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Broken Arrow CD, Import

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 24 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, CD
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002N92
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
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1. Big Time
2. Loose Change
3. Slip Away
4. Changing Highways
5. Scattered [Let's Think About Livin']
6. This Town
7. Music Arcade
8. Baby What You Want Me To Do

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On Broken Arrow, the latest Reprise Records release from Neil Young with Crazy Horse, a new chapter is opened on one of rock and roll's longest running musical collaborations. Young and the group - Poncho Sampedro, vocals, guitar; Billy Talbot, vocals, bass; and Ralph Molina, vocals, drums, percussion - have been playing together, on and off, since 1969, when original member Danny Whitten helped found Crazy Horse with Young. The group and its legendary frontman went on to record such epochal albums as Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, After the Gold Rush, Zuma (featuring the newly recruited Frank "Poncho" Sampedro, replacing the deceased Whitten), Comes A Time and a string of albums throughout the Eighties that included Re Ac Tor and Life. Young and Crazy Horse then went on to explore a new era of cutting edge rock with 1990's Ragged Glory and 1994's Sleeps With Angels. Now, with the release of Broken Arrow, nearly three decades of music-making make way for an extraordinary new expression of creative camaraderie and consensual risk-taking. One of the most resonant and riveting offerings in the entire spectrum of Neil Youngand Crazy Horse's on-going sonic explorations, Broken Arrow features seven new NeilYoung originals, plus a relentlessly raw rendition of the Jimmy Reed classic "Baby What You Want Me To Do" recorded live at the frontlines of the quartet's continuing assault on the boundaries of electric expression. With Broken Arrow, Neil Young with Crazy Horse have set the standards for real rock 'n' roll into the oncoming millennium.


The Youngian reaction principle--which dictates that our hero follow commercial monsters (After the Goldrush/Harvest, Rust Never Sleeps) with willfully difficult busts (Time Fades Away, Hawks & Doves)--finally kicks into effect after a long string of straightahead bestsellers. The man's unpredictability has been a major reason he's remained vital for nigh on 30 years, so it's good to see he's still cranky enough to serve up these raw, sloppy, and, for hardcore fans, invigorating jam sessions with his fave band. --Jeff Bateman

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This CD opens with a great song, the 7-minute-plus Big Time, which is then followed by a couple more 8-9 minutes tunes that aren't as memorable. Neil then drops back into more familiar folk-rock territory and the CD regains some momentum. Overall, coming quickly as it did on the heels of Neil's "Mirror Ball" highly successful experiment with Pearl Jam taking the place of Crazy Horse as Neil's backup band, "Broken Arrow" holds its own. Yeah, Crazy Horse plays it loose and sloppy at times, but that's what we love about em, right? Think "Ragged Glory" and how great that CD is! "Broken Arrow" got a lot of negative criticism for it's closing tune, a low-fi recording of Neil doing Jimmy Reed's classic, "Baby What You Want Me to Do" (remember the Shocking Pinks?). Well, I kind of like the low-tech audience recording. Yeah, Neil jams for 8-plus minutes, and you can hear glasses clankin' and folks hollerin', but all that just serves to give this a "live and raw" feel that was missing on the sterile "Unplugged." I've found that more often than not, when playing "Broken Arroww," I tend to crank up my stereo when "Baby What You Want Me to Do" comes on and use it as an excuse to become an air guitar member of Crazy Horse for 8 minutes. So, it's either something you love (that's me), or you hate (most critics). This isn't a 5-star CD, like Ragged Glory, but it's not bad at all.
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A lot of reviewers seem to be pointing out that this album seems uneven or half-baked, and, while it is definitely true that Neil didn't seem to put as much effort into making this album as he has some of his others, and the lyrics aren't the most drawn-out are well-developed that he has ever written; but, you must remember: this IS a Crazy Horse album - what do you expect? The beauty (nay; let us say, the ragged glory) of the Crazy Horse albums lies not in their songwriting, nor in their production, but in their sheer glee and fun in jamming. It's music that you can tell Neil and the band had fun making. It's just good ol' rock 'n' roll. If you are into Neil's mellower, more produced side (Harvest, Comes A Time, Harvest Moon) with the denser lyrics and more soothing melodies, then this album might not be your cup of meat (although it does contain one beautiful, excellent acoustic number, Music Arcade.) If you are into the long Crazy Horse jams on such as albums as Everybody Know This Is Nowhere, Zuma, and Ragged Glory, however, then this will be right up your alley. The first three songs are the highlights of the record - particularly Loose Change, which contains an absolutely pulverizing 4+ minute jam to close out the tune, featuring some crushing guitar work from Neil and devastating rhythm support from Poncho Sampedro. That said, the album does have some flaws, and there are some things that could have made it better. Aside from the excellent first three songs (and the acoustic Music Arcade), the rest of the album is more or less filler. Seeing as the album has only 8 tracks and a 40-odd minute running time in a decade when Neil had been filling his albums to the brim (tracks and running time), he seems to have deliberately left this album in its seemingly half-finished state.Read more ›
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I want to say a word or two in defense of this album, which people seem to be describing as some sort of throwaway. Not true. The instrumentals on "Broken Arrow" are as inspired as any Neil Young and Crazy Horse have dished out, and the musical accompaniments to "Loose Change" and "Slips Away" in particular are downright hypnotic in places. Yes, some of the songs are long -- is this a problem? When Neil wants to sprawl, he sprawls; he doesn't limit himself to turning out one neatly-wrapped radio cut after another, and that's one more reason to respect him. And when the songs extend on this album it's always to a mezmerizing rather than tedious effect. I suppose we could have done without the cut "This Town," but so what? It's hard to think of a more inane tune than "There's a World," but that song hardly detracts from the glory of "Harvest." If there is a problem with "Broken Arrow," it seems to lie more with the production than with conception or performance. The vocals for many of the songs are strangely washed-out, as if Neil (and Crazy Horse too, for that matter) were standing a foot or so from the mike. This is disappointing, since the lyrics, though not his best, are generally pretty damn good. As for "Baby What You Want Me to Do?" it's live, it's uncharacteristic, it's lower than low-fi, but the obvious intent is to make you feel you're listening from the back of a crowded bar--an interesting idea, and I think it works pretty well. Finally, "Music Arcade" has got to be one of Neil's most perfect accoustic pieces ever, and it alone nearly justifies the price of the album.
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is because the last song, "Baby What You Do To Me" sort of breaks the spell of all the other songs. These songs are nostalgic memorials and observations, very American, of times past and changing,of displacement and search for a place to be. They've been criticized for being too long. They need to be this long- sprawling, meandering, repeating, hypnotic and moody, they create a space for storytelling. Shoot, make them longer, if needed.
And while your at it take a chance on the equally unfairly overlooked and maligned, but just as compelling "Mirror Ball". Much in the same vein, a dash of humor, with doses of bravura, swashbuckling and pony express.
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