David Gilmour – About face (1984)

Either you are wrong or I am right

“About face”, Gilmour’s second solo album, was released the year after Roger Waters ended Pink Floyd, as he thought at least. This album has more production compared to the first self-titled solo album from 1978. This one is slicker. In the same year Roger released “The pros and cons of hitch hiking”, a concept album he pitched to the other guys pre-The Wall even. I may have to review Roger’s album next as a comparison. Which of the two legend did best with their 1984 efforts?

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David Gilmour – David Gilmour (1978)

Run like… short and sweet

“David Gilmour” is David Gilmour’s first solo album, released in 1978, a year after “Animals” and a year before “The Wall”. On this album he tried his wings on his own, and the result is very good. I love this album more today than when I grew up. Back then I listened alot on Pink Floyd and this is clearly not Pink Floyd, so I was taken aback. Nowadays I have grown into it. It is of course dominated by David’s guitar playing.

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Neil Young – Everybody’s rockin’ (1983)

Never to be heard on the radio

“Everybody’s rockin’” was the second album on Geffen Records and now it got even more crazy. This is a true rockabilly album. Think 50’s rock. Amazing that Neil did this to his friend David Geffen. I for one am not a fan of this genre. Hate is a strong word and not to be used for reviews of music, but I really don’t like that type of music. How is it then when my musical hero Neil does it? Something must give…

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Neil Young – Trans (1982)

Who put the bomb on the sacred altar?

“Trans” is the true litmus test of all of Neil’s albums. It is often only understood by the most die hard fans. Am I right? Most casual fans love his more commercial, his more artistic, or simply put – his better albums, but the die hard fans enjoy this mostly because it is different. And so the “Geffen years” began.

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Neil Young – Fireside Sessions Barnyard Edition (2020)

All together

The things I love the most with NYA? I love the “Hearse Theater” with all the films of unreleased and released live concerts. I love the “Letters to the Editor” where the man himself answers letters from the fans. And I love these “Fireside Sessions” that keeps popping up as welcoming surprises. And remember, Neil has made the whole site free during the pandemic.

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Neil Young – Re*ac*tor (1981)

Got mashed potatoes

“Reactor” is a true Crazy Horse album but as such it is a little off, a little jarring. As the second studio album of the eighties it continues the road towards the most strange Neil records of all time. This record feels a little bit edgy, metallic, less warm, it’s an industrial feeling. You can also hear some signs of the development that will lead to the next album “Trans”… Machines at work in the background.

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Stephen Stills – Stephen Stills (1970)

Shut the door

Is Stephen Stills Neil Young’s friend or fiend? It is hard to know. They had played alongside each other in Buffalo Springfield, but they have also butted heads several times before and after. Already half a year after “Déjà vu” was released Stills came out with his self titled solo album.

Stephen collected seceral well known musicians around him. There was David Crosby and Graham Nash of course. Also; Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Ringo Starr, Dallas Taylor, Booker T. Jones, Rita Coolidge, John Sebastian and Mama Cass Elliot. The most notable omission is Neil. 

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Déjà vu (1970)

Yellow moon on the rise

“Déjà vu” is one of those very special albums that defies common sense. David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young together on an LP. The first bona fide  supergroups. 

This is an enigmatic collection of musical styles and strong personalities. How in the world could they cooperate so well? Ehh, well, the simple answer is that they couldn’t and they have been “on and off” in different constellations over the years. But back in 1970 however, they all played nice.

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