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Road Rock, Vol. 1: Friends & Relatives
     

Road Rock, Vol. 1: Friends & Relatives

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by Neil Young
 

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If you've never experienced the irresistible force of Neil Young in concert, this sprawling, gloriously messy document is as close an approximation as you'll ever get -- aside from the fact that you'll be able to forego the earplugs during the more over-the-top moments. Road Rock doesn't mess around with the essential viscera of Young's live show: Songs are

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If you've never experienced the irresistible force of Neil Young in concert, this sprawling, gloriously messy document is as close an approximation as you'll ever get -- aside from the fact that you'll be able to forego the earplugs during the more over-the-top moments. Road Rock doesn't mess around with the essential viscera of Young's live show: Songs are presented at their full length -- "Cowgirl in the Sand," for instance, goes through more than 18 minutes of hypnotic ebb and flow -- with no superfluous studio sweetening to be heard. Although not quite as inherently brutal as Crazy Horse, Young's backing band here -- which includes kindred spirits Duck Dunn, Spooner Oldham, and Jim Keltner -- aren't shy about laying open tracks like "Words" (which turns into a spooky waltz worthy of a Death Valley roadhouse) or the still-chilling "Tonight's the Night." Not one to be shy about sharing the spotlight, Young closes the album by dividing the spotlight in three, staking out his own patch while duetting with Chrissie Hynde on a piercing rendition of Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower." Road Rock stands as proof that -- in the words of another Zimmy classic -- a portion of rock's fringe will be forever Young.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Neil Young's 2000 summer tour brought forth Road Rock, Vol. 1, a live album recorded on September 19 and 20 at the Red Rocks concert venue in Denver. The eight-song set features one previously unreleased track "Fool for Your Love"; other highlights include an 18-minute version of "Cowgirl in the Sand" and a duet with the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde on Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower." (The Pretenders served as opening act for several of the dates on Young's Music in Head tour.) Road Rock, Vol. 1 also includes rarely performed songs resurrected for the tour, including "Walk On," "Words," and "Motorcyle Mama" from his 1978 album Comes a Time. The album is being credited to "Neil Young Friends and Relatives," most likely a reference to the fact that his wife Pegi and sister Astrid perform as backup vocalists in the group, which also includes longtime associate Ben Keith on steel guitar, Booker T. and the MGs and Blues Brothers bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn, soul legend Spooner Oldham on keyboards, and session drummer Jim Keltner.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/05/2000
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624803621
catalogNumber:
48036

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Neil Young   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Ben Keith   Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass
Chrissie Hynde   Guitar,Vocals
Spooner Oldham   Piano,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Wurlitzer
Pegi Young   Vocals
Peter Maher   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Neil Young   Producer
Ben Keith   Producer
Gary Burden   Art Direction
Larry Cragg   Guitar Techician
John Hanlon   Engineer
Elliot Roberts   Direction
Damon Hennessey   Video Stills
Danny Clinch   Video Stills
Tom Sterling   Engineer
Jenice Heo   Art Direction
Eric Keltner   Drum Technician
Zeke Young   Engineer
Greg Lopez   Engineer

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Road Rock, Vol. 1: Friends & Relatives 1.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
The other reviewer is right; NY marches to his own drum. Why he didn't make this a double CD is mystifying. Surely the concerts were more than eight songs long. Tonight's The Night gets its third live outing here. The disc has no unifying theme other than its mere existence. The sound isn't even that great. Buy any other Neil Young live album before you purchase this set.
Guest More than 1 year ago
surely almost any other live neil young album(and i own several) would be alot more deserving of your hard earned dollars. you just can't hit a home run everytime.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album of live tracks contains 8 songs...the first of which clocks in at 18 minutes! The structure of most of the songs is: Solo, Verse1, Verse2, Solo, Solo, Solo, Solo, Solo, Solo, Solo, Solo, Solo, Big Bang to end song. Neil, who ever marches to the beat of his own drum, makes a bad decision here. I believe it's just a matter of time before some driver sues Neil for putting him to sleep while driving, forcing a road accident. I can see it now. "But Judge, Neil's long drawn-out solos where putting me to sleep, I couldn't help but plow into the oncoming traffic." Road Rock, indeed. For die hardest Neil Young fans ONLY. They should have that on a warning label on the front of the disk.