Greendale

Greendale

by Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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Overview

Greendale

Neil Young is no stranger to experimentation, having devoted entire albums to electronic music, rockabilly, and even, as on the live Arc disc, unadorned feedback. Even by his standards, however, this concept album is pretty demanding: It's an old-fashioned morality play, pitting good against evil, hawk against dove, but Young's lyrical shadings blur the lines between the two sides, making for plenty of gray area. Musically, Greendale is something of an extension of Zuma, with plenty of Dust Bowl twang and fuzzy, ambling melodies. Backed by Crazy Horse's rhythm section, Young stretches out on several tracks, notably the character sketches "Sun Green" and "Carmichael," that are peppered with his trademark minimalist guitar solos. "Devil's Sidewalk," the album's sonic peak, is also its angriest declamation, as Young punctuates his stomping riffs with vocals, sung in the "Grandpa Green" character, railing against the downward spiral of popular culture. The story line can be somewhat convoluted -- and it contains enough murder and intrigue to fuel a year's worth of soap operas -- but at its best, as on the blues plaint "Double E" and the soft, parched ballad "Bandit," it's easy to throw logic to the wind and get swept up in the pure emotion. And as anyone who's followed Neil Young over the decades knows, few can match him when he's feeling passionate.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/13/2008
Label: Warner Bros Uk
UPC: 0093624854326
catalogNumber: 248543
Rank: 50325

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Falling from Above
  2. Double E
  3. Leave the Driving
  4. Bandit
  5. Carmichael
  6. Devil's Sidewalk
  7. Grandpa's Interview
  8. Bringin' Down Dinner
  9. Sun Green
  10. Be the Rain

Disc 2

  1. Falling from Above
  2. Double E
  3. Leave the Driving
  4. Bandit
  5. Carmichael
  6. Devil's Sidewalk
  7. Grandpa's Interview
  8. Bringin' Down Dinner
  9. Sun Green
  10. Be the Rain

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Neil Young & Crazy Horse   Primary Artist
Neil Young   Organ,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Susan Hall   Group Member
Ralph Molina   Drums,Vocals
Billy Talbot   Bass,Vocals
Pegi Young   Group Member
Nancy Hall   Group Member
Mountainettes   Vocals
Twink Brewer   Group Member

Technical Credits

Neil Young   Composer,Producer
Gary Burden   Art Direction
Larry Cragg   Guitar Techician
L.A. Johnson   Producer
Liam McGrath   Camera Operator
John Nowland   Remixing
Elliot Roberts   Direction
Jimmy Vaughn   Contributor
Bernard Shakey   Producer
William Mitchell   Engineer
Jenice Heo   Art Direction
Mark Humphries   Monitor Engineer
Keith Wissmar   Lighting Director
Simon Willis   Engineer
James Mazzeo   Artwork,Illustrations
Harry Sitam   Contributor

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Greendale 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
Only Neil Young would think of composing a rock opera 30 years after the form’s heyday. Young is protesting the media, FBI, and exploitation of the environment but his disorganized presentation undercuts his goal. Although he can write good story songs now and then (Powderfinger, Crime in the City), sustained narrative is not his strong suite. Pete Townshend he’s not. Even the liner notes don’t help to clarifying the plot and meaning of the concept. He still plays great grunge guitar and the Crazy Horse rhythm section bashes merrily away. I’m a NY fan so I’ll give Greendale 3 stars for that and its ambition.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this CD and then saw Neil Young perform this in concert. It was very powerful. I didn't know Neil could rock the house like that. I enjoy the CD a lot better now. The songs are more enjoyable in concert because it's louder and you can hear the drums/guitars better. Great show Neil!