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Neil Young will release his latest studio album ‘Storytone’ on November 3rd via Reprise Records. ‘Storytone’ features ten brand new compositions recorded live in the studio with a 92-piece orchestra and choir. The deluxe edition comes with a bonus disc including a solo album of Storytone.

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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 (80 customer reviews)
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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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3.8 out of 5 stars

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Finbar the looney on 10 Jun. 2012
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Wetherall on 21 Sept. 2012
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On paper, there is good cause for fans to rejoice at the announcement of Americana. It would appear that the famously mercurial and single-minded musician has put his hand deep into America's folk song history, and taken his noisiest backing band and incarnation with him.

The opening strains of Oh Susannah greet this first record that Young has made with the full Crazy Horse line-up since the underwhelming Broken Arrow in 1996, with a splutter and a drum rattle showcasing a band struggling to locate a tune. It's a bewildering and tuneless opening 40-odd seconds, but the band soon find their feet and Young beckons in the chant from the choir. And so the record opens out for the next 57 mins of a trip through the heritage of American song, until the dying strains of a stupefying take on 'God Save The Queen' fade out. This is certainly not bucolic dotage like many of his peers.

Whilst an imperfect record, the virtues of Americana should not be taken lightly. Amongst the long winded passages that do not always pay off, there are flatteringly loose and effective arrangements on cliched standards. There's a rumbling take on She'll Be Coming Round The Mountain (called Jesus' Chariot here) that fizzes and bangs, a classic Crazy Horse jam on High Flyin' Bird, a pretty acoustic touch on Guthrie's This Land Is Your Land and the skiffle stomp of Gallows Pole that doesn't reflect too badly against Led Zeppelin's own take from III.

There is a feeling that this album was recorded with few takes, and even fewer rehearsals. You sense that the band is stretching out, and dusting off the cobwebs for what Young has already confirmed is coming next: an album of Neil Young originals, pencilled in for release before 2012 draws to a close.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By zuma76 on 27 Jun. 2012
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Guardian TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Jun. 2012
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For many die-hard fans Neil Young is The Man, who has surprised us so many times in the past 40 years (not always in a good way) that it's no surprise he's done it again.

`Americana' sees Young re-united with rock-n-roll band Crazy Horse to re-work 11 (in the main) old folk standards. Almost all these songs pre-date 1900 and a few have their roots in Europe, having entered North America in the pioneering days via immigrant minstrels to be adapted into songs all American children learned; others are home-grown hence true `Americana'. The dark themes of some of these songs - murder, execution, lost love, possibly incest - belie their children's playground associations, and the treatment of the songs here does at least restore the sinister edge to the stories they tell.

The Crazy Horse renditions sound like a long jamming session recorded in one take, with verbal banter between the musicians filling the space between the songs. The music is loud, raucous, full-on, unsophisticated: it could be a second-rate warm-up band churning out standards at a Saturday night small-town gig and maybe, knowing The Man, this might be intentional. After a few numbers of heavy-rock treatment the album begins to sound samey and dull, and it occurs to you that Young might be `having a laugh': is he really serious about this? There's no light and shade, and the delicacy for which his career-best work is so respected is completely absent. However as Young belts out the vocals with gusto and the band rocks, it's easy to imagine some of these numbers going own a storm at a lively house party in the early hours, the irony of a heavy rock treatment of `Clementine' and `Oh Susannah' in perfect step with the wild party mood.
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