November 10, 2015 Playlist

"Rust Never Sleeps" by Neil Young & Crazy Horse (1979)
Neil Young & Crazy Horse "Rust Never Sleeps"  1979 (Canada/USA)
Happy 70th birthday Neil Young! The last sixties icon celebrated another year in the music industry with his 36th studio album, a political-themed country-rock record called The Monsanto Years - something much closer to the kind of music that made him famous than his output from the previous year (A Letter Home was a collection of solo acoustic covers recorded in a 19th century phone booth, and Storytone featured orchestras and big bands!) But his fans learned to expect the unexpected long ago. In 1979, Neil released one of his most quintessential records, this week's classic album of the week. In the few years previous to that, he had resurrected Crazy Horse in 1975, but then switched gears for one of many failed CSNY reunions, which instead became the short-lived Stills-Young Band for a few months in 1976, before 1977 saw him release a hodge-podge new album (though it is a classic) and the "greatest hits" triple-elpee Decade. By then punk rock was the New Thing and critics wrote him off as a relic from the longhair years. His next 1978 album Comes A Time was one of his best sellers, but it's also as mellow as he ever got (think James Taylor and John Denver) - so by 1979 nobody was expecting THIS, an album that recalls Neil's mopey troubadour origins on it's first acoustic side, then has Crazy Horse turn in their heaviest performance to date on the second side. Bookended by "Out of the Blue / Into the Black" in solo and band arrangements, this song's lyrics about the death of Elvis and the birth of Johnny Rotten suddenly made old Young seem new again. The mildly Star Wars-inspired movie that accompanied (basically a concert film but the road crew are dressed like "jawas") is also probably Neil's finest accomplishment as a filmmaker.
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year Country
The Guess WhoPalmyraThe Way They Wererec. 1970, rel. 1976
Los Lobos Too Small HeartGates Of Gold (N)2015 (429 Records)USA
Public Image Ltd. The OneWhat The World Needs Now... (N)2015 (PiL Official)UK
The Fresh & Onlys Pile Of BonesEarly Years Anthology (N)2009 (2015 Castle Face)USA
Neil Young & Promise Of The Real A New Day For LoveThe Monsanto Years (N)2015 (Reprise)Canada/USA
Buffy Sainte-Marie We Are CirclingPower In The Blood (N)2015 (Gypsy Boy)Canada
Kurt Vile I'm An OutlawB'lieve I'm Goin Down... (N)2015 (Matador)USA
Lou Barlow MovingBrace The Wave (N)2015 (Joyful Noise)USA
KlaatuA Routine DaySir Army Suit1978
The BandWhispering PinesThe Band1969
Joni MitchellThe Jungle LineThe Hissing Of Summer Lawns1975
Neil Young & Crazy HorsePowderfingerRust Never Sleeps
Neil Young & Crazy HorseSedan Delivery (live)Live Rust 1979
Neil Young & Promise Of The Real Workin' ManThe Monsanto Years (N)2015 (Reprise)Canada/USA
Buddy MilesDown By The River (Neil Young)Them Changes1970
Fever TreeNowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing (Neil Young/Buffalo Springfield)Fever Tree1969
Bachman-Turner OverdriveStayed Awake All NightBachman-Turner Overdrive1973
The ChurlsGypsy LeeThe Churls1969
The Plastic CloudShadows Your MindThe Plastic Cloud1969
MashmakhanAfraid Of Losing YouMashmakhan1970
Canada (Quebec)
LighthouseWhatever ForeverLighthouse1969
Black MountainThe Way To GoneWilderness Heart2010
Dungen En Dag På Sjön Allas Sak (N)2015 (Kemado)Sweden
Fuzz PipeFuzz II (N)2015 (In The Red)USA
Wand Grave Robber1000 Days (N)2015 (Dag City)USA
The Sword Unicorn Farm / Empty TemplesHigh Country (N)2015 (Razor & Tie)USA
The Zombies I Want You Back Again (2015)Still Got That Hunger (N)2015 (The End)UK
Eternal Tapestry Love Is A Many SplendoredLolo Pass Drifters (N)2015 (Thrill Jockey)USA
Anthony Pirog HeadsPalo Colorado Dream (N)2015 (Cuneiform)USA
Bitchin Bajas & Natural Information Society Tricks Me My MindAutoimaginary (N)2015 (Drag City)USA
Floating Points NespoleElaenia (N)2015 (Pluto)UK
Bruce HaackStand Up LazarusFarad: The Electric Voice (compilation)rec. 1979
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