Neil between the lines

Words Neil Young meaning lifeGuess who’s making the post today? Yeah, that’ll be me đŸ˜› I know I’ve been monopolizing this blog, but the lack of initiative from my blogmates obliges me to do so…
Today I come back to my field of preference – the Classic Rock -, with an artist that has been in this blog twice (through Pedro‘s Heart of Gold and Lourenço‘s post about grunge), Neil Young. Both my Neil favourite songs (Heart of Gold itself and Rockin’ in the Free World) are featured in those posts. But fortunately his 40 years-old career has much more to offer, so it wasn’t hard at all to find a song for this post and I even have two more of his songs ready to another post đŸ˜›

So, ladies and gentlemen, from the Harvest album (78th best ever, according to Rolling Stone, by the way), here’s the song that has been my companion along this week – Words (Between the Lines of Age). Hope you like it đŸ˜‰

If you somehow feel that a 10-minute version is a little long, you can listen to the studio version, of “only” 6:48 minutes đŸ˜›

 

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Where grunge was born

Hi there!

As Pedro said in his previous post, we had a bit of a setback (let’s call it that, shall we? :P) yesterday, and so nothing was posted. In fact, I was preparing a new post about an awesome band that has been growing on me, Jethro Tull.

However, when I woke up today, I had an urge to listen to Mr. Neil Young, and so I decided to share my thoughts about his awesome stage presence and music.

Everybody knows (or should) Neil Young as a folk-ish singer-songwriter, who wrote songs like Heart Of Gold, or participated in Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (Nuno, you should definitely check out both versions of these guys CSN and CSN&Y). Nevertheless, I learned in time that in his 40 years old career he never stopped his quest for change, and exploration of different musical styles.

I was first introduced to the particular song I’m going to share with you now, when I was searching for Robert Fripp’s solo career (King Crimson’s guitarist and main composer) and found this G3 tour in which he participated. For those who don’t know, G3 is a series of world tours with 3 guitarists, usually Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and an invited guitarist. Well, G3 always finish their concerts with a Neil Young’s song, Rockin’ in the free world, an amazing rock anthem, and, after watching a live rendition with Mr. Fripp I was in love with the song. I found a joint 1979/1991 Neil Young & Crazy Horse concert record, and I was amazed to discover a scent of grunge, which proved to me that  Young was grunge even before the term existed… In fact, the noisier Neil Young and his Crazy Horse seem to have been of fundamental importance to the rising of the genre, as his folksier, psychedelic side was also of paramount importance to everything else đŸ˜›

But enough chit chat, be prepared to be blown away by this sheer, savaging, musical attack!

As a bonus, here is the 1979 concert I was talking about (as everybody seems to be posting 2 songs by post now :P)