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Trans [CD]

Neil Young Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Mar 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B000024R1I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,703 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A most interesting recording. 20 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
This 1982 album can be seen as Neil Young's response to the electronic experiments of synthesizer ensembles during the preceeding 5 years or so (especially those of Kraftwerk). The very fact that Young should attempt such an album is testament to a spirit of adventure which he is seldom given credit for.
It must be noted from the outset that this is Young's most impressive (in my opinion) album of the 1980s, before he entered a period of artistic stagnation which produced some truly excrutating, at times unfathomably bad albums. "Trans" is far from such subsequent works. Indeed, although it will no doubt be seen as a form of "blasphemy" to say so, in many ways Young's utilization of new technology, within the traditional popular music framework, is in many ways more skilfully done than most of Kraftwerk's efforts. It could be argued that Krafwerk attempted no such mere aural facelift of pop, but the fact remains that their music IS (in the later albums at least) bound by the forms of pop music, and Young, to my ears, handles the synthesis better.
What it shares with the best of Kraftwerk's records, and what exalts it to a position above that of merely rock'n'roll played on synthesizers, is a genuine attempt to portray an artistic idea (that of the alienating effects of modern technology) by means of popular music. Hence the ambience of the majority of the songs on this collection is one of an ascetic beauty. The vocoder use is particularly effective in creating an atmosphere of other-worldliness, as is the sparse accompaniment.
In short, I urge readers to at least sample this release. It is true that it will not appeal to everyone who loves Young's better-known fare ("Harvest", "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" etc.) but it is an extremely beautiful record, which represents an era which was just coming to a realisation of the early computerization of the society around it, very well. Lovers of early-80s retro may find themselves greatly enamoured to it, also.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Experi-Mental! Terminator 1 on acid. 31 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
I don't know what kind of drugs Neil was (or wasn't) on during the making of Trans but it certainly makes for an interesting listen.
The majority of this album is odd in that Neil sings through a vocoder, which makes him sound like a robot, and the music is mostly electronic and dark - Kraftwerk style. There are 3 songs where Neils voice is left alone and he uses an acoustic guitar, they seem out of place here which does break the overall mood but they are still good songs. Little Thing Called Love, the only single, is a catchy little opener but not an indication of the dark electro onslaught that follows. Hold On To Your Love is a light breezy tune that gives the album a little break and Like an Inca is a great closer with an irresistable hook. The vocoder tracks? Computer Age, Transformer Man and Sample & Hold are all great, but prepare to be baffled on first couple of plays.
If you're a fan of the music in Terminator then you will love Trans. I really like I give it 4!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I need a unit to sample and hold.... 8 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD
Whoda thunk that Neil Young of all people would make one of the key synth pop albums of the 80s? I'm no fan of his other material (blasphemy, I know) but this LP (I bought the vinyl at the time!) delivers in spades for me. The story I heard is that Young made this partly to appeal to his son and if so we should be grateful to Young the younger seeing as such an excellent album resulted. Perfectly capturing that slightly naive view of the future and interpreting it through the primitive synths of the period has resulted in a vacuum sealed time-capsule of the period but one which has improved with time in my opinion. I clearly remember this being dismissed as a novelty record at the time with the music press being appalled that Young had seemingly turned his back on the gee-tar in favour of the synthesiser. More fool them as the album has outlived their narrow, parochial POV and stands as one of the best from that period.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I went to see Neil Young on the Trans Tour. I remember reading a piece about the synths and vocoders in the Sunday Times on the way to Wembley Arena and thinking "Oh No!" I wanted to hear Crazy horse and not Depeche Mode. I shouldn't have worried. Sample and Hold was awesome and I couldn't wait to get hold of the album. And then he played Like An Inca! It's great on here but the version he played that night was one of the greatest things I've heard live!You go on a wonderful, unexpected journey with Neil Young with lots of detours to fascinating places. This is one of them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Electro-Acoustic Masterpiece 28 July 2012
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Format:Audio CD
This curio, that was almost universally panned when it was released, is one of Neil's most melodic albums. Thankfully, it has been re-appraised. The electronic tracks are full of humour and great synth/vocoder sounds. They need to be played LOUD for best effect. The hypnotic 'Like an Inca', one of the three brilliant acoustic tracks, is easily up there with Neil's greatest songs. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Gem. 10 Oct 2014
Format:Audio CD
When this album first came out my initial reaction was "what a piece of s***". I put it away with my Neil Young collection and forgot about it. Then five years later I played it again and was blown away. This is some awesome experimentation and a great listen. I love the fact that Neil Young goes his own way and doesn't wait for audiences to catch up with him. By the time I got this album he had left it far behind and moved on to pastures new. The joy of a new Neil Young album is that you never know what you are going to get. Predictable he certainly isn't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Jens
4.0 out of 5 stars Hippy-trippy
Dont expect an album packed with 'old-man'-kinda songs. Its wierd, and nerdy. And a fun listen. 'Transformer man' origins from here, a song that folds out very beautifully on the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by philip stenklov
5.0 out of 5 stars "Sample it"... you might just like it.
I do realise that this will fall on deaf ears, but...This album is great!!! Not 'yer typical Neil album and that's no bad thing. Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2012 by Mild Dill Hotpot
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Fans of Young who dislike this album seem to simply because of it's new direction for him at the time. This album actually includes some of his best melodies and lyrics. Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2011 by Warren1
5.0 out of 5 stars Neil's a tranny!
I got into Neil Young in a big way a few years back. I bought up all his albums and read all about him. Read more
Published on 4 July 2010 by Bug DeLug
4.0 out of 5 stars Neil Young Meets Kraftwerk !
Well thats who he must has been listerning to.
The vocoder and syntherziers seem a long way from his acoustic and electric albums, but all credit to Neil for giving it a... Read more
Published on 19 July 2009 by J. Thompson
3.0 out of 5 stars trans neil young
If you enjoy the many facets of Neil Young then you will enjoy this album with Nils Lofgrin.It makes use of the vocoder tecnology.
Published on 8 Jun 2009 by L. Harris
1.0 out of 5 stars Weak production de-rails possible gem.
This was the first Neil Young Album that I got rid of at a second hand shop. Some of the electronic songs border on being slightly interesting but the production is weak. Read more
Published on 27 May 2009 by J. Smart
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting Experiment
this was the first Neil Young album I ever bought after seeing a video of him playing a couple of tracks on some TV programme and thinking all his stuff must be 'electro'... Read more
Published on 7 April 2009 by Christopher Hunter
4.0 out of 5 stars Like an Inca
As a man who has twisted and turned through many styles over time a Neil young album is always going to be an experience. Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2008 by Fletch-a-sketch
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