On the Beach – Neil Young

Well, we live in a trailer, at the edge of town. You never see us ’cause we don’t come around.
2003 was many things for many people, SARS, Iraq War, The Human Genome Project completed, the year of Johnny Cash’s death and the almost legendary On the Beach finally available on CD. Very few artists would have the confidence in leaving albums effectively unavailable in the age of itunes (Kraftwerk do this too, but they are attempting to write their early albums out of their postmodern brand).
It was like being a teenager all over again waiting for this to be released on CD, then ironically I have just realised that this is only the 3rd or 4th time I have listened to it. Walk On is a great opening track, I think he played it quite a bit live in 2000/2001, I think it would still slot nicely into his set today.
My favourite track on this album though by a mile is Revolution Blues, dark, complex and bloody, great stuff.
Hidden gem; Ambulance Blues (sounding suspiciously like Uncle Lou)

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One thought on “On the Beach – Neil Young

  1. Check out Magnolia Electric Co. (Jason Molina) if you haven’t: the album of the same name, under the moniker Songs: Ohia.

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