocative story of the European explorer Cortez "searching for that palace in the sun", while Aztec emperor Montezuma (ZUMA) "often wandered with the secrets of the world". 

More on Neil Young Lyrics Analysis: "Cortez The Killer".


Also, see Video of the Moment: "Cortez, The Killer" - Neil Young & Crazy Horse @ Warsteiner Hockeypark, Mönchengladbach, Germany - 2014 and "Cortez The Killer" Concert Video - Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Casa de Campo, Madrid, 25/4/87.

Or maybe -- perhaps -- the Longest Version of "Cortez the Killer" Ever @ 22 minutes?! 

Or VIDEO & ANALYSIS: "Cortez The Killer" - Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Barcelona, Spain Concert - June 20, 2016

Hernán Cortés - 16th Century Spanish Conquistadore 

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Artist James Mazzeo re-visited the Zuma world after 30 years


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At 11/09/2022 07:07:00 PM, Blogger Richie Cruz said...

That billboard is most definitely in Los Angeles, more than likely on Sunset Boulevard. During the 70's and 80's they would put up billboards for new albums all the time. Some of them were really beautifully done. If you Google Sunset Strip billboards, you'll get to see a bunch of cool examples.

At 11/10/2022 01:49:00 PM, Blogger Abner Snopes said...

1975, 15 years old, my brother's friend drives up the driveway in his VW bus (I kid you not, the cliche). "Stupid Girl" is banging around on his crappy speakers and I am wondering: what is that?! That sound, damn, I can't remember which reviewer said guitars are like "high voltage wires crossing" (or something). To me, the sound seemed clean and clear or just plain brilliant.

Never underestimate Zuma: it is Neil "breaking free of the murk." The middle of the road might be boring but the ditch is, finally, death- you just cannot remain there. The trick is to come back transformed in the right way, whatever that is precisely.

At 11/10/2022 01:56:00 PM, Blogger Abner Snopes said...

what is to "come back" but not as in a "come-back" (commercial/critical success)? It is maybe to save one's heart and mind, into the fire and having lost sight of safety, to almost be forsaken or failed and then to return (the "uncanny"): "you just don't look or sound the same but you somehow are still yourself."

So many people have fooled around at that edge and just because they were basically fooling around, they never come back. Neil Young was not fooling around. And yet, of course, so many people thought he had "lost it."

Our culture might finally learn but I doubt it. Art, like life, is necessarily harrowing. Faulkner was drunk for three weeks after writing "Light in August" and Walker Percy once remarked: "what else does one do after writing Light in August"?

At 11/10/2022 03:19:00 PM, Blogger Hambone said...

Sometimes you need a guide on your way back.

So let's give thanks to Poncho arriving at just the right time to light the way.

Abner - thanks for the latest addition to the reading list - I am happy for you to guide me through American literature.
Have you had your Kurt Vile moment yet - it was round about now wasn't it?

Hambone in the UK

At 11/10/2022 03:30:00 PM, Blogger Abner Snopes said...

Hambone, thanks. I failed to get Kurt Vile tickets but our son and daughter in-law saw him in Providence Rhode Island and said he was fantastic.

I appreciate your effort to help me get there but work and more work have been my life, complicated by the fact that my hearing is very bad. Sometimes the sound at concerts causes me serious pain.

Guide on the way back? Truth.

At 11/10/2022 04:18:00 PM, Blogger Richie Cruz said...

How could anyone not love Zuma? Poncho brought a much needed jolt of positive energy to both Neil and the Horse.

And talk about great sound. All of Briggs produced Neil albums sound great, but Zuma is in a class all it's own. The guitars and drums just sizzle, and there's a loud sound to the record. Crank up the volume and it feels like the band is actually in the ro with you. Briggs knew how to get the most intense sound out of a band recording in a tiny room.

At 11/10/2022 04:41:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Thanks Richie, Abner & Hambone!

Yeah, Poncho brought the Horse back to life, for sure.

Back to billboards & Sunset Strip. Yes, we've found a CSN & Still billboard and just updated above.

so one or another CSNY made The Big Time.


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