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Uncut mag: First listen of Americana

Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s “Americana”: first listen
John Mulvey, 29th March 2012

It begins as you might imagine, with a guitarist who seems about to play a sputtering solo rather than start a song, a drummer trying to work out what time to keep and, gradually, a band lunging towards a tune: “Oh Susannah”.

After a minute or so, you can hear Neil Young shout “Oh Susannah” away from his mic, prompting a choir to start chanting the title. It is at this point that Crazy Horse locate the dogged, heroic sense of purpose that has sustained them, on and off, for a good four decades. They’re moving a fraction faster than usual, in truth: as my colleague John Robinson points out, the call-and-response interplay between Young and the backing singers, aligned to the inexorable “good groove” (as Young calls it in the fade-out), make it all oddly resemble Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ “Dig Lazarus Dig”.

more on British Uncut mag.

Americana – liner notes discussion

insert booklet liner notas (corrected):

Neil Young and Crazy Horse Americana

The photograph of Geronimo driving a car on the last page of the April 2004 issue of American History was actually taken on June 11, 1905, at the Miller brothers’ 101 Ranch, located southwest of Ponca City, OK. The car is a Locomobile, and the Indian in full headdress to Geronimo’s left is Edward Le Clair Sr., a Ponca Indian. Geronimo so admired Le Clair’s beaded vest that it was presented to him later in the day. When Geronimo died in 1909, he was buried in the vest.

The photograph was taken during a special 101 Ranch show for the U.S. press. Thousands of newspaper editors and reporters flocked to it. Artist Tom Wilkes impressed modern photographs of Neil Young, Ralph Molina, Billy Talbot and Poncho Sampedro over the faces in the original photograph in 1975 for an album cover. Never used as a cover at that time, the art was rescued from a 2010 warehouse fire, and now has been used to create the Americana cover.

Full Americana liner notes with the lyrics to the traditional songs now by Warner WBR [.pdf]

Crazy Horse did not like white men because they encroached upon his beloved wide-open prairie. He
detested their developments that chased away the buffalo his people depended on for food and clothing.

When the cold came roaring down the Plains, the buffalo faced those raging winds with its head into the white storm, as if it were cleaning itself from hardship and discomfort. Those were the same winds blowing against Crazy Horse’s face as the footprints of white men stamped more and more across the land.

Americana – the original cover art, Geronimo

Americana_Geronimo

photo is public domain in the Americana

This is the original source of the Americana cover. Apparently you see Chief Geromino.

Bill explains: the surviving kin of Geronimo are sueing for return of his remains, stolen by the skull and bones society of the Russell opium trust. The remains are at yale and one of the alleged robbers is non other than Prescott Bush.

Americana to hit stores on June 5th

Neil Young And Crazy Horse to Release New Album ‘Americana’ on June 5th
Disc features traditional American songs like ‘Tom Dooley’ and ‘This Land Is Your Land’
By Andy Greene, March 19, 2012 8:00 PM ET

‘Americana’

Neil Young and Crazy Horse will release their new LP Americana on June 5th. It’s their first album together since Greendale in 2003, and their first album with the full Crazy Horse line-up of Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina and Frank “Poncho” Sampedro since Broken Arrow in 1996. The songs on Americana are all classic American folk songs, including “This Land Is Your Land,” “Gallows Pole,” “Tom Dooley” and “Clementine.”

At the Slamdance Film Festival earlier this year, Young talked about the album. “A very young choir of children plays with Crazy Horse [on the album,]” he said. “They’re songs we all know from kindergarden, but Crazy Horse has rearranged them, and they now belong to us.”

“What ties these songs together is the fact that while they may represent an America that may no longer exist,” says a press release announcing the new album.”The emotions and scenarios behind these songs still resonate with what’s going on in the country today with equal, if not greater impact nearly 200 years later. The lyrics reflect the same concerns and are still remarkably meaningful to a society going through economic and cultural upheaval, especially during an election year. They are just as poignant and powerful today as the day they were written.”

The disc was recorded at Audio Casa Blanca and was produced by Neil Young and John Hanlon with Mark Humphreys.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse made their first live appearance since 2004 last month at the MusicCares tribute to Paul McCartney in Los Angeles. They played “I Saw Her Standing There” that many critics called a highlight of the star-studded show, though the band has released no touring plans. “I honestly have not heard a solitary thing about touring,” Crazy Horse drummer Ralph Molina wrote on his Facebook page last month.

Here is the complete track-listing for Americana:
“Oh Susannah”
“Clementine
”
“Tom Dooley”
“
Gallows Pole
”
“Get A Job
”
“Travel On
”
“High Flyin’ Bird
”
“She’ll Be Comin ’Round The Mountain”
“This Land Is Your Land
”
“Wayfarin’ Stranger
”
“God Save The Queen”

Read more: www.rollingstone.com/…/neil-young-and-crazy-horse-to-release-new-album-americana-on-june-5th-2012

Americana – Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Americana_Neil-Young-Crazy-Horse_2012

new Neil Young & Crazy Horse album:

http://neilyoung.com/

in stores 5 June 2012.

Tracklist:

"Oh Susannah"
"Clementine
"
"Tom Dooley"
"
Gallows Pole
"
"Get A Job
"
"Travel On
"
"High Flyin’ Bird
"
"She’ll Be Comin ’Round The Mountain"
"This Land Is Your Land
"
"Wayfarin’ Stranger
"
"God Save The Queen"

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