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6
Jun

Neil Young – American Star ´N Bars (1977) – Lp

Neil Percival Young, (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician, producer, director and screenwriter. He began performing in a group covering Shadows instrumentals in Canada in 1960, before moving to California in 1966, where he co-founded the band Buffalo Springfield together with Stephen Stills and Richie Furay, and later joined Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1969. He released his first album in 1968 and has since forged a successful and acclaimed solo career.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Neil Young
Title:  American Star ´N Bars
Year:  1977
Format:  LP
Label:  Reprise Records
Catalog#  REP 54088

American Stars ‘n Bars is the eighth studio album by Canadian musician Neil Young, released on Reprise Records in 1977. Compiled from recording sessions scattered over a 29-month.

Neil Young made a point of listing the recording dates of the songs on American Stars ‘n Bars; the dates even appeared on the LP labels. They revealed that the songs had been cut at four different sessions dating back to 1974. But even without such documentation, it would have been easy to tell that the album was a stylistic hodgepodge, its first side consisting of country-tinged material featuring steel guitar and fiddle, plus backup vocals from Linda Ronstadt and the then-unknown Nicolette Larson, while the four songs on the second side varied from acoustic solo numbers like “Will to Love” to raging rockers such as “Like a Hurricane.” Just as apparent was the album’s unevenness: side one consisted of lightweight compositions, while side two had more ambitious ones, with “Will to Love,” for example, extending the romantic metaphor of a salmon swimming upstream across seven minutes. The album’s saving grace was “Like a Hurricane,” one of Young‘s classic hard rock songs and guitar workouts, and a perennial concert favorite. Without it, American Stars ‘n Bars would have been one of Young‘s least memorable albums, and since it turned up the following year on the compilation Decade, the LP was rendered inessential.

 

Side one
1.  The Old Country Waltz  (2:58)
2.  Saddle Up the Palomino  (3:00)
3.  Hey Babe  (3:35)
4.  Hold Back the Tears  (4:18)
5.  Bite the Bullet  (3:30)

Side two
1.  Star of Bethlehem  (2:42)
2.  Will to Love  (7:11)
3.  Like a Hurricane  (8:20)
4.  Homegrown  (2:20)

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3
Jan

Neil Young – Trans (1983) – Lp

Neil Percival Young, (born November 12, 1945), is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, producer, director and screenwriter.

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Artist:  Neil Young
Title:  Trans
Year:  1983
Format:  LP
Label:  Geffen Records
Catalog# GEF 25019

Trans is the twelfth studio album by Canadian musician and singer-songwriter Neil Young, released on December 29, 1982. Recorded and released during his Geffen-era in the 1980s, Trans baffled many Neil Young fans upon its initial release—a Sennheiser vocoder VSM201 features prominently in six of the nine tracks.
He had employed a vocoder to synthesize his voice on five of the album’s nine tracks, resulting in disembodied singing, the lyrics nearly impossible to decipher without the lyric sheet. And even when you read the words, “Computer Age,” “We R in Control,” “Transformer Man,” “Computer Cowboy,” and “Sample and Hold” seemed like a vague mishmash of high-tech jargon. Later, Young would reveal that some of the songs expressed a theme of attempted communication with his disabled son, and in that context, lines like “I stand by you” and “So many things still left to do/But we haven’t made it yet” seemed clearer. But the vocoder, which robbed Young‘s voice of its dynamics and phrasing, still kept the songs from being as moving as they were intended to be. And despite the crisp dance beats and synthesizers, the music sounded less like new Kraftwerk than like old Devo. A few more conventional Young songs (left over from an earlier rejected album) seemed out of place. Trans had a few good songs, notably “Sample and Hold” (which seemed to be about a computer dating service for robots), a remake of “Mr. Soul,” and “Like an Inca” (an intended cross between “Like a Hurricane” and “Cortez the Killer”?), but on the whole it was an idea that just didn’t work.

 

Side one
1.  Little Thing Called Love   (3:13)
2.  Computer Age   (5:25)
3.  We R In Control   (3:32)
4.  Transformer Man   (3:24)
5.  Computer Cowboy (aka Syscrusher)   (4:14)

Side two
1.  Hold On To Your Love   (3:28)
2.  Sample And Hold   (8:04)
3.  Mr. Soul   (3:19)
4.  Like An Inca   (9:45)

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24
Oct

Neil Young – Comes A Time (1978) – Lp

Neil Percival Young, (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician, producer, director and screenwriter. He began performing in a group covering Shadows instrumentals in Canada in 1960, before moving to California in 1966, where he co-founded the band Buffalo Springfield together with Stephen Stills and Richie Furay, and later joined Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1969. He released his first album in 1968 and has since forged a successful and acclaimed solo career.

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Artist:  Neil Young
Title:  Comes A Time
Year:  1978
Format:  LP
Label:  Reprise Records
Catalog#  REP 54099

Comes a Time is the ninth album by Neil Young, and a return to the country/folk rock sound of Harvest (1972). “Comes a Time” is also the title song and a single release from this album. Originally, it had started out as a solo record, but when Young played it for Reprise executives they asked him if he wouldn’t mind adding rhythm tracks to what he already had. Young agreed to this, and the end product was the Comes a Time that was released. Two songs had Young backed by Crazy Horse, resulting in them having a rawer sound than the smooth production of the rest of the album. “Human Highway” was written several years prior to its release, and originally presented to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in 1974 for a proposed studio album by the group which never came to be.

He signaled the album’s direction with the leadoff track, “Goin’ Back,” and its retrospective theme augmented with an orchestral backup and the deliberate beat familiar from his number one hit “Heart of Gold.” Of course, Young remained sly about this retrenchment. “I feel like goin’ back,” he sang, but added, “back where there’s nowhere to stay.” Doubtless he had no intention of staying with this style, but for the length of the album, melodies, love lyrics, lush arrangements, and steel guitar solos dominated, and Young‘s vocals were made more accessible by being paired with Nicolette Larson‘s harmonies. Larson‘s own version of Young‘s “Lotta Love,” released shortly after the one heard here, became a Top Ten hit single. Other highlights included the reflective “Already One,” which treats the unusual subject of the nature of a divorced family, the ironic “Field of Opportunity,” and a cover of Ian Tyson‘s folk standard “Four Strong Winds” (a country Top Ten hit for Bobby Bare in 1965).

All songs were written by Neil Young, except where noted. Crazy Horse appears on “Look Out For My Love” and “Lotta Love”.

 

Side one
1.  Goin’ Back  (4:43)
2.  Comes A Time  (3:05)
3.  Look Out For My Love  (4:06)
4.  Lotta Love  (2:40)
5.  Peace Of Mind  (4:06)

Side two
1.  Human Highway  (3:09)
2.  Already One  (4:53)
3.  Field Of Opportunity  (3:10)
4.  Motorcycle Mama  (3:08)
5.  Four Strong Winds  (4:07)

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