Rust Never Sleeps Live
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Never one to follow protocol, Neil's 1979 album featured new songs recorded live during his '78 tour with Crazy Horse. The now legendary record (with a title inspired by Devo and a sound invigorated by the punk movement), was originally split into separate acoustic and electric sides, and possibly best exemplifies two very different sides of Young. Includes Thrasher; Powderfinger; Hey Hey, My My (into the Black) , and more.
Neil Young has recorded many live albums, but none capture his two dominant musical personalities with as much power as 1979's Rust Never Sleeps. The acoustic side opens with "My, My, Hey, Hey (Out of the Blue)", a devastating anthem about the state of rock & roll. Comparing the Sex Pistols' Johnny Rotten to the late Elvis Presley, Young delivers perhaps his most famous line: "It's better to burn out than to fade away." Side two demonstrates the emotional power of Young's hard-rocking quartet, Crazy Horse, with the scathing political songs "Powderfinger", "Welfare Mothers", and the loud reprise of "My, My, Hey, Hey". --Steve Knopper
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The first set, like the first side of this LP, was the acoustic Neil everyone knew. But when amps began to hum and the lights came up for the second set, you knew you were about to experience something different.
Crazy Horse, the most under-rated live act in Rock history, roared--and I do mean ROARED--through the set. Young's guitar was blazing, just shooting off those odd licks of his like little bolts of lightning.
That concert is perfectly reflected on RUST NEVER SLEEPS. These are some of Young's best songs, especially "Pocahontas" and "Powderfinger." And Crazy Horse is the thunder to Young's lightning.
I've never cared as much about the supposed social commentary so many critics see in this album as I do about his argument and his plea for artistic freedom. Young was something of a moving target in the 1960s and early 1970s, doing acoustic and electric folk, folk-rock, and some protest music. What I hear him saying on RUST NEVER SLEEPS is that an artist has to force his own growth, experiment and take chances, or he'll end up producing nothing or, worse yet, producing pablum (are you listening, Graham Nash?). Since RUST NEVER SLEEPS, Young has made techno, rockabilly, country, heavy metal, and avante garde records. Some have been great, some have been failed experiments. But Young has been the most courageous and sincere artists of the era, and deserves the credit grunge rockers have given him. He has remained true.
By the way--can we not call him a great American rock star? He's Canadian.
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Rust Never Sleeps was the first Neil Young album that I learned how to play songs from. My My, Hey Hey was the first one that I learned. Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2013 by Gary Bowers
It's a raw sound, but full of emotion. Young sings from the heart...he is not one of those high-image guys. Read morePublished on May 26 2004 by J. McAndrew
do not listen to anything this person says. he really thinks Def Leppard coined the phrase, "it is better to burn up, than to fade away. Read morePublished on March 4 2004 by freshthink
Simply put, Rust Never Sleeps is an outstanding album. But most of the other reviews convey that message quite well. Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2004
I can tolerate stoner Neil Young sometimes drifting off at the microphone, as he does on many of the sleepy songs on this half-baked record. Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2004 by Da Peace Dogg
When most rock music was mired in bands with no faces, with no known musician's names, and extremely little talent, like Kansas, Styx, Journey, Neil Young heard the wake-up call... Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2004 by Rocco Dormarunno
This is Young at his best - if you like Neil Young, you'll love this album. 'Nuff said.
A note about "Powderfinger" - The story of "Powderfinger" is set... Read more
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