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Freedom

25 Jun. 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 29 Sept. 1989
  • Release Date: 25 Jun. 2010
  • Label: Rhino
  • Copyright: 1989 Reprise Records
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  • Total Length: 1:00:56
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  • ASIN: B002DS19SY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,736 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Willard on 26 Dec. 2009
Format: Audio CD
By the mid-Eighties Neil Young was about as unhip as you could possibly be. He was said to have gone to the right politically and his music was frankly not good (has anyone ever made it to the end of Re-Ac-Tor?). `Trans', `Landing on Water', `Life' - yes they were all a bit rubbish.

1988's `This Note's for You' was a blessed return to form and the following year's `Freedom' showed the old boy could still make it matter. If he ever had been a Reaganite he certainly wasn't now - the album casts a harsh light on the American mantra of `at least we're free'. This is an album about the breakdown of family life for the forgotten - the underclass whose only way out was drugs or crime.

The cover of `On Broadway' takes it to a rather silly level to make his point but the rest of the album is superb. Great crunching guitars on `Don't Cry', `Eldorado' and the electric version of `Rockin' in the Free World' but also some wonderful ballads, `Hangin' on a Limb', `Someday', `Too Far Gone' and of course there's `Crime in the City' which, with its short-story format and saxophone breaks, sounds like virtually nothing else he's ever recorded.

From here on he was back up and running and heading for his `Godfather of Grunge' period - `Ragged Glory', `Weld' etc. Good on him.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Slurms McKenzie TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
When I first listened to this back in the day, I don`t think I really appreciated it. I was always more intrigued by Neil`s work that came from the ditch, and this was a little polished; maybe I was missing the sloppy support of the redoubtable Crazy Horse, who always seemed to be playing on my favourite Young albums (such as Weld, or Zuma).

Well, time has been kind. Bookended by contrasting versions of probably Neil Young`s most radio-friendly song, "Rockin` In The Free World", it is easy to miss the great songs inbetween. "Crime In The City" is an epic, with brilliant lyrics describing aspects of society in meltdown and has always been an absolute joy to me, despite its nine minutes plus length. "Don`t Cry" is one song that I have really learnt to love now though, and showcases probably the first time Young employs the thunderous, crushing distorted power that grabbed my interest on "Weld". This power pops up on "Eldorado" too, contrasting with the light Spanish guitar that plays throughout. "No More" and "Too Far Gone" are great songs too, hammering home the album theme that too much Freedom seems to have negative consequences for many; drugs, homelessness and violence seem to lurk menacingly behind many songs. "Hangin` On A Limb" emphasises the fragile nature of happiness and success.

If I had to pick some weak points, then "The Ways of Love" would be one, for sure, but even "Someday" and "On Broadway" can work on the right day, which is one of the great strengths of the album - "Freedom" contains so many different styles of song. Overall, the many high points are plenty good enough to warrant a solid five stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claudio on 6 Dec. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Neil always had a very inconstant talent, alternating pearls like Zuma or On the Beach (his masterpiece) to average stuff like Long May you Run and Re Ac Tor to ugly recordings like Old Ways or Everybody's Rocking. This represents his return to form after his delirious ventures into electronics, rockabilly and soul music. The record features an anthem like "rocking in the free world", still sung by Pearl Jam and many others, and gems like Eldorado or Crime in the City. Not all the album is so good though, as is typical of Neil, there are some forgettable songs like Too far Gone or The ways of love, but overall it's a good recording and one of his best since the milestones of the seventies. The sound is, in the good songs, very basic, as it's often the case with his best recordings, and the lyrics can be good (rocking in the free world and Crime in the city both have excellent lyrics)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jonestwin on 29 April 2013
Format: Audio CD
Hearing this album, when it was released, is what first got me listening to Neil Young - I thought it was brilliant then, and I still do. I suspect that the big differences you can read in the (surprisingly small number of) reviews on Amazon are due to a large extent on the differing expectations that the reviewers had for the album, based on what Neil Young material they knew and liked/disliked already. I had no expectations, and was well bowled over by it. Accepted, there are some weaker songs, but they aren't very weak, and the good ones are really, really good. Songs like 'Crime in the City', 'Wrecking Ball', 'Someday' deserve a much wider audience. Get a copy and listen!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lloyd boon on 5 Jun. 2011
Format: Audio CD
yep, thank God Young found his mojo again after some truly aweful albums in the 1980s, Crime In The City is the pick of the bunch on this one, its an epic track complete with sax solo's detailing the problems in the US through the 'greed decade'.
there's a cover of On Broadway here in which Neil puts a new electric spin on the classic soul ballad. there are other good ballads here,a couple of nice guitar driven tracks and the classic Rockin' In The Free World. not all of the tracks are new, some have been around since the 1970s waiting for the right moment to release them on record,all in all a good young album.
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