As usual it’s been too long since I posted anything of substance. I look at some of my favorite sites, and there’s something new posted every day and I have to think that they must not do anything else except blog. Either that or I’m very slow. Probably a bit of both. Even this began as a zip file I just wanted to throw up, and now I’m into more than an hour spent writing practically nothing.
As stated previously the blog began as a series of mix cd’s made in response to the demise of my evil i-Pod. I called them now that’s what I call bullshit as a comment on the popular series of Top 40 compilations called Now That’s What I Call Music. It was a way of processing the ton of music coming my way through friends, downloads, and occasional purchases while I was driving two hours down to South Jersey on surfari.
Many songs posted were originally featured on the cd’s.
I made the first one for Memorial Day weekend in 2006. Here is number 50.
A swell compilation of highlights from the blog so far. It will fill a blank cd nicely, or remain files you can do with what you please.
Neil and me go way back. Harvest was the first non Beatles album I ever bought. He has managed to stay an artist and avoid becoming a self parody and a hack, like Lou Reed.
Here are a handful of odd gems. “Wonderin'” is the only great song by Neil and The Shocking Pinks from Everybody’s Rockin’, although it dates from much earlier. Chrome Dreams is the title of an unreleased Neil Young album. It would have come after Zuma, but instead he recorded and released American Stars And Bars in 1977. Of course it can be found and downloaded without too much trouble. “Homegrown” was remade for Ragged Glory. “Too Far Gone” features Frank Sampedro on mandolin.
The rest of the tunes come from a bootleg called Hard To Find.
“Don’t Spook The Horse” was included on The Mansion On The Hill Ep, “Pushed It Over The End” is live and might be the version left off Decade, and “Last Trip To Tulsa” is also live and might be from 1974. Or 1969.
“War Song” was a 1972 single by Neil and Graham Nash, and written in support of George McGovern’s bid to overthrow Nixon.
It has been out of print until recently. It is now available on Neil’s massive, and expensive new Archives set.