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5.0 out of 5 stars Songwriter
I'm just getting into Neil Young. Man he is amazing. Such a great songwriter. This album, recorded live with the audience track removed, has songs of the highest calibre. The first half of the album is acoustic, the second electric with Crazy Horse backing him. I can't say whats the best song on the album, they all are genius cuts, but among the highlights are 'Thrasher'...
Published on 24 May 2002 by steven_reid69

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3.0 out of 5 stars A good record, but firmly eclipsed by Live Rust
I've been listening to the excellent Live Rust (which shares a number of common tracks with this album, albeit differently produced) for almost fifteen years, but only got around to picking this up a month or two back. It's fine, but the elements that it shares with Live Rust are better (at least in my opinion…) without the overdubs.

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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this one if you're becoming interested in Neil Young, 27 Dec 1999
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This review is from: Rust Never Sleeps (Audio CD)
This was my first foray into the world of Neil Young's music. A perfect introduction with both wordy and wordly accoustic ballads and hard rocking classics from Neil and his bestest backing band. Buy this and you'll be converted to the man for life.........
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for an ageing hippy, 11 May 2007
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Shivari (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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To place this in context, the year this was released the music press were hailing The Clash as the greatest rock'n'roll band in the world. But quite simply, "Hey Hey My My (Into The Black)" makes the Clash sound like a second-rate garage band. This track alone is worth the price of the CD and the 5 star rating. A massive riff, filthy dirty guitars against a granite wall of rhythm. Kurt Cobain started - and ended - here.

Not bad for an ageing hippy.;-)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Classic Album - Totally Disgraceful CD Transfer, 28 Nov 2013
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Neil Mawer (Lincoln, England) - See all my reviews
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This was Neil Youngs return to top form & relevance after a lean period post CSNY and the Goldrush & Harvest era. An essential 5 star rock album that gave hope to older artists looking for a post-punk afterlife.

Unfortunately the CD transfer is an absolute disgrace, you can hear the vinyl roar and pre-echo on it from the needle drop transfer. The acoustic side is bearable, but the electric side loses all of the dynamics you associate with Crazy Horse.

Lets hope Neil reads this and hurrys through the next batch of his ORIGINAL MASTERTAPE remasters to include this masterpiece
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Neil Young Album, 12 July 2010
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Davros (York, England United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Probably my favourite album full-stop.

I've got about 10 Neil Young albums, but this is the one I play the most and all the way through from start to finish. There isn't a song I don't like or ever want to skip.

Pure brilliance...
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The restless Young, 22 Aug 2006
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D. J. H. Thorn "davethorn13" (Hull, UK) - See all my reviews
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You're never quite sure what you're going to get next from Neil Young. Here, he flits from philosophy to reflection, lightness to anger. There's half a side of the acoustic, half a side of the electric. The album's working title might have been 'Patchwork'. Bookended by his stunning comments on rock in revolution, 'Rust Never Sleeps' boasts compelling statements in 'Pocahontas' and 'Powderfinger'. The former draws vivid images of the tearing apart of the dispossessed. The reference to Hollywood near the end is ironic given the early film treatment of Indians as savages. The latter employs some macabre humour to make another political statement. Between these tracks you find the gentle commercial breaks. Towards the end of the album you get some dynamite rocking. Not perfect, but nothing that's bad and a few gems. That's 'Rust Never Sleeps'.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hit and miss, 23 Jan 2004
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Touring Mars (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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Really 3 1/2 stars, "Rust Never Sleeps" is an odd mixture of songs, including two of Young's very finest songs, and some not so great songs. "My My, Hey Hey" is simply amazing. Recorded live and performed solo, this song is a tale of what it is to be a rock-star, and is a truly wonderful piece of music. Also, "Powderfinger" is one of Neil Young's most powerful songs. A so-called 'Westering' song, it is akin to another Young classic "Cortez The Killer" (from Zuma, 1975), as both of their lyrics share the common theme concerning the spirit of conquest that has ravaged the US and South America (respectively), and is a deeply affecting song. The lyric is as powerful as the live performance captured on this album (although it doesn't sound like a live concert track) - "Just think of me as one you'd never figure/Would fade away so young, with so much left undone...".. a similar theme to the opening track ("It's better to burn out than fade away"). Add to these the brilliant "Pocahontas" (another 'westering' song?), which contains the great lyric "Marlon Brando, Pocahontas and me"...
The closing track "Hey Hey, My My" is a heavily distorted 'grunge' (and subtlely reworded) reworking of the opening track, but sadly doesn't even come close to matching it. The backing vocals sound like The Muppets, which is very unfortunate. "Sedan Delivery" and "Ride My Llama" are weak songs, but still listenable, but since they make up 1/3 of the entire album, they serve to considerably weaken the impact of the album overall.
The album is redeemed from mere average status by the remainding third of the album. "Thrasher", "Welfare Mothers" and "Sail Away" are worthy tracks, although pale in comparison to the likes of what Young is capable of, even on this album.
The whole album is short and patchy, and is not one of Neil Young's best. However, for the three great tracks alone it is (almost) worth the price, and are must-have additions to any Young collection.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The end of Young's golden period., 4 Dec 2002
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Jason Parkes "We're all Frankies'" (Worcester, UK) - See all my reviews
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Rust Never Sleeps (and the follow-up Live Rust) signalled the end of Young's golden period- mediocrity like Re-Ac-Tor & Landing on Water lay ahead. Recorded live, with the audience track removed, we find Young on (mostly) peak form.
The first five tracks are acoustic- My My Hey Hey (Out of the Blue) influenced Dennis Hopper's cult classic Out of the Blue and contained the great line "It's better to burn out/than it is to rust"- which Jimmy McDonough in the recent Shakey-biog revealed to have originated with Devo (though 1969's Cowgirl in the Sand alludes to rust also!). It also opens with THAT line quoted in Kurt Cobain's suicide note ("It's better to burn out than to fade away")- a true line, but at the same time as fake as Pete Townshend's "Hope I Die Before I Get Old".Thrasher is seen to allude to his ex-colleagues in a certain supergroup- alluding to dinosaurs it demonstrates the influence of punk on Young. Ride My Llama is slightly dull, Pocahontas is much more enjoyable- the bizarre imagery of Marlon Brando at the end is a highpoint. Sail Away is a gorgeous conclusion to this section, though the American-Indian imagery is a bit tiring and the title a little cliched after Randy Newman & The Beach Boys (Nicolette Larson's backing vocals are great).
The final four-songs are electric performances with Crazy Horse- Powderfinger is one of Young's strongest songs, unlike the dull Sedan Delivery. Welfare Mothers has some new wave styled noises on it and is quite sarcastic (I hope it isn't part of Young's right-wing "character"). The album concludes on a reprise/reversal of My My Hey Hey: Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black) that has a huge riff as great as those on Cinnamon Girl or Rockin in the Free World. Pity as Young's material has been generally weak since this album- Rust Never Sleeps spelt the end of the golden period and a frustrating time for fans in the years to come...
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