O.k., just why is Neil Young so mindbogglingly great?

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  1. hogy

    hogy Member

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    What is it about this? It haunts me.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pnc4-yqB520

    Listen to all the covers, some by musicians that are fantastic in their own right. None capture the essence of what Neil's got going on. It's from another planet altogether.
     
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  2. The Captain

    The Captain Supporting Member

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    wife is using the bandwidth at the mo, but on the subject of neil young covers, can you imagine how good mike mc cready would sound on his burst through a komet ?
     
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    That was a killer version. Really moved me.
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    of course, it might be that they sing in tune. i've a friend who is clever mimic, and he does neil off-key and it's mighty funny.
     
  5. hogy

    hogy Member

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    It's utterly transcendental. "In tune" does not apply here. He owns it.
     
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    i can't hear it yet. i'm sure it's great. i'm just a joker remember !!
     
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    I can't say I really like that song as much as his others, but that is some awesome guitar playing.
     
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    realityczech Senior Member

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    That is fantastic!
    Thanks for the link Hogy.
    Neil has a big heart and has a understanding of the space between notes as a player and the space between words as a songwriter.
     
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    james russell Silver Supporting Member

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    Is he playing through a tweed Deluxe? That is just great tone.


    James
     
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    I agree.
     
  11. loudboy

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    <<O.k., just why is Neil Young so mindbogglingly great?>>

    Somethings just is, man.

    Don't question it, just dig it.

    Neil is king, and "Cortez" is as good as he gets.
     
  12. shane88

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    yep ..... he just is
     
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    quote from youtube:
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    "Didn't anybody realize this was a mistake when someone first mentioned the idea? This should have never happened.

    If nothing else, Cortez has proven to be the litmus test of revealing the musical and non-musical spirit"

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    I agree with Hogy. It's about becoming one with music. Precious few have been able to do so in a way that trancends everything we've tried to organize as a system to synthesize music with. Music when in its pure organic form stands alone and independent outside any math or theory. That's where the true power of music lies and why Neil has been able to stay at the forefront of the art form for nearly 5 decades while the other come and go.
     
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    Neil paints with minimalist, jagged, angular sonic strokes - a musical cubist.

    He's a different sort of bard. I can understand how people will either love or hate what he does.

    I think he's brilliant - thanks for posting that, hogy.
     
  15. GDking

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    That song always reminded me of Maggot Brain.

    I love Neil, but Eddie Hazel does it better.
     
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    That's the video from the "arc/weld" live album.
    Probably the best live album I've ever heard.

    BTW: that Satch/Potter cover version is a miserable failure.
    That being said, I've never heard any decent cover version of Cortez, and I've heard a few.
     
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    It's supposed to!!!!

    Certainly one of the most spiritual musicians ever.

    That's what's you're feeling.
     
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    mcuguitar Gold Supporting Member

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    My opinon is that his songwriting is his strongest suit, followed by his singing, then lastly his musicianship. Neil might agree with that. The human voice captures people's attention in a way that instrumentalists don't often achieve, and Neil Young's voice is instantly recognizable and poignant. His songs do come from the heart, and it shows. "Sugar Mountain" is still a favorite of mine, just because it's pretty.
     
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    A very individual song, and covering that well would be very difficult. I liked the guitar, very melancholy.
     
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    Neil is "mindbogglingly great" compared to the majority of music we hear because he is a true artist, unswayed by "the business" and public opinion of what music should sound like. His voice is so unconventional, it still turns many off that "don't get it". He sure as hell didn't go to Berklee or spend a lot of hours practicing scales. But his simple approach to both his voice and guitar cut through the polished BS of most others and let his soul come through. Neil has always done whatever the hell he's wanted to do. He's an inspiration for us unschooled players who plug into a cranked up amp, let it rip and have moments where they can let the music take over and feel the magic.
     

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