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  posted on 11/30/2007 at 10:17 AM
neil youngs new album is a masterpiece!!could be the sister
album to harvest.haunting gretsch guitars sounds,lonely pianos
a sad steel guitar and depression era images.The man has outdone
himself.

 
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  posted on 11/30/2007 at 03:40 PM
I love just about anything Neil has done. Chrome Dreams II is pretty good, but I can't say it's a masterpiece. I think he does his best work live.
Have you heard the unreleased Chrome Dreams I, guitarsan? Great!

 

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  posted on 11/30/2007 at 04:31 PM
i'm a big neil young fan, but this is far from his masterpiece. in fact, i think it's just decent. if we're ranking neil's albums, those that could be deemed his masterpieces imho are harvest, harvest moon and after the goldrush. some might include tonights the night on that list. and silver and gold is brilliant too.
 

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  posted on 12/1/2007 at 10:29 AM
no bull,I think this is the album of the year or decade.its
the themes,the sounds and the guitars more than the overall
songs.To me his last masterpiece besides harvest moon was
Ragged Glory,
great rock songs and feeback from beginning to end.

 

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  posted on 12/1/2007 at 12:29 PM
When talking about Neil's masterpieces I think you have to include both Zuma and On the Beach. Zuma is packed with incredible songs start to finish including "Don't Cry No Tears", "Danger Bird", "Barstool Blues", and of course "Cortez". To me, On The Beach may be a little more difficult to listen to, but you can't deny the incredible songwriting and musicianship on songs like "Ambulance Blues", "Revolution Blues", and "Walk On". I think other masterpieces in Neil's catalog are After the Gold Rush, Tonight's The Night, Comes A Time (very underrated imo), Rust Never Sleeps, and Harvest Moon.

As far as Chrome Dreams II, I think it is absolutely fantastic. Ordinary People could be one of his top 5 songs of all time. I also like No Hidden Path, Beautiful Bluebird, and Boxcar very much. Overall though I'm not even sure if I think Chrome Dreams II is as good as Greendale and Prairie Wind, both of which I would consider outstanding albums. Maybe once CD II sinks in for a little while that will change. But one thing is for sure, Neil is the man! He is my favorite musician and it is amazing that he is still able to create so much great music. I saw him in St Louis in November and it was simply incredible!.

[Edited on 12/1/2007 by tlevan1215]

 

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  posted on 12/1/2007 at 12:50 PM
I like it, GoT it for free with my Ticket for DAR.


On the way to the show I totaled my Monte Carlo LS.

How's that for a chrome dream nightmare?

 

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  posted on 12/3/2007 at 09:22 PM
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i'm a big neil young fan, but this is far from his masterpiece. in fact, i think it's just decent. if we're ranking neil's albums, those that could be deemed his masterpieces imho are harvest, harvest moon and after the goldrush. some might include tonights the night on that list. and silver and gold is brilliant too.



I think sully has it nailed except I haven't listened enough since I just got it. Some of his albums hit me later on after I listen for a while. He is so emotional and intuitive it seems like I have to be in a certain mood and then I really click with it. Ever since he had his brush with death I think his art has really gotten that much more intense. His film Heart of Gold has moved me in a profound way. Neil and the ABB have had a huge impact on my life and I love their work more each day...

 

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  posted on 12/4/2007 at 10:20 AM
For me Neil Young's masterpeices are On The Beach, Tonight's The Night, Zuma and Sleeps With Angels.
 

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  posted on 12/5/2007 at 10:04 AM
The song "ordinary people"is putting a chill down
my spine as I write this.18 minute tour de force!

 

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  posted on 12/5/2007 at 10:08 AM
I have all of Neils stuff, saw him first in 72 and I will say YES, it is a masterpiece. See him next Sunday and it will be by far, one of the best shows I will see in a long, long time.

I would suggest additional listens to this album. It is a flower with many layers and unfolds as such.....

 

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  posted on 12/5/2007 at 10:48 AM
I love Neil but I don't pick up every release that he puts out. They seem inconsistent a lot of times. I didn't like Sleeps with Angels or Broken Arrow but loved Greendale and Prairie Wind. The last 2 live releases are awesome also.

All this talk makes me want to go out and get Chrome Dreams II on my lunch break today. I don't think I heard anything off the first Chrome Dreams . Is it circulating ? Any tunes from his live shows from that era ? It seems Homegrown and Chrome dreams were great albums that never were released. I read the book "Shakey" and really liked it but it was so long ago, I forgot alot of the details regarding the making of each album.

My favorites are: Tonights the Night, On the Beach, Zuma and After the Gold Rush. Tonight's the Night , I never really " got" until a few years ago. It was like discovering gold for me. It's amazing how something I passed by years ago as strange is now one of my all time favorite pieces of music. Probably because it's about loss and you really don't understand that until you lose some friends and family as you age. It's really stunning emotionally.

What about Time Fades Away ? Will it be releasesd on CD ? I've heard it referred to as the first of the "ditch" triology. Tonight's the Night and On the Beach being the other 2. Apparently Neil said that Harvest put him in the middle of the road and he decided to steer himself into the "ditch" for a few years. People who were casual fans of harvest must have thought he was totally crazy when they listened to Tonight's the Night.


 

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  posted on 12/5/2007 at 10:57 AM
Neil is an amazing artist, his archive release from last year "Live At Massey Hall" is supposed to be really good -- am very keen to catch the Heart of Gold video, a friend watched it & was very impressed
His muse is a mile wide alright -- rockabillly, electronic etc. -- I still play Freedom all the time (on vinyl no less) -- "No More" is one killer jamming tune -- all his stuff -- Arc, Weld, Greendale, Ragged Glory, Gold & Silver, Harvest Moon, Prairie Wind -- & Tonight's the Night -- "Bruce Berry was a working man he used to love that Econoline van..." good post tommars


I'm ignorant -- when did the first Chrome Dreams come out?

 

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  posted on 12/5/2007 at 11:01 AM
That's what's crazy and so typically Neil about Chrome Dreams II, Stephen. The first Chrome Dreams was recorded but never released. I think it was around 77 or so but I'm not sure.
 

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  posted on 12/5/2007 at 11:23 AM
I agree with you about "Tonight's The Night" , Tom.
Some of it really does send "a chill up and down my spine"
The first Chrome Dreams was never released officially, but it's out there.
Going to see Neil in NYC on the 13th; can't wait.

 

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  posted on 12/5/2007 at 11:26 AM
My favorites of Neil:

Everybody Knows This is Nowhere
After the Gold Rush
Harvest
Freedom
Ragged Glory
Tonight's the Night
Greendale

Didn't include his live stuff. Weld, Live Rust, Fillmore East and Massey Hall are excellent.



 

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  posted on 12/5/2007 at 06:31 PM
Chrome Dreams I was brolen up and spread over 3 albums, includimg songs Hurricane, Cortez and other minor low ball hits It allegedly was one powerful album.

To put in perspective my taste (in approving CD II) Tonights The Night, On The Beach, and Zuma are my favorite Neil.... this one is right there....... I even here reminisce of some Cowgirl In The Sand era stuff in there...................

and if that song with the kids to end it doesn't grow on you......

and yes Neil has done some so-so over the years, but I'll take an album every year some home runs, some not over the Brothers approach of once every five years or less wether needed or not

 

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  posted on 12/5/2007 at 08:12 PM
Down By The River
Cowgirl in the Sand
Powderhorn

fire in the bowl
2 tokes and
an hour of bliss


[Edited on 12/6/2007 by Capn]

 

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  posted on 12/6/2007 at 03:41 AM


This is the original unreleased Chrome Dreams as traded with additional tracks. As you can see, some of the tracks were later released on other albums. Great record and worth searching out if you don't have it

 

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  posted on 12/6/2007 at 08:38 AM
Thank you Harvey! I had never seen songlist, and was mistaken on Cortez.....

My favorite Neil moment, and I can never convey it in words to put you thre, but it truly was a "moment" in my life, probably unequalled in intensity at shows I have seen.......

1972 Albuquerque
Midway in the show, which included much hard electric Neil, He played Southern Man. It was extended and there was a rage to it that made your hair stand up. These issues were real then, and just a couple short years after all the riots.... So you had to remember the times and the spirit.... the hippie spirit..... and young Neil was one of our princes of causes.... we hated Nixon and Neil had the balls and ability to get it on the airwaves.... "Ohio".......

So Southern Man was a hard rocking stomper, it was also a huge statement.... and was loved for both reasons, as opposed to how a crowd today reacts to it, more on a musical level than the protest level.... I definitely digress.....

But this was one hell of a Neil show, one of those magical, everything right, the perfect crowd, and happiness was in the air. So Neil is into this extended, raging, furious Southern Man... the crowd all standing pretty much...... dancing..... Crazy Horse with the heavy bottom just thumpin'...... Neil doing slash and burn feedback drenched solo's....

The gentleman at the show diagonally behind me was a black guy, we had shared dubes during the show that were just passed through the crowd.... ( "pass it on brother"...... ) and during this musical assault of a song, during the chorus ("When will you pay them back") I happen to look back at my black neighbor.... the spotlicht was on the crowd also.... it is forever imprinted on my brain....... this large strong looking dude..... dancing in time.... a fist in the air..... a smile on his face...... and rivers of tears flowing down his cheeks.......

God Bless Neil Young



 

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  posted on 12/6/2007 at 10:19 AM
Thank you for the story Tony ... you conveyed it perfectly

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  posted on 12/6/2007 at 10:52 AM
That's the one I was talking about Colin!

Whoa Tony! Great picture I've got in my head from that story. Neil certainly can arouse passion in you, can't he? That's why I love him so. Not only a superb songwriter, but he can tear a place up with that Gretsch, or be as mellow as you can imagine. I just love how he says whatever the heck he wants. If he believes in it, he says it, and doesn't give a crap what anyone thinks.

Here's the artwork for the cover of Chrome Dreams.

 

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  posted on 12/6/2007 at 11:11 AM
Tony - great visual image there...I think I just had a flash-back.

 

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