Friday, 26 September 2014

neil young saves the planet


Just as we were bemoaning some of the old rockers being a bit mean with their previews of new work along comes Neil Young, of all people, and despite his previous miserly previews proves at last he isn't shy of letting us hear some unreleased songs. Albeit 3 different versions of the same one. Yep, that's our Neil, never one to go for the obvious.
Here he gives us 'Who's Gonna Stand Up?' which comes from his new (gulp) orchestral album due in November.
In an interview with Billboard Magazine he explains why he wanted to do it -

    "I'd like to make a record with a full-blown orchestra, live -- a mono recording with one mic. I want to do something like that where we really record what happened, with one point of view and the musicians moved closer and farther away, the way it was done in the past. To me that's a challenge and it's a sound that's unbelievable, and you can't get it any other way."
A press release describes the new song, (NY not having left his 60's routes far behind)
    "is a plea to end our dependence of fossil fuels and realize our responsibility to protect our earth's fragile eco systems to ensure the quality of life for future generation."

He's already been performing this song acoustically and with Crazy Horse on a few shows but to take it on with an orchestra is a completely different risk, not that he ever cares about risk taking, and if it all sounds nuts you can bet Young can't wait to prove us all wrong. You have to say though, this orchestra sounds huge.

The three versions are on Warner Brothers at Soundcloud along with a whole load of other WB stuff so be careful.
Anyway now here's the live version of 'Who's Gonna Stand Up?' with Crazy Horse making this version really take off.
Gawd only knows what the old boy will come up with next.