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Americana [CD]

Neil Young Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
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NEIL YOUNG TO RELEASE LIVE ALBUM, ENTITLED A TREASURE, ON JUNE 13TH, ON REPRISE RECORDS

RENOWNED ROCKER UNEARTHS LIVE COUNTRY ALBUM RECORDED WITH LEGENDARY BAND, THE INTERNATIONAL HARVESTERS, WHILE ON TOUR IN THE U.S. IN 1984/1985

The 12-track live album, A Treasure includes songs – 5 of which are previously unreleased -- recorded during Young’s 1984 and 1985 U.S. tours ... Read more in Amazon's Neil Young Store

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  • Audio CD (4 Jun 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B007N85ZXY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,270 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Oh Susannah
2. Clementine
3. Tom Dula
4. Gallows Pole
5. Get A Job
6. Travel On
7. High Flyin' Bird
8. Jesus' Chariot
9. This Land Is Your Land
10. Wayfarin' Stranger
11. God Save The Queen

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Americana is the first album from Neil Young & Crazy Horse in nearly nine years. Crazy Horse is: Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina, Poncho Sampedro, and Neil Young. This is a collection of classic, American folk songs. In their day, some of these may have been referred to as protest songs, murder ballads or campfire-type songs. Some of these compositions, like "Tom Dooley" and "Oh Susannah" were written in the 1800s, while others, like "This Land Is Your Land" and "Get A Job" are mid-20th-century folk classics.

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Contents; Oh Susannah, Clementine, Tom Dula, Gallows pole, get a job, Travel on, High flyin' bird, Jesus' chariot, This land is your land, Wayfarin' stranger, God save the Queen

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars YOUNG PLAYS OLD 10 Jun 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The Neil Young publicity machine has been going at full throttle recently,an album stream ,via a national newspaper,a half hour interview on Radio Four,and news of at least two "new" projects in the pipeline.
I have lived with the new album for a couple of weeks.via the website,and now the physical release has arrived,as one reviewer has stated,as noted on the sticker on the cover this "gleefully irreverant and shambolic garage rocker"is still as mesmerising as ever
if you are expecting a re run of "Harvest"then do not buy this record,for this is Neil rocking as only he can.
"Oh Susannah" is a great starter,it rocks and rolls its way into your brain ,"i come from Alabama with my banjo on my knee"so says the lyric,do Lynryd skynrd know this?
"Clementine" will be familiar to most,but not sung like this,this is a very good version of the old song written way back in 1863.
"Tom Pula" also known as" Tom Dooley",written in 1866 is at over 8 minutes,the longest song yet,and yet again shows YOung on good form.
"Gallows Pole" was of course covered by Led zepelin,as well as some others,this version,is far more strident,ubeat and happy,ironically it is about seeing someone hanging on a pole!
"Get a job" i seem to recall a rock'n'roll band,maybe Sha na na in the mid sixties doing this song,apparently
according to the booklet it was "The silhouettes" in 1957,oh well,you can't win em all!
"Travel on" dates from a recording in 1958,and is based on a British folk song,this six minute song,is a good old hoe down type song.
"High flying bird" dates from the mid sixties and Stephen Stills,ex Young band member played on the original.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shambolic, spontaneous and glorious 27 Jun 2012
By zuma76
Format:Audio CD
I don't think there has been a completely essential Neil Young release in quite a while - and I include 'Prairie Wind' and 'Le Noise'. 'Americana' isn't either, but it's a jaunty, rollicking ride with Crazy Horse doing what they do best or worst, depending on your preference. Played loud, from start to finish, this has some real pleasures to enjoy with those crunchy Young and Sampedro guitar parts and Talbot/Molina groove. Of course it's not refined - and in some cases - in tune, but that's the deal with NY & CH. Maybe some listeners will miss the melodies of the original (or most popular) versions of these folk songs, but the Americana interpretions give them a new edge and fit the Crazy Horse style perfectly. With the exception of 'Get a Job' (worryingly straying close to The Shocking Pinks era), the songs and arrangements hang together well. It reminds me a little of 'Living With War', but with a much looser feel given the band. Standout tracks ? Probably none, as I'm reminded of the quip 'Its all one song' - but that's no bad thing. Having said that, the gentle and sparse take on 'Wayfaring Stranger' is wonderful. Go for it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Sense of Dislocation 13 Jun 2012
By Syriat TOP 500 REVIEWER
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There is an alchemy when it comes to Neil Young and Crazy Horse. This is a mixture that just works. They have been called workmanlike and many more derogatory names and yet they have an easy and enjoyable vibe which makes their music somehow work. So any reunion of Neil Young and Crazy Horse does stir a lot of emotions and feelings. Then to hear that its just a rehashing of old songs from American history, for me at least, poured cold water over any interest I had. My expectations were lowered. So this is a bit of welcome relief. Its not a legendary album like their 70's collaborations or Ragged Glory, but its not bad.

It is a rocker of an album in a lazy, easy going style. Tracks like Oh Susannah, Clementine, High Flyin' Bird and Jesus Chariot are the kind of tracks that make you smile and be thankful these guys still make records. Its just a good listening experience. However, there is a sense of dislocation with some of these tracks as they are (after all) old tracks and as such have influenced many tracks since. So listening to Oh Susannah (for example) I hear Venus (She's Got It) in the chorus. Maybe its just me but there are other times where I am hearing other tracks. Some tracks just don't work for me either - Get a Job is one I am yet to warm to.

However, this is a pretty good listen. Its not going to be to everyone's taste as it isn't ground breaking, epic or legendary. There are no tracks on here which sit as high on the NY & CH list as their absolute best numbers. But its a solid offering that rips along nicely and works as a reminder that when these guys get together than can almost turn lead into gold (Clementine just is proof of this as it starts off quite menacingly and the original is anything but). Listen before buying and don't expect a classic - just a solid offering.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is he 'aving a larf? 28 Jun 2012
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Well I had to buy it being a fan - and thousands of others will have done the same. What's it like you say? Well to me nothing more than a bunch of (ahem) performance enhanced outtakes from an NY and CH jam session of 30 odd years ago. Discarded by more sober and clear headed record company execs saying "you're not using our money to release that!". Still it's Neil Young, one of the few musicians from the old days still keeping it real, so I couldn't award less than four stars. As to how many times I'll get it down off the CD shelf, dust it off and play it - well that's another matter. Personally I've bought it, listened to it and will now file under "novelty" - probably only to be brought out for my own enhanced listening sessions when I feel like playing some of the more curious parts of my collection. As I say, if your a fan you'll buy it anyway if you haven't already. As the pro reviewers probably say - "one for the completists only"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Takes a few listenings and then emerges as a good listen.
Published 2 days ago by Glen Ben
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldies turned into Neil Young Goldies
Forget the reviews where people say you shouldn't expect this and that. With this album you get to hear exactly what Neil Young's version of Rock 'n Roll is all about. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Zico
5.0 out of 5 stars Americana
Songs like you have never heard them before, great interpretation by Neil young with overdriven guitars. well worth a listen
Published 7 months ago by rodney h
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Young has come up with another master piece. a great take on some old numbers which make you smile at the same time as appreciating the musicianship.
Published 7 months ago by palamaz
1.0 out of 5 stars Sounds like bad demo tapes. Only fit for release post mortem.
This is the first time I've bought an album by Neil Young & Crazy Horse and felt it was money wasted. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Julian Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Neil Young getting a bit noisy again.
Well done although original work is best. Drumming a bit too in front, but good to hear Crazy Horse again.
Published 10 months ago by Longhairedpete
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds good to me & then some!
I ordered this before reading any reviews on it which I find suits me well - After listening to it & then reading the reviews I can only say this album sounds great to me if not to... Read more
Published 11 months ago by LoveMusic
1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money
I have been a Neil Young fan for over 40 years, but save your money on this one. In the words of Neil himself, it's a "Pile of Crap"
Published 12 months ago by Mr Robert Kirk
4.0 out of 5 stars Lay off!
As a Brit, commenting on Amazon UK, let's nip in the bud that this album isn't really aimed at us. With the exception of two tracks, these aren't songs that were sung in my... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tom
4.0 out of 5 stars A differenrr fork in the road
Loved the first track Susanna and got a couple of others stuck in the brain. However unless you are a Neil Young fan, I would not suggest this is your introduction to his music. Read more
Published 14 months ago by The Earl Of Kimberley
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