- Audio CD (8 Oct. 2012)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Revola
- ASIN: B0002UJK4U
- Other Editions: Audio CD
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The Sky Is Falling The Complete Live Recordings 19631971 Import
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"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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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!!!!
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.