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Fred Neil

Fred Neil Audio CD

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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums you've never heard... 1 Aug 2006
By B. Bowman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm stunned that after years of listening to Fred Neil's contemporaries (Bob Dylan, Tim Buckley, Hoyt Axton, etc.) that I never once heard his name or music mentioned with the other players of the folk era of the mid sixties in Greenwich Village. I guess that stands as a testament to just how obscure Fred Neil is; the term "fringe artist" really doesn't apply. The liner notes to this remastered edition of his third album confirm that Neil made music for himself and didn't care for the business side of music. Like many others, I was introduced to the music of Fred Neil through the Sopranos show which used "Dolphins" to great effect during a scene where Christopher relapsed and used heroin. My ears perked up and I said out loud "Who IS that?" I ran straight to my Hoyt Axton discs and started fumbling around thinking it was him, but not finding the song in question. (I was later to read that Axton was largely influenced by Neil; the two certainly have similar vocal styles.) I tracked this disc down and purchased it primarily for "Dolphins", which is an incredible song. The lyrics and music combine to capture such a wistful sentiment, and it has become one of my favorite songs. I was surprised at the quality of the rest of the music on this CD. Fred Neil had such a great voice, with an obvious appreciation of the blues. I hadn't realized that he was the songwriter who wrote "Everybody's Talkin'", later a huge hit for Harry Nilsson on the "Midnight Cowboy" soundtrack. The liner notes explain that Neil refused to cut the song for the movie soundtrack, and Nilsson did instead, further proof of Neil's disregard for fame or exposure. Neil's version is plaintive and direct and I think I prefer it to the Nilsson version I've been hearing all these years. I was interested to read in the liner notes of Neil's experience working with The Doors' producer Paul Rothchild and what turned out to be a complete clash of personalities. The producer for this album took the opposite approach of Rothchild, who tried to handle Neil (which backfired), and decided to let him and some friends from Greenwich Village sit in a circle and play their guitars until the songs included on the album took shape into finished takes. The whole disc has an informal feel, but the mood that was captured hits the spot every time I listen to this. I would recommend this disc to any fan of the singer/songwriters of the early seventies. This album has a confessional and personal style similar to the artists that were to follow Neil. I would have to say that Fred Neil is probably one of the most overlooked songwriters of his generation, although I think he intended things to be that way. However, this is an album that needs to be heard, it really is that good.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INI HEAVEN SINGING 13 May 2006
By BOXERSON - Published on Amazon.com
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THIS MAN CAN DO IT, HE CAN MAKE YOU CRY, LAUGH AND AND CRY AND LAUGH AT THE SAME TIME.. WHEN I HEARD TH DOLPHINS PLAY ON THE SOPRAN'S WHEN CHRIS WAS BACK ON DRUGS. MY GOD DID THAT SONG SO FIT.. BREAKS YOUR HEART OUT.. WATCHING HIM FLOATING IN HIS LOST SOUL AND THEN HEARING THIS BEAUTIFUL SONG PLAYING IN THE BACK GROUND.. WOW YES IT REMEMEBERED ME OF MY DAYS BUT NO SONG... 25 YEARS CLEAN THANK GOD
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the 60's 5 July 2014
By Robbin mason - Published on Amazon.com
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I still have this record from the 60's, now I can listen in my car. He will always be the best..... Brings back fond memories....
5.0 out of 5 stars STRANGE AND GROOVY FOLK THAT STICKS.... 6 May 2014
By wally gator - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Discovered Fred Neil on the college coffee house radio, DOLPHINS was the song and I thought, how strange of a song and then briefly dismissed it. Dolphins. Then the next day it was like, everywhere I looked I kept on seeing the dolphins. Like they were sending me the sonar signals *eek eeek eeeek* (translation: Fred Neil...self titled second album...1966)

I decided to check it out post haste and I was not dissapointed in the least. The whole album is a groovy, singer songwriter affair... folk rock style, on the strange side. Fred Neil has a unique singing style, somewhere from outer space but down to earth at the same time... and the whole album will have you in a mellow trance,,,, but not too sleepy or dull.. a bit of sadness drapes its way over the vibe...but its all in a refreshing way... you may recognize the track EVERYBODYS TALKIN AT ME, as it has been covered a few times... Freds is the original and stands out as quite good and has its own vibe that is unlike any of the more popular covers I've heard.
What I dig the most here is how addictive the sound becomes. This is an album that unfolds the more you listen, and gets better....
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden heroic icon. Great mellow lounge vibrating music similar to the early works of Leonard Cohen w a bit of Syd Barrett 1 Mar 2014
By josh - Published on Amazon.com
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Track by track are all equally impressive. Dolphins being the most unique. And a tune that all I play it for appreciate. Also the better rendered Everybody's Talkin . This album has dark but warm and mellow vibe to its entirety. If you like Lee Hazlewood, Nick Drake, Leonard Cohen or the sparse artsy feel of Syd Barrett I wouldn't hesitate to give this a sample listen on iTunes. Note two versions exist of this LP rerelease same cover different title but same track list.
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