Found in my Bluesmobile
Experimental years (1980–1988)
At the start of the decade, distracted by domestic medical concerns relating to his second disabled son, Ben, Young had little time to spend on writing and recording. After providing the incidental music to a 1980 biopic of Hunter S. Thompson entitled Where the Buffalo Roam, Young released Hawks & Doves, a short record pieced together from sessions going back to 1974. 1981's Re-ac-tor, an electric album recorded with Crazy Horse, also included material from the 1970s. Young did not tour in support of either album; in total, he played only one show, a set at the 1980 Bread and Roses Festival in Berkeley, between the end of his 1978 tour with Crazy Horse and the start of his tour with the Trans Band in mid-1982.
|Neil Young - Tonight's the Night - 1975|
Young's next album, 1983's Everybody's Rockin', included several rockabilly covers and clocked in at less than twenty-five minutes in length. Young was backed by the Shocking Pinks for the supporting U.S. tour. Trans had already drawn the ire of label head David Geffen for its lack of commercial appeal, and with Everybody's Rockin' following only seven months later, Geffen Records sued Young for making music "unrepresentative" of himself. The album was also notable as the first for which Young made commercial music videos – Tim Pope directed the videos for "Wonderin'" and "Cry, Cry, Cry". Also premiered in 1983, though little seen, was the eclectic full-length comedy film Human Highway, co-directed and co-written by Young, and starring Young, Dean Stockwell, Russ Tamblyn, Dennis Hopper and members of Devo.
|Neil Young - Comes a Time - 1978|
Young's last two albums for Geffen were more conventional in genre, although they incorporated production techniques like synthesizers and echoing drums that were previously uncommon in Young's music. Young recorded 1986's Landing on Water without Crazy Horse, but reunited with the band for the subsequent year-long tour and final Geffen album, Life, which emerged in 1987. Young's album sales dwindled steadily throughout the eighties; today Life remains his all-time-least successful studio album, with an estimated four hundred thousand sales worldwide.
Switching back to his old label Reprise Records, Young continued to tour relentlessly, assembling a new blues band called The Bluenotes in mid-1987 (a legal dispute with musician Harold Melvin forced the eventual rechristening of the band as Ten Men Working midway through the tour). The addition of a brass section provided a new jazzier sound, and the title track of 1988's This Note's For You became Young's first hit single of the decade. Accompanied by a video that parodied corporate rock, the pretensions of advertising, and Michael Jackson, the song was initially unofficially banned by MTV for mentioning the brand names of some of their sponsors. Young wrote an open letter, "What does the M in MTV stand for: music or money?" Despite this, the video was eventually named best video of the year by the network in 1989.
|Neil Young - On The Beach 1974|
Young reunited with Crosby, Stills and Nash to record the 1988 album American Dream and play two benefit concerts late in the year, but the group did not embark upon a full tour. The album was only the second-ever studio record for the quartet.
Young's 1989 single "Rockin' in the Free World", which hit No. 2 on the U.S. mainstream-rock charts, and accompanying album, Freedom, rocketed him back into the popular consciousness after a decade of sometimes-difficult genre experiments. The album's lyrics were often overtly political; "Rockin' in the Free World" deals with homelessness, terrorism, and environmental degradation, implicitly criticizing the government policies of President George H.W. Bush.
The use of heavy feedback and distortion on several Freedom tracks was reminiscent of the Rust Never Sleeps album, and foreshadowed the imminent rise of grunge. The rising stars of the genre, including Nirvana's Kurt Cobain and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, frequently cited Young as a major influence, contributing to his popular revival. A tribute album called The Bridge: A Tribute to Neil Young was released in 1989, featuring covers by alternative and grunge acts including Sonic Youth, Nick Cave, Soul Asylum, Dinosaur Jr, and the Pixies. [Wikipedia]
Crazy Horse, 1986:
♦ Neil Young - vocals, guitar, keyboards, banjo, harmonica
♦ Frank Sampedro - guitar, keyboards, vocals
♦ Billy Talbot - bass, vocals
♦ Ralph Molina - drums, vocals
Acoustic European tour, 1989:
♦ Neil Young - vocals, guitar, banjo, keyboards, harmonica
♦ Frank Sampedro - guitar. mandolin, vocals
♦ Ben Keith - dobro, keyboards, vocals
Neil Young & Crazy Horse "OLD GRINGO"!
Pre-FM WWO Broadcast 1986+1989
Disc 1 (1986 U.S. tour with Crazy Horse, Broadcast in 1987)
01. Mr. Soul
02. Cinnamon Girl
03. When You Dance I Can Really Love
04. Down by the River
05. Drive Back
06. Born to Rock
07. Heart of Gold
08. Sugar Mountain
09. The Needle and the Damage Done
10. After the Gold Rush
11. Sample and Hold
12. Computer Age
13. Violent Side
14. Like a Hurricane
15. My My, Hey Hey
Disc 2 - (1989 European solo tour, broadcast in 1990
01. Hey Hey, My My
02. Keep on Rockin' in the Free World
03. The Old Laughing Lady
04. Razor Love
05. Don't Let It Bring You Down
07. Crime in the City
08. El Dorado
09. Too Far Gone
10. Comes a Time
11. The Needle and the Damage Done
12. No More
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|Neil Young And Crazy Horse - US Single 1979|
|Neil Young - Rust Never Sleeps - 1979|