Red Rain is my second favourite track from So after Sledgehammer although I do understand the point about the repettion. It's meant to be hypnotic.
COT - love Venus & Mars!!!
Oh well. Keep waiting I guess.
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Try Moving Pictures which includes Tom Sawyer.
Neil sadly has two sons with cerebral palsy. What are the odds?
I was a massive fan of his when I was at university, which always seems to be the age when people discover overwrought singer songwriters. He did one of the best shows I have ever seen back in 1985, but the more left field & inconsistent he got, the less I liked his work. The last album I bought was Living With War. I find there are only so many ten minute guitar jams I can take.
My favourite Neil Young songs are:
My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue)
Heart Of Gold
Cortez The Killer
Like A Hurricane
After The Gold Rush
Rockin' In The Free World
Three of those are from Rust Never Sleeps which I think is his best album.
I'm HOPING it's Asia/Australia.It's our spring. I would have thought he'd do America & Europe in their summer. Fingers crossed!
I suppose I have been influenced by my husband's tastes. When we first met I didn't have any time for Rush but I've heard enough of them now to enjoy them. The same goes for Aerosmith, another favourite band of his. But I couldn't really say there was any act I 'despised' & came to love, although I never liked the Bee Gees until I heard Stayin' Alive.
And it's FINALLY starting to cool down here.
The Beatles, reacquainting myself with Live At The BBC & the Anthologies
Harry Styles (His album is really good, seriously)
These days it's really the other way around; he includes a few solo numbers amongst all the Genesis classics.
I'm a huge fan of the Genesis material but wish Steve would revert to solo-only shows after quite a few years of the 'Revisited' gigs.
I can understand how people who have seen Steve a few times would like him to do only solo stuff. However, when I saw him for the first time last year, if he hadn't done any Genesis songs it would have been dreadful. Who else will I ever see do Genesis songs? (It won't be The Musical Box because we had front row seats & they cancelled their tour).
How do you guys find the time to listen to so much music? I play albums in the car (right now, the Beatles' Anthology 1). The rest of the time I play my iPod. One of the songs I heard yesterday was Long, Long Way To Go, one of my favourite NJR songs. Does that count?!
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Count me in as a big fan of that song too. If you're upset/angry about something, "I Don't Care Anymore" and "Do You Know, Do You Care" are GREAT therapy.
I also prefer "Hello I Must Be Going" to "Face Value", but only by a whisker - they're pretty much co-favorites. I even like the off-the-wall songs like "Thru These Walls" and one of the most unusual-sounding pop songs ever, "Like China". How did Daryl come up with that dissonant guitar riff and bizarre solo - I love both!
I have been talking about the therapy value of those two songs for years, and that's why I prefer them to most of the later ballads. Same for Thru These Walls. Like China is just funny. I love Phil when he sings in an English accent.
Shock The Monkey being PG`s Whodunnit?
I could not disagree more.
I am surprised to see, that quite a few people like Scratch, which I find completely unacessable even though I saw PG during that tour (on television, WDR Rockpalast Night that was...)
Why do you find it inaccessible? It contains Games Without Frontiers & Biko! Phil's on it! There is not a bad track. Shock The Monkey on the other hand I don't like much either.
Last one of the day
Van Morrison - No Guru, No Method, No Teacher
Fantastic album. I am particularly fond of Thanks For The information where he reels off a string of clichés & makes them sound interesting.
Regarding Neil Diamond people might want to try the three albums he did with RIck Rubin where all the ornate arrangements have been stripped back & it's just a man & his guitar: 12 Songs, Home Before Dark & Melody Road.
What I objected to was your claim that I was deliberately leaving out certain songs, presumably in order to make for a more convincing point.
Bleak is not a word I'd use to describe any of the songs on his first two albums, to be honest. I actually think that Thru These Walls (a song which I've been very fortunate to discuss with Phil) takes a pretty dodgy subject (something more usually associated with Peter Gabriel, who seems strangely drawn to the more off-centre subject matter) and actually manages to make the listener feel some sympathy for the character, locked in his cage, unable to engage with the world as others do and have meaningful relationships. Fair enough, Phil used to lighten the mood before the song with an amusing monologue about perverted behaviour but that was always his knack, to crack a joke before singing something heavy, because he knew it would relax the audience sufficiently to fully absorb the song's meaning.
I love the first two albums to bits but I simply think that there's a maturity to the writing and the compositions on Both Sides that deserves to be acknowledged. And, while certain lyrics on the first two albums were couched in up-tempo, r'n'b style arrangements, Both Sides doesn't make the same plea for accessibility.
I'm not trying to change your mind on this. I'm just clarifying my comments about the album because you called them into question.
I did say 'in my view'. I completely agree with your comments about Thru These Walls. Regarding Both Sides, I know that I should like it more than I do because I know how personal it is. I do agree that it doesn't try to be accessible. I just can't make myself prefer it to the first few albums. I wasn't aware you knew Phil. Respect!
Hahah, yes I "deliberately omitted" those songs because you're right and I'm wrong
I am not saying I'm right & you're wrong. However those particular songs support my argument that HIMBG does have some 'bleak' moments if you wish to put it that way. I have no wish to argue with you.