Posts Tagged ‘Neil Young’

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

So as I mentioned Tuesday, The Red Hot Chili Peppers were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 14, 2012. Along with RHCP, other bands such as The Beastie Boys, and Guns N’ Roses were inducted as well.

To celebrate this achievement, The Red Hot Chili Peppers have recently released an album consisting of six covers by other Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members. This album is called Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Covers EP and includes songs by The Ramones, David Bowie, and Neil Young.

I was stoked when I found out that RHCP was covering a song by Neil Young! This song, “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere”, was released in 1969 and was Young’s second studio album. (Fun Fact: “Cinnamon Girl”, “Down by the River”, and “Cowgirl in the Sand” were all written for this album while Young had 103° F fever). Neil Young has been inducted into The Rock and Roll hall of Fame twice; once in ’95 for his solo career, and again in ’97 for Buffalo Springfield.

Almost all of the most famous bands and solo artists in history have been inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Some musicians have even been inducted more than once! Neil Young has been inducted twice; once in ’95 for his solo career, and again in ’97 for Buffalo Springfield. Other artists to have been inducted more than once include: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Michael Jackson, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Paul Simon. Eric Clapton is the only person who has been inducted three times.

What do you think about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Who are some of your favorite artists who have been inducted? Is there anyone who you think should be inducted? Comment below!


After The Gold Rush

To finish up our week of the Godfather of Grunge, I chose to listen to “After The Gold Rush”, another one of my favorite albums written by the great Neil Young. Once again, Neil Young’s poetic and lyrical genius is illustrated. I love the way that his music makes one feel as if they were a part of the song and the story.

The songs on this record speak for themselves. Every one is a classic. You’ve probably heard many of them. If you haven’t listened to “After The Gold Rush” in its entirety, I suggest you do.

Everybody's Rockin'

Today, I decided to listen to the album “Everybody’s Rockin'”. This record features Neil Young and The Shocking Pinks and was written by Neil Young while he was going through a rebellious stage in the ’80s.

As the story goes, Neil Young was told by his record company, Geffen Records, to make a “Rock & Roll” record. This was after his previous record, “Trans”, which was a synth/ electronic record. Neil Young decided to make a record in the style of Rock & Roll from when he was a kid. The result was an album of songs with stand-up bass, old time piano and guitar, and doo-wop singers. Soon after the release of this record, Neil left Geffen Records and signed with Reprise and continued to release amazing Neil Young records, from electric to acoustic to country.

Comment below and tell me what you think of Neil Young’s rebellion!

On The Beach

Today, I decided to listen to the record On The Beach. My Dad picked out this album because it is one of his favorite albums by Neil Young. He says he really loves this record because of the moody tone and the emotional and heartfelt songs.

I didn’t recognize the album at first, but as the needle found its groove and the music began to play, I realized I had heard this record when I was younger. The first track, “Walk On”, is one of my favorite Neil Young songs; However, I never knew it was on this record. It has a really cool melody and sounds like a really fun song to play. I also really like the song “Motion Pictures (For Carrie)” because my Dad plays it on the piano all the time. Also, I find the lyrics to be very profound.

Released in 1974, On The Beach was released as a triptych along with Time Fades Away and Tonight’s The Night. This record trio was released directly after his chart-topping best-seller, Harvest. These albums became known as The Ditch Trilogy because of their dark, haunting brilliance. When talking about his hit song “Heart of Gold”, Neil Young stated:

“This song put me in the middle of the road. Travelling there soon became a bore so I headed for the ditch. A rougher ride but I saw more interesting people there.”

Comment below and tell me what you think of The Ditch Trilogy! Is it a musical masterpiece? Or a terrible turpitude?

Rust Never Sleeps

As one of my favorite albums by Neil Young, I was excited to hear the sweet sounds of “Rust Never Sleeps” emanating from the turntable. When the music began to play, I realized that all of my previous memories of listening to this record would pale in comparison to this moment.

One thing I find really cool about this album is that the first half of the record was all acoustic numbers whereas the second half was all electric. One of my favorite songs on this album was “My My, Hey Hey” which is the opening track. This song had a lot of really cool rhymes and metaphors. The verses were short and simple yet the message was conveyed clearly. This acoustic number was paired with the last song on the album “Hey Hey, My My”. This song was almost exactly the same as the first track, however, it was electric. There were few lyric differences but the change from acoustic to electric made the songs sound like they had no resemblance to one another.

Released in 1979, “Rust Never Sleeps” was recorded live at San Francisco’s Cow Palace, with overdubs. The only two songs that were not recorded live were “Pocahontas” and “Sail Away”. The second half of the album was played with Crazy Horse and won the 1979 Rolling Stone Critics Poll for Album of the Year.

Take the poll! Which is better: “My My, Hey Hey” (acoustic) or “Hey Hey, My My” (electric)?

Neil Young

Neil Young is one of my favorite musicians of all time. I love the lyrics he writes for each song, his musical metaphors that accompany his mind-blowing melodies, and his ability to write beautiful acoustic pieces as well as rockin’ electric guitar arrangements.

This week I will be listening to a variety of his albums, from his most famous hits to his rebel rockabilly records to one of his earliest works. I hope you enjoy this blast from the past as we experience the musical genius of the Godfather of Grunge himself, Neil Young.

The Woodstock FestivalThe Woodstock Festival

Today for Woodstock Week I listened to one of the coolest albums I’ve listened to so far. This album was the first out of three albums in the 3 record set “Woodstock: Music From the Original Soundtrack And More”. I thought it was cool to listen to the same music that was heard at the most famous rock and roll concert in history.

Listening to this record was especially groovy since the vinyl version really made me feel like I was actually there. This specific album included the works of John B. Sebastian, CSNY, Canned Heat, Richie Havens, Country Joe & The Fish, Arlo Guthrie, Sha-Na-Na. and Joan Baez. I especially enjoyed the song “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” by CSNY. It was amazing to hear the harmonies I had heard on the studio version performed so well live. This album was great to listen to and really made me feel as if I was actually at Woodstock in 1969.

Have you ever been listening to a live recording of a song and felt like you were actually there? Comment below!