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A tortured work of genius,
By A Customer
This review is from: Tonight's The Night (Audio CD)
To my mind, Young's greatest work. The history of the album is well documented - made in the wake of the deaths through heroine overdoses of Danny Whitten and Bill Berry; withheld for two years due to its rough edges (off-key vocals and so on); taken on the road to audiences who were unfamiliar with the material etc. etc. It is, to some extent, Young's strained, hoarse voice that makes this album so appealing, giving it, as it does, a genuine hurt and sorrow that allows the pure atmosphere to transcend the musical faults. The haunting title track sets the mood - to be tempered, but never lost - for the rest of the album. At the heart of the work is the series of songs beginning with the rollicking 'Come On Baby let's Go Downtown' (recorded live, with Whitten on lead vocals - a poignant reminder of the loss the needle had caused), continuing through the aching 'Mellow My Mind' and 'Roll Another Number', and ending with 'Albuquerque', a dark, menacing song with the most orderly vocal on the record. Other highlights include 'Lookout Joe', and the harrowing tale of another drug-related death, 'Tired Eyes', in which Young pleads 'please take my advice'. By now the listener needs no prompting as to the nature of the advice - heroine kills, so please steer clear of it. The album stands as one of the most heartfelt and tortured works in rock music history. It is also a masterpiece in no uncertain terms.