Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Slipping away with Neil Young and Crazy Horse: "Broken Arrow" and the Zurich concert in 1996

Yesterday, I listened to Neil Young's 1996 album with Crazy Horse, "Broken Arrow," and remembered their concert at the Hallenstadion in Zurich on 20 June 1996. The album had not yet been released, so "Big Time", "Loose Change", "Slip Away", and "Music Arcade" were all new to me. The first three are full-throttle electric Crazy Horse, with "Slip Away" capturing the overwhelming effect of Neil's incomparable electric-guitar playing: "And when the music started, she just slipped away." But I hummed the acoustic "Music Arcade" all the way home: "Have you ever been lost? Have you ever been found out? Have you ever felt all alone at the end of the day?" (Andrew Shields, #111words, 29 June 2022)

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