Old Ways

Old Ways

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by Neil Young
     
 

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Upon its original release in 1984, following Young's much-misunderstood excursions into electro-sci fi and rockabilly, the countrified Old Ways was welcomed by fans as a return to more comfortably familiar territory. Indeed, this bucolic, largely acoustic album recalls the pastoral folk rock of Harvest and Comes a Time -- two of the artist's mostSee more details below

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Upon its original release in 1984, following Young's much-misunderstood excursions into electro-sci fi and rockabilly, the countrified Old Ways was welcomed by fans as a return to more comfortably familiar territory. Indeed, this bucolic, largely acoustic album recalls the pastoral folk rock of Harvest and Comes a Time -- two of the artist's most commercially successful releases -- but with a more overtly trad-country leaning and a gentler, more bucolic tone that infuses tunes like "Are There Any More Real Cowboys?" (a duet with Willie Nelson), "Once an Angel," "Where Is the Highway Tonight?," and the autobiographical anthem "Get Back to the Country." Elsewhere, the more characteristically idiosyncratic"Misfits" demonstrates that Young hadn't gone completely soft and sentimental. Waylon Jennings contributes harmony vocals on six songs, and the album's players include such notables as a young Béla Fleck on banjo, along with such legendary session men as Spooner Oldham, Joe Osborne, and Hargus "Pig" Robbins.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In 1984, Geffen Records sued Neil Young on the grounds that he had submitted uncharacteristic, uncommercial records to the label. By the time a settlement had been reached, Young had been on the road with a country band called the International Harvesters for over a year and recorded a revamped version of Old Ways, a 1982 recording originally rejected by Geffen that was cut in the style of Harvest and Comes a Time, but with a stronger country leaning. Young depends heavily on friends, especially for vocals -- Waylon Jennings sings harmony on six out of the ten tracks, and one of the others is a duet with Willie Nelson. Though populated by cowboys and country references, Young's take on the genre is typically idiosyncratic, including a reworked version of his autobiography in "Get Back to the Country," a cover of the 1956 Gogi Grant hit "The Wayward Wind," and the uncategorizable "Misfits," which portrays astronauts watching Muhammad Ali fights on television in space. Old Ways is not a great Neil Young album and at the time of its release served to alienate him even further from his audience, but it has its moments.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/01/2000
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0606949070526
catalogNumber:
490705
Rank:
3083

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Neil Young   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Marty Stuart   Mandolin
Rufus Thibodeaux   Fiddle
Gail Davies   Vocals,Background Vocals
Waylon Jennings   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Willie Nelson   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Dana Cooper   Vocals
Gordon Terry   Fiddle,Violin
Ben Keith   Dobro,Guitar,Steel Guitar,Vocals
Joseph Allen   Bass
Kristine Arnold   Vocals
George Binkley   Strings
Grant Boatwright   Acoustic Guitar
John Borg   Strings
Larry Byrom   Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Roy Christensen   Strings
Virginia Christensen   Strings
Johnny Christopher   Acoustic Guitar
Doana Cooper   Background Vocals
Anthony Crawford   Mandolin,Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Denise Draper   Vocals
Tim Drummond   Bass,Drums
Ray Edenton   Acoustic Guitar
Charles Everett   Strings
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Carl Gorodetzky   Violin,Leader
Betsy Hammer   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mark Hembree   Strings
Karl Himmel   Drums
Mary Ann Kennedy   Vocals,Background Vocals
Dave Kirby   Guitar
Lee Larrison   Strings
Betty McDonald   Strings
Terry McMillan   Harmonica,Harp,Jew's Harp
Dennis Molchan   Strings
Ralph Mooney   Guitar,Steel Guitar
Farrell Morris   Percussion
Spooner Oldham   Piano
Kristine Oliver-Arnold   Background Vocals
Janis Oliver-Gill   Vocals,Background Vocals
Rick Palombi   Vocals,Background Vocals
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Pamela Rose   Vocals
Gove Scrivenor   Autoharp
Pamela Sixfin   Strings
Bobby Thompson   Banjo
Gary VanOsdale   Strings
David Vanderkooi   Strings
Carole Walker   Strings
Leona Williams   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mark Tanner   Strings
Stephanie Woolf   Strings
Larry Harvin   Strings
Joe Osborn   Bass

Technical Credits

Neil Young   Arranger,Producer
David Briggs   Producer
Ben Keith   Arranger,Producer
Bobby Arnold   Engineer
Chuck Cochran   String Arrangements
Gene Eichelberger   Engineer
Larry Greenhill   Engineer
Mike Leech   Arranger
Elliot Mazer   Producer
Tim Mulligan   Engineer
Elliot Roberts   Director,Direction
Keith Odle   Engineer

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