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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Other Side Of This Life
  2. Roll On Rosie
  3. Dolphins
  4. That's The Bag I'm In
  5. Sweet Cocaine
  6. Everybody's Talkin'
  7. Come Back Baby
  8. Ba De Ba
  9. Prettiest Train
  10. Ya Don't Miss Your Water
  11. Felicity
  12. Linin' Track
  13. Sky Is Falling
  14. That's The Bag I'm In (1)
  15. Raindrops Falling

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Fred Neil

"The Sky Is Falling...The Complete Live Recordings 1963-1971"

Fred Neil....you have to love him...it's not just us, David Crosby, John Sebastian, Paul Kantner, Stephen Stills and a whole skipload of superstars were inspired by Fred, and remain absolutely besotted fans!!! Yes, once more we proudly present the genius of Fred Neil....This time live!....BUT....we include not only the studio/live album "Other Side Of This Life" (Itself the remnant of a grandiose live/duets project)....but, get this....four completely forgotten songs from a live show at the Bitter End club in 1963....just before the recording of his debut album (with Vince Martin) for Elektra!..Fred's FIRST released recordings..These songs were only EVER released on a various artists folk compilation...and seemingly were COMPLETELY forgotten!! They have NEVER re-emerged! A major rediscovery?...You bet!!!!! A snapshot of the Greenwich Village folk scene before anyone was anyone?...oh yes!.....Together with a 1971 show in front of an audience of music business luminaries and superstar fans.....and the remnants of the duets section...featuring David Crosby, Gram Parsons, Stephen Stills, Vince Martin....Fred's LAST released recordings!....This is an important release EVERYONE must have!

**Fred Neil live....The complete Purple Elephant 1971 show....and the 1963 Len Chandler/Bitter End show....

**Features a raft of Fred's celebrity fans both as audience and performers!

**The 1963 Bitter End show is legendary...and has NEVER been on CD....in fact was only EVER on the FM records folk compilation in 1963/64

**Beautifully remastered and packaged in the usual Rev-Ola style.....

**A must for all fans of Fred Neil, naturally....but fans of folk, Folk rock, songwriting, and let's face it, anyone who ever had a heart!!!!

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5.0 out of 5 stars resonant - best versions available from the King of Folk-blues 11 Nov. 2010
By rash67 - Published on Amazon.com
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The Buffalo Springfield dedicated "Buffalo Springfield Again" to him. The Jefferson Airplane wrote "The Ballad of You and Me and Pooh Neil" and "House at Pooh Neil Corner" about him. He started the careers of some of the sixties most famous Folk-Rockers. "He taught me everything that was music" says David Crosby. Everybody, and I mean everybody, has covered his song "The Other Side of This Life". Who is that?

The magnificent Fred Neil.

There are four great deep baritone voices in popular music, Frank Sinatra, Jim Morrison,Johnny Cash and Fred Neil. What a wonderful voice Fred Neil has, rich like chocolate. I could listen to him read the phone book. Every time Neil sings deep note with entire room resonates, buzzes and rings with that bluesy voice. Fred Neil has the incredible ability to make the listener feel every word he sings, every note he plays.

Neil was the King of the Greenwich Village folk singers in the early sixties at the beginning of the folk music revolution following the collapse of Rock in the late fifties. Fred Neil was there, singing and playing that twelve string. Before Peter, Paul and Mary, before Bob Dylan, was Fred Neil, in fact when the unknown Dylan first came to New York from Hibbing Minnesota, he, Dylan, used to carry Fred Neil's guitar case to gigs and sit on a stool and play backup harmonica for him (there is a picture in the liner notes of him doing just that). Laconic, laid-back, bluesy, the natural talent, one of the greatest natural talents even in music. Before folk, Neil was a Tin Pan Alley song writer, like Carol King and Irving Berlin, working in the Brill Building writing songs for others to record.

This album is a classic, the best Neil out there, "Bleecker and MacDougal" is a studio album on folk label Elektra, before Paul Rothchild moved on to record the Doors. These same performances are on other CD's like "Many Sides of Fred Neil" but for some reason they are much better recorded here, closer miked. You get the real feel of why a generation of musicians idolized Fred Neil.

On this album playing backup are a worshipful Steven Stills (Crosby Stills and Nash and Buffalo Springfield), Dino Valente (Quicksilver Messenger Service), Bruce Langhorne (man who Dylan wrote "Mr Tambourine Man" about), Gram Parsons (who started the Country Rock revolution with the Byrds) and Harvey Brooks (the Doors bassist). Neil roomed with and encouraged the careers of then unknown Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane), John Sebastian (Loving Spoonful) and David Crosby (CSN, Byrds) and scores of other musicians. After a few years, writing and performing classics in the business, he got fed up and quit, moved to Florida and spent the remainder of his life in Dolphin research, despite numerous attempts to get him out of retirement. "PoohNeil" is a combination of Winnie the Pooh and the gentle Fred Neil.

His most famous songs, his most covered songs are here, and what great versions these are! "The Other Side of this Life" is a folk rock anthem. "Everybody's Talkin" was later covered by Harry Nilsson. "Sweet Cocaine", "The Dolphin Song" . Gram Parson sings a duet on "You Don't Miss your Water" which he would also cover with the Byrds. He says he learned "That's the Bag I'm In" from "Bobby" Dylan. Recorded 1963-1971, before he vanished. Fred Neil may be the best Blues- Folk singer ever. Not a bad cut on the album!

This is real Fred Neil. These are the best performances I've ever heard of Fred Neil's works and I have many other CDs.

Cannot be too highly recommended. Deserves 10 stars!!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How can one not love Fred Neil 7 Oct. 2014
By C. Lovitt - Published on Amazon.com
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How can one not love Fred Neil? One of the great songwriters and singers of the folk music scene of the 60s and 70s. Most people know him from Everybody's Talking, but there was so much more to Fred Neil. And he was at his best in a live environment. Confident, comfortable and singing his heart out...The Other Side of this Life, the Dolphins, and so many other unique songs. All delivered with one of the most amazing lower-register folksinger voices yer ever gonna hear. There are reasons why musicians like David Crosby, Steven Stills, and so many others revere this guy. And as a Gram Parsons fan, it's so cool to hear his vocal and piano on You Don't Miss Your Water...I used to have this stuff on record, but they disappeared a long time ago. So it's great to hear this again. Timeless stuff if you dig a great singer/12-string acoustic guitarist, and with songs that still resonate today. No one writes songs like Fred Neil anymore.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fred neil 16 Dec. 2012
By blackrider - Published on Amazon.com
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What can I say... Premiere bad-boy bluesman. Original, rascally, unique, old-school, cutting edge. A must have, for any blues collection.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one and only Fred Neil 6 July 2005
By Erwin Snelders - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The late Fred Neil wasn't exactly well known outside Greenwich Village. The closest he came to stardom (if any) was the Nilsson interpretation of Everybody's talking on the soundtrack of Midnight Cowboy. A subtle yet significant influence on other singer-songwriters such as Bob Dylan and Tim Buckley, Neil was a reclusive person, eschewing publicity. Neil passed away in 2001, leaving a legacy that surpasses his songs.

This album is comprised of earlier released live tracks available on Other side of this life and The many side of Fred Neil. But it also includes four tracks only available on folk compilations including one, The sky is falling, wich has never been available anywhere else (unless the Raven release of August has some surprises). This makes the album a must for anybody who takes folkmusic and singer-songwriters to heart.
4.0 out of 5 stars The sound is excellent, even on the oldest live material 28 Aug. 2015
By W. Tucker - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this for the several Neil recordings I was missing. His material has been somewhat difficult to obtain, but this cd completes my collection. The sound is excellent, even on the oldest live material, and if you are unaware of Neil, this makes a solid introduction to his great writing and singing ability. Plus, he was an excellent guitarist. John Sebastian is one of the better known sidemen on several cuts. Delivery was quick, and condition was excellent. Good liner notes, too.Recommended.
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