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This Note's for You

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
A collective groan from Neil Young fans could be heard when it was announced that, as his return to Reprise Records, Young was engaging in yet another genre experiment, this time recording blues and R&B with a six-piece horn section. If Landing on Water and Life had been lackluster, at least they hadn't been as embarrassing as Young's forays into rockabilly Everybody's Rockin' and techno Trans. And if you took This Note's for You on its own genre terms, it could be just as laughable. A song like "Sunny Inside," with its marching rhythm and charging horn charts, seemed to demand a forceful, gritty singer on the order of Wilson Pickett, and Young's watery tenor just ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
A collective groan from Neil Young fans could be heard when it was announced that, as his return to Reprise Records, Young was engaging in yet another genre experiment, this time recording blues and R&B with a six-piece horn section. If Landing on Water and Life had been lackluster, at least they hadn't been as embarrassing as Young's forays into rockabilly Everybody's Rockin' and techno Trans. And if you took This Note's for You on its own genre terms, it could be just as laughable. A song like "Sunny Inside," with its marching rhythm and charging horn charts, seemed to demand a forceful, gritty singer on the order of Wilson Pickett, and Young's watery tenor just didn't cut it. But the album was only half up-tempo numbers; the other half was bluesy ballads for which Young's singing was effective and on which he sounded more personally involved than he had in years. And even on the rockers, his sense of humor often carried the day. This Note's for You was the best of Young's stylistic side trips because it was the only one in which the style augmented his own instead of overwhelming him. The songs were mediocre, but the playing was spirited. The album earned much better reviews than Young had gotten lately, largely because critics tend to stand in awe of the blues in whatever form it appears. And Young got further kudos due to his contretemps with MTV when the video channel first declined to program a clip for the title song because it featured parodies of popular MTV artists and commercial sponsors, then caved in and named it Best Video of the Year. Lost in all that hoopla, however, was that record buyers never came to the party. This Note's for You was another commercial failure for Young, and it was apparent that, to lure back his audience, he would have to go back to making the kind of music his fans had liked a decade before.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 075992571920
  • Catalog Number: 25719
  • Sales rank: 68,542

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ten Men Workin' (6:25)
  2. 2 This Note's for You (2:04)
  3. 3 Coupe de Ville (4:15)
  4. 4 Life in the City (3:12)
  5. 5 Twilight (5:52)
  6. 6 Married Man (2:35)
  7. 7 Sunny Inside (2:33)
  8. 8 Can't Believe Your Lyin' (2:56)
  9. 9 Hey Hey (3:01)
  10. 10 One Thing (6:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Neil Young Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Ben Keith Alto Saxophone
John Fumo Trumpet
Tom Brey Trumpet
Claude Cailliet Trombone
Larry Cragg Baritone Saxophone
Chad Cromwell Drums
Steve Lawrence Tenor Saxophone
Ralph Molina Drums
Rick Rosas Bass
Frank "Poncho" Sampedro Keyboards
George Whitsell Bass
Steve Onuska Tambourine
Technical Credits
Neil Young Producer
Niko Bolas Producer, Engineer
Tim Mulligan Engineer
Elliot Roberts Director
Doug Sax Mastering
Gary Long Engineer
Glenn Parsons Cover Design
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