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Neil Young - Prairie Wind

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    Personnel: Neil Young (vocals, guitars, harmonica); Grant Boatwright (vocals, acoustic guitar); Curtis Wright, Diana DeWitt, Emmylou Harris, Anthony Crawford , Pegi Young, Gary Pigg (vocals); Ben Keith (slide guitar, pedal steel guitar, dobro); Clinton......more
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Artist: Young, Neil
Personnel: Neil Young (vocals, guitars, harmonica); Grant Boatwright (vocals, acoustic guitar); Curtis Wright, Diana DeWitt, Emmylou Harris, Anthony Crawford , Pegi Young, Gary Pigg (vocals); Ben Keith (slide guitar, pedal steel guitar, dobro); Clinton Gregory (fiddle); Connie Ellisor, Jim Grosjean, Mary Kathryn Van Osdale, Kris Wilkinson, Pamela Sixfin, David Davidson , Alan Umstead, David Angell, Gary VanOsdale, Carole Rabinowitz-Neuen (strings); Wayne Jackson, Tom McGinley (horns); Spooner Oldham (piano, Hammond b-3 organ, Wurlitzer organ); Rick Rosas (bass guitar); Karl Himmel, Chad Cromwell (drums, percussion). Neil Young always seems to be making a comeback, but detractors who have diligently panned his releases from the 1990s and 2000s (and sometimes with good reason) will be forced to change their tune with 2005's PRAIRIE WIND. A plaintive, thoughtful, country-rock album that recalls both 1992's HARVEST MOON and 1972's HARVEST, PRAIRIE WIND is Young's strongest, most focused, and most compulsively listenable studio album since 1989's FREEDOM. The most striking characteristic of the album is its mood, which is heavily nostalgic, melancholy, and, lyrically, full of reflections on memory, loss, and mortality. (The passing of Young's father and his own experience with a brain aneurysm seem likely influences for the tone here). In this way, it comes close to the emotional intensity of early '70s classics like TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT, though perhaps without the edge and ragged beauty of that work. Instead, Young cut the album in Nashville with top-shelf personnel (Spooner Oldham is among the usual suspects), giving PRAIRIE WIND a smooth veneer. Still, there is a great warmth and ease to the sound, and Young turns in some of his finest songs in ages: the simple, heart-rending "It's a Dream," for example. Young has established and shattered enough categories in his time that a return to classic form like this is well-earned, and much appreciated.
See Also:
On the Beach, Greatest Hits, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Tonight's the Night, Harvest, After the Gold Rush, Rust Never Sleeps, Decade, Live Rust
See Influences:
Ronnie Self, The Beatles, Jimmy Reed, Duane Eddy, Buck Owens, Davy Graham, The Fleetwoods, Hank Williams, Tom Paxton, Bob Dylan, The Monotones, The Shadows, Chuck Berry, Don Gibson, Ian & Sylvia, The Rolling Stones, Fats Domino, Bill Monroe, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Phil Ochs, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Roy Orbison, Willie Nelson, Roscoe Holcomb
See Contemporaries:
Paul Weller, Emmylou Harris, Eric Clapton, Richard Thompson, Cat Stevens, Ian Hunter, James Taylor (Soft Rock), Grateful Dead, America, J.D. Souther, Tom Waits, John Fogerty, Crazy Horse, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Prelude, Elvis Costello, Jesse Winchester, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Velvet Underground, Mark Knopfler, Los Lobos, Nicolette Larson, Jack Nitzsche, Joe Henry, Midnight Choir, Terry Reid, Gram Parsons, Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, John Lennon, Judee Sill, Poco, Linda Ronstadt, Leonard Cohen, John Hiatt, The Band, Matthew Sweet, Graham Nash, The Byrds, Randy Newman, Jackson Browne, The Long Ryders, Joni Mitchell, Ian Matthews
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Painter, The
  2. 2 No Wonder
  3. 3 Falling Off the Face of the Earth
  4. 4 Far From Home
  5. 5 It's a Dream
  6. 6 Prairie Wind
  7. 7 Here For You
  8. 8 This Old Guitar
  9. 9 He Was King
  10. 10 When God Made Me
Rock & Pop
Country Rock
Warner Bros. Records
Neil Young; Ben Keith
Number of Discs:
Compact Disc
Studio or Live:
Mono or Stereo:
SPARS Coding:
52 : 5
Editorial Reviews:
Uncut (p.98) - 5 stars out of 5 - "Deep, warm, fully rounded and with no slack, PRAIRIE WIND is Neil at his best." Mojo (Publisher) (p.61) - Ranked #31 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2005" - "Young's twilight masterpiece..." Mojo (Publisher) (p.97) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[With] Young often immersed in reflections on his family relationships....Strong and tremulous. The core of Neil Young's neilyoungness..."
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