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.
"Jesus chariot"also known as "She'll be coming round the mountain"was written in the 1800s and is based on a negro spiritual and is about the second coming of Jesus.
"This land is your land"was written in the mid 1940s by Woody Guthrie,and has since become one of the most famous protest songs ever.
"Wayfarin'stranger" was written in the1900s and still sounds good to me
"God save the Queen" is a brilliant version,of the National anthem,and not a Sex pistols tribute.
Neil Young and crazy horse have made an original and idiosyncratic album that is great to listen to,and funto play.
I look forward to his next reissue project with high expectation!!
The packaging is a gatefold sleeve with extensive notes in the booklet.
RELEASED IN 2012