I posted some pictures from a PG gig last year in the music section...
I hear the garage band reference a lot as well when talking about Crazy Horse, all I have to say on that note is, that it may very well be, but I dearly wish there were a whole lot more bands that would strive for that level of musicianship I love their raw sound its what keeps Neil so "resh".
Rust Never Sleeps DVD, one of my favorite albums from him (Pocahantas, Thrasher, c'mon, not a bad song in the album!) like the album its a little raw, not like Heart of Gold, but if you like the man & band it a must for the archives (plus it has a lot more songs than the album, plus for 14 buck or less you cant go wrong).
Unless one is very finiky or nitpicky the sound quality and footage are actually quite good! A friend of mine only likes HD stuff now.....he's gonna miss out on a lot of good stuff.
Just plaaay music
About less polished vocals, I did go the other way only once with this concept. When The Cars first broke out they had a hit with Just What I Needed. The late great Ben Orr, their bass player, sang it. Still my favorite song by the group; I call it their I Get Around because, like the Beach Boys' hit, it came early and was never equaled in what were its strengths.
Unfortunately, after that Ric took over the lead vocal role with few exceptions (like Drive). The briefest investigation into the band corroborates what you hear. The raging egomaniac leader put himself in front and produced one windbag arthaus vocal after another. He basically could not sing, but this time it revealed his bloated ego instead of any raw intimacy. The anti-Dylan if you will. It worked for David Byrne, it works for Neil, it did not work for Ric.
Now poor Ben is dead from cancer, Ric is wealthy and probably still married to a super model, and I am finished with this rant!
Off topic, I must add that we have Dylan to blame for starting the whole Rock musician marrying a model thing. Actresses came next. (For previous history, look up Artie Shaw.) By the time Bruce married an actress the mold had already long set. And like the plaster in the mold, those ladies did not have enough substance for a thoughtful musician to sustain a meaningful relationship with. I don't think Neil ever married Carrie Snodgrass, but I can say she was no airhead actress. She was a high school era bud of my sister's.
All this bothers me because unfortunate personal relationships, like drug habits, diminish rather than bolster the quality output of musicians. Most people notice the material for lyrics failed relationships generate, but everything else about it harms an artist. I used to be in the visual arts and believe me, the suffering artist thing is BS from start to finish. A lot of Jazz musicians were great despite the heroin, not because of it. Talent is God given, so to speak, and it can be developed or crippled, but never increased. Notice how musicians are almost always from musical families? They were born with their talent.
After Vice Presidents serving from 2001 to 2008 and Fed chairmen married to Andrea Mitchell (hint below), my least favorite category of Americans is models-turned-actresses. If I were single I would rather marry a pet rock. Well, Sela Ward proved to be talented. Oh, wait. Models turned singers are much worse. (Second hint below)
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Just got Shakey for the olidays and am looking forward to diving in, right now I'm reading Neil & me which was written by his dad, just started it, so far its great. I am just in awe of this man, incredibly proficient, he's got so much material, every single cd I've obtained will invariably either be really good or maybe I wont dig two or three songs and that is rare. Aside from his musicianship I admire his personal ideals and philosophies, seems like a down to earth kinda guy no bull.
Ben Orr, I saw the cars at Forest Hills (a smallish outdoor venue) during their Heartbeat city tour, my girlfriend and I were able to sneak up to the stage without any hassels (rare for me) and the first thing that struck me when the show started was how much of their material was sung by Ben (we were right in front of him). Good show but that album was kind of lame and of course they were going to do a lot of material from it.
I still like them a lot though, great band!
Back to Neil, the Live at Massey Hall 1971 cd/dvd is really quite good, I love Neil unplugged. Maybe not the best sound quality (not bad though) and visual but some great versions of many of his songs.
Very intimate & soulful, I think that comes out more when he's just accompanied by Hank's guitar and a few jaw harps.
Just plaaay music
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Absolutely right! These kids, they just dont get it, completely souless.
my kids are going to seem a bit weird to their friends when they get older, I got them singing Cripple Creek Ferry, Ride my LLama & Ted Hawkins version of 59th st. bridge song (my favorite version, now that man had lots of soul!).
Just plaaay music
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