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Unavailable on CD in the U.S.! Originally released in 1982, Trans was a bold and bewildering move into the 'modern age' for the veteran singer/songwriter. While it's been called his 'Electronic' album, Trans doesn't transport Neil into Depeche Mode territory. Instead, Trans finds Neil experimenting with an array of computers, keyboards and vocoders along with his standard guitar/bass/drums backbone. Nine tracks, including 'Little Thing Called Love', 'Computer Age', 'Transformer Man' and a drastically different version of his Buffalo Springfield classic 'Mr. Soul'. Universal.
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Top Customer Reviews
The one complaint with "Trans" is that it is too short at nine songs to be a truly fulfilling album. Otherwise, while not among Neil's best works, it is far from being the stinker that many accused it of being.
Trans marks a foray--with a vengeance-- into electronic music. Admittedly, if this is not your sound, this will not be one of your favorite albums. It is, however, one of those experimental efforts that works. It was, at the time of its release, well ahead of the power curve insofar as this genre was concerned. Moreover, it clearly stands as an experiment with a different sound and technology. Not only did Neil write material specifically for this album, but he also took to trying the sound out on some of his old standards. So, not only do we have the commercially successful written pieces, such as Transformer Man and Sample and Hold, but also electronically rendered pieces such as Mr. Soul and Hold on to Your Love.
What has made Young such a viable artist for so long-his awesome talent aside-is his willingness and ability to experiment, to evolve, to grow. Everybody knows some growth spurts can leave one awkward in the short run, but better off in the long run. It is precisely because of efforts such as this that Young remains the vital musical force and influence he is.
So, treat yourself to a bit of musical and personal history and give Trans a spin.
Most recent customer reviews
Neil is genius ! Way ahead of its time trams still sounds timeless .Published 18 months ago by Richard Andrews
As a kid who grew up with the records "Harvest" and "Comes a Time" this record was a bit of a shock for me when I first heard it played on a college radio... Read morePublished on May 25 2004
Neil Young is the undeniable master of innovation. 2003's Greendale is a prime example of Neil's willingness to take chances and approach new projects with a sense of... Read morePublished on March 15 2004 by Michael Crane Gross
There are two Neil Youngs on this album. About half of it is softer country rock type songs and the other half is experimental techno songs where he uses a vocodor to change his... Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2003
"Sample and Hold" was released just as music videos kicked into high gear -- novel, creative, interesting (though tailored for microscopic attention spans) and still... Read morePublished on April 10 2003 by J. Reynolds
The computer voice is interesting for a song or two, but is excruciatingly annoying on an entire album. Landing on Water is a much better example of Neil's 80s synth phase. Read morePublished on March 6 2003
Departing from the straightforward hard rock sound of albums like "Rust Never Sleeps" and "Zuma", this is the album on which Neil Young invented the... Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2003 by Jeffrey Whitcher
I'm not sure what to say to 'traditional' Neil Young fans - but - this record is a classic. Keep the smoke but throw away the love beads: you are in for a ride. Read morePublished on March 31 2002
Do yourself a favor, get this recording as soon as you can and you will not be dissapointed. I think the best tracks are: 'Computer Age', 'Sample and Hold' and 'We are in Control'. Read morePublished on March 10 2002 by Danny
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