November 14, 2017 Playlist

"Ragged Glory" by Neil Young & Crazy Horse (1990)
Neil Young & Crazy Horse "Ragged Glory"  1990 (Canada/USA)
Old Neil Young turns 72 this week. With about a dozen Classic Albums already enshrined from his solo career and group work (with Buffalo Springfield and CSNY), I'm only going to be able to find more of his classic records to write about for another century or so (considering he still puts out a handful of new classics every decade: most recently Earth, Psychedelic Pill, Americana and Le Noise have all been winners). But he has also made plenty of duds in his mercurial career. Perhaps the most pivotal of Neil's many revivals was the one that he pulled off starting around 1988, because if came on the heels of four crap records in a row (Everybody's Rockin', Old Ways, Landing On Water and Life - albums even Neil Young fans can barely tolerate; furthermore this run of junk was bookended by Trans and This Note's For You which were two of his most polarizing albums). The lynchpin of Neil's transition from washed-up hippie to "Godfather of Grunge" was Freedom (1989) featuring one of his most memorable hits "Rockin' In The Free World", though serious Neil-heads revere the preceding EP Eldorado (1988) which is the heaviest record he ever made without Crazy Horse. When Neil is on a roll, he always turns to his funkiest band of freaks, those lovably egoless goons Ralph, Billy & Poncho, otherwise known as Crazy Horse. The previous two Neil + Horse records Re-Ac-Tor (1981) and the afforementioned Life (1987) remain their least acclaimed collaborations, while Ragged Glory features epic "oceanic guitar" jams that pretty much rewrote the blueprint for a Crazy Horse record. Though the initial 1969 version of the band also had jams that lasted for more than 10 minutes at a time, that group was a hippie "funky country" outfit, and since 1990 Crazy Horse has come on like a heavy metal jam band with Neil going off on his fuzz guitar like never before. Grunge rockers only wish they could be this grungy! (The album cover is totally 90's man, yet it recalls the fisheye photo from the gatefold of Harvest and features the same old handwritten lettering we've seen on his records since the 70's.)
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year Country
Crosby Stills Nash & YoungWoodstock (Joni Mitchell)Deja Vu1970USA/UK/Canada
Dream Machine Lose My Place In TimeThe Illusion (N)2017 (Fuzz City/Castle Face)Netherlands
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Mild High Club
Dusk To Dawn On Lygon Street
Sketches Of Brunswick East (N)2017 (ATO)Australia
Death By Unga Bunga Into The NightCD single (N)2017 (Jansen Plateproduksjon)Norway
Wood Chickens Time Don't Stop For NobodyCountrycide (N)2017 (Big Neck)USA
The Flamin' Groovies Just Like A HurricaneFantastic Plastic (N)2017 (Severn)USA
Lee Ranaldo New ThingElectric Trim (N)2017 (Mute)USA
Duds KeineOf A Nature Or Degree (N)2017 (Castle Face)UK
Liars No Tree No BranchTCFC (N)2017 (Mute)Australia
The Striped Bananas The TripStone Of Madness (N)2017 (Cosmic Sunshine)USA
Neil Young CampaignerHitchhiker (N)1976 (2017 Reprise)Canada
The Guess WhoSomewhere Up HighA Wild Pair (split LP with The Staccatos)1969Canada
Flo & EddieI Been Born AgainThe Phlorescent Leech & Eddie1972USA
Michael NesmithCapsuleInfinite Rider On The Big Dogma1979USA
Neil Young & Crazy HorseCountry HomeRagged Glory
Neil Young & Crazy HorseLove And Only LoveRagged Glory
Neil Young & Crazy HorseFuckin' Up (live)Weld 1991
The Guess WhoFlying On The Ground Is Wrong (Neil Young/Buffalo Springfield)A-side 7" single1967Canada
Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile Over EverythingLotta Sea Lice (N)2017 (Matador)USA
Alex G ProudRocket (N)2017 (Domino)USA
Wand DrivingPlum (N)2017 (Drag City)USA
Ariel Pink Do Yourself A FavorDedicated To Bobby Jameson (N)2017 (Mexican Summer)USA
Joni MitchellFree Man In ParisCourt And Spark1974Canada
Saicobab aMn nMnSab Se Purani Bab (N)2017 (Thrill Jockey)Japan
The ReplacementsSkywayPleased To Meet Me1987
BeckFuckin' With My Head (Mountain Dew Rock)Mellow Gold1994
Dinosaur jr.WaterGreen Mind1991
Meat PuppetsWhirlpoolForbidden Places1991
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks1% of OnePig Lib2003
Neil Young & Crazy HorseWalk Like A GiantPsychedelic Pill2012
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