It literally is a borrowed tune from the Rolling Stones as the tune is virtually identical to Lady Jane.RS #58 Borrowed Tune (Tonight's the Night, 1975; written in 1972)
RS #66 Journey Through the Past (Time Fades Away, 1973; written in 1970; first performed in 1971)
These are decent piano ballads, he just has others I like better. As with some of the other Tonight's the Night songs and the other two Time Fades Away piano ballads, there are issues with Neil's voice that make for a not-easy listen. BT might be where it is because it name-checks the Rolling Stones ("I'm singin' this borrowed tune I took from the Rolling Stones/Alone in this empty room, too wasted to write my own"). JTTP might be where it is because of the Harvest outtake that surfaced on Archives Vol. 1.
Borrowed Tune: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-f_9GGXxnk
Journey Through the Past: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MStiEeS334
I agree with most of your takes, but I like Sugar Mountain and this one (I like most of the Trans album).
I will tune in to that one again at some point. I didn’t get to all of them on the second go round because I was so put off by the ones I’d heard.I agree with most of your takes, but I like Sugar Mountain and this one (I like most of the Trans album).
While I'm not all that enamored with most of the POTR studio stuff, Carnival from The Visitor would make my top 100, just for its weirdness and the fact that it mentions Evel Knievel.
I dunno if biggest is quite the right word. There are people that post thousands of words on the meaning of Ambulance Blues.I worked with a guy who was so into Neil Young that I thought I had found his biggest fan.
I was wrong and bow to Pip as the biggest Neil Young fan.
My god this song is beautiful. It’s now one of my favorite NY songs. This is an example of the Neil songs that I was missing out on.54. Unknown Legend (Harvest Moon, 1992)
Here, Neil combines his considerable storytelling abilities, referencing how he met his wife Pegi, with his love of motorcycles to craft a memorable narrative and breezy melody. It was a fitting way to kick off his much-anticipated-at-the-time return to the acoustic singer-songwriter thing.
Studio version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1xkFRdBwhM&feature=youtu.be
Live version from Unplugged: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gx3JUZ_bbRE
Live version from Dreamin' Man Live '92: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqa4WAUPeog
Live version from 1992 with Elton John and James Taylor sitting in: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqlS4J77nls
Live version with Promise of the Real from 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhbKSZwb2qA
I don;t think we made this official, so... damn.Here are my guesses for the top 8, in order:
8 - Tonight's the Night #8
7 - Hey Hey My My (Into the Black) #6
6 - Helpless #5
5 - Powderfinger #7
4 - Cortez the Killer #1
3 - Rockin' in the Free World #2
2 - Down By the River #3
1 - Ohio #4
ETA: I would be shocked if the top 6 listed aren't in there somewhere. 7 and 8 seem like they would be in a top 100 list but I could imagine someone leaving them off.
Traces was the one I was referring to earlier. It would make my top 30. When I first heard it on CSNY74, I couldn't believe it was never released, because it's really good. I did find the acoustic "studio" version you mention, and it's nowhere near as good, so maybe that's why it never really got released. But this version you linked to (which I'm guessing is where they got it for the box set, because it sounds identical) is just a great song.155. Traces (CSNY 1974, 2014; written in 1973; first performed in 1974)
I've always liked the melody of this one, which was worked up for the 1974 CSNY reunion tour and appears on the box set from it. An acoustic demo that makes the rounds on bootlegs is also compelling.
Live in Wembley on the CSNY 1974 tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yL2nFgw9zvg
163. Dreamin' Man (Harvest Moon, 1992)
In this light, fun song, Neil describes himself better than anyone else could.
That isn't what the song is about. Neil not being able to get into a club he used to play at when he was under 20 is what inspired the song, but it isn't what the song is about. Sugar Mountain is that place of innocence in childhood when everything is carefree. He sings about things many young people experienced in their youth, and then leaving it behind to go out on your own and realizing it can be tough, and wishing you could go back to that time of innocence.@simey
111. Sugar Mountain (Decade, 1977; B-side of "The Loner," 1969, and subsequently other singles; written in 1965)
Arguably the most famous Neil song that didn't make the top 101, I like this well enough but it seems a bit trite compared to his other iconic acoustic material. I mean, it's about being too old to go to an under-20 club. Hey, he wrote over 600 songs, 111 is still a damn good ranking.
I actually came across the acoustic studio version of Traces first. It was on a bootleg CD of random rarities that a high school friend had. This is also where I first heard Pushed It Over the End, Bad Fog of Loneliness, War Song and Love/Art Blues, the latter of which was the other song I had your teaser narrowed down to.Traces was the one I was referring to earlier. It would make my top 30. When I first heard it on CSNY74, I couldn't believe it was never released, because it's really good. I did find the acoustic "studio" version you mention, and it's nowhere near as good, so maybe that's why it never really got released. But this version you linked to (which I'm guessing is where they got it for the box set, because it sounds identical) is just a great song.
edit: This (same) video is a little better quality: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-O1Re9E1mk0
side note: Goodness Graham, eat a sandwich.
Forgot all about Dreamin' Man - love that song.
Neil is sooooo good.
Good to know. I still like the songs ahead of it better.That isn't what the song is about. Neil not being able to get into a club he used to play at when he was under 20 is what inspired the song, but it isn't what the song is about. Sugar Mountain is that place of innocence in childhood when everything is carefree. He sings about things many young people experienced in their youth, and then leaving it behind to go out on your own and realizing it can be tough, and wishing you could go back to that time of innocence.
I'm re-reading his bio - up to Tonight's the Night. 74 tour soon.The CSNY 74 tour and the fallout from the subsequent attempt at a reunion album left Neil so bitter that he ditched a lot of things associated with it, from songs* to CSN themselves.
* - even the On the Beach songs. They don’t appear in his set lists much after 1974.
Just listened to this from Neil for the first time. I also recognized the cover but didn't know it was his.79. Lotta Love (Comes a Time, 1978; written and first performed in 1976)
"It's gonna take a lotta love to change the way things are" -- these words have never been truer than they are now.
This is one of the few Neil songs where someone else's version is better known than his own. It was a major hit for Nicolette Larson, who sang backup on much of the Comes a Time album but, oddly, not this track. Like Look Out for My Love, this was recorded with Crazy Horse, while the rest of the album was recorded with Larson and Nashville session players. When I posted this on Facebook, two of my friends, both of whom are quite knowledgeable about music and somewhat knowledgeable about Neil, said they only knew this as a Nicolette Larson song and had no idea Neil wrote it and recorded his own version.
Studio version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5mLgLI4814&feature=youtu.be
Live version from Live Rust: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-ww5u2ePfc
Nicolette Larson cover (RIP): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80PTNnrwUO8
It was not. Tracks 7-9 of Comes a Time are quite skippable for me..Neil, you dirty dog...
In the field of opportunity
It's plowin' time again.
There ain't no way of telling
Where these seeds
will rise or when
I'll just wait
around 'til springtime
And then, I'll find a friend
In the field of opportunity
It's plowin' time again.
Don't think that one was on your list @Pip's Invitation
0:40. We've got to the Evel Knievel reference already and they're clearly high as balls.Carnival from The Visitor would make my top 100, just for its weirdness and the fact that it mentions Evel Knievel.
0:40. We've got to the Evel Knievel reference already and they're clearly high as balls.
1:10. Why is Neil singing like a dude who does voiceovers for Westerns?
1:30. The song changes abruptly for no reason, but I guess it would have been aggravating if they had just done Western voiceovers plus "Carnivaaaaaal, Carnivaaaaaal" for all 8 minutes.
1:50. Hey, they actually gave the POTR bongo player something to do. Except for Like an Inca, I can barely even tell he's there when they play together live.
2:20. Back to the Western voiceovers with a Spanish tint plus "Carnivaaaaaal, Carnivaaaaaal". I keep waiting for a Neil soliloquy on rich Corinthian leather.
2:45. Neil has developed a kind of growl in his voice at this point. Did I mention they're high as balls?
3:10. Back to the slow part. Is that a xylophone or a toy piano or something?
3:45. Now they're laughing -- because they're high as balls.
3:50. Neil's vocal on the "girl with the flaming red hair" verse sounds like a Dylan parody.
4:30. OK, he's supposed to sound like a carnival barker. Only now, halfway through the song, was that coherent enough to come through. "Eating fire and swallowing snakes/A potpourri of nature's mistakes" is kind of clever.
5:25. More laughing. But sounds forced this time.
6:00. As this progresses, it reminds me more and more of Ween's "The Stallion Part 3." The passage around here recalls the "I do declare/I can float in the air" part of that song. However, I doubt Neil has ever listened to Ween. (Though they love him and have covered him.)
6:15. Now I'm getting "Monster Mash" vibes.
7:30. "Nothing safe about the greatest show on earth." Uh-oh, is this one of his latter-day message songs?
8:15. They hold the last note too long because, yup, they're high as balls.
Congrats, I think you've found Neil's weirdest song. (There's another contender I'll discuss in the covers post if I can find it; it's a rarity.)
Link for anyone who dares: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mVxKSTrgGQ
Obviously a huge reach by my standards since it barely cracks my top 200. But people's Neil tastes vary widely.A Man Needs A Maid is … a bit of a reach in the 1st round. IMO, of course.
I guess I like Mansion on the Hill much more than most. Probably a top 40-50 song for me.
You never know what you're going to get with Neil at Farm Aid. His most infamous soap box Farm Aid was 1997; he was drunk.The last time I saw Neil was in 2016 in Virginia at a Farm Aid. He didn't get on soap box then, but two years prior to that he did at the Farm Aid in North Carolina. During his set he started saying unfavorable things about Senator Richard Burr, and he got some boos from the crowd. He told them to take their boos to the the voting booth. I didn't vote to re-elect him in 2016.
I agreed with him about Burr, but the usual four (Willie, Mellencamp, Neil, and Matthews) have this sit down prior to the concert to talk about the farming in that state and everything. Neil was the only one to start talking about stuff again during his set. I laughed when he got all the boos. He didn't care. It just fired him up more.You never know what you're going to get with Neil at Farm Aid. His most infamous soap box Farm Aid was 1997; he was drunk.
That's Neil in a nutshell.I agreed with him about Burr, but the usual four (Willie, Mellencamp, Neil, and Matthews) have this sit down prior to the concert to talk about the farming in that state and everything. Neil was the only one to start talking about stuff again during his set. I laughed when he got all the boos. He didn't care. It just fired him up more.
Love this.(Sittin' on the) Dock of the Bay (written by Otis Redding and Steve Cropper; performed live in 1993)
Neil ended all of the shows on his tour with Booker T. and the MGs in 1993 with this and All Along the Watchtower. It's a nice nod to the history of the MGs, and they do their thing with it. As you might expect, Neil's vocal is not even in the same stratosphere as Otis Redding's. He performs the whistling part on harmonica.
Live version from 1993: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPlhlVOA_Bw
You never know what you're gonna get band-wise either. Sometimes he's solo, sometimes he's with CH, sometimes he's with CSNY. Recently he's been with POTR, which makes sense since it includes Willie's sons.I saw the one you linked to for Changes (2013). It was good, but I would have preferred a Crazy Horse set.