|1. Cinnamon Girl|
|2. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere|
|3. Round & Round [It Won't Be Long]|
|4. Down By The River|
|5. The Losing End [When You're On]|
|6. Running Dry [Requiem For The Rockets]|
|7. Cowgirl In The Sand|
It is sooooo "rusty" and "raw" emotionally and musically and so "pure" from the heart.
The band is so tight, Neil;s voice on this still gives me goose bumps. The rawness that just cuts you up.
Cinnamon Girl - Opens up the album with those wonderous guitar. Tremendous power in them licks, from the gut. I can hear that song 1000 times in a row.
Then we have this country, folk stuff added with Cowgirl and Down By The River. Cowgirl my favorite and after years and years, never board of that long solo that kills with that unique power, passion and "roughness" of that solo tat is so interesting. So much emotional punch in that one.
This one must be up with those other albums that are the best of an era.
Yet, that sunofagun seems to be more appreciated now and more popular now than he was.
The Loosing end, that is about as good as Neil as ever Sounded.
It's so hard for me now
But I'll make it somehow,
Though I know I'll never be the same.
Won't you ever change your ways,
It's so hard to make love pay
When you're on the losing end,
And I feel that way again.
I love, love when the last part of the song when Neil get louder and end with a wonderful finishing "rough" country lick.
Round and Round, is to listen to late when camping in front of a fire. Those souful harmonies. Great words, great stuff.
There are not too many left of the great ledgends who are still out there creating. Everyone MUST here Alvin Lee in Tennesee and here the guitar master doing rockabilly with the guys that started it in Nashville. Best album of the year, so far. Actually Alvin is peaking now that he is playing with superior musicians and doesn't have his old backup group to hold back his creatvity.
There is Clapton, I think Johnny Winter is hanging on, OF course BB and Buddy Guy.
But three tunes are standard bearers of classic rock radio: "Cowgirl in the Sand", "Down by the River", and "Cinnamon Girl". And for good reason--they ARE classics in the sense that their intensity and creativity set an example for later singer/songwriters, rock bands, and lead guitarists.
This was Young's first album with Crazy Horse, and the tightness of the playing, the way the band highlights Young, and Young highlights them leaves little wonder why these guys play and record together to this day (except for Crazy Horse's Danny Whitten who entered overdose heaven 30 years ago). While some reviewers have stated that they find "Cowgirl in the Sand" and "Down by the River" as being too long, I would counter, a la Mozart in "Amadeus", with "Which notes do you think should've been left out?" If anything, I think "Cinnamon Girl" is too short. In fact on Young's LIVE RUST (recorded ten years after this album) he repeated the final part ("Pa, send me money now...") and added a final guitar line. I recommend this album highly, in spite of the above-mentioned accoustic tunes. This is an album that will drag you "over the rainbows".