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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
2. The Old Homestead
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Album Oct. 4 2003
Format:Audio CD
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. Too bad, because Hawks and Doves is a great listen.
The first half is mostly acoustic with sparse backup which suits the songs perfectly. Little Wing is simple and evocative. It could have been an outtake from After The Gold Rush. The Old Homestead is weird and wonderful, full of extended metaphors that Neil really uses masterfully. Lost In Space is Neil at his most playful. It has some very nice guitar work, and the Marine Munchkins are great. Captain Kennedy is like an unplugged version of Powderfinger, which is to say, one of his very best.
The second half is all countrified, with a little rock and roll thrown into the mix. Not as sloppy as the stuff on American Stars and Bars, and not as forced as Old Ways. Both Staying Power and Coastline are straight forward examinations of Neil's newly found domestic bliss (he was recently married to his current wife). Not his best work, but pleasantly upbeat. Union Man is an absolute riot. I would give all I own to hear this one live.
The last two songs are where I think a lot of Neil Young fans lose interst. Both are terrific songs but signal a definite shift in Neil's politics. While Coming Apart At Every Nails at least shows some moderation, Hawks and Doves is a full bore patriotic stomper. If you want to box Neil in as the political gadfly he may have been in 1970, you might be a little shocked (but then again, that's what you get for wanting to box Neil in). If you're OK with it, you're in for a great ride.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Comes a time for this one, too. June 21 2004
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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' returned to the pre-'Rust Never Sleeps' sounds of 'Comes a Time'. Although the CD closes with a number titled 'Hawks and Doves', it is clear that the title is also an apt description of the aural content of the complete work.
Originally released on vinyl in 1980, side one is the 'Doves' side. It features some lovely acoustic music, especially tracks one and three. 'Little Wing' (not the Jimi Hendrix composition) and 'Lost In Space' occupy a light, airy, stream-of-consciousness perch that few artists ascend to. The longest track on the disc, 'The Old Homestead', is actually a mid-1970's Neil composition. It runs almost eight minutes in length, and contains a great deal of difficult-to-make-sense-of imagery, such as "Just then the sound of hoofbeats was heard, and the sky was darkened by a prehistoric bird, who flew between the unfulfilled moon, and the naked rider to a telephone booth". Like abstract art, you could spend more than a few hours drawing meaning from this one. The closer on side one is 'Captain Kennedy'. I'm not anything near to being an expert in musical structure, but this song sure sounds like a knock-off of The Blind Fiddler, a traditional folk tune used by Stephen Stills on his 1991 'Stills Alone' CD. It's a fine melody and Neil's lyrics are interesting, but I wonder how conscious the similarity is.
While side one sticks with the soft acoustics of Neil's voice and guitar, side two is a country-rock patriotic party... the 'Hawks' side. Interestingly, this album accompanied one of the most desperate times in our nation's history in terms of self-confidence and economic prosperity.
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1.0 out of 5 stars will not play
plastic was removed and cd skips. I have nothing more to say about it, just filling in the spaces. crap
Published 17 months ago by brian
4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe Neil's Most Under-rated Album
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 22 2010 by Dominick Grace
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Peaceful Young
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. Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2003 by P Magnum
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 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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