Everybody Knows This Is Nowhereby Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Neil Young's second solo album, released only four months after his first, was nearly a total rejection of that polished effort. Though a couple of songs, "Round Round (It Won't Be Long)" and "The Losing End (When You're On)," shared that album's country-folk style, they were altogether livelier and more assured. The difference was that, while Neil Young was a solo effort, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere marked the beginning of Young's recording association with Crazy Horse, the trio of Danny Whitten (guitar), Ralph Molina (drums), and Billy Talbot (bass) that Young had drawn from the struggling local Los Angeles group the Rockets. With them, Young quickly cut a set of loose, guitar-heavy rock songs -- "Cinnamon Girl," "Down by the River," and "Cowgirl in the Sand" -- that redefined him as a rock & roll artist. The songs were deliberately underwritten and sketchy as compositions, their lyrics more suggestive than complete, but that made them useful as frames on which to hang the extended improvisations ("River" and "Cowgirl" were each in the nine-to-ten-minute range) Young played with Crazy Horse and to reflect the ominous tone of his singing. Young lowered his voice from the near-falsetto employed on his debut to a more expressive range, and he sang with greater confidence, accompanied by Whitten and, on "Round Round," by Robin Lane. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere was breathtakingly different when it appeared in May 1969, both for Young and for rock in general, and it reversed his commercial fortunes, becoming a moderate hit. (Young's joining Crosby, Stills & Nash the month after its release didn't hurt his profile, of course.) A year and a half after its release, it became a gold album, and it has since gone platinum. And it set a musical pattern Young and his many musical descendants have followed ever since; almost 30 years later, he was still playing this sort of music with Crazy Horse, and a lot of contemporary bands were playing music clearly influenced by it.
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- Reprise / Wea
Performance CreditsNeil Young & Crazy Horse Primary Artist,Track Performer
Crazy Horse Track Performer
Neil Young Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Robin Lane Track Performer
Ralph Molina Drums,Vocals
Bobby Notkoff Violin,Track Performer
Billy Talbot Bass
Danny Whitten Guitar,Vocals
Robin Lane & The Chartbusters Guitar,Vocals
Technical CreditsNeil Young Producer
David Briggs Producer,Engineer
Ed Thrasher Art Direction
Frank Bez Cover Photo
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Those living knew WHERE they were and WHAT they were doing the moment they heard the news that JFK had been killed. On a lighter note, so it is with the song: 'CINNAMON GIRL.' The LP was released [way back] in 1969... Other dandies embedded in vinyl are: 'DOWN BY THE RIVER', and the last [long BUT]exceptional cut on this record is: 'COWGIRL IN THE SAND.' All in all, this is, [in all likelihood], the best record to emerge in 1969, and probably the finest LP to emerge from 1965-1970. NO credible collection of music has this missing. That's all there is to say. Period.
This remastered CD fixes the problems a previous reviewer brought up. This version sounds very good. The album itself is filled with classic songs and is one every Neil fan needs to own.
This CD is simply some of the best material that Neil Young has ever done! Do yourself a favor and buy it and get ready for some extraordinary songs and guitar playing.
Until CD tech improves dramatically, Youngians should stick with their LPs. Seriously, the sound quality on this one really blows the bishop. Young and Crazy Horse sound like they're playing on toy instruments. Great songs, though.
I love this CD of Neil Young's and i am a fan from way back. His songs ''Cinnamon Girl'' and ''Down By The River'' are my favorite. His music just makes me feel good and brings back the memories, since my parents were the ones that intoduced him to me. They had Young playing all the time.