Archive for the ‘Neil Young’ Category

New Neil Young album – promising

September 5, 2008
Sugar Mountain, the new Neil Young album due for UK release on 29 September, sounds promising: speculation abounds that it’ll be an official version of a long-popular live bootleg with a similar title.

Shakey sources also tell me that the long-awaited, oft-delayed Archives vol 1 is still (still!) set for release in November; we live in hope…

Recent gigs suggest that Young has finally shaken off his eco-politico concerns to focus on celebrating his great legacy. Amen.

Gerry Smith

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Bob v Neil and 30th Anniversary Concert

March 14, 2008

Thanks to Martin Cowan: 

“Further to the recent discussion about Bob versus Neil, readers may be interested in following this link:  

www.thrasherswheat.org/jammin/dylan.htm

“And further to comments about the Dylan audience booing Sinead O’Connor, I seem to remember from John Bauldie’s coverage of the event at the time that the audience was made up of record company suits, showbiz types and corporate guests – I believe it likely there were very few ‘real’ Dylan fans present … “

Neil Young upstaging Dylan?

March 11, 2008

Neil Young’s current London shows, with long setlists drawn from across his catalogue, have been getting rave reviews.   

According to Martin Cowan: “Interesting to compare Neil Young’s 23/24 song sets from his current tour with the 17 that Dylan serves up these days.  

“I have been pondering lately on Dylan set lists (further to my last email) and concluded that if he cut short some of the instrumental “noodling”, he could play a few more songs and perhaps be a little more generous with that superlative song book.  Just a thought.”  

Here’s a sample of Young’s ever-changing setlist, from 8 March at  Hammersmith Apollo, courtesy of Bad News Beat:  01. From Hank To Hendrix02. Ambulance Blues03. Sad Movies04. A Man Needs A Maid05. Flying On The Ground Is Wrong  (grand piano)06. On The Way Home  (grand piano)07. Harvest08. Journey Through The Past  (upright piano)09. Love In Mind  (upright piano)10. Mellow My Mind11. Love Art Blues12. Love Is A Rose13. Heart Of Gold14. Old Man15. Mr. Soul16. Dirty Old Man17. Spirit Road18. Down By The River19. Hey Hey, My My20. Too Far Gone21. Oh, Lonesome Me22. Winterlong23. Powderfinger24. No Hidden Path25. Roll Another Number   

Gerry Smith

Neil Young and the Chrome Dreams II DVD

February 28, 2008

Having been a long-time Neil Young fan, I guess I’m in for the duration.  After all, his back catalogue is one of the richest in rockpop.

But, though I’ve dutifully bought the last few studio albums, I’ve hardly listened to any of them.  Greendale (2003), Prairie Wind (2005) and Living With War (2006) have disturbed my hi-fi a mere once or twice each. 

If I want to listen to shrill preaching, I can go to a nasty little church. But the trio of heritage dadrock releases – Live At the Fillmore East (1971>2006), Live At Massey Hall (1971>2007) and Greatest Hits (2004) – have fared rather better.  They remind me why I like Young.   Chrome Dreams II (2007) sounds as if it’ll get some play, too.  But I’m bemused by the Chrome Dreams II de luxe release.  Disc 2 has the album repeated in “DVD” format; the DVD pictures are stills of cars in Young’s garage.   What’s he up to?  Should someone tell him that tape/slide presentations had become redundant 35 years ago? Wakey, wakey, Shakey.   

Gerry Smith