Living and birding in Orkney
Saw Shakey at AECC Aberdeen on 24th June - he was absolutely awesome ! My favourite songwriter and very probably the best gig I have been to (and I've been to a lot over the years !). Goose bumps when he opened with "Hey, Hey, My, My" and "Rockin in the Free World" was simply the best song I have seen played live by ANY band ever.For me, the muted reverance and minimalism of his country tinged "Harvest" will always be my fav Neil Young offering.Shocking that the BEEB gave Lily Allen the same coverage as Young at 'Bury.....
Take it from me Neil Young at Glasto was awesome, especially heartening to see a lot of the young kids knew all the lyrics and gave true respect.Springsteen has always been a long time favourite of mine but I think Neil edged it at Glasto, I think the Boss tried a bit too hard.
After the Goldrush...is a classic and Neil Young a real legend.I was wondering where whitby birding had gone ..all the best in your new home..a first for Britain has your name on it soon.............
On the Beach and Tonight's the Night have long been amongst my favourite albums, if not the favourites, both in my top ten of all time. I still play these songs regularly today, that has to be the real test surely. Anyone listening to them today has to get through the first track on Tonight's without turning it off of course (harrowing stuff). My first copy of On the Beach was a vinyl copy that I was lent by a friend and somehow I never gave it back - sorry David. Neil refused to release these albums on CD until only a few years ago because he wasn't happy with the sound. I had my name down for various illicit copies for some time until he finally relented. I still remember hearing "After the Goldrush" for the first time, at Chris N's house in Kingswood (yes Hugh, that's your dad), and those are still great songs. One regret, never seeing / hearing Neil live, I suspect that might not happen now.
I doubt he'll ever play Kirkwall tbh!
I'm working on a booking for Stromness 2011
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