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The Many Sides of Fred Neil

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  • Audio CD (22 Feb. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Cd Listening Bar Ieg
  • ASIN: B00000IWN1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,346 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Finally, a record label has the sense to reissue folk-era singer/songwriter Fred Neil's three visionary Capitol albums on CD. Born in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1937, Neil was a major fixture on the early-'60s Greenwich Village folk scene. If he's known for anything today, it's for his songwriting (via Nilsson's AM-radio hit of "Everybody's Talkin,'" Jefferson Airplane's manic cover of "Other Side of This Life," or Tim Buckley's lovely version of "The Dolphins"). Neil's songs are remarkable, the sort of ponderous, moody, complex music reminiscent of the best of Nick Drake, Richard Thompson, and Leonard Cohen. His sound was characterized by nimble 12-string guitar playing; the ability to blend Indian, gospel, rock, and blues into folk music; and an impossibly deep, reverberant baritone voice, sort of like Johnny Cash with a midrange, control, and chops. The material on the two CDs that comprise Many Sides was recorded between 1967 and '71 and presents the entirety of Neil's mature work, adding six unreleased tracks and one historically interesting, hootenanny-imprisoned single. Though there are spots of languorous fooling around and stoned goofiness (notably on the lackadaisical Sessions), the takes are mostly grand, the production ranging from inventively subtle to stripped-down live versions. Fans will also want to scoop up the imports of Neil's '65 debut, Bleecker & MacDougal, and his folknik collaboration with Vince Martin, Tear Down the Walls. Last seen in Texas--or was that Florida?--the music world has not heard from Neil since the '70s. --Mike McGonigal

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By A Customer on 1 Nov. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Fred Neil hasn't recorded anything in thirty years or played live in twenty. This self-exile from the music scene (he hates publicity, it seems) makes the slim legacy he did put down on tape all the more richer. The most important thing about Fred Neil's music is his voice, the like of which you have never heard before or will again. It warrants no further explanation- just listen to it. His songs occupy almost as much attention as his voice. "Everybody's Talkin'" is the one you'll all know by heart. "Dolphins" is personal and affecting, yet still has a coherent ecological message. There are at least half a dozen hands-down masterpieces on this set which are among the greatest pieces of music recorded by anyone, ever. However, the makeweight pieces of stoned tomfoolery on this collection- recorded as he scuppered his career (he really could have been massive) for a life of total obscurity- make it perhaps a little overpriced. But you really have to hear his best work sung by his startling voice, and because you can't get it anywhere else, you might have to buy this.
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Best way to acquire a selection of his music for those who are not familiar with it. A double album download: the second "side" consisting of live versions and outtakes so there's quite a bit of repetition BUT in many cases the live versions are better than the studio tracks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favorite artists 27 July 2013
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I first heard this album in college in the late 60's. It became one of my favorites and was one of my most played LPs at the time. Fred's voice is a perfect fit for his songs and his songs have a laid-back, but still intense quality to them. Fred wrote "Everybody's Talkin' At Me" which was later re-arranged by Nilsson and became a huge hit for him. I hope Fred made as much money off the royalties as he should have. I'm not a fan of Nilsson's version, but have always loved the original.

While "Everybody's Talkin' At Me" is a great song, there are other equally great songs on this album that deserve to be heard, too, but probably won't be which is a shame.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Listen.... 2 Dec. 2015
By Jerry - Published on Amazon.com
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Just listen......From Buddy Holly to Bob Dylan, Greenwich Village to Woodstock, Fred Neil inspired and influenced the music and musicians of America's most transformative decades......
5.0 out of 5 stars So glad it's still available 7 Feb. 2015
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Precious. So glad it's still available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Other Side 3 Aug. 2008
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Once I heard "The Dolphins" I had to buy the cd. I'd never heard of him, but his voice resonates thru many truths. Enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting collection of rare material in good condition. 5 May 2014
By Harald Solberg - Published on Amazon.com
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Mostly interesting material, good quality. But some recording discussion and two odd single record tunes are merily for die hard collectors and could have been skipped. Delirance was in due time and item in very good condition.
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