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Hawks & Doves [Enhanced, Original recording remastered]

Neil Young Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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1. Little Wing
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3. Lost In Space
4. Captain Kennedy
5. Stayin' Power
6. Coastline
7. Union Man
8. Comin' Apart At Every Nail
9. Hawks & Doves

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Typically, Neil followed up his raucous Rust Never Sleeps triumph with an abrupt left turn, releasing this low-key acoustic album in 1980.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Neil's comin' apart at every nail Aug. 21 2003
Format:Audio CD
Hard to believe that this is the follow-up to the all-time classic "Rust Never Sleeps", but once again Neil confounded everyone with yet another bizarre release ala "American Stars & Bars". Like that album and "Rust" we have two stylistically different sides. Side one, tracks 1-4, consisted of material written and, in some cases, even recorded in '74-'75 and is the more interesting batch of songs. 'Little Wing' is a slight acoustic number w/ shimmering harmonica. 'Old Homestead' is a brilliant and oblique number that recalls classic acoustic Neil travelogues like 'Thrasher' & 'Ambulance Blues'. 'Lost in Space' is the weirdest one on the album, but may be the best. With its underwater sounding guitar, bizarre lyrics, and even children singing at one point, makes this one of the most enjoyable pieces in the Young cannon. 'Captain Kennedy' is a solo Neil story song. The second side, tracks 5-9, was played by a one-off country band assembled by long time Young compatriot, Ben Keith. The hokey honky-tonk songs about family, the working man, and good ol' USA, fit together very nicely but just aren't very strong songs. People must have thought he was crazy singing these just a year after screaming 'Rock and Roll can never die!' on "Rust". One would think the album would be better if he stuck with one style , however, no one knew at the time about the situation with his severely handicapped son which limited his time to write songs and record. Neil would only play one show in 1980 at the Bread & Roses festival...the lone show in a nearly four year period of live inactivity. Worth having in the collection if only for the first four songs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint of heart or fair weather fan... Sept. 7 2003
Format:Audio CD
You can not become an elitist Neil Young fan until you can say, with complete conviction, "Hawks & Doves is my favorite Neil Young album".
This album is fantastic but an acquired taste. On the first side you get Captain Kenedy, which is possibly the greatest sea shanty ever written. The second side is basically one long song and judging from the other reviewers, misunderstood. They clearly have forgotten that live music truly is better and that bumper stickers should indeed be issued.
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1.0 out of 5 stars will not play May 13 2013
By brian
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
plastic was removed and cd skips. I have nothing more to say about it, just filling in the spaces. crap
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4.0 out of 5 stars Peaceful Young Oct. 30 2003
Format:Audio CD
1980's Hawks & Doves is one of Neil Young's most underrated albums. The follow-up release to Rust Never Sleeps, the album moves away from the power chords to an acoustic base. The album clocks in at less than a half an hour with most of the nine songs at under three minutes. The original album was broken up into two sides, the first side acoustic and the second side with a full country band. "The Old Homestead" is a rambling track with some of the most mysterious lyrics of Mr. Young's career. It's tough to get a sense of where he's going with the song, but it is intriguing none-the-less. "Lost In Space" is the a truly bizarre track complete with vocals from the marine munchkins. "Captain Kennedy" is a the stand-out track on the album. A dark and foreboding song about a young soldier heading to war. While he's on the water approaching shore he remembers his father who was shamed in battle by having the wooden schooner he captained blown up by the Germans. As he's done remembering his father he hopes his fates are different when reaches the shore and he hopes he can kill good. The song is one of Mr. Young's all-time best. The songs with the country band are filled with fiddles and hooting and hollering like a real hoe-down. "Union Man" is funny and the best of the bunch. Hawks & Doves was generally spurned by critics and the public, but it is a fine example of how Neil Young marches to the beat of his own drummer and isn't afraid to follow wherever his muse takes him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe Neil's Most Under-rated Album Nov. 22 2010
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As the follow-up to Rust Never Sleeps, Hawks and Doves almost had to suffer by comparison, but I've always been surprised by how little love this album seems to get. Yes, it's short, clocking in at only half an hour or so. Yes, some of the songs are slight ("Stayin' Power" is a nice little love song but nothing special, for instance), but song for song, it compares favourably with most of Neil's albums. From the brief, haunting "Little Wing" that opens side one on, Young offers up a surreal and sardonic mix. Most of side one is taken up with more or less acoustic numbers, chock full of odd non-sequiturs and bizarre images, not to mention interesting if subtle commentaries. Listen to the lyrics of "Captain Kennedy," for instance, or "The Old Homestead," songs that are historically rooted and timeless at the same time. Side two shifts gears somewhat, offering a sequence of countrified hoedowns that superficially sound a lot alike--you might find once or twice that you think the song you just finished listening to is starting up again ("They all sound the same!" shouts a presumably disgruntled fan at the beginning of the live Year of the Horse set; "It's all one song!" Neil answers, which is really true of his work in a fundamental way.) But Young's using familiar country sounds to turn sideways or upside-down typical country paradigms--the working man song turned into a humorous comment on the AFM in "Union Man," or patriotism transcended in the final two numbers, "Comin' Apart at Every Nail," and "Hawks and Doves," which (the latter especially) some apparently hear as jingoistic pro-Americanism. Seriously, listen carefully to these songs. They're not anti-American by any stretch, but they're hardly thoughtless country paens to "my country, love it or leave it," either. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comes a time for this one, too.
This is a much-overlooked Neil Young classic. Released two years after his triumphant 'Rust Never Sleeps' trilogy of album, film and 'Live Rust' anthology, 'Hawks and Doves'... Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by Don Schmittdiel
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Album - Bumper stickers should be issued
Finally it is here! This album went from being my least favorite to my all time favorite, so it may be an acquired taste. Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2004 by Anthony Barkdoll
4.0 out of 5 stars Unpredictable, but that's why we love him
At a half-hour, this is hardly a bargain purchase, but think of it more like an EP of stray--but still connected--thoughts following the brutal "Rust Never Sleeps" era. Read more
Published on Dec 28 2003 by Michael Topper
1.0 out of 5 stars His First Worst Album
Let's face it Ol' Neil is somewhat of a split personality. In the case of this album he must have smoked way to much bad pot and mellowed to the point of rotting. Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2003 by Sattamander
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Album
Released in 1980, this album ended up under the radar, and from the sounds of it, a lot of Neil Young fans have tried to disown it altogether. Read more
Published on Oct. 4 2003 by Philip J. Mayer
4.0 out of 5 stars Provocative, underrated, and FINALLY RELEASED!!!!
It's wonderful that these Neil Young albums are reappearing after years in the vaults. My turntable fizzled more than 10 years ago, and so it has been at least that long since I've... Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2003 by ewomack
4.0 out of 5 stars Underappreciated and Much Maligned
After the brutal grunge fest of Rust Never Sleeps, it was only typically unpredictable that Young should release a batch of songs firmly rooted in traditional forms. Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2003 by Carlo Matthews
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad to have this one again
Back then, a lot of us were left scratching our heads over the oddly Reaganite-sounding title track on this one. Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2003 by John S. Ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost great Neil album
I've played my vinyl copy of this album near to death. This is Neil at some of his strangest, most eclectic best. Marine Munchkins. Need I say more? Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2003 by J. Hanson
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