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Old 07-22-2011, 10:52 PM   #1
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Neil Young

I did a search, and found nothing. I feel like even if the thread drops quickly, this guy deserves his own thread.

His last two records, Le Noise and A Treasure, are pretty remarkable. I'd put his career up against anybody's. So, a thread for all Neil talk.





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Old 07-22-2011, 10:56 PM   #2
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i respect neil young more than i listen to him, which is rarely.

i should change that.
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Old 07-22-2011, 11:02 PM   #3
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I'm sure other songwriters are better, but no one hits me like Neil. The great thing about his catalog (and it's fucking huge), is that in context, even the fuckups are valuable. They feel less like disasters and more like slipups that let you know more about the person in the midst of a long conversation.
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Old 07-22-2011, 11:04 PM   #4
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the dude has jams, that's for sure.

i think i like other people's versions of his songs better than his own. except for Cortez.
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Old 07-22-2011, 11:06 PM   #5
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Speaking as a guitarist, his tone is unparalleled, IMO. It sounds like a nuclear bomb going off every time he strums a chord.
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Old 07-22-2011, 11:14 PM   #6
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Speaking as a guitarist, his tone is unparalleled, IMO. It sounds like a nuclear bomb going off every time he strums a chord.
agreed.
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:10 PM   #7
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heart of gold concert on fuse right now...so good.
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Old 08-22-2011, 12:57 AM   #8
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He's one of the worst electric guitarists I've ever heard. I still love his sound though.

And to counter any angry replies to my belief, even Young said he was pretty awful. In Guitar World, I believe.

*listens to the warbling bullshit of Like a Hurricane*
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he may not be technically proficient, but i love his electric playing.
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Old 08-22-2011, 04:45 AM   #10
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Profiency isn't always equatable to talent. I don't think anyone has ever argued that he was an amazing guitarist but Neil has something few others have. He can put it all together in astounding ways. I don't care if you like his music or not.........you have to respect what he has to offer. He's done a lot of great things in the past 30+ years
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Old 08-22-2011, 08:09 AM   #11
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Profiency isn't always equatable to talent. I don't think anyone has ever argued that he was an amazing guitarist but Neil has something few others have. He can put it all together in astounding ways. I don't care if you like his music or not.........you have to respect what he has to offer. He's done a lot of great things in the past 30+ years



He's a fantastic guitarist. If the question is could he do what someone like Stevie Ray Vaughn does or something, than no. But I don't really find that very interesting compared to what he's been able to do.
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He's a fantastic guitarist. If the question is could he do what someone like Stevie Ray Vaughn does or something, than no. But I don't really find that very interesting compared to what he's been able to do.
Im with you... inspired me to want to pick up an electric guitar. Tone and emotion in his playing. And i love that its not for everyone. You can argue hes shitty all you want, but hes influenced just about every great band still playing.
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Im with you... inspired me to want to pick up an electric guitar. Tone and emotion in his playing. And i love that its not for everyone. You can argue hes shitty all you want, but hes influenced just about every great band still playing.
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His playing on Massey Hall blew my mind when it came out too. The way Neil weaves between chords without changing the pace of his right hand is just so damn seamless. Old Man/Cowgirl in the Sand in particular
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Old 08-22-2011, 08:41 AM   #14
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Saw him do a solo set at Farm Aid 02 at Star Lake and he blew me away.. so good. Did half the songs on piano and half on acoustic guitar
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i'm not saying their styles necessarily sound alike, but like Springsteen, Neil Young's electric playing is straight from the gut and kind of dirty. that shit's the best.

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i'm not saying their styles necessarily sound alike, but like Springsteen, Neil Young's electric playing is straight from the gut and kind of dirty. that shit's the best.
There's a really good comparison there. Bruce has got more of snarl due to using a Telecaster, but they're both right where I like my favorite electric players to be. Guttural, I'd agree, is a great word to use for it. There's melody, but they're also ok with devolving into noise and feedback.

Strange, but my favorite guitar players also tend to be great songwriters. Springsteen, Young, even Jimi Hendrix or Jack White.
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Old 08-22-2011, 03:34 PM   #17
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I saw neil solo last year in worcester. Price was insane, but man what a show. Had front from DFC, best seat in the house, and the show did not disapoint. Wish I had been able to get a tape of that show. I really liked some of the new songs. One was on Le noise, but I don't care for the production.

and of course, serious fucking Jam Michael Vincent:

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Old 08-22-2011, 06:30 PM   #18
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That's good, but I don't like that guitar. So much of Neil has to do with this wonderful tone he's concocted, which just gets a little lost on that guitar (I have no idea what it is, it just looks like a copy of whatever Trey is using).

Anyway, diss, did you know it's Neil playing the solo on this? It's fantastic, and a pretty good argument against someone who'd say he couldn't play.

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i did. i love the mirrorball/merkin ball releases.
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Old 08-22-2011, 07:17 PM   #20
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Yea, he's using Trey's back up Languadoc, which is odd considering it is farm aid and neil had all his gear there.
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