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  • Actors: Neil Young & Crazy Horse
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Warner Music
  • Release Date: July 10 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00824IVXE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,279 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Neil Young Americ(Br)

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By Stephen Bieth TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 30 2012
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I don't know why Neil Young put this record out. My guess is this is maybe the recording of a process. Neil and Crazy Horse had not played in years so I am wondering if this was a getting to know you again warm up that they decided would make into an album. The album itself is much better then I thought it would be. Crazy Horse is as ragged as ever (the only band that has been together for over 40 years that still sound like they just finished their first rehearsal. Not a put down I love the horse and the way they sound). Plus these are heavy versions of these folk classics. To be honest this record was a very pleasant surprise.
As for the Blu ray version. Nothing beats a 192/24 transfer as far as sound goes. The music takes on a very 3D effect while only in stereo. They have put some cool black and white footage to go along with each song so you do have a visual. He did this with Le Noisr as well. My only complant is I didn't think it was cool announcing the release of the Blu Ray the week after the CD came out. I would want both formats anyway but I don't like the feeling of being played.
192/24 is a whole new listening experience and I would love to see more artists taking advantage of it. The people that did the Beatle remasters said it is almost impossible to tell the difference between the original master and the 192/24 transfer. This blows all other formats away. I don't care if it's Vinyl, SACD, DVD-A (DVD-A's can play back 192/24 DVD-A's as long as your system supports it), CD you name it. To me the music world should be divided into the MP3 people who care about convince more then sound (not a put down but they don't sound as good but you can't fit a record or CD collection in your pocket) and the people who like high fidelity sound. Audiophiles if you like. Who would love to see their fav. Records on Blu ray. If record companies travel at their usual speed this will happen in about twenty years!
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An album of old, old standards that everyone who grew up in Canada or the US probably knows the safest and most popular verses to. Neil Young has deleted the painful antebellum verses of O Susannah and sung the painful ones from Clementine. Crazy Horse remains the best garage band in the world and the entire album sounds like they're jamming in your place.

But the reason to spring for the blu-ray is to listen to this in as close to master quality as currently exists. What a revelation! Even on my modest system, the difference remains digestible. The music becomes chewable, rather than floating like 16/44 CD. (And I don't want to imagine what the iTunes version is by comparison.)

That said, it's music that isn't pristine high fidelity that you might hear in a hi-fi emporium. (Patricia Barber et al.) The blu-ray just sounds REAL.

Fun and wrenching.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Resolution Americana July 26 2012
By Jonathan Criswell - Published on
Video: 1080p 16x9
Audio: 192khz 24 Bit Stereo PCM
Includes:Menu,Song Videos, Credits, Bonus Videos

Each of the 11 songs includes a related video that was directed by Bernard Shakey from the original idea from Gary Burden. Most of these videos have been available online at You Tube or Neil's official site.

Bonus videos include a childrens choir video of "Oh Susannah" and two different videos for "Clementine".

Sound quality is the reason to purchase this release, played through a good system it sounds like Neil and the Horse are playing this great album live in your living room.

Wish they would have included maybe a bonus song, pictures or a behind the recording video.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Disappointed Oct. 1 2012
By C. D PAPAS - Published on
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As a long time Neil Young fan, I heard a few tracks on the Americana release and decided to buy it. Knowing Neil's appreciation for quality recordings, I decided to get the blu-ray version to get the best possible sound. Unfortunately, the recording quality of this blu-ray is good, but not great and why I'm giving it 4/5 stars, instead of 5/5. The instruments and vocals are positioned too close to the center of the soundstage. The soundstage is decently large, but you get the feeling that most of the instruments and vocalists are very near each other in the center of the stage, and that the microphone's are picking up the overall loudness of the band from all sides - almost like they didn't use near-field microphones or they put one mic in the center of the room when they recorded.

The music is great, and the band is pretty tight. Young's vocals sound amazing and were recorded very well.

If anyone cares, I'm using an Anthem receiver, Paradigm Studio 20 l/r speakers, and a Denon Universal SACD/blu-ray player connected via HDMI.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, rocking versions April 29 2014
By Thomas Monroe - Published on
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Neil rocks out these old folk tunes and it sounds great. Get a Job is an interesting diversion from the harder rocking other tracks, but not too jarring. And because it is Neil and Blu-ray, it sounds great! Now, this is Neil and Crazy Horse, so it is raw and they play and play. That may not be your cup of tea. But it certainly is mine.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Blu-ray - Region A July 25 2012
By Larry W - Published on
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The first reviewer and Amazon's discription are both wrong. This is a Region A (U.S.) disc. I have listened to the CD version many times since it's release and enjoy it more each time. I only had a few minutes to try this blu-ray to make sure it is not region B as listed. The sound is great and I look forward to enjoying the whole disc.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This Disc Now!!!! July 24 2012
By David B. Bennett - Published on
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This is a great Blu Ray Audio disc that jams. Crazy Horse is one of the best rock & roll bands ever, this disc shows off their talent very well. The Blu Ray Audio format is fantastic, and much better than SACD or DVD-Audio. This is a must buy disc for every fan of Neil Young and/or Rock & Roll music.

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