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Neil's Barn

Postby mudshark » 10 Dec 2021, 23:01

Have been listening to "Barn' by old Neil & Crazy Horse minus Sampedro but plus Nils Lofgren which I think is an improvement. Could very well be the best new thing he's come up with this century. It's not surprising or something like that, but it's just good and real and raw. Really Like Canarican and Heading West. Very much don't like Don't Forget Love. Some of the songs rock as if it were the 70's which is amazing considering Talbot and Molina are 78. I guess Nils as the youngster of the band put some fire in it. I played it and I played it again. Haven't done that very often this century. Highly recommended. Any takers?
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Re: Neil's Barn

Postby Walk In My Shadow » 11 Dec 2021, 04:13

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Re: Neil's Barn

Postby robertff » 11 Dec 2021, 08:35

Yes, I've taken a chance on it, received it yesterday but haven't had the chance to play it yet.




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Re: Neil's Barn

Postby der Freiherr » 11 Dec 2021, 12:53

I’m curious about it too, but it’s funny, I get burned out by NY’s constant barrage of stuff, I get fatigued thinking about checking out a new record. I think there’s a movie he’s out out with this one, isn’t there? Everything about it sounds promising, it’s just not what I want to hear right now! I suppose we should be thankful the crazy old coot is cranking this stuff out.
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Re: Neil's Barn

Postby Hightea » 11 Dec 2021, 13:19

Only heard one song on Neil’s Sirius radio station. They gave him a channel for a limited period . I liked the song but nothing special need to hear the rest.
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Re: Neil's Barn

Postby C » 11 Dec 2021, 15:48

In wasn't aware- thanks for the heads up Muddy!

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Playing now on Qobuz - I'll report back





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Re: Neil's Barn

Postby C » 11 Dec 2021, 15:54

Rather a muffled sound.....

It's a bit disconcerting

A muddled mix too...






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Re: Neil's Barn

Postby C » 11 Dec 2021, 16:30

After one listen...? Mediocre

Superficial songs with, what appears, half-hearted playing

Nothing memorable

Disappointing

As for this century Muddy, I'll take Chrome Dreams II, Le Noise, Psychedelic Pill and even Colorado over this one

[Admittedly, I have only played it once...]




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Re: Neil's Barn

Postby mudshark » 11 Dec 2021, 19:55

I think that muddled sound is what it needs. It's Crazy Horse live in a barn, so it must sound scrappy and imperfect. It sort of reminds me of Zuma, an album I hated when it came out (except for Cortez). At the time I'd only heard CSNY stuff, Harvest and Goldrush so I was shocked. Only after Zuma did I heard the brilliant trilogy On the Beach, Tonight's the Night and Time Fades away. When I learned to appreciate those (very much) I was able to appreciate Zuma. Listened to Barn a third time. Still really like most of it. I'll give you that Chronic Dreams II could be a better album, but aren't all those songs from the 80's?
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Re: Neil's Barn

Postby mudshark » 11 Dec 2021, 20:26

Welcome Back is wonderful. Robust, some would say.
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Re: Neil's Barn

Postby Matt Wilson » 11 Dec 2021, 21:01

I thought I was a huge Neil Young fan, but I've not delved into 21st Century Neil after Greendale. So I'm surprised so many here continue to check out his latest stuff.
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Re: Neil's Barn

Postby John_K » 11 Dec 2021, 21:27

I'm a Neil loyalist so I pick up new releases as they come along, gave it a quick listen yesterday and nothing was grabbing me instantly but I almost expected that, these things take a little time...

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Re: Neil's Barn

Postby mudshark » 11 Dec 2021, 21:42

I saw old Shakey in the Ziggodome in Amsterdam in December 2019, accompanied by uncle Willy's sons. There was still so much purpose in his performance. I invited my cousin and niece, both i their early thirties. They liked it more than me. He's one for the ages, for sure. So yeah, maybe in 2041 Barn will be considered a masterpiece. Or it may not. But I really like it. How do the Mojo people say that?: a return to form? I'd certainly agree.
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Re: Neil's Barn

Postby C » 11 Dec 2021, 22:09

I've been with Neil since 1969 I have over 30 of his albums.

He has made some great albums and some mediocre ones.

From one listen Barn falls in the mediocre category.

Trouble is I am going to struggle to motivate myself to play it again.

I will though but then again might play Zuma or umpteen others instead

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Re: Neil's Barn

Postby mudshark » 11 Dec 2021, 22:18

It sure is my friend
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Re: Neil's Barn

Postby robertff » 12 Dec 2021, 16:17

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Listening to it now on vinyl for the first time. Sounds okay to me so far three tracks in.



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Re: Neil's Barn

Postby C » 12 Dec 2021, 16:29

robertff wrote:Sounds okay

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For me, that is as good as it gets and I've played it twice now

This morning the word that came to mind was 'dreary' - a long, uneventful, muddy-sounding slog

A third play might be a real effort - I may have to take an early bath...




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Re: Neil's Barn

Postby robertff » 12 Dec 2021, 17:36

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robertff wrote:Sounds okay

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For me, that is as good as it gets and I've played it twice now

This morning the word that came to mind was 'dreary' - a long, uneventful, muddy-sounding slog

A third play might be a real effort - I may have to take an early bath...


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Now played it all the way through and I was pleasantly surprised with all the adverse comments there have been about it. I shall definitely play it again, quite liked it in fact. Don’t really understand the muddy sound comment, sounds fine on vinyl.


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Re: Neil's Barn

Postby John_K » 15 Dec 2021, 22:17

Been playing it each evening while I prepare our evening meal, it's really starting to settle in, enjoying some of the playing for old-timers...

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Re: Neil's Barn

Postby ConnyOlivetti » 16 Dec 2021, 08:37

robertff wrote:. Don’t really understand the muddy sound comment, sounds fine on vinyl.


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