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Life Import

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 27 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal/Geffen
  • ASIN: B00000766T
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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1. Mideast Vacation
2. Long Walk Home
3. Around The World
4. Inca Queen
5. Too Lonely
6. Prisoners Of Rock 'N' Roll
7. Cryin' Eyes
8. When Your Lonely Heart Breaks
9. We Never Danced

Product Description

Those Neil Young fans who cherish their hero's aggressive work with Crazy Horse were dealing with an extended drought when Life hit the shelves in 1987. A half-dozen years had passed since Young last emerged from the studio with a Crazy Horse collaboration--the flawed but fascinating Reactor. Unfortunately, they'd have to wait three more years for a great Young/Crazy Horse set, 1990's Ragged Glory. Despite the fact that Life contains what's clearly meant to be the Crazy Horse credo in "Prisoners of Rock 'n' Roll" ("That's why we don't we don't wanna be good"), Young and his three longtime foils feel constrained by dated '80s production touches and some spotty material. Still, its highlights (notably the strange foreign-policy treatise "Mideast Vacation" and the wistful closer "We Never Danced") offer modest rewards for loyalists. --Steven Stolder --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.3 out of 5 stars

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By Dan Collins on Dec 18 2006
Format: Audio CD
I gave this one five stars, maybe rounding up from four and a half or four and a quarter, but man I love this album. It absolutely rocks when you put it in your car cd player and crank it as you're driving, screaming along with Neil about "You'll never be a hero, your flying days are done, it's time to go home now, stop sniffing that smoking guuuuuuuuunnnnnnn!"

Okay. Get over the fact that it was made it the eighties and has some lame synths and stuff here and there. Forget it and you'll realize that mideast vacation is a great slow rocker, with memorable (if a little overly patriotic) lyrics that have passion behind them.

Inca Queen is another one that just rocks. It has the terrible big drum sound that destroys so many good songs from the eighties, but it uses the synths tastefully, almost in the background to some great classical type guitar. "Once there was an Inca queen..."

I love the bridge between versus. He does a great job of giving you a taste of something different, something out there, a feel for the jungle.

Cryin' Eyes starts with a riff that the Pixies would later borrow. I know Frank black and co were influenced by Neil because they did a few covers of his songs that ended up on b sides. Even the little bit of lead guitar at the beginning is vintage pixes (by which I mean they used a similar style and sound to pay homage to Neil, since he recorded this first.)

These are just a couple of fantastic songs on a worthy album. Give it a chance, spend your hard earned ten bucks on it and it will not disappoint.
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Format: Audio CD
That the 1980s were easilly Neil Young's worst decade (at least, in terms of his creativity) is shown again on "Life." The album marked his only collaboration during that decade with his great backing band Crazy Horse, and as such represents the least of his dozen or so recordings with that band. "Life" contains little of the guitar fury that marks the best of his Crazy Horse work ("Tonight's the Night," "Ragged Glory," for example), and his attempts to be topical ("Mideast Vacation") fall strangely flat. The problem lies mostly in the songwriting. While there are no truly bad tracks, there are no real standouts either, although two of the songs, "Prisoners" and "When Your Lonely Heart Breaks," really came to life a decade later on the live "Year of the Horse" album, suggesting that they just hadn't been thoroughly thought through.
Overall, "Life" isn't a bad album, it just can't hold a candle to this great artist's best works.
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I've had this CD since it was first released in the late eighties. While this is not even close to Neil's best it was a step back in the right direction. Alot of this has to do with Crazy Horse. Neil seems to be energized with them. "Mideast vacation" is a excellent social statement and a good rock & roll number. "Inca Queen" takes "Cortez the Killer" further south and into a more mellow setting. While "Prisoners of Rock & Roll" is a no excuses Crazy Horse number. Lastly,the CD closes with "We never danced", a number that just as easliy could have been on AFTER THE GOLDRUSH some seventeen years earlier. Sure their has been better Neil since this, ie. Ragged Glory, Weld, Unplugged, and Mirror Ball come to mind, but to fans of Neil Young and Crazy Horse this is a step in the right direction. Now if only Reprise would release ON THE BEACH and JOURNEY THROUGH THE PAST, all would be right with the world.
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By DJ Rix on March 25 2004
Format: Audio CD
A strange one for sure. Contains a number of very good songs - Mideast Vacation, We Never Danced, Too Lonely, Prisoner of Rock n Roll - as well as one of his worst - Inca Queen, which still manages to have a gorgeous melody. Around the World is sung with great passion & anger - & sunk by an annoying synth & a recitative that may or may not be sarcastic. Yes, very much a mixed bag, but like Neil's other albums for David Geffen, the misdirections are stories unto themselves, & the disguises are used to evade & filter out the deeply personal emotions Neil finally vented on "Freedom" & "Ragged Glory." Only two of these cuts show up on "Lucky Thirteen," which makes "Life" essential for Neil Young devotees, I should think.
Bob Rixon
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