Ragged Glory [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Having re-established his reputation with the musically varied, lyrically enraged Freedom, Neil Young returned to being the lead guitarist of Crazy Horse for the musically homogenous, lyrically hopeful Ragged Glory. The album's dominant sound was made by Young's noisy guitar, which bordered on and sometimes slipped over into distortion, while Crazy Horse kept up the songs' bright tempos. Despite the volume, the tunes were catchy, with strong melodies and good choruses, and they were given over to love, humor, and warm reminiscence. They were also platforms for often extended guitar excursions: "Love to Burn" and "Love and Only Love" ran over ten minutes each, and the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Having re-established his reputation with the musically varied, lyrically enraged Freedom, Neil Young returned to being the lead guitarist of Crazy Horse for the musically homogenous, lyrically hopeful Ragged Glory. The album's dominant sound was made by Young's noisy guitar, which bordered on and sometimes slipped over into distortion, while Crazy Horse kept up the songs' bright tempos. Despite the volume, the tunes were catchy, with strong melodies and good choruses, and they were given over to love, humor, and warm reminiscence. They were also platforms for often extended guitar excursions: "Love to Burn" and "Love and Only Love" ran over ten minutes each, and the album as a whole lasted nearly 63 minutes with only ten songs. Much about the record had a retrospective feel -- the first two tracks, "Country Home" and "White Line," were newly recorded versions of songs Young had played with Crazy Horse but never released in the '70s; "Mansion on the Hill," the album's most accessible track, celebrated a place where "psychedelic music fills the air" and "peace and love live there still"; there was a cover of the Premiers' garage rock oldie "Farmer John"; and "Days That Used to Be," in addition to its backward-looking theme, borrowed the melody from Bob Dylan's "My Back Pages" by way of the Byrds' arrangement, while "Mother Earth Natural Anthem" was the folk standard "The Water Is Wide" with new, environmentally aware lyrics. Young was not generally known as an artist who evoked the past this much, but if he could extend his creative rebirth with music this exhilarating, no one was likely to complain.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/31/1990
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 075992631525
  • Catalog Number: 26315
  • Sales rank: 3,943

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Country Home (7:04)
  2. 2 White Line (2:59)
  3. 3 F*!#in' Up (5:53)
  4. 4 Over and Over (8:27)
  5. 5 Love to Burn (10:03)
  6. 6 Farmer John (4:12)
  7. 7 Mansion on the Hill (4:46)
  8. 8 Days That Used to Be (3:50)
  9. 9 Love and Only Love (10:18)
  10. 10 Mother Earth (Natural Anthem) (5:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Neil Young & Crazy Horse Primary Artist, Track Performer
Neil Young Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Vocals
Ralph Molina Drums, Vocals
Frank "Poncho" Sampedro Guitar, Vocals
Billy Talbot Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Neil Young Producer
David Briggs Producer
Niko Bolas Engineer
John Hanlon Engineer
Tim Mulligan Mastering
Elliot Roberts Director
Gary Long Engineer
Buzz Burrowes Engineer
Andrew James Vastola Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    RAGGED GLORY

    RAGGED GLORY is, quite simply, one of Neil Young's finest albums. The album is full of virtuoso guitar playing and anticipates the grunge sound everyone now is used to hearing. The first four tracks rank as well as any four tracks on any album--anywhere! Over and Over is the greatest Rock song no one has ever heard. Neil's got his act together on this album--musically and lyrically it is superb

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pure Exhiliration!

    Next time you'r down in the dumps, put this album on....very..very...loud...... Guarantee by the end of the first four numbers you'll be ready to blast thru granite. Neil and the Horse totally enjoy themselves with an all out garage blast that could be the cure for more diseases than were discovered in the 2nd half of the last century. You'll be howling, air guitar playing, and probably deaf by the end..but if there was ever anything more inspiring from a rock band...I've never heard it.

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