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Life [Import]

Neil & Crazyhorse Young Audio CD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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6. Prisoners Of Rock 'N' Roll
7. Cryin' Eyes
8. When Your Lonely Heart Breaks
9. We Never Danced

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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars lost gem 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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4.0 out of 5 stars A strange one for sure March 25 2004
By DJ Rix
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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1.0 out of 5 stars his second worst Nov. 23 2003
Format:Audio CD
Hot on the heels of the wretched "Landing On Water", this record is nearly as bad. There isn't anything good to say about it. It stinks like old fish. Every song is instantly forgetable, mired in studio overkill and power-ballad mush. Crazy Horse limps along, obviously not having any fun. Only one of these songs was worth rescuing--"When Your Lonely Heart Breaks". On this record though, it sounds as uninspired and miserable as the rest. Thankfully, Young worked his way out of this slump with "Freedom" two years later.
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4.0 out of 5 stars life is good. Nov. 5 2003
By k mcbee
Format:Audio CD
most poeople who listen to this record like the ballads, cause they are standard neil in most ways, i, on the other hand love this record for the first three tracks. ambitious and interesting, dated yet good.
i recomend this over reactor or landing on water anyday.
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