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    Went to Neil Young + Crazy Horse last night.
    Despite the rain and foul weather it was a great show, at 67 he's lost none of his power or voice.
    The sounds he's able to get out of that bastardized '53 Les Paul are just amazing and they sounded fantastic for a 4 piece.
    I hope he comes back one day soon even if I did get a wet arse.

    :-D

  • #2
    Did he finish with Into the Black?
    I can't read the words "Neil Young" without hearing that in my head.

    Where was the concert?

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    • #3
      At The Hill Winery on Pettaval Rd.
      Neil Young in Geelong !
      Who would have thought?
      Didn't play "Into the Black"
      Cinnamon Girl, Powderfinger, Ramada Inn, Rockin in the Free World, Hurricaine.

      Some absolute gems.
      Played Heart of Gold as a nod to the old "Harvest" era but mostly stayed really grungy which was great.
      Lotsa feedback and distortion + long jams.
      Some young blokes would hang up their guitars if they saw how these old guys can rock.

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      • #4
        Not too shabby for an old Canuck!

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        • #5
          Did Rik, Vyvyan and Mike join him on stage?

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          • #6
            That's Rick with a silent P

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            • #7
              What are his three 'best' albums?
              The only thing I have by him is Deja Vu, Harvest, and a Greatest Hits.
              Given his huge reputation, I would like to have a couple of 'characteristic' albums (if that's possible) but the volume of his work makes the choice difficult.
              I don't expect to be his greatest fan ever, but I have a fairly eclectic music collection and he is underrepresented.

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              • #8
                Three albums would hardly represent his career as it has been so varied.
                Maybe you have to treat the "Crazy Horse" work as a separate artist ?
                "After the Goldrush" ..is an obvious NY classic and should be in any NY collection with "Harvest", "Everybody knows this is Nowhere", and possibly "Comes a Time"......(..though technically EKTIN is a CH band album.)
                "Old Ways" ( 1984 ) is a reflection of his Folk/country roots and is quite different, and unique.

                Beyond that, you are into CH work with albums like "Rust never Sleeps", "Freedom", etc etc all a very different style.

                Of course, this all excludes his time in "Buffalo Springfied", and CSN&Y. .. all very worthy bands.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Rocky View Post
                  What are his three 'best' albums?
                  The only thing I have by him is Deja Vu, Harvest, and a Greatest Hits.
                  Given his huge reputation, I would like to have a couple of 'characteristic' albums (if that's possible) but the volume of his work makes the choice difficult.
                  I don't expect to be his greatest fan ever, but I have a fairly eclectic music collection and he is underrepresented.
                  Harvest is definitely # 1, but since you already have that one I will recommend that you also seek out the following:

                  After the Gold Rush (1970) - This album did very well following his highly successful time dabbling in CSNY.

                  Everybody Knows This is Nowhere (1968) - Following the breakup of Buffalo Springfield, this album proved that Neil had the stuff to go it alone

                  Rust Never Sleeps (1978) - One of those complete albums that is strong across the board. High energy and will definitely rock your socks off!


                  Also keep your eyes open for:

                  Harvest Moon (1992) - A follow on album to Harvest... 20 years after the original!

                  Ragged Glory (1990) - The album that earned Neil the nickname "Godfather of grunge"

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                  • #10
                    for anyone who never saw Young in his early years, there are some great live recordings on you tube...
                    This is the classic ."Heart of Gold"
                    Neil Young - Heart Of Gold - YouTube

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                    • #11
                      His career definitely has many personalities and I like most of 'em......

                      As himself....
                      ( in order)
                      After the Gold Rush
                      Harvest (great personnel on this album, including James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt)
                      and maybe Harvest Moon

                      country 'sounds and great references to Hank Williams etc.

                      With Crosby, Stills & Nash:

                      My brother bought Deja Vu in 1973 when I was 11, I loved it then and it still rings in my head.
                      -------------------------------------
                      with Crazy Horse...... when Neil goes full distortion and lets his freak flag fly......

                      Zuma
                      Tonight's the Night
                      Rust Never Sleeps & Live Rust
                      Ragged Glory
                      Psychedelic Pill

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                      • #12
                        Excellent, thanks Guys. That is the advice I was looking for.
                        I generally do my research on YouTube but in this case there is just too much material to work through from scratch.
                        I will listen to "After the Goldrush", "EKTIN" and "Rust Never Sleeps" on YouTube. I'd imagine there are all the songs from those albums.

                        Blend52 - Always one of my favourite NY songs - that is a great clip.

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