Scratchy: The Complete Reprise Recordings

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Neil Young may not ever allow his Reprise outtakes to be released, but that doesn't mean there's not a lot of equally cool stuff from an orbit near his that can't be enjoyed -- and Rhino Handmade has hit a mother lode with this double-CD set, which offers a lot more than even dedicated Crazy Horse fans may expect. Thanks to their convoluted membership history and a series of label changes, Crazy Horse had one of the stranger release histories of almost any '70s band -- their stuff and, to some extent, their sound are all over the map. Scratchy: The Complete Reprise Recordings makes a strong case, however, for the primacy of the first lineup and their work on Reprise, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Neil Young may not ever allow his Reprise outtakes to be released, but that doesn't mean there's not a lot of equally cool stuff from an orbit near his that can't be enjoyed -- and Rhino Handmade has hit a mother lode with this double-CD set, which offers a lot more than even dedicated Crazy Horse fans may expect. Thanks to their convoluted membership history and a series of label changes, Crazy Horse had one of the stranger release histories of almost any '70s band -- their stuff and, to some extent, their sound are all over the map. Scratchy: The Complete Reprise Recordings makes a strong case, however, for the primacy of the first lineup and their work on Reprise, assembling all of their released work for the label plus the equivalent of an album's worth of outtakes and radio spots, and two tracks by Danny & the Memories, the group that preceded the formation of Crazy Horse by five years or so. The group's self-titled debut album has bounced in and out of print for the last 34 years, but here it's been remastered with the kind of attention that makes it sound like one is hearing it for the first time -- the close sound of the acoustic guitars on "I Don't Want to Talk About It" and the roaring electric instruments on "Gone Dead Train," "Dance, Dance, Dance," and "Downtown" are impressive to these ears, the harder-rocking numbers now displaying the raw power and impact that the group exuded on-stage; the remastering job has undone the inevitable flattening process that went into the vinyl release, so that Billy Talbot's bass, in particular, now gets a killer showcase, and Jack Nitzsche's piano on "Carolay" gets as much play as the massed acoustic guitars that carry the rhythm figure at the center of the song. What's more, the crispness of the sound has brought the singing out in vivid detail -- if the LP could have sounded this bracing and powerful, this band might well have seen the success it deserved. The second half of the first CD is filled out with the tracks off of their second album, Loose; thanks to the ensuing lineup changes that took place, they're a bit of a letdown after the 11 gems from Crazy Horse, though not bad on their own terms -- the group plays from less melodic strength and raw inventiveness, but make up for it with a lot of enthusiasm and positive vibes in their sound, especially on the acoustic numbers such as the gorgeous "One Thing I Love" or "All Alone Now." The real treat, however, is the second disc, which opens with a string of extraordinary outtakes, including the title track -- the outtakes sound incredible and feature exceptional playing, and "Scratchy" by itself is worth the price of admission, 12 minutes of stunning electric interaction; and it's followed by the gorgeous acoustic piece "Dear Song Singer," plus a long version of "Downtown"; the first Danny & the Memories cut, "Can't Help Loving That Girl," was, in its own time, a throwback to early-'60s doo wop style, while the second, "Don't Go," was much more contemporary circa 1965. The set is attractively designed, with separate pockets for each disc and a beautifully designed booklet with extensive annotation, all in a very practical slipcase-style package. It's a bargain for any fan of this band or any of its members, and worth tracking down.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/14/2014
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140643826
  • Catalog Number: 6438
  • Sales rank: 10,592

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gone Dead Train (4:10)
  2. 2 Dance, Dance, Dance (2:13)
  3. 3 Look at All the Things (3:15)
  4. 4 Beggars Day (4:33)
  5. 5 I Don't Want to Talk About It (5:22)
  6. 6 Downtown (3:16)
  7. 7 Carolay (2:55)
  8. 8 Dirty, Dirty (3:33)
  9. 9 Nobody (2:40)
  10. 10 I'll Get By (3:11)
  11. 11 Crow Jane Lady (4:27)
  12. 12 Hit and Run (2:42)
  13. 13 Try (3:18)
  14. 14 One Thing I Love (2:37)
  15. 15 Move (3:14)
  16. 16 All Alone Now (2:47)
  17. 17 All the Little Things (5:01)
  18. 18 Fair Weather Friend (2:42)
  19. 19 You Won't Miss Me (2:47)
  20. 20 Going Home (2:50)
  21. 21 I Don't Believe It (3:07)
  22. 22 Kind of Woman (4:25)
  23. 23 One Sided Love (3:12)
  24. 24 And She Won't Even Blow Smoke in My Direction (1:21)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Dirty, Dirty (3:56)
  2. 2 Scratchy (12:14)
  3. 3 Dear Song Singer (3:12)
  4. 4 Downtown (10:44)
  5. 5 Susie's Song (6:15)
  6. 6 When You Dance You Can Really Love (2:53)
  7. 7 Radio Spot (1:11)
  8. 8 Can't Help Loving That Girl - Danny & the Memories (2:12)
  9. 9 Don't Go - Danny & the Memories (2:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Crazy Horse Primary Artist
Ry Cooder Slide Guitar
Nils Lofgren Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Jack Nitzsche Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
John Blanton Organ, Harmonica, Piano, Cello, Vocals
Greg Leroy Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bottleneck Guitar
Ralph Molina Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Billy Talbot Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
George Whitsell Acoustic Guitar, Conga, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Danny Whitten Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Gib Gilbeau Fiddle
Technical Credits
Crazy Horse Producer
Nils Lofgren Composer
Neil Young Composer
Jack Nitzsche Composer, Producer
Jerome Kern Composer
John Blanton Composer
Bruce Botnick Producer
Fred Catero Producer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Greg Leroy Composer
Russ Titelman Composer
George Whitsell Composer
Danny Whitten Composer
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