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“Harvest” heads to Grammy Hall of Fame

harvest_reprise_recordsNeil Young’s “Harvest is among 27 recordings that have been added to the Grammy Hall of Fame, which continues “the tradition of preserving and celebrating timeless recordings” and now totals 987 recordings.

The album will be in good company, according to NME News.

A selection of both albums and singles have been included, including Kraftwerk’s 1974 ‘Autobahn’ LP, Bob Dylan’s 1975 LP ‘Blood On The Tracks’, ABBA”s 1976 single ‘Dancing Queen’, Neil Young’s 1972 LP ‘Harvest’, Chic’s 1978 single ‘Le Freak’, Sex Pistols’ 1977 LP ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’, Alice Cooper’s 1972 single ‘School’s Out’, Leonard Cohen’s 1967 album ‘Songs of Leonard Cohen’, Otis Redding’s 1966 single ‘Try A Little Tenderness’ and Lou Reed’s 1972 single ‘Walk On The Wild Side’.
Read more at http://www.nme.com/news/various-artists/81784#bDzJ1q5MLgCEjq1V.99

Neil Young releases “A Letter Home”

neil-young-a-letter-homeSurprise is right!

Neil Young just pulled a Beyoncé, writes COS (Consequence of Sound).

The legendary singer-songwriter has released his new covers album, A Letter Home. The vinyl record, spanning 10 tracks, is now available for purchase through Third Man Records.

 

The album was recorded at Jack White’s Third Man Records HQ in Nashville, inside a 1940s-era Voice-o-Graph recording booth. White himself is featured on two tracks.

The album includes covers of songs by equally illustrious singer-songwriters, including Bruce Springsteen (“My Hometown”), Bob Dylan (“Girl From The North Country”), and Willie Nelson (“On The Road Again”), among others.

The ordering page includes images of the cover art and the back cover art, which lists Jack White, who appears on the album, and Neil Young as “Reproducers.”

Young described the Voice-O-Graph as “A phone booth. It’s all acoustic with a harmonica inside a closed space, with one mic to vinyl.” It results in a “lo-fi analog record”, which Young described as “retro-tech.” However, in keeping with the spirit of his new music service Pono, it’ll feature a high-resolution sound. As he explained, “You can make a lo-fi, analog record, direct to vinyl, transfer it to 192, and you have a high res copy of a lo-fi vinyl record.”

A Letter Home Tracklist: 01. “Changes” (Phil Ochs) 02. “Girl From The North Country” (Bob Dylan) 03. “Needle of Death” (Bert Jansch) 04. “Early Morning Rain” (Gordon Lightfoot) 05. “Reason To Believe” (Tim Hardin) 06. “On The Road Again” (Willie Nelson) 07. “If You Could Only Read My Mind” (Gordon Lightfoot) 08. “Since I Met You Baby” (Ivory Joe Hunter) 09. “My Hometown” (Bruce Springsteen) 10. “I Wonder If I Care As Much” (Everly Brothers)

Source: http://consequenceofsound.net/2014/04/surprise-neil-young-releases-new-album-a-letter-home-featuring-jack-white/

Neil Young’s Banned Video, 25 Years Later

Neil Young This Note's for YouThe LA Weekly Blog has a write-up about the 25th anniversary of Neil Young’s once banned video: “This Note’s for You.”

Those were the days…..

The city is preparing for Young’s upcoming Dolby Shows.

Chaz Kangas writes: “This Saturday night, Neil Young plays the first of four shows at the Dolby Theatre. Over a half-century into his career, Young still packs ’em in. But while his contemporaries have mellowed with age, Young’s never lost his grit. He even had a video banned by MTV at the height of the channel’s popularity.

“It’s been 25 years since Young’s This Note’s For You album reintroduced him to an entire generation. While the album’s known for its bluesy horns section, it’s Young’s potent shot at corporate-sponsored pop music that landed him in MTV’s crosshairs.”

Here’s the video:

The article continues: “Opening with a send-up of Eric Clapton’s then-current Michelob commercial, the song begins by blatantly name-dropping “Ain’t singing for Pepsi / Ain’t singing for Coke,” while the Julien Temple-directed clip mocks spokemusicians Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston as well as Budweiser and Calvin Klein Obsession commercials. It holds up as a funny satire, except back at MTV, nobody was laughing.

“According to a Los Angeles Times article from when the ban first happened, MTV had two major objections with the clip. First, the video’s “use of likenesses of Michael Jackson and Spuds MacKenzie could leave [MTV] open to trademark infringement charges”; second, “the channel refuses to air clips that depict – or contain lyrics – that refer to specific commercial products.” This is why mid-’90s rap videos blurred Fubu and Karl Kani logos just as much as they blurred sex and violence.”

Read more at: http://www.laweekly.com/westcoastsound/2014/03/27/neil-youngs-banned-video-25-years-later

Chrissie Hynde’s debut solo album to feature Neil Young

Chrissie HyndeNeil Young & Chrissie Hynde – what a great combination and collaboration.

Six years after the last Pretenders album, Chrissie Hynde’s first solo venture, entitled Stockholm, will be released on 9 June and feature Neil Young on guitar, according to The Guardian.

Recorded at Ingrid Studios in Stockholm with Peter Bjorn and John’s Björn Yttling, Hynde aimed to pen a “power pop album” that sounds something like “Abba meets John Lennon”, she explains in a statement.

Aside from her collaboration with Yttling, the album includes two friends of the Pretenders’ singer: the track Down the Wrong Way features Neil Young on guitar, and A Plan Too Far includes the fretwork of tennis legend John McEnroe.

Stockholm follows the Pretenders’ 2008 album Break Up the Concrete, and Hynde’s collaborative record with Welsh singer JP Jones, named Fidelity. The album, she says, focuses on the upbeat elements of rock music. “So much of rock’n’roll has become what I would call Glory Rock, with family values. It’s the irreverence in rock that was always the turn-on. I disagree with people who say you shouldn’t take yourself too seriously. I think life is serious, and you should take it seriously, but in rock’n’roll either have a fucking laugh or fuck off. ‘Stockholm’ is very danceable,” adds Chrissie.

Read more at: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/mar/24/chrissie-hynde-solo-album-neil-young-john-mcenroe-stockholm

 

Neil Young Delays Time Fades Away Reissue, Accompanying Box Set

Time Fades AwayNeil Young is too busy with other projects.

According to Pitchfork for this year’s Record Store Day, Neil Young had been planning to release a vinyl box set that included his long out-of-print 1973 record Time Fades Away, which will be reissued for the first time. The box, Official Release Series Discs 5-8 Vinyl Box Set, is also set to include his essential albums On the Beach, Tonight’s the Night, and Zuma.

The release date has now been pushed back from April 19 to a date in November, to be determined. According to a press release, the delay comes “due to several other projects that Young has in the works that he wishes to focus on.”

Read more at: http://pitchfork.com/news/54412-neil-young-delays-time-fades-away-reissue-accompanying-box-set/

 

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You gotta keep changing. Shirts, old ladies, whatever, I\\\'d rather keep changing and lose a lot of people along the way. If that\\\'s the price, I\\\'ll pay it. I don\\\'t give a shit if my audience is a hundred or a hundred million. It doesn\\\'t make any difference to me. I\\\'m convinced that what sells and what I do are two completely different things. If they meet, it\\\'s coincidence.
by NY, from the Cameron Crowe Rolling Stone interview, Aug 14, 1975.

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