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Everybody Knows This is Nowhere
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 10 September 2004
This is very good. Its got well recognized Young classics: Cinnamon Girl anyone with a passing knowledge of Young will have heard, but also Down By The River and Cowgirl In The Sand - both epic tracks. The reason this only gets 4 starts though is Round and Round - which has always sounded a bit dreary and somewhat repetative. Maybe its just a personal taste think. Otherwise I'd say to anyone who hasn't heard Young "buy this CD and you'll be hooked".
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
After a misfiring self-titled solo debut album, Neil Young recruited the remnants of The Rockets, who were renamed Crazy Horse in the process, and delivered this, 'Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere', and his career as a soloist really kicked into gear. 'Everybody Knows' is a terrific album, and set the blueprint for at least the guitar-heavy side of his future solo recordings. This newly-remastered version corrects the sonic anomalies of the original CD reissue, and has never sounded better. The bottom end is full and dynamic, and the guitar interplay between Young and Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten (RIP) is beautifully realised. Apart from the lengthy guitar excursions, 'Cowgirl In The Sand' and 'Down By The River', shorter songs such as 'Cinnamon Girl', the title track, and the delightful country lope-along '(When You're On) The Losing End' show that Young was also capable of writing economical, concise and very direct songs, and, what's more, had found the perfect backing combo to help realise them.

This is an utterly wonderful album that delivers every time. Don't have it yet? You gotta get it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
As we all know, Neil Young has famously resisted the remastered reissue of his huge catalogue on CD because of what he feels is the format's less than stellar representation of analogue tapes' 'original sound' as laid down by the artist - and almost a full 20 years after 1989's first issue of his 2nd album on a dullard CD - it looks like the guy is having the last laugh - because this meticulously prepared tape transfer is GLORIOUS. It really is. I've bought all 4 and to my ears this is fact the best sounding of them all.

First to the details - "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" was released in May 1969 on Reprise Records RS 6349 in the USA and RSLP 6349 in the UK (July 1969). This 2009 NYA OSR remaster (Neil Young Archives - Original Release Series) is Disc 2 of 4 and carries the HDCD code on the label and rear inlay (High Density Compact Disc).

Until now, 2004's "Greatest Hits" set (which offered us three "Everybody..." tracks remastered into HDCD sound quality) was the only real indication of just how good the album 'could' sound (this is the first time the 'entire' album has been given a sonic upgrade). The Audio Tape Restoration and Analog-To-HDCD Digital Transfer of the Original Master Tapes was carried out by JOHN NOWLAND (24-Bit 176 KHZ) with the Editing and Mastering done by TIM MULLIGAN - and they've done a stunning job.

The inlay reproduces photos of Danny Whitten (Guitar), Billy Talbot (Bass) with Ralph Molina (on Drums) and David Briggs (Engineer and Producer), but there's no lyrics. Also - as these are the first four albums in a long reissue campaign - to identify them from the old CDs, the upper part of the outer spine has his new NYA OSR logo at the top and an 'issue' number beneath - D1, D2, D3, D4...on upwards of course.

However, the big and obvious disappointment is the complete lack of musical extras or any new info in the booklet - and in the case of this album in particular the omissions are going to be a sore point for fans who've waited decades for these releases. While some rarities have turned up on the July 2009 mega box "The Archives Vol.1 1963-1972" - some tracks are still missing. "Down By The River" was edited for single release in the UK in August 1970 on RS 23462 with an alternate take of "Cinnamon Girl" on the B-side. To my knowledge, neither is available in remastered sound anywhere. Also - "Oh Lonesome Me" was extended for the US 7" and it's B-side, an alternate mix of "I've Been Waiting For You" is again a no-show. All of them would have made for ideal extras material and it's infuriating that they're not on here.

Still - at mid price - this remaster of "Everybody..." is still great value for money and with this hugely upgraded sound - it makes you focus on the music as is and not anything else.

Speaking of which - the sound is HUGE especially on the big rocking tracks "Down By The River" and the near 10-minute "Cowgirl In The Sand" - while the clarity is just BEAUTIFUL on Richie Furay's "Round And Round (It Won't Be Long)" - Robin Lane's duet vocals being particularly lovely. Bobby Notkoff's violin on "Running Dry" is very clear - and as the band loosely ramshackles its way into the song - it sounds like they're in your living room - miked up and live - fabulous stuff.

The remaster is not bombastically loud either, trebled up to the nines, but subtle - the music is just THERE in your speakers to a point where everything seems new and up for grabs again. Fans will love it and will feel like they're revisited long cherished old friends while newcomers will now understand what all the 5-star fuss is about.

The gold sticker on the jewel case of each of these issues states - "Because Sound Matters" - and although it took him a few decades, on the strength of this reissue, I think Rock's great curmudgeon was right to wait to get it right...which in many respects is the ultimate nod to his fans.

Docked a star though for those lack of extras which would have put this CD into 'reissue of the year' territory... but still highly recommended.

PS: I've reviewed "Harvest" and "After The Gold Rush" also - just as good soundwise
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2002
This is an album full of raw energy,a far cry from Neil's debut album which was poor compared to this.The two longest tracks"Down by the river" and "Cowgirl in the sand" are guitar workouts, Danny Whitten really holds these songs together with his brilliant rhythm guitar, the rest of the band follow his tempo.The album opens with the classic "Cinnamon girl"followed by the biting title track.My two favourite tracks are"Round and Round" with Neil and Danny on acoustic guitars and Robin Lane on harmony vocals,the track is so intimate you can hear Whitten and Young rocking back and forth on their chairs.The other stand out track for me is "Running Dry" a song about lost love,but what adds to the sorrow is the beautiful violin playing by Bobby Notkoff,this track really is haunting, Notkoff was a member of the Rockets,who are now Crazy Horse,it would have been interesting if Notkoff had joined "The horse"! The track I haven't mentioned yet is the laid back country number "The losing end" which becomes more urgent during the guitar solo in the middle of the song.I think this album was done live in the studio,with no overdubs.This is my favourite album,along with "Tonight's the Night" God bless you,Danny!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Neil Young's second solo album begins with "Cinnamon Girl," one of his rare hit singles, but what puts this 1969 album in "Gotta Have" status were the monster tracks that ended each "side" of the record, "Down by the River" (9:13) and "Cowgirl in the Sand" (10:30). It is totally appropriate that Young wrote all three songs in a single afternoon. In the wake of Buffalo Springfield's breakup, Young had recorded his first solo album, which suffered from being overdubbed. But then Young started jamming with a L.A. band called the Rockets, which was then re-dubbed Crazy Horse: guitarist Danny Whitten, bassist Billy Talbot, drummer Ralph Molina.
The result was a raw, energized sound, where sound pretty was never a major concern, proven by the opening ten-note guitar riff than starts "Cinnamon Girl." Some have made the case that their harsh, metallic sound was so elemental that it qualifies as being proto-punk (the Stooges's first album also came out in 1969), although I have always been reminded of jazz stylings with the way the music is stripped down. Young's mournfully high voice contrasts with the primal guitar duets he wages with Whitten on the two epics, but under-girding it all is an innate sense of harmony (ultimately proven by the Indigo Girl's cover of "Down by the River" on their "1200 Nights Album"). "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" is one of those albums made for listening to in the dark.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 March 2010
After Rhino issued On The Beach etc a few years ago with excellent sound I started to wonder whether we would ever get the rest of Neils albums with the sound they deserve. Well, finally it has started with his first four albums and the sound is excellent, the whole album just comes alive, so much better than the old cd edition. Now we just need the rest of Neils back catalogue to be re released with as good a sound. I just hope it's not going to take him as long as did with these four. Oh, and the music itself? Go on treat yourself, all of Neils output up to and including Live Rust is worth having. This is where Nirvana et al got their sound from. One of the great originals.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 1 November 2004
This is the first album recorded by Neil Young & Crazy Horse and it remains the best! That is not to dismiss their other excellent recordings (they're all worth getting) but this is my favourite. "Cinnamon Girl" positively roars and thrashes about like a wild beast and provides a wonderful opener. "Down By The River" and "Cowgirl In The Sand" are epic rockers that are magnificently played. "Running Dry" is haunting and spooky whilst the title track and "The Losing End" are lovely examples of country rock. The power of this album has failed to diminish since I first heard it almost 12 years ago. AWESOME! BUY IT IMMEDIATELY.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 August 2014
I recently dusted down my turntable, bought a new stylus and started playing some of my old vinyl for the first time in years. This was one of the first LPs I put on. I must be honest and say I think it now sounds very dated and far more lyrically/musically clichéd than many other classic albums of the period.

If you are considering buying EKTIN it should be pointed out that you can now find superior versions of three of its most celebrated songs - 'Down By The River', 'Cowgirl In The Sand' and the title track - on the legendary bootleg 'Live At The Filmore East 1970' which finally got an official CD release in 2006 and is still available via Amazon for around five quid. The amazing 12-minute live version of 'Down By The River', in particular, blows the original right out of the water.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2014
This was Neil's second solo record but the first with his back-up band Crazy Horse after they were previously in The Rockets so when Neil heard there lp he was initially impressed he kind of stole them in a way as his backup group and made a much effort with this compared to his first solo album which came a year before this and it's a wonderful album and sounds great after 45 years when this came out, highlights for me are cinnamon girl, round & round, down by the river (best track on the album!), the losing end and cowgirl in the sand.

Well worth recommend if you like Neil's hard rock laid back style apporach.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 17 October 2001
This is a beautifully brilliant album. The guitar is passionate be it on the acoustic songs or the blazing solos and riffs, his voice both powerful and brittle, lyrics always heartfelt. The playing is right on the edge and is all the more gripping for that. Neil always finds the right note.
His style is not to everyones taste but the fact he remains as inspirational now as 30 years ago truly says something about the quality of the songs he writes. truly brilliant, truly from the heart.
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