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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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Old 08-22-2011, 08:41 AM   #12
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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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Old 08-22-2011, 03:34 PM   #14
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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   #15
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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'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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i did. i love the mirrorball/merkin ball releases.
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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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Old 09-22-2011, 02:32 PM   #19
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Following in the footsteps of peers like Bob Dylan and Keith Richards, Neil Young is planning to publish his autobiography, Waging Heavy Peace, in late 2012. Emphasis on the word "planning," as Young is notorious for announcing future projects only to pull the plug at the last minute. A project so revealing for the famously private singer-songwriter seems like it's destined to come off the rails at some point. (Just ask biographer Jimmy McDonough, who's flawed but essential Shakey: Neil Young's Biography was held up for three years by Young after he granted the author personal access.) But Young seems to have embraced telling his own story for the masses. "I felt like writing books fit me like a glove," he said. "I started and I just kept going. That's the way my Daddy used to do it on his old Underwood up in the attic. He said, 'Just keep writing, you never know what will turn up.'" [Via The Guardian]
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If you're a Neil Young fan, this is news you've waited nine years (and seemingly twice as many albums) for: Shakey is making an album with Crazy Horse. The last time Young entered the studio with his long-time backing band was 2003, for the underrated concept record Greendale. Though if you want to get technical about it, since Frank "Poncho" Sampedro didn't play on Greendale, the last true Neil Young and Crazy Horse record was also Young's last out-and-out capital-G great album, 1996's Broken Arrow. (We're sure that every single reader will agree with this assertion, and therefore it doesn't need to be qualified.) Young hasn't even played live with the Horse since 2004, so this is momentous news indeed.
Of course, if you are a Neil Young fan, you also know there's a decent chance that this album won't see the light of the day, maybe ever. Young and Crazy Horse apparently recorded an album, Toast, back in 2000 that remains unreleased, in spite of Young saying recently that "it's great rock & roll, very moody, kind of jazzy." Supposedly, "there's word of a spring release" for this new album, and we've decided to believe this and get excited about it. [via Rolling Stone]
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