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Thursday, January 04, 2024

UNCUT Magazine: Neil Young's "On The Beach" 50th Anniversary

UNCUT Magazine - February 2024
Neil Young's "On The Beach" 50th Anniversary 
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UNCUT Magazine's February 2024 issue features Neil Young on the cover, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the album On The Beach.

The cover story is a deep dive into the album’s genesis and subsequent legacy/mythology – with a host of new interviews with Ralph, Rob Frabioni, Will Fuqua and assorted eyewitnesses.

There’s also a track-by-track, where Neil heads including Kurt Vile, J Mascis, Margo Price, Patterson Hood and Low’s Alan Sparhawk talk us through their favourite songs on the album.

The issue is in UK shops from Friday, January 5 and also available to buy direct from the Uncut store:

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At 1/04/2024 11:25:00 AM, Blogger Dionys said...

With Dume to be released on Vinyl, a probable 50th annniversary clear vinyl edition of "On the Beach", the by now almost dreaded NYA monstrous Vol. III, the "Early Daze" record also promised for 2024, I am reminded that I still have not seen any European vinyl for "Before + After" and that this will be a costly year for this Neil Young fan. A European tour (fall?) is not yet even part of the budget planning. Neither is the never unlikely possibility of a release of new material.

At 1/04/2024 02:51:00 PM, Blogger Dionys said...

Has the Dume on vinyl announcement been taken off the NYA website? A couple of hours back it was still there, but it had no release date.

At 1/05/2024 07:40:00 PM, Blogger The Metamorphic Rocker said...

Most of my music listening attention lately had been on Peter Gabriel’s new album, I/O, which premiered in full the first week of December. PG’s approach and sound are almost radically different from NY: complex musical ideas, intricate, layered arrangements that average 6+ minutes per track. 12 tracks, about 70 minutes, and he issues the album in three distinct mixes simultaneously.

The product contains plenty of truth but more than three chords. Instead of NY’s strong folk influence, the key notes of the bouquet are prog, new wave, and hints of worldbeat. Highly global music, yet much more intimate and exposed than some of the electronic soundscapes would suggest at first flush. I think the commonality with NY lies in content, the sense of emotional honesty and conscience in the words. Where there’s a certain earnest simplicity about NY’s compositions, however, digesting a Peter Gabriel album is more like reading a long novel or exceptionally dense collection of poems; poets like Anne Sexually and Denise Levertov come to mind, Plath even.

The underlying point: where World Record and Before + After are short and (fairly) sweet, a Peter Gabriel recording typically consumes a lot of time and energy. This is true, too, from the artist’s perspective: where Neil seems to work quickly and intensively, Peter’s last original album prior to i/o was in 2002. One album in 20 years vs almost 1 album every year in a similar timeframe. Both artists, though, are deeply rewarding. A good return on investment. In a nutshell, NY creates great songs. PG builds soundscapes. For those who never quite made peace with new wave, PG’s sound may at first seem alienatingly inorganic or even artificial, but all the bells and whistles dance around a deep, palpable core of authenticity.

At 1/05/2024 07:42:00 PM, Blogger The Metamorphic Rocker said...

For eff sakes, I was referring to Anne Sexton, not “Anne sexually”!

At 1/06/2024 10:11:00 AM, Blogger Abner Snopes said...

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At 1/06/2024 01:23:00 PM, Blogger The Metamorphic Rocker said...

Abner— yes: my nutshell summary is oversimplified and hasty. Expecting to Fly seems an outlier, but Neil has created some quite evocative soundscapes particularly in his longer experiments with the Horse. These are more a matter of plugging in and finding s groove with the band at a precise moment—each performance or take is potentially lightning in a bottle. That’s why all the live recordings are so exciting.

As juxtaposed with this kind of “use the first take” spontaneity, Peter Gabriel’s recordings are more like compositions in a formal sense, studio assemblages that sometimes verge on maximalism. The cohesive atmosphere of a band playing together all at once is perhaps sacrificed, or rather exchanged, to facilitate a global vision that allows many more musicians to contribute from various places at various times. Neil, too, is globally minded, but the aesthetic approach is much more unvarnished, not necessarily minimal but certainly valuing depth over breadth. With two quite different approaches to balancing the intimate with the universal, what remains common is the human scope of the songs.

At 1/06/2024 10:00:00 PM, Blogger Abner Snopes said...

I don't think you oversimplified, good writing


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