November 13, 2007

Happy Birthday, Neil! Born 11/12/45


(Special note to Angie, you are right, I forgot! But I heard a belated birthday tribute to him on the radio today so knew I was not toooooooooo late. Thanks, mate, for the head's up from down under!)

I think the cover of my "Decades" album wore so thin I had to tape it up. I loved Neil back in my younger years and still think he's one of the greats.

So, what are some of your favorite Neil Young songs?

12 comments:

Bruce said...

I've always been partial to After the Goldrush.

Angie said...

Not a problem Layla. I almost forgot as well to be honest.

Well, I think I said once before that Neil, Bob Dylan and Patti Smith are my personal 'holy trinity' as far as music goes, but if it really came down to it, I'd have to say Neil is my favourite artist ever. I love him like Layla loves Bruce! He just gets me. His voice, his lyrics, his musicianship and just that he is such an uncompromising artist.

I've only seen him live once, way back in 1989, but it remains the best concert I've ever seen and one of the best nights of my life actually.

Some of my favourite Neil songs are Ambulance Blues, Sugar Mountain, Cinnamon Girl, Don't Let It Bring You Down, Harvest Moon (such a sweet song), Helpless, Like a Hurricane, Only Love Can Break Your Heart, Old Man, Mr Soul, Out On the Weekend, Cortez the Killer, Natural Beauty ...

But my two all time favourite Neil songs are Powderfinger and Pocahontas. Brilliant lyrics and both beautiful, powerful songs in their own way. Pocahontas is just haunting to me. And I love Neil's lyrics in Powderfinger, a great little story, not to mention the guitar playing!

Anyway, I'll shut up now and just say, happy birthday old Shaky.

Barbara (aka Layla) said...

Bruce, me too.

Angie, I love having you as a reader, you're one of the few women who read here and its so cool that you can relate!!!

Malcolm: said...

Here are my favorite Neil Young tunes:

Only Love Can Break Your Heart
This Note's For You
Wondering
Harvest Moon
Rockin' In A Free World

chez béziat said...

Mine is on Ragged Glory and it's called "F*!#in' Up." The louder the better.

Wonder Boy said...

I can't believe I missed this show...

http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/turn_it_up/2007/11/neil-young-cele.html

Favorite songs...

After the Gold Rush
Harvest Moon
Don't Let It Bring You Down
Cinnamon Girl
Sugar Mountain
Helpless
Only Love Can Break Your Heart
etal...too many too mention.

Bond said...

I enjoy Neil

helpless
after the goldrush
Old Man

three of my favs

Perplexio said...

One of my coworkers saw him live here in Chicago this past Tuesday night.

I like some of his material with CSN&Y, for his solo material I prefer his "folksier" material like the Harvest album over some of his more uptempo/more electric material.

Angie said...

Angie, I love having you as a reader, you're one of the few women who read here and its so cool that you can relate!!!
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Thanks Layla. I love being a reader here too. I found your blog by accident one day while looking up bad album cover art. I don't know how that worked, but anyway I'm glad it did! :)

While I'm at it, another Neil song I really like is Piece Of Crap. Neil has such a biting sense of humour!

The Mad Hatter said...

My My, Hey Hey -- for sure

bob_vinyl said...

Tonight's the Night

GOOBER said...

Happy belated Neil..........

my fave of all time is CORTEZ THE KILLER.....

I am just a sucker for long searing guitar solos..........spec from Neil....

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