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5.0 out of 5 stars You need this!, 1 Nov 2000
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This review is from: The Many Sides of Fred Neil (Audio CD)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars The Many Sides of Fred Neil, 26 Aug 2011
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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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