For the sessions, Young purchased the same mixing desk as Quadrophonic studios, as well as JBL monitors, throwing together a makeshift studio within the confines of his home and one of the property’s barns.
neil young colorado cd – Neil Young And Crazy Horse Spent 11 Magical Days In Telluride — And The Album
Neil Percival Young OC OM 3 4 (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Young then recorded in London with the London Symphony Orchestra, laying down There’s a World and A Man Needs a Maid, while in town to perform his infamous Live At The BBC concert (above). The archival footage below shows Young working with the orchestra and producer Jack Nitzsche on a difficult take of A Man Needs a Maid.
But it’s only half true. Something amazing is happening on this tour. He’s giving the shows of his life, but that’s not even the good part. The good thing is that he is stealing souls. He’s a very clever man, and he has figured out that if he outdoes himself just greatly enough, our souls will all fly into Hank’s guitar. He’s got the guitar on the tourbus, and the bus is following the miniature Lionel train locomotive, unseen on the silvery tracks of Time. When the train and the bus reach the end of the tracks, Neil will disappear. That will be funny to Neil, as he takes one last look back, and the train and the bus pull up into the Dark Vast Beyond, into the stars beyond this world.
Entering the next decade, Young released his 24th studio album, Silver & Gold. In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, he recorded the patriotic Let’s Roll” and then followed with the albums Are You Passionate? and Greendale, a concept project with an accompanying film about a fictional town in California that allowed Young to explore the environmental themes about which he has remained passionate throughout his life.
A Man Needs a Maid is a haunting contemplation of a new romance. Some critics have pointed out the songs misogynistic undertones, while others have interpreted it as a song about Young’s insecurities, and feeling bare and afraid. At the time, he was approaching a new relationship, the song referencing his infatuation with the actress Carrie Snodgress. The two eventually became a couple and having a child together.
50. In the ‘80s, Neil was sued by his own label, Geffen Records, accusing him of violating his contract for releasing albums unrepresentative” of his past work. In other words, Neil was sued for not being himself.
The 80’s led to an experimental side of Young as personal battles consumed his mind as he deviated through stylistic variants apparent in the albums Old Ways” (1985), Landing on Water” (1986) and Life” (1987). Back to business in 1989 Young produced the hit single Rockin’ in the Free World” which peaked at number two, the album which preceded Freedom” saw Young back in the mainstream on top form.
Since cruising into Los Angeles and helping form Buffalo Springfield, Neil Young has had a long, twisting and frequently brilliant career in the rock and roll spotlight. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: first in 1995 for his solo work and in 1997 as a member of Buffalo Springfield.
During a break before the world tour was to continue throughout America, Young found time to begin a long-discussed album with Stephen Stills in Miami. After the project (Long May You Run) was completed, Young took Stills and band on the tour that had been originally planned for Crazy Horse.
So many questions, and so few answers. Oh, well. If by any chance you like this album, I’d like to reassure you saying that it gets a very very very very high eight. Almost a nine. But not enough for a nine. Well, maybe a ve-e-ery weak nine on a particularly good day, especially if we put it on after Phil Collins’ Face Value and definitely not after one of Neil’s own better albums. And if you’re not a purist or anything, this is probably not the last record to acquire for your Young collection. Frankly speaking, if most of Eighties’ synth-pop sounded like this album, I’d possibly have to revise my conception of popular music in the twentieth century. At least a little bit. In some ways.
In 1995, Neil purchased a major stake in the Lionel Train Company, probably the most well-known model train manufacturer in the world. In 1996, he was ranked #9 in the greatest guitarists of all-time by Mojo magazine.
25. Although Neil famously joined Crosby, Stills & Nash to form Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, he was not actually the first choice for the job. Hoping to add a keyboard player to the group, Atlantic Records initially approached Steve Winwood, who was tied up with his newly formed supergroup Blind Faith.
By the end of the decade he had returned to form and favour and into the ’90s he appeared to find a more satisfying way of combining his varied musical interests, finally following up Harvest two decades on with the acoustic Harvest Moon, reuniting with Crazy Horse and reaching an entire new generation of fans when he teamed up with Pearl Jam on Mirror Ball.
I am one ounce small. I am floating effortlessly with many other tiny soul pieces inside Hank and Neil’s guitar. It reminds me of the Meyerson; a great old venue to hang in. When you are this small, the inside of an old guitar is really quite roomy. You don’t miss the real world very much, as the rest of you, your body, is still outside the Guitar somewhere, working, sleeping, doing all the things you used to. But you don’t live in that world or body anymore. You live in the Guitar.
Neil Percival Young (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician, producer, director and screenwriter. He began performing in a group covering Shadows instrumentals in Canada in 1960, before moving to California in 1966, where he co-founded the band Buffalo Springfield together with Stephen Stills and Richie Furay, and later joined Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1969. He released his first album in 1968 and has since forged a successful and acclaimed solo career, spanning over 45 years and 35 studio albums, with a continuous and uncompromising exploration of musical styles. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website describes Young as “one of rock and roll’s greatest songwriters and performers”. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame twice, first as a solo artist in 1995, and second as a member of Buffalo Springfield in 1997.
On first listen, it might seem that Ragged Glory and Mirror Ball are indeed the friggin’ same record. Both probably took like a couple of hours to throw together – because the only thing that actually needs to be thrown together are the lyrics and, oh I dunno, one basic riff upon which all the rest is suspended. And actually, the lyrics of Mirror Ball are pretty much in the same vein: ruminations of an old hippie who can still sound tough and jarring but is mostly intent on carrying the thirty year old vibes of peace and love (heck, one of the songs on the album is called exactly that) through the entire record.
This is basically a straightforward sequel to Ragged Glory – ten more songs of jagged, crude, wham-bamming riffery and something that no “tasteful” jazzy finger flasher would ever dare call “soloing”. Except that this time Neil is being backed by young-and-hip Seattle grungers Pearl Jam instead of the old and battered Crazy Horse. A symbolic gesture for sure: seeing himself fit to adopt the “Godfather of Grunge” title heaped upon him by the media, Neil obviously just wanted to support the hype and play with some real “grungers” – and seeing as how Nirvana was already unavailable, he chose the next best thing.
Nils Lofgren, touring with Springsteen, joined Young onstage for several songs, including “Comes A Time” and “Helpless”. At the conclusion of the 28 song setlist, Young invited Springsteen on stage. Bruce sang vocals on an amazing 20 minute version of “Down By The River”.
For all that history, Young is living in the moment:. “I think that I do the best when I’m right here,” he tells NPR’s David Greene. It helps that he’s staying busy: Young’s archiving all of his recordings online, he’s got a book coming out and he’s currently working on 14 films, including one about the making of this new album, Colorado, which he recorded in that state: in a studio at 9000 feet, alongside Crazy Horse.
Recorded before On The Beach but deemed too gloomy for an audience of fans eagerly awaiting the sequel to Harvest, the label sat on Tonight’s The Night for two years before they finally released it. Longtime Crazy Horse recording engineer and coproducer John Senior Chief” Hanlon described the scene.
There’s also some pointed songs reflecting the current political climate. “There’s a rainbow of colors in the old U.S.A.,” he sings in one of Colorado’s best songs, “Rainbow of Colors.” “No one’s gonna whitewash those colors away.” And in “Shut It Down” he shouts over ragged guitars, “All around the planet, there’s a blindness that just can’t see” – a line that has as much to do with climate-change denial as it does with general shifts to the right happening all over the world.
The sessions for Harvest were split into three separate stints across 1971, beginning spontaneously in Nashville while Young was tour. The majority of the electric guitar was recorded in a barn on his California ranch, before recording in London with the London Symphony Orchestra. Needle and the Damage Done however was a live take, lifted from his January 1971 performance at UCLA’s iconic Royce Hall.
As the album progresses, though, much like Ragged Glory, it starts to lose me – as good as the formula might be in theory, it is wearying, and once they don’t establish a good hook going on, it all turns to rot. The slightly faster, romantically uplifting ‘I’m The Ocean’ and the gorgeous climactic chorus of ‘Big Green Country’ still maintain the high of the moment, but starting with ‘Truth Be Known’, really good tunes are harder to come by, and my hands start subconsciously grapple for the fast forward button. ‘Downtown’ establishes a solid Seventies-reeking hard-rockin’ groove and has further hippies references, but ‘Peace And Love’ and ‘Throw Your Hatred Down’ have no groove potential at all. They still have good soloing and nice choruses, though. But then the endless ‘Scenery’, more atmospheric than anything else, washes everything away in a sea of predictable distortion.
By late 1968, the intense chemistry of the group had lit a fire under all its members. Everyone had scattered in different directions, leaving bassist and then engineer Jim Messina to assemble the band’s third and final album, Last Time Around, at Sunset Sound studios. While Young was recording, though, Joni Mitchell was down the hall, beginning her first solo album produced by her then-boyfriend David Crosby.
Mountaintop – A raw and extremely unfiltered look at the process of Neil Young and Crazy Horse making their 1st album in seven years. You’ll witness the laughter, tensions, crusty attitudes and love of a rock & roll band that’s been together for 50 years as they share their passion, first and foremost… for the music.
He loves to see out into the audience while the houselights are still on. When the Sun sets, very quickly, he knows that Neil will come to the camp ground, the one on the stage in the big teepee, and sing some stories. Songs about old men and Ohio. Songs about a man and a maid, about love breaking a heart. Songs about Cortez. Sometimes when Neil is writing, the Indian will think of a word or two when Neil is stuck, and Neil hears it, and finishes the song.
Four months after his sensitive, self-titled debut, Young re-emerged with a raw backing band introduced to him by old flame Robin Lane. Young and Crazy Horse had played together for just three weeks, but it was the start of a lifelong alliance.
Editor: We are updating this post upon learning of the publication of the book “I NEED TO KNOW: The Lost Music Interviews” by Bill DeYoung The book contains two vintage Neil Young interviews included in the new anthology. The first one (Sept. 16, 1985) was only recently fully transcribed from the original cassette. Neil talks passionately about Farm Aid (the first concert was six days away), and why he was so into country music (“Old Ways” had just come out), why it resonated with him as a family man, and why rock ‘n’ roll just wasn’t doing it for him any more. He then reads the entire “Open Letter to President Reagan” he’d just finished writing, and would send to USA Today the next morning.
There are, of course, a couple “softer” numbers, but they don’t save the picture. ‘When Your Lonely Heart Breaks’ is ‘minimalistic’ – mainly in the sense that the bass player hits one note per five seconds and the drummer follows his example, and the guitar sounds like a bad parody on Mark Knopfler. ‘Mr Soul’, rearranged here as a mid-tempo harmonica-driven blues-rocker, could have been done better by your average barroom band. And ‘Human Highway’ is sooo slow, sooo quiet, and sooo morose, I’d rather listen to John Denver instead.
No orchestration, no ambivalent ultra-pretentious lyrics, and no blatant commercialism. No obvious conceptual unity either: on here, Neil is ready to take on just about everything. So On The Beach turns out to be one of his most diverse records so far; all it lacks is a superb grinding rocker like ‘Like A Hurricane’ to fully write out the picture. That said, Neil takes this opportunity to lay down some of the most hard-hitting “minimalist” guitar tracks he’s ever recorded, and besides, considering how ‘uncomfy’ ‘Like A Hurricane’ actually sits on his 1977 record, among all the country-western send-ups, maybe depriving On The Beach of a jarring metal monster wasn’t a bad idea.
Neil Young appeared right on time, nervously walking out in front of the screaming crowd, one arm upraised. He looked skittish and tired as he picked up a guitar and began to sing an acoustic song, one of the first he ever wrote, called Sugar Mountain.” The audience rushed the stage, shouted for the electric songs and Young called his band out onstage. But instead of Buffalo Springfield chestnuts and standards like Down By The River,” they played a set of reckless new music, causing no small tension in the arena.
With over 520 pages (the first edition ran to 282) the book has a number of additional features. While the basic layout and style remain unchanged there are now areas included for nearly all shows performed post 1969. Virtually all missing or incomplete set lists from 1983 onwards have been completed although we would love to hear from anyone who has information related to a number of items listed below. In addition song charts for all the major tours have been included as appendices.
A tour with Crazy Horse was in the works for this fall, but the recent death of Young’s longtime manager Elliot Roberts put it on ice. 10) Released some more of classic rock’s more enduring albums (Freedom, Ragged Glory, Harvest Moon), becoming an important contributor in the burgeoning grunge movement.
Young has received several Grammy and Juno awards. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted him twice: as a solo artist in 1995 and in 1997 as a member of Buffalo Springfield 11 In 2000, Rolling Stone named Young the 34th greatest rock ‘n roll artist.
Beware, too: Year Of The Horse seems to be a frequent guest in used CD sections, and for good reason. It might give a totally erroneous picture of Mr Young – pretty sure that had it been my first acquaintance with the man’s live sound, I’d have immediately written him off as a pseudo-talented charlatan hiding a lack of talent behind this ugly wall of distortion. I don’t know if the entire tour was spent like that, with the band basically sleepwalking for most of the show, but if it wasn’t, then Year Of The Horse should be relegated to the bin of “Most Stupidly Assembled Live Albums Ever”, along with Who’s Last and the Stones’ Love You Live and, um, well, whatever comes to mind.
55. In 1995 Neil Young recorded the collaborative album Mirror Ball with Pearl Jam. This caused concern for Epic Records, who weren’t too eager to drop a Pearl Jam album with another label. They eventually allowed the record to be released, as long as the front cover didn’t mention Pearl Jam and Eddie Vedder’s original songs were left out.
I, however, think, that the record should be treated adequately. It is by no means a swooping statement; it’s not even Harvest Moon, because that album, as stripped down as it was, still had the proverbial ‘spirit-of-America’ attitude to it, with echoey trembling guitars, majestic harmonicas, titles like ‘From Hank To Hendrix’ and a gospel-like conclusion. Nothing of the kind here. In fact, it was originally intended to be just Neil and his acoustic, but in the end he brought in a full rhythm section, a keyboardist and some backing vocals to boot, and yet, it’s still by far the most minimalistic production on a Neil Young album.
Track listing: 1) Sugar Mountain; 2) I Am A Child; 3) Comes A Time; 4) After The Gold Rush; 5) My My Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue); 6) When You Dance You Can Really Love; 7) The Loner; 8) The Needle And The Damage Done; 9) Lotta Love; 10) Sedan Delivery; 11) Powderfinger; 12) Cortez The Killer; 13) Cinnamon Girl; 14) Like A Hurricane; 15) Hey Hey My My (Into The Black); 16) Tonight’s The Night.
Drummond’s bass was DI’d and Keith’s slide guitar was also captured by the Neumann U87. Due to close proximity and subsequent bleed, Young’s mics had to be considered as part of the drum sound during the session. Rather than moving the vocal setup as far away as possible from the drums and using more mics exclusively, Mazer used fewer mics and tried to minimise the spillage in the close quarters. However, the presence of the room was essential to the album’s live feel – a key reason these Quadrophonic recordings sound so immersive. Similar techniques became essential in the later barn recordings.