- Today we shall be saluting Neil Young.
A great, great concertPosted 4 years ago
He’s not the only one — I can of several others who have a unique sound world or at least sound that, while not immediately musical in the accepted sense, are distinctive:
Elvis Costello; Robert Wyatt – that’s just off top of my head. I would also align Costello with Neil Young in the continuous search for different avenues.
Ian Bostridge in the classical world..Posted 4 years agooldboyMember
Top man, I love his stuff! Sure, he made some poor recordings along the way, but Bob Dylan once made a pilgrimage to Neil Young’s birthplace, apparently! In my book that counts as the best endorsement any singer/writer can hope to get. If you were born in the last couple of years please ignore this postPosted 4 years ago
The man is totally committed to the muse of music. And he’ll do anything for good music. And sometimes it’s very strange. I was at Neil’s ranch one day just south of San Francisco, and he has a beautiful lake with red-wing blackbirds. And he asked me if I wanted to hear his new album, “Harvest.” And I said sure, let’s go into the studio and listen.
Oh, no. That’s not what Neil had in mind. He said get into the rowboat.
I said get into the rowboat? He said, yeah, we’re going to go out into the middle of the lake. Now, I think he’s got a little cassette player with him or a little, you know, early digital format player. So I’m thinking I’m going to wear headphones and listen in the relative peace in the middle of Neil’s lake.
Oh, no. He has his entire house as the left speaker and his entire barn as the right speaker. And I heard “Harvest” coming out of these two incredibly large loud speakers louder than hell. It was unbelievable. Elliot Mazer, who produced Neil, produced “Harvest,” came down to the shore of the lake and he shouted out to Neil: How was that, Neil?
And I swear to god, Neil Young shouted back: More barn!Posted 4 years agoDugganMember
I’m reading his autobiography at the minute, it’s brilliant. Totally unexpected and different to any other rock star story. Whole chapters on his love of model trains etc, his favourite TV and loads of other totally off the wall stuff.
Saw him at Hyde Park a few years ago and he was brilliant.Posted 4 years agobeicmynyddMember
Superb especially when he plays with crazy horse .
Seen him live twice.
Hope his sound quality format takes off,Posted 4 years agoCountZeroMember
There used to be a superb music shop in Chippenham, run by a bloke who used to be a rep for WEA Records, so he used to get all sorts of interesting stuff in, like white labels. I got NY’s Decade album as three white label discs, for about £1.50, IIRC, and Neil pulled it just before it came out, because there was something he wasn’t happy about. Contrary git, but I had a copy of the album for eighteen months before it finally got released to the public.Posted 4 years ago
I was rather hoping it would never come out…
Only seen him once, on the Mirrorball tour, at Reading, where Pearl Jam were his backing band. Great show, still wear the tee shirts.JoeGSubscriber
Back in the day, when MTV actually played music, they had a show called Unplugged with various artists playing acoustically. VH1 responded with their show called Center Stage.
IIRC, I watched Neil Young live on VH1, and it went several minutes over its allotted time slot. 😯 When VH1 reran the show, stuff was cut out to make it fit into an hour.
What’s really impressive about this performance is that he plays numerous instruments (various guitars, banjo, harmonica, and a small pipe organ with foot operated bellows) often 2 at a time while still singing!
[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Ryl7tQ1mEsc[/video]Posted 4 years ago
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