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(Rolling Stone)   Today's ridiculous top ten list: the best Neil Young albums of all time   (rollingstone.com ) divider line
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2012-08-12 12:46:31 PM  

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I know everyone will say 'Harvest' is his best, but to me, 'Rust Never Sleeps' is my personal favorite.

 
2012-08-12 12:49:09 PM  
Dead dog lying in a ditch
Cigarette smoker has an itch
Secret whores with ancient vices
Lucky's has the lowest prices

I'm getting higher
I'm getting higher

In the world.
 
2012-08-12 12:54:32 PM  
Old man take a look at my life
I'm a lot like you
 
2012-08-12 01:05:40 PM  
This is a troll link.

Don't let it bring you down, it's only Farkers posting.
 
2012-08-12 01:12:37 PM  

basemetal: I know everyone will say 'Harvest' is his best, but to me, 'Rust Never Sleeps' is my personal favorite.


Plus, it's got jawas for roadies.

But ''Harvest Moon" is good. Damn near "Blood on the Tracks" good.
 
2012-08-12 01:45:39 PM  
Saw that old hobo play Outside Lands the other night. Farker can still bring it, and clearly doesn't give a damn what anybody thinks or wants of him.

/respect

//Beck's quick version of After the Gold Rush was also pretty farking sweet
 
2012-08-12 02:12:50 PM  

basemetal: [assets.rollingstone.com image 500x500]

I know everyone will say 'Harvest' is his best, but to me, 'Rust Never Sleeps' is my personal favorite.


Completely agree.
 
2012-08-12 03:24:12 PM  
I haven't ever listened to all of his works, but having listened to dad's 8-tracks of Harvest & After The Gold Rush totally bias me on this one.

\and this isn't trolling by Rolling Stone standards
\\a top ten list of Rush albums compiled by RS, now THAT would be trolling
 
2012-08-12 04:07:49 PM  
Trans. There, I said it.
 
2012-08-12 04:10:16 PM  
Good list but no love for Freedom?
 
2012-08-12 04:12:50 PM  

downstairs: Trans. There, I said it.

Trans is not only his worst album, it would be in my top ten worst of all time.
/Not sure if this person is being sarcastic.
 
2012-08-12 04:25:52 PM  
Was going to mention Trans but somebody else did.
Though disparaged, I think it's cool that Neil is not a one-trick buffalo.

/it takes a worried man
 
2012-08-12 04:28:31 PM  

mikemoto: downstairs: Trans. There, I said it.
Trans is not only his worst album, it would be in my top ten worst of all time.
/Not sure if this person is being sarcastic.


I'm weird I guess, I love it.

No, its not his best though.
 
2012-08-12 04:28:59 PM  
Why not just "The best Neil Young albums"? Isn't "of all time" implied?

/or McBain.jpg?
 
2012-08-12 04:38:19 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

Totally robbed.
 
2012-08-12 04:45:01 PM  

AliceBToklasLives: Why not just "The best Neil Young albums"? Isn't "of all time" implied?

/or McBain.jpg?


'Of All time' trifecta in play
 
2012-08-12 04:46:24 PM  
Time Fades Away--whar is CD, whar
 
2012-08-12 04:47:27 PM  
fark all you Trans haters.
 
2012-08-12 04:49:33 PM  
Couldn't we make a list of a decent performer?

Or celebrate his much more interesting work for special needs children?
 
2012-08-12 04:51:46 PM  
None of them?
 
2012-08-12 04:55:46 PM  

AliceBToklasLives: Why not just "The best Neil Young albums"? Isn't "of all time" implied?

/or McBain.jpg?


i105.photobucket.com

Yo Wayne's World Top Ten List, Imma let you finish, but the top ten list
of the best Neil Young albums is one of the best top ten lists of all time...

...Of All Time!
 
2012-08-12 04:56:50 PM  
I cannot wait for Oct 17th at the Hollywood Bowl. Powderfinger!
 
2012-08-12 04:57:02 PM  
I'm just here to say that "Weld" is one of the best live albums I've ever heard, period.
 
2012-08-12 05:01:28 PM  
I think "On the Beach' is my go-to for best Neil Young album,
but it's odd..
3/4's of the individual songs are strong "Walk On", "See the Sky about to Rain", "revolution blues", and my two favourites from the album, "ambulance blues" and "on the beach". i don't really care much about the rest of the tracks. the album seems a better "whole" than a "sum of its parts".


/i'm surprised the list didn't have "live rust"
 
2012-08-12 05:13:58 PM  
It's "Rust Never Sleeps", though honestly I probably listen to "Trans" or "Everybody's Rockin'" the most.
 
2012-08-12 05:29:25 PM  
i43.tower.com

My fav
 
2012-08-12 05:30:26 PM  
Goddamn "Rust Never Sleeps" kicks my ass every time.
 
2012-08-12 05:44:42 PM  
Frank Black (Black Francis, Charles Thompson) is Neil Young for a new generation.

/I've been saying this for years and it keeps getting more true.
 
2012-08-12 06:00:46 PM  
What, no love for the Shocking Pinks?
 
2012-08-12 06:19:44 PM  

Roto-Rot: fark all you Trans haters.


You probably like Reed's "Metal Machine Music', too.
 
2012-08-12 06:25:23 PM  
Ragged Glory
Sleeps with Angels
Trans
Rust Never Sleeps
Live Rust
Freedom
Decade (I don't care, it's my list)
Archives I
After the Gold Rush
Harvest

(now I'll check tfa)
 
2012-08-12 06:31:06 PM  

Montag19: [i43.tower.com image 200x196]

My fav


"Ordinary People" is still amazing, though it took him 25 years to release.
 
2012-08-12 06:31:33 PM  
This list is offensive. Harvest shouldn't be in the top ten at all. Of course, "best" usually means "popular" when it comes to these lists, so I shouldn't complain.

My top ten in no order:

Time Fades Away
Greendale
Trans
Rust Never Sleeps
Ragged Glory
On the Beach
Le Noise
Prairie Wind
Freedom
After the Gold Rush
 
2012-08-12 06:40:46 PM  

Snapper Carr: Good list but no love for Freedom?


In hindsight, that album feels like a warm-up for Ragged Glory, which I think is overall a stronger album and doesn't have the '80s production sheen that plagues much of Freedom. And with such a long career, you inevitably have to choose one or the other, and I think the edge goes to Ragged Glory.
 
2012-08-12 06:46:36 PM  
Best quote ever about a #1 Album:

"'Heart of Gold' put me in the middle of the road," he wrote. "Traveling there soon became a bore so I headed for the ditch."


He could have made 10 more Harvest's and been the biggest artist of the 1970's, but said fark that shiat.

This was my go to until Archives came out:

cdn100.iofferphoto.com

I kinda miss looking for bootlegs since torrents hit the scene.

Mideast vacation
Sedan delivery
Ordinary People at 11+ minutes
 
2012-08-12 06:54:35 PM  
tonight's the night and on the beach should have been higher.

also, trans

seriously.

kinda

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-08-12 07:02:35 PM  

mikemoto: downstairs: Trans. There, I said it.
Trans is not only his worst album, it would be in my top ten worst of all time.
/Not sure if this person is being sarcastic.


I also liked Trans. Not his best but still pretty cool while on shrooms.
 
2012-08-12 07:26:32 PM  
I saw Neil in concert. I was so close I could see the peace sign on his belt buckle.

My favorites in no particular order:

Everybody Knows This is Nowhere
Rust Never Sleeps
Harvest
 
2012-08-12 07:30:33 PM  
Everbody knows this is nowhere
Harvest
After the gold rush
Comes a time
Rust never sleeps
Mirrorball

In no particular order. He is great.
 
2012-08-12 07:42:41 PM  
Does it have the album with the song that says something like "you're only pissing in the wind"?

That's the song every Neil Young freak always quotes to me whenever the subject comes up. I swear those people hang on every word the guys says.

Sheesh....
 
2012-08-12 08:36:26 PM  

zappaisfrank





Does it have the album with the song that says something like "you're only pissing in the wind"?

That's the song every Neil Young freak always quotes to me whenever the subject comes up. I swear those people hang on every word the guys says.

Sheesh....


That's from "Ambulance Blues" off of "on the beach", which was on the list.. so yes.

ful line is: "and ain't it just like a friend, to tell you you're only pissing in the wind"
 
Skr
2012-08-12 08:52:00 PM  
Honestly my favorites change depending on the mood I'm in. He has enough of a variety to lure me in whether I'm feeling shiatty, happy, apathetic, and everything in between.
 
2012-08-12 09:36:17 PM  
i like that one that has a few fast whiney songs with long guitar solos and has a few slow whiney songs as well
 
2012-08-12 09:40:14 PM  
As much as we all appreciate his silken singing voice, few of us are acquainted with Neil Young the Orator.
During one of his tours, him and his crew had stopped for lunch at a lovely little town in the countryside. It was an extremely hot summer that year and everyone was feeling the heat and wishing for relief. At the town cafe, Neil inquired about the availability of swimming facilities so that him and his crew might refresh themselves and cool down but was told that although the town had a beautiful clean lake, it was forbidden to swim in it since no one in the town could swim, the townspeople felt that the great depth of the lake would make drowned corpse recovery and the necessary subsequent family closure near impossible, and they did not posess the watercraft and equipment to operate at such depths.
Neil, as you may know is an advocate and supporter of swimming and drowning prevention programs, so he decided he'd try to help these people, feeling their lake-fearing plight to be near ridiculous, especially when the noonday heat is factored in.
So Neil did a sort of half-turn, with his arms partially outstretched, stopped, and then started. "Now, I'm just a passer-by who has no real business telling you fine people how to go about your lives but please let me have a little of your time today to talk about swimming and lifesaving programs."
The crowd allowed him to continue, even though his opening sentence provoked more than one startled gasp and "oh!" from the crowd. I think it was the twinkle in his eye that let them know that they were in for something not-of-the-ordinary.
So Neil gave his speech. It wasn't long but that man is nothing if not eloquent. His words reached over all and enveloped everyone in a Youngian word-blanket of the finest spun eloquence. Not simply reached, but you could see the effects of his words on peoples' faces as he spoke them; they seemed to pass through the crowd like waves, or ripples on a pond.
The townspeople were convinced, but unsure as to what to do next. Neil quickly passed out pencils and paper and told everyone to write down their feelings: fears, misgivings, doubts, etc. about the lake. Side note: Although never having completed his degree, Neil has studied psychology and group therapy extensively. It really helps with the roadies.
Neil then brought everyone to the lake and the townspeople, one bye one, walked to the edge of the lake and read aloud what they had written down on paper earlier and then cast the paper into the lake, as per Neil's instructions.
This ritual complete, Neil gave the group a quick course on water safety as those of us who could swim used some ropes and sticks to cordon off a small swimming area that we could easily lifegaurd while Neil took the town for a swim.
Well, you can imagine the glee and relief the townspeople felt, having been freed of their bonds of doubt. As can be expected, some took to the water more than others but generally speaking, a great day at the lake was had by all.
 
2012-08-12 10:03:25 PM  

Third_Uncle_Eno: /i'm surprised the list didn't have "live rust"


Live Rust is farking Great. So is Weld (and Arc, if you're into that sort of thing).
 
2012-08-12 10:13:41 PM  
I need someone to live with me
To keep my bed warm
And keep my shorts clean
I need a maid to give for free
And sew patches on my jeans

I dreamed I saw my cowgirl housewife
I was drivin' in my pickup through L.A.
I wanna love you while I can, babe
Before I become an old man

Southern California brings me down
Southern California brings me down
Southern California brings me down

Ooh, I need some place to go
Oh, north Ontario
It's safer than Alabama
It's safer than Ohio, ohh...

Gonna go home now
Where I can grow old
With the cowgirl of my dreams
I'm gonna stay stay stoned now
Just stare out my basement window and scream
Ahhhh.....

Southern California brings me down
Southern California brings me down
Southern California brings me down

Oooh, ooh, gotta get away now
Southern California brings me down
Ooh, ooh, babe
Ooh, gotta get away...

/wait, what?
 
2012-08-12 10:27:12 PM  
Who cares? Southern man don't need him around, anyhow.
 
2012-08-12 10:47:14 PM  
Saw him speak with Jonathan Demme a few months ago. Funny, brilliant dude. Looking forward to his New York dates.
 
2012-08-12 11:33:33 PM  
I won't make a list of best albums, but for best Neil Young song... Whiskey Boot Hill/Country Girl.
 
2012-08-12 11:38:50 PM  
3.bp.blogspot.com
Favorite Neil Young album. Definitely his best album cover.
 
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