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Sample a reclusive legend!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Tear Down The Walls / Bleecker & MacDougal (Audio CD)
Too little is known about Fred Neil; maybe that was the way he preferred it. But with the reissue of this pair of long deleted albums, we can sample a little of his stellar talent. Tear Down the Walls is a pleasant, light folk album of the kind that proliferated in the early sixties: the voices of Neil and his singing partner, Vince Martin, blend well and their performances have some charm, but this is pleasant rather than essential. Bleeker and MacDougall, though, is a prototype of the kind of bedsit folk that became big in the early seventies. Neil's strong, bass voice is unlike any I've encountered before; and in his chord changes and vocal inflecitons, you can hear the genesis of Crosby, Stills and Nash. This set also includes his second most famous composition, The Other Side of This Life, a song later given new, electric life by Jefferson Airplane (another Neil-influenced band). So, give Fred Neil a listen: this is where it all started!