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  • Audio CD (22 Feb. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Cd Listening Bar Ieg
  • ASIN: B00000IWN1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Listen  2. I've Got A Secret (Didn't We Shake Sugaree) 4:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  8. Sweet Cocaine 2:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Green Rocky Road 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Cynicrustpetefredjohn Raga 8:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Felicity 1:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Please Send Me Someone To Love 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Merry Go Round 5:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Look Over Yonder 8:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Fools Are A Long Time Coming 5:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen17. Roll On Rosie 8:25£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Listen  2. Roll On Rosie (Live) 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Dolphins (Live) 4:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. That's The Bag I'm In (Live) 3:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Everybody's Talkin' (Live) 3:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  8. Ba-De-Da 2:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Ya Don't Miss Your Water 2:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Felicity 1:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Long Black Veil 2:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Bottom Of The Glass 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Sweet Mama 5:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Trouble In Mind 5:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. December's Dream 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Ride Stormy Water 5:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Medley: How Long Blues/Drown In Tears 9:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. The Other Side Of This Life 4:43£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Finally, a record label has the sense to reissue folk-era singer/songwriter Fred Neil's three visionary Capitol albums on CD. Born in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1937, Neil was a major fixture on the early-'60s Greenwich Village folk scene. If he's known for anything today, it's for his songwriting (via Nilsson's AM-radio hit of "Everybody's Talkin,'" Jefferson Airplane's manic cover of "Other Side of This Life," or Tim Buckley's lovely version of "The Dolphins"). Neil's songs are remarkable, the sort of ponderous, moody, complex music reminiscent of the best of Nick Drake, Richard Thompson, and Leonard Cohen. His sound was characterized by nimble 12-string guitar playing; the ability to blend Indian, gospel, rock, and blues into folk music; and an impossibly deep, reverberant baritone voice, sort of like Johnny Cash with a midrange, control, and chops. The material on the two CDs that comprise Many Sides was recorded between 1967 and '71 and presents the entirety of Neil's mature work, adding six unreleased tracks and one historically interesting, hootenanny-imprisoned single. Though there are spots of languorous fooling around and stoned goofiness (notably on the lackadaisical Sessions), the takes are mostly grand, the production ranging from inventively subtle to stripped-down live versions. Fans will also want to scoop up the imports of Neil's '65 debut, Bleecker & MacDougal, and his folknik collaboration with Vince Martin, Tear Down the Walls. Last seen in Texas--or was that Florida?--the music world has not heard from Neil since the '70s. --Mike McGonigal

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Nov. 2000
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Fred Neil hasn't recorded anything in thirty years or played live in twenty. This self-exile from the music scene (he hates publicity, it seems) makes the slim legacy he did put down on tape all the more richer. The most important thing about Fred Neil's music is his voice, the like of which you have never heard before or will again. It warrants no further explanation- just listen to it. His songs occupy almost as much attention as his voice. "Everybody's Talkin'" is the one you'll all know by heart. "Dolphins" is personal and affecting, yet still has a coherent ecological message. There are at least half a dozen hands-down masterpieces on this set which are among the greatest pieces of music recorded by anyone, ever. However, the makeweight pieces of stoned tomfoolery on this collection- recorded as he scuppered his career (he really could have been massive) for a life of total obscurity- make it perhaps a little overpriced. But you really have to hear his best work sung by his startling voice, and because you can't get it anywhere else, you might have to buy this.
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Best way to acquire a selection of his music for those who are not familiar with it. A double album download: the second "side" consisting of live versions and outtakes so there's quite a bit of repetition BUT in many cases the live versions are better than the studio tracks.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
a flawed genius' flawed work 3 Jun. 1999
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Format: Audio CD
This two-CD reissue of Fred Neil's Capitol recordings is welcome, if overdue. To those who don't know much about the 1960s folk revival, Neil is remembered, if at all, as the composer of "Candy Man" (the Roy Orbison hit, not the traditional song) and "Everybody's Talkin'" (recorded by Harry Nilsson for the film "Midnight Cowboy"). Folk devotees and some graying rockers recall him as one of the most gifted singers and songwriters of the period. Unfortunately, he recorded relatively little, and at least one of his recordings, Sessions (included here on disc one, cuts 11-17), is mostly a testament to druggy self-indulgence, though even it has a couple of achingly lovely, focused pieces ("Felicity" and "Please Send Me Someone to Love"). The folk movement has produced few songs as original or as enduring as "The Dolphins" and the afore-mentioned "Talkin'." His first Capitol album (disc one, 1-10) gorgeously framed these and other songs (including Neil's unforgettable reading of Elizabeth Cotten's "Didn't We Shake Sugaree") in shimmering electric textures nobody has been able to duplicate since. Few revival singers have matched Neil's feeling for blues or his ability to find a song's emotional core and immerse himself inside it. Less happily, few matched his capacity for the sort of self-destructive, talent-diminishing behavior that made his career so sadly short and his recorded output so uneven. The previously unreleased material here includes two embarrassingly ill-conceived singles recorded in Nashville (disc two, 12-13) as well as studio material (notably "December's Dream") which reminds us of how keenly the absence of this flawed genius is still felt.
34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Remember a lost voice 10 July 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Fred Neil died over the weekend. Those of us who became members of his cult during the mid-'60s with the Elektra classic "Bleecker and MacDougal," have wished for a return after his disappearance from music in the mid-'70s, but it wasn't to be.
In addition to his compelling vocal style, he wrote a few certifiably classic tunes: "Everybody's Talkin'," "The Dolphins," and "Other Side To This Life." They have been covered successfully by other artists, from Nilsson to Beth Orton, over the decades.
To escape his demons--or maybe just to co-exist with them more easily--Fred retired to Florida and until recently was militant about refusing to connect with the music industry or press. The recordings in this set vary greatly in quality, but even when ragged they carry a tremendous folk-jazz vibe. Possessed of a warm, deep voice and a complex, spontaneous interpretive sensibility, Neil belongs in a rarefied class with Tim Buckley, Nick Drake and Terry Callier as a moody writer-interpreter at the nexus of folk, jazz, blues and soul.
Even if you never heard of him in his lifetime, remember him now.
38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Nobody's Talkin' 16 May 2000
By K. H. Orton - Published on Amazon.com
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Before Bob Dylan became the poster boy for the 60's Folk Revival, the undisputed king of the Greenwich Village scene was the late Fred Neil. Its said a worshipful Dylan used to carry his guitar & Neil occasionally let the newcomer from Minnesoata sit in on harmonica.

But Neil proved reluctant to embrace the fame Dylan so wryly made a side-show of. He hated performing live & at the time of Harry Nilsson's hit with, "Everybody's Talkin'" the song's author turned his back on it all & headed South to Florida. where he remained in obscurity till his death in 2002. He reportedly last performed sometime in the 70's.

Along with the classic, BLEECKER & MACDOUGAL, this collection is all you need. The first thing that will strike you is that voice. Johnny Cash laced with Sinatra. A deep, gravelly baritone. Able to plumb the darkest depths or fleetingly rise above it all. His 12-string playing is just as formidable. A sort of Folk, Jazz infused Raga as evidenced on "Cynicrustpetefredjohn".

Though "Everybody's Talkin'" was a major hit, Neil's "Dolphins" remains the most covered. The best known being those by Beth Orton & Jeff Buckley. As for Neil's original, it has a haunting, dream-like quality. As if he were difting in eye of a storm whose chaos is spinning out of control around him.

As for Neil's version of "Everybody's Talkin'". I prefer it to Nilsson's MIDNIGHT COWBOY version. Spare & slowed down the songs' true meaning comes out. It still carries a breeziness, but less busy & forced, allowing the dark undercurrent to hit home. Without out a doubt, one the most understated songs about heroin addiction ever written. Something Neil alledgedly knew 1st hand & which eventually lead to his abdicating New York in an effort to get clean.

Other highlights include "Sugaree" and the wry pessimism of "Bag I'm In". This collection also features the SESSIONS album which is more rambling & unfocused but still full of captivating moments like "Rosie" & "Merry-Go-Round" ( featuring a dark segue into Leadbelly's "In The Pines").

Disc 2 contains live material & rarities. "You Don't Miss Your Water" features a duet with none other than a young Gram Parsons & there's another gem in an unreleased cover of "December's Dream".

I have to confess, I've never been a fan of the whole 60's coffee house Folk thing. The Weavers, Kingston Trio, Peter Paul & Mary. It's enough to make me cringe. Same goes for the whole Phil Ochs political/protest singer thing. Unlike his contemporaries, Neil seemed determined to remain far from the maddening crowd of protests & marches. Yet his music seems to reflect the price one pays for running away from it all. A quality which makes him timeless.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
brilliant stuff 13 Jan. 2001
By Stephen F Mulcahy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
this comprises neil's three albums fred neil, sessions, and the final release of his, the other side of this life .ok , some of the 2nd album (sessions) can be repetitive and not all that great and a few things on the 2nd disc arent totally great either-but most of this collection demonstrates just how many truly superb but forgotten performers there were out there in the 60's that deserve to be remembered today. fred neil is one of the best songwriters of the era, and certainly had one of the greatest voices of the period. best of all, there is no b.s. about him, the songs may be relaxed but there is no mistaking the sincerity and honesty each time you hear fred sing. the 1st album is a classic of folk rock , or singer songwriter or whatever this music can be called. it really defies description and labelling, suffice it to say that fred neil's voice , guitar playing, and songwriting is incredible. and don't forget the fine accompaniment by "name sidemen" like cyrus faryar, canned heat's alan wilson,the drummer billy mundi and others ( including a duet with gram parsons on the great country/folk standard long black veil from the 1971 album other side of this lifefor having influenced the likes of dylan and tim buckley alone merits neil "near cooperstown" status. incidentally, buckley covered neil's wonderful the dolphins , and you'll recognize tracks here that were done later on by nilsson, the jefferson airplane, and numerous others. despite a few mediocre and overlong songs here and there, this is the best record i've bought in quite some time.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Voice of a memory 11 Nov. 2000
By Judith C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was fortunate to count myself a friend of Fred Neil back in the mid 60's. I worked in the business and got to spend a good deal of time with him, watching him work, singing at the Wha in the village, hanging out at the Turf in the Brill Building and basically sharing a bit of history. Many times in a rehearsal studio I got to hear Fred take the bare bones of a new tune and sculpt them into magic formations. Many of those songs are here and, fortunately, many sound just as raw and heart-rending as they did then. They've aged very well. I think it's cuts 11 through 18 that are on my well-worn Capitol "Sessions" LP. They share the shelf with my other prized Neil LPs "Tear Down the Walls" with vince Martin on Electra, "Little Bit of Rain" one of my favorite songs, also on Electra, and "Other Side of This Life"...Capitol. The incredible richness of his baritone voice as it spills lazily out of his heart is not to be denied. I have never really heard another like it in all these years.
Fred never had the heart, in my opinion, for the business end of the business and that is probably the reason he short-circuited his career early on. Too damn much work to sing a damn song. He was better off just picking tunes with a few friends for company and at least one girl staring with rapt attention at this red-haired boy who made magic come out of his mouth. Just for the record, I co-wrote one song with Fred, never published. I lost the demo years ago, moving around, but Fred if you ever check in at this site, have another cup of coffee and another cigarette on me. I never forgot you or your music. Rock on.
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