Thursday, January 05, 2023

Forty-four-and-a-half minutes of Neil Young playing electric guitar from 1970 to 2022

To trace the five decades of progression of Neil Young's sound on electric guitar, spend forty-four-and-a-half minutes listening to three songs performed with Crazy Horse. His cacophonous melodic invention is already pervasive on the sixteen minutes of "Cowgirl in the Sand" from the 1970 archival release "Live at the Fillmore East" (from a double bill with Miles Davis). Then turn to the richer, throbbing sound of the thirteen-and-a-half minutes of "Danger Bird" from the soundtrack of the 1997 tour documentary "Year of the Horse" (directed by Jim Jarmusch). Then finish up with the fuzzed-up sound on the just over fifteen minutes of "Chevrolet" on the latest Crazy Horse album, "World Record". (Andrew Shields, #111words, 5 January 2023)


Screenshot of Neil on guitar from the official video of "Chevrolet"

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