about neil young ,what do you think?

about neil young ,what do you think?

Postby billu » Sat Jan 28, 2006 7:16 pm

please take your time to answer this survey about a great artist:
what do you consider to be neils best song and why?
what do you consider to be his best album and why?
what do you consider to be his overall importance to canadian music industry and the global industry as well?

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Postby spilly » Sun Jan 29, 2006 12:14 am

hard questions to answer man. I don't think I can give any diffinitive answers with proof as to why, but I ca tell you what I think.

best song. there can't really be a best, nor a worst. My favorite's change as i grow to understand them, Neil's tunes are personal, so his best tune to me is the tune that most accuratly reflects my current possition in life. i.e. for a long time now my favorite has been "Out on the Weekend" as it reflected a stage I went through recently, but now I'm leaning tword "sugar mountain" as I finally understand it what it means and implies.

Best album. I think most of them are brilliant, even the ones people don't like. "After the Goldrush" would be my preferance. I dig the transitions he make throughout the album.

Neil's contribution to Canadian music, I don't really know. It was good would be my first instinct, but all I know of Canadian music is Brian Adams Celine Dion and The Barenaked Ladies. so the competion isn't fierce.
Neils contribution to music is astounding. He reminded everybody that music doesn't have to be polished and pristeen to be good. He got down to the sheer emotion of it. The grungy one note solos, the booming rattle on a drop d acoustic. fantastic powerful stuff that could have slipped away into a sea of persision had it not been for Mr. Young.
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Postby Shaggy » Sun Jan 29, 2006 10:20 am

what do you consider to be neils best song and why?

Well, thats a toughie. I can only name my favourites, I can't judge what his best are, how do you judge a song to be better than another? With Neil, he's done so many. Some favs high on my list would be....Motion Pictures, Sugar Mountain('Decade' version), Powderfinger, Thrasher, and Silver and Gold. But all that could change if asked tomorrow!!

what do you consider to be his best album and why?

Another toughie. Right now I'd say On The Beach, it's dark and depressing but has a light at the end of the tunnel feel. Brilliant collection of songs.

what do you consider to be his overall importance to canadian music industry and the global industry as well?

I don't know about the Canadian scene, i'm sure they class him as one of their greatest sons. He is an iconic giant of popular music, a genuine legend. A brilliant guitarist and the best composer of modern popular music since the arrival of Bob Dylan.

Bob writes what he sees around him, Neil writes what inside of him.
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Postby billu » Sun Jan 29, 2006 11:56 am

excelent, very interresting points of view, i would love to read more , any one else ,
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Postby nevercatchthetrolley » Sun Jan 29, 2006 6:26 pm

for me personally, although i am a true fan of all of neil's eras and lineups, "tonight's the night" has to be my favorite album. with that version of "come on baby lets go downtown" being the single song. hundreds of close seconds in both catagories-namely zuma, time fades away, everybody knows this is nowhere, mirrorball and greendale being other albums basically right up there w/tonight's. its just something bout that one album-the songs, maybe the order in which they are played, the different lineups on each tune, the mix of live/studio. i can just listen to it over and over. the album was also made for/in memory of danny whitten and showcases his vocals and guitar at his best.

not sure about the impact on canadian music industry other than it has pretty much been him and rush in canada since there has been a music industry. not sure if neil's move to the states affected that status and maybe put him second to rush in that category. globally, couldnt say much just the same but he is certainly famous all over the world.

more notably, neil has used his voice for the ongoing and continuing support of familly farms in north america, not only by performing at the multiple farm aides' but also actively and directly supporting the cause as well as activism to some extent. he also has a foundation for the research of downs syndrome which runs in his family.
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Postby amyjared » Mon Jan 30, 2006 9:11 am


what do you consider to be neils best song and why?


I like Hey Hey My My and Sugar Mountain because both are simple, to the point, played in dropped tunings and you can't help but sing along.

what do you consider to be his best album and why?

Everybody Knows This is Nowhere and Rust Never Sleeps because they're the ones I play more than the others.

what do you consider to be his overall importance to canadian music industry and the global industry as well?

He kicks ass and takes no prisoners! He does it his way.
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Postby hesgone95 » Mon Jan 30, 2006 1:45 pm

Like most everyone else, I'd have to say it would be pretty tough to pick a favorite song/album. Songs that readily come to mind though...Out on the weekend, Everybody knows..., A man needs a maid, just for the sheer "Neilness" of it. I mean, who hasn't fallen in love with an actress 'cos she 'was playin' a part I could understand'? Needle and the Damage done, Powderfinger, Sedan Delivery, Why do I keep fuckin up? and the list could go on and on.

As for albums, I would have to put Everybody knows, Harvest, Rust (studio and Live), After the goldrush, Old Ways, This note's for you, Greendale and Mirrorball on any 'favorite list'. Just off the top of my head

I think I would have to agree with a previous post, that the song or album that one is currently digging on has alot to do with where you are at that moment in life. In my opinion Neil is one of those very rare artist that can really speak to you in a very personal way, speak to you on a level that he probably never intended, but still manages to reach you. For me, Jerry and Dylan are the only other artist that have every really done that for me. Maybe Jackson Browne's first 3 or 4 albums as well.

As far as his impact, I know nothing about Canada, but I think in general it says something that he has a universal appeal across all ages. I'm 33 and have been listening to neil all my life, through my dad. My 23 year old brother is and has been for many years a fan...23 to 33 to 53. I dunno, that says alot to me
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