Friday, November 10, 2006
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST song of the day
Of course singer songwriter Neil Young is one of the great icons of American rock. Wait a minute. He's not American. He was born in Toronto, the son of sportswriter Scott Young. Neil moved to Los Angeles in the mid-60s and became famous through Buffalo Springfield, Crosby Stills Nash & Young and his own solo albums. His early solo albums with the group Crazy Horse are outstanding. Southern Man is from the 1970 album After The Gold Rush. It's a protest song about racism and Young's guitar and Nils Lofgren's piano make it a cut above the usual. Considering that Young has been with Reprise Records for his entire career, it's strange that there is no box set available covering all his music. The 2CD Decade was originally released in 1977 and is perfect if you're interested in his music from 1966-1976. A Greatest Hits comp was released in 2004. One CD is not adequate for an artist of Young's stature. Neil Young has recovered from a 2005 brain aneurysm and continues to write & record. He released the protest CD/DVD Living With War in May 2006. Though not always successful, Neil Young deserves credit for continuing to take risks with his music.