28 noviembre 2006

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Live - Rust Never Sleeps

Uno de los músicos más importantes, prolíficos e imprevisibles de la música de las últimas cuatro décadas, extraordinario tanto en su faceta más sensible y acústica como en su ferocidad eléctrica ilustrada por su hiriente y distorsionada sonoridad guitarrera; practicante ecléctico, por sus notas han transitado aspectos rock, pop, folk, country, soul, blues e incluso electrónicos. Su musicalidad junto a una lastimera y nasal factura vocal ha influenciado a nombres tan dispares como Pearl Jam, Teenage Fanclub, R.E.M., Jayhawks o Dinosaur Jr. Neil Young nació el 12 de noviembre de 1945 en Toronto (Canadá), hijo de dos periodistas (su padre era un popular cronista deportivo y amante de la música) el joven Neil creció bajo el influjo melómano familiar y aprendió a tocar la guitarra desde su temprana adolescencia. La armonía de su hogar se rompería cuando sus padres se divorciaron. Neil Young tenía 14 años al tiempo que se trasladaba con su madre a la población de Winnipeg. En el instituto de Winnipeg Neil iba siempre cargando con su guitarra; los estudios no le atraían lo más mínimo y en vez de concentrarse en los libros escolares tocaba en combos instrumentales como los Jades. Poco después formó un grupo propio; el conjunto se llamaba Neil Young & The Squires e interpretaban temas de los Beatles, los Shadows y de Elvis en las fiestas estudiantiles. Su fama, ayudados por el apoyo de su influyente madre, los condujo a firmar varios contratos que les permitieron actuar en varios locales de la zona. A mediados de década, Neil Young retornó a su ciudad natal, Toronto, para actuar en solitario como artista folk. Una noche conoció a Rick James y se unió a su banda de pop denominada The Mynah Birds, entre cuyos miembros estaba el bajista Bruce Palmer. Con los Mynah Birds, Neil se hizo muy popular en el circuito de la población canadiense, coincidiendo y conociendo a otros jóvenes músicos que se intentaban abrir camino en el mundo de la música como Joni Mitchell, Stephen Stills y Richie Furay. Problemas legales condujeron a la ruptura de los Mynah Birds y a la marcha de Neil y Bruce a la soleada costa californiana. En Los Angeles se encontraron en 1966 con sus amigos Furay y Stills y se embarcaron en un nuevo proyecto al que llamaron Buffalo Springfield. A las guitarras líder de Neil y Stills, la rítmica de Furay y el bajo de Palmer se les unió un cuarto componente, el batería Dewey Martin. En los sensacionales tres discos de Buffalo Springfield dejaron buena constancia de su influyente eclecticismo: pop, folk, country, rock, convirtiéndose en uno de los primeros grupos en practicar el folk-rock y el country-rock. Las composiciones se repartían primordialmente entre Neil y Stills, componiendo Young verdaderas joyas como "Burned", "Expecting to fly", "Flying on the ground is wrong", "Out of my mid" o "Broken Arrow". Los conflictos internos y las ansias de aventura en solitario provocaron la defunción de este gran grupo en 1968. Poco después, Neil debutó en Reprise con su primer trabajo en solitario, "Neil Young" (1969), una verdadera maravilla de predominio pop denostada por ciega necedad. Temas repletos de belleza como "The Loner", "I've been waiting for you", "Here we are in the years", "The old laughing lady" o "What did you do to my life?" no pueden ser menospreciados, sino todo lo contrario.

  • 01 Introduction: Star Spangled Banner/A Day in the Life
  • 02 Sugar Mountain
  • 03 I Am a Child
  • 04 Comes a Time
  • 05 After the Gold Rush
  • 06 Thrasher
  • 07 My M, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)
  • 08 Stage Announcements
  • 09 When You Dance I Can Really Love
  • 10 The Loner
  • 11 Welfare Mothers
  • 12 The Needle and the Damage Done
  • 13 Lotta Love
  • 14 Sedan Delivery
  • 15 Powderfinger
  • 16 Cortez the Killer
  • 17 Cinnamon Girl
  • 18 Like a Hurricane
  • 19 Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)
  • 20 End Credits
  • 21 Tonight’s the Night
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After Neil Young left the Californian folk-rock band Buffalo Springfield in 1968, he slowly established himself as one of the most influential and idiosyncratic singer/songwriters of his generation. Young's body of work ranks second only to Bob Dylan in terms of depth, and he was able to sustain his critical reputation, as well as record sales, for a longer period of time than Dylan, partially because of his willfully perverse work ethic. From the beginning of his solo career in the late '60s until the late '90s, he never stopped writing, recording, and performing; his official catalog only represented a portion of his work, since he kept countless tapes of unreleased songs in his vaults. Just as importantly, Young continually explored new musical territory, from rockabilly and the blues to electronic music. But these stylistic exercises only gained depth when compared to his two primary styles: gentle folk and country-rock, and crushingly loud electric guitar rock, which he frequently recorded with the Californian garage band Crazy Horse. Throughout his career, Young alternated between these two extremes, and both proved equally influential; there were just as many singer/songwriters as there were grunge and country-rock bands claiming to be influenced by Neil Young. Despite his enormous catalog and influence, Young continued to move forward, writing new songs and exploring new music. That restless spirit ensured that he was one of the few rock veterans as vital in his old age as he was in his youth. Born in Toronto, Canada, Neil Young moved to Winnipeg with his mother following her divorce from his sports-journalist father. Young began playing music in high school. Not only did he play in garage rock outfits like the Esquires, but he also played in local folk clubs and coffeehouses, where he eventually met Joni Mitchell and Stephen Stills. During the mid-'60s, he returned to Toronto, where he played as a solo folk act. By 1966, he joined the Mynah Birds, which also featured bassist Bruce Palmer and Rick James. The group recorded a couple of singles for Motown that were ignored. Frustrated by his lack of success, Young moved to Los Angeles in his Pontiac hearse, taking Palmer along as support. Shortly after they arrived in L.A., they happened to meet Stills, and they formed Buffalo Springfield, who quickly became one of the leaders of the Californian folk-rock scene. Despite the success of Buffalo Springfield, the group was plagued with tension, and Young quit the band several times before finally leaving to become a solo artist in May of 1968. Hiring Elliot Roberts as his manager, Young signed with Reprise Records and released his eponymous debut album in early 1969. By the time the album was released, he had begun playing with a local band called the Rockets, which featured guitarist Danny Whitten, bassist Billy Talbot, and drummer Ralph Molina. Young renamed the group Crazy Horse and had them support him on his second album, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, which was recorded in just two weeks. Featuring such Young staples as "Cinnamon Girl" and "Down by the River," the album went gold. Following the completion of the record, he began jamming with Crosby, Stills & Nash, eventually joining the group for their spring 1970 album, Déjà Vu. Although he was now part of Crosby, Stills & Nash, Young continued to record as a solo artist, releasing After the Gold Rush at the end of the year. After the Gold Rush, with its accompanying single "Only Love Can Break Your Heart," established Young as a solo star, and fame only increased through his association with CSNY.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)

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