Almanac Music: Neil Young revisited

 


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Neil Young is a good advertisement for moving with the times. For over 50 years, Neil and his music have never stood still with multiple reincarnations over the decades. Some better than others, to be sure.

 

As for me, I’m a Neil circa 1970s fan as he honed that distinctive vocal pitch and tone via a succession of solo releases (more often than not backed by Crazy Horse) and collaborations with Crosby, Stills and Nash. Everybody knows this is nowhere, After the goldrush, Harvest, On the beach, Zuma, Comes a time – that era. They came at a formative time in life. The memories live on. I’ll have these on rotation as I attend to the site today.

 

From country folk to straight rock, ballads and 10-minute epics featuring long guitar solos; wells of deep, inner reflection on the challenges of the human condition and the ups and downs of relationships; commentary on the Spanish conquistadors and the politics of Nixon; banjos, harmonicas, the harmonies of CSNY and the exquisite Nicolette Larson. A bit of everything.

 

Here are a few of my favourites from that prolific period:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If Neil’s goal is to burn out rather than rust, at least we can say that it’s been one hell of a large candle!

 

 

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About Ian Hauser

A relaxed, Noosa-based retiree with a (very) modest sporting CV. A Queenslander through and through, especially when it comes to cricket and rugby league. I enjoy travel, good coffee and cake, reading, and have been known to appreciate a glass or three of wine. As well as being one of Footy Almanac's online editors, I moonlight as an editor for hire - check me out at www.writerightediting.com.au

Comments

  1. Colin Ritchie says

    He is a ripper IJH! Still standing the test of time, and still bringing great joy with his timeless music.

  2. Peter Crossing says

    Thanks Ian and Col.
    The first Neil Young I heard was his debut self-titled album, the sounds emanating from the somewhat tinny speaker of the portable turntable of a friend.
    A little later it was After The Goldrush and Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere and I was up and away.
    Three artists in one – from solo folkie to Crazy Horse grunge to adding grunt to CSN harmonies.
    And I’m still trying to fathom what Last Trip To Tulsa is all about.

  3. Thanks Ian. The sign of musical greatness is the ability to remain fresh over a long period. Neil’s ability to keep writing great songs and coming with a new sound is extraordinary.

    My current Neil song on rotation is “I am the ocean”. Magnificent.

  4. His diversity is astonishing. So many great songs but Harvest Moon a current highlight. Really loved This Note’s for You a few decades back too.

  5. One of my ‘go to’ YouTube videos is from 2011 when ‘Uncle Neil’ joined Pearl Jam onstage part way through ‘Rockin in the Free World’ and extended his 4 minute song into a 12 minute jam. It was likened it to what happens when your cool uncle shows up at your party having just smoked a joint. He takes the song and the band to another level.

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