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Neil Young does go on a bit, doesn't he?


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Jun. 29th, 2009 07:34 am (UTC)
I'm always amazed how young he was when he wrote some of the classics - something like 20 when he wrote "Expecting to Fly", "The Old Laughing Lady" a year or two later. I guess I'm a late starter, but that's real precocity.

Rockin in the Free World? Hmmm - never really floated my boat. You're right - it *does* go on... :-)
Jun. 29th, 2009 08:45 am (UTC)
I think he did six reprises at the end of the song and just about bored the crowd.

I don't actually know much about him. My parents had Harvest which got a lot of play in our house being preferable, to me, to Steeleye Span.
Jun. 29th, 2009 09:16 am (UTC)
He's well worth a listen - have a go at the "Decade" cd, it's got pretty much his "Greatest Early Hits" on it, which for me is the seminal stuff - I like the stadium gig huge rock less. There's some lovely honky-tonk stuff ("Old Man") and some enormous concept stuff (Like A Hurricane, Cortez the Killer) as well as the hippier trippier stuff (After the Gold Rush, Broken Arrow).

I first heard him walking down "The Philosopher's Walk" in Kyoto one baking hot summer. There were loads of gee-gaw shops by the mediaeval canal, selling bongs, joss sticks, and a million different types of tea, incense, and noodles, all colonised by hippies who fled the Middle East after the oil shock. A bit of a time machine - sound of cicadas, shimmering heat, wind chimes - and Neil Young playing in the background.
Jun. 29th, 2009 11:53 am (UTC)
Thanks. I'll see what's on Youtube tonight.
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