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This Note's for You


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  • Audio CD (April 21 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B000002LE5
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,076 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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Format: Audio CD
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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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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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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By Junglies on March 17 2002
Format: Audio CD
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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