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This Note's for You

Neil Young Audio CD
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1. Ten Men Workin'
2. This Note's for You
3. Coupe de Ville
4. Life in the City
5. Twilight
6. Married Man
7. Sunny Inside
8. Can't Believe Your Lyin'
9. Hey Hey
10. One Thing

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One might assume the first album Neil Young put out upon his return to Reprise Records in 1988 after a misbegotten stint with Geffen would signal a comeback for the temporarily misplaced singer-songwriter. Actually, This Note's for You's successor, 1989's Freedom, is Young's late-'80s hallmark release. This one's the last in a series of titles from Young in the most capricious phase of a fickle career. Here he's on an Albert Collins kick, tackling blues-based tunes backed by his short-lived, horn-powered Blue Notes. While the anti-endorsement title track kicked up some dust at the time, the 10-song collection is weighed down by undistinguished, one-note workouts like "Ten Men Working," "Married Man," and "Sunny Inside" (the titles pretty much sum up the songs). Thankfully, Young returned to his own shade of blue after this curious bar-band one-off. --Steven Stolder

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NEIL YOUNG This Notes For You (1988 German issue 10-track CD album with a picture / tracklisting booklet)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A thankful comeback after the debacles of the 80s July 29 2003
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After the disastrous years with Geffen, during which only "Trans" stands out as a halfway decent album and "Landing on Water" is arguably his worst effort for anyone, Young returned to Reprise, the label of all his past glories, and while this album may not be as good as "Rust Never Sleeps" or "Tonight's the Night," it is manna from heaven when compared to his four previous albums. It is a genre album, to be sure, and caps the decade when he went from country to hard rock to electronic to rockabilly to synth rock to country and finally to swing before returning to "old Neil" form with "Freedom." But "This Note's For You" stands apart from the rest of the genre stuff, like "Hawks and Doves" and "Re-Ac-Tor" did, because of the thankful quality of the songwriting (except for a few tracks) and the overall consistency of the effort. Also, the songs don't ALL SOUND THE SAME (ahem, "Landing on Water," ahem). He shifts quite nicely between upbeat, get-your-feet-a-tappin' swing to slow and moody blues. The album may not make most fan's top five lists, but this, combined with the next year's "Freedom," catapulted Young from the disastrous 1980s back into the glory of his earlier days, at a time when all but his most devoted fans had deserted him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Neil Young's best June 1 2003
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This Note's For You is one of Neil Young's best albums even if it didn't sell. This is the last of Young's experimental albums before he went back to his formula of making either largely acoustic albums or noisier but still very good albums with Crazy Horse. This is great rhythm and blues with an outstanding horn section. The title track is the best known track and it's Neil at his best as he attacks corporate sponsorship while the horn section responds after each line. The rhythm section of Rick (the bass player) Rosas and Chad Cromwell lay down a killer groove throughout the album. Other great R&B tracks include "Ten Men Workin'", "Life In The City", "Sunny Inside", and "Hey, Hey". But for all the great R&B, it's the moodier tracks that are the strongest. "Coupe De Ville", "Can't Believe Your Lyin'" and "One Thing" are very strong with "Coupe De Ville" being one of the best tracks Neil has ever recorded. Albums after this like "Freedom" and "Harvest Moon" would bring him back in the spotlight but "This Note's For You" is more consistent than both of them.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Neil's blues are solid but not truly moving Dec 6 2002
By Mael
Format:Audio CD
This disc is an interesting aside from Neil Young -- who has recorded quite a few interesting asides amid all his great work! On this one, Neil does the blues, but I would have preferred him to strip them down and make them haunting -- sort of a blues version of "Harvest," perhaps, with more acoustic layers. Instead, this is pretty slick stuff, though "Ten Men Workin' " grooves along pretty well. If you really want to hear Neil Young's blues album, that's easy: Just buy "Tonight's the Night." As he once said of one of his songs, that album is out of pitch but still in tune, as Young wears his pain on his sleeve following the death of original Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten -- and a roadie, I think, named Bruce Berry, if memory serves. Feel free to correct me on the name, but if you knock the album itself, them's fightin' words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Neil Young Bites! March 17 2002
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Listening to this album on the eve of a new Neil Young album, the last to be defined as a worthy successor to Harvest, it is hard to believe that the same artist who produced Silver and Gold could also produce an album like This Note's for You.
Others have already stressed the development of this album given the albums made around this time due to his difficulties with that other record label. Suffice it to say that they may be indicative of Neil's songwriting ability to produce such material, but they do not detract from this album being a tour de force.
The first few bars of ten men workin' set out the tenor for this album. A bluesy album with horns added is one of the strengths of this album. Not only does the format express his feelings but it allows him the opportunity to play those inimitable Neil Young solos but to do so in a song setting. There is a strong fit here between the horns, organ and guitar which reinforce each other and help emphasise the cynicism of the lyrics.
Particularly poignant is the title track which shows Young striking out at the music business and it's bed partners of big business. Remaining true to his principles in refusing sponsorship for tours, Young paints other artists in a harsh light of selling out their original ideals.
Again, listening to this album so soon after the performances at the Superbowl and the Olympics by our stars, it is easy to see why people like Neil Young should feel this way.
While the album typifies Neil Young in many ways, there seems to be much more bitterness in it that in most Neil albums.
Neil Young is one of those rare peformers who writes across a wide area of subjects. One minute a love song, another a piece of social commentary but do not expect the usual conclusions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars On A Good Note
After the wretched Life, Neil Young bounced back strong with the blues-based, horn driven, This Note's For You. Read more
Published on May 7 2001 by Thomas Magnum
4.0 out of 5 stars weirdo
During the 80's Young experimented a lot, partly to get rid of his label perhaps. Experimentation is better than copying yourself all over again (which Young does now, it seems)... Read more
Published on Dec 10 2000 by R. Bruynesteyn
3.0 out of 5 stars Neil hammers the blues
The last (thankfully!) in a long succession of stylistic detours for Neil Young in the 1980s, the blues-themed "This Note's For You" is actually one of his better albums... Read more
Published on May 15 2000 by Brian D. Rubendall
5.0 out of 5 stars A "REAL" Coupe de Ville!
"This Notes for you" was largely overlooked when it was released. Much was the same for other releases from this period in Neil's career; such as "Life",... Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2000 by Dan Swan
4.0 out of 5 stars How does he do it?
I'm an avid Neil Young fan, so I know that you never know what you're gonna get with his albums. "This Note's For You" was one of those chances I took because Neil is so... Read more
Published on Oct. 22 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Which Coat Shall I Wear Today?
Another one of those genre experiments by Mr Young. This is a fun CD in which the experiment works. Neil sounds as if he is having fun with his music again.
Published on Aug. 16 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars I felt this album was a different perspective by Neil Youg.
Beginning with Ten Men Working and on down the line, the is Young with his humour showing. Some fine guitar licks and a bluesy horn and rhythm section make this a nice listening... Read more
Published on Jan. 18 1999
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