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Old Ways [Original recording remastered]

Neil Young Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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1. The Wayward Wind
2. Get Back To The Country
3. Are There Any More Real Cowboys?
4. Once An Angel
5. Misfits
6. California Sunset
7. Old Ways
8. My Boy
9. Bound For Glory
10. Where Is The Highway Tonight?

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Neil Young's most dependable route has always been to head for the back roads. Country-flavored releases Harvest (1972), Comes a Time ('78), Harvest Moon ('92), and Silver & Gold ('00) are among the most commercially popular titles in a fitful career, which makes Old Ways something of a anomaly. Released in 1985 as the mid-title in a misbegotten five-LP stint with Geffen, it failed to exhibit the kind of roughhewn muscle of its more robust country cousins. With Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson making vocal contributions and a mix of longtime Young sidemen and Nashville cats laying down a bed of fiddles, steel guitar, and banjo, it would seem to be cruising right up Music City's main drag of the mid-'80s. But Young being Young, he goes around the bend with "Misfits," which summons an indelible image of space-station astronauts watching reruns of Muhammad Ali fights. It happens to be the most memorable number on Old Ways, which perhaps explains why those new fans never showed up and the old ones found other things to do for awhile. --Steven Stolder

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The country sounds and autobiographical songs of Harvest and Comes a Time returned on this 1985 Geffen LP, with Neil joined by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Bela Fleck!

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5.0 out of 5 stars great cd April 5 2014
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had this album on cassette was really happy it was available on cd. My clients have me play it every time they get in my car
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5.0 out of 5 stars cd Feb. 23 2014
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excellent cd and lot of good songs on it and I recommand it to my friends very good musiciens too
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4.0 out of 5 stars Neil Young - Old Ways CD Nov. 2 2012
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Exactly what I expected from Neil Young. Without a doubt, I am musically richer now, than before I bought this CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Neil Country April 8 2005
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This CD is a hidden jewel in the Neil Young catalogue, especially for those who enjoy Neil's forays into Country Music. Classic songs include "Once an Angel", "Are There Any More Real Cowboys?" with Willie Nelson, and "Bound for Glory" with the late, great Waylon Jennings. Recorded during his feuding days with David Geffen, this was one of the CDs that Geffen sued Young over, claiming Young had recorded albums that weren't "like Neil Young". Perhaps Mr. Geffen forgot about songs like "the Emperor of Wyoming", "(When You're On the) Losing End", "the Old Country Waltz", "Harvest", etc. If you like Neil Young, and you like Country, you'll like this too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars an old friend Nov. 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
having lost this piece of vinyl about 20 years ago, i was thrilled to find it on amazon, as numerous trips to record stores proved fruitless. a classic americana c.d. by a classic canadian. it will be in my permanent shuffle on the player!
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5.0 out of 5 stars WAY better than I remember Sept. 8 2003
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I remember being vaguely disappointed with this one when it came out. But I'm durned if I can remember why. Hearing it on CD, I like it as well as I liked _Comes a Time_.
It's mostly traditional, straight-up country music, with the usual Neil twists (this time it's astronauts sitting around watching reruns of Muhammed Ali). The opening track -- a beautiful take on "The Wayward Wind" -- is the only track that Neil didn't write, and it's as lovely as "Four Strong Winds" on _Comes a Time_. The guest appearances by Waylon & Willie are suitably understated. The songs are strong.
I honestly do not remember why I wasn't thrilled with this when it was first released. But whatever the reason, I was wrong, wrong, wrong.
I seem to recall that around the time this album was released, David Geffen sued Neil for putting out uncharacteristic and uncommercial music. Well, here's hoping Neil keeps that up forever.
Neil, I apologize for doubting you. I haven't got a _clue_ what I was thinking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A traditional country masterpiece March 23 2003
Format:Audio CD
It is a pity that Neil had upset so many people in the American south with some of his early songs - listen to Lynyrd Skynyrd's Sweet home Alabama - because he showed with this album that he could record traditional country as good as anybody. Perhaps it was because of those early songs that this album did not achieve the level of success that I had hoped it would.
The album begins with an outstanding duet version of Wayward wind. It features a lady called Denise Draper who is otherwise unknown to me, but sounds a bit like Dolly. Upon first hearing this track, I looked for an album by her but could not find one, so she remains an obscure mystery.
Next come Get back to the country, the first of four tracks featuring Waylon Jennings and Are there any more real cowboys, a duet with Willie Nelson. The fourth track, Once an angel, features a chorus of background singers including Gail Davies.
The remaining tracks are mostly solo, though Waylon can be clearly heard on three of them. Of those, Bound for glory, a classic road song, is a true duet. The others are essentially Neil solos with Waylon contributing here and there. California sunset doesn't feature Waylon but it is a great, upbeat fiddle song.
The whole album is uplifting in mood and features plenty of steel and other traditional country instruments. I don't play it as often as I once did but it remains one of my all-time favorites.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Neil really does get back to the country Dec 17 2002
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This is for Neil Young fans and country music (not the lousy modern country-rock) fans who may like Neil Young. He collaborates with Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings on a few songs, so that should tell you something about the recording. This is pretty good light country music to listen to. It's not spectacular, in my opinion, but good stuff. I recommend purchasing only to fans with a real interest in this type of music.
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