Neil Young - Zuma (1975)

Neil Young is a prolific Canadian singer-songwriter who has been releasing records since the 60s.

After his famed 'Ditch Trilogy' of albums, Neil Young made a move away from despair and the dark themes his music had taken after the success of Harvest. This coincided with the reformation of Crazy Horse at last, signalling that the ghost of Danny Whitten had been put to rest. Since Whitten's death, Crazy Horse had released two albums by themselves with new members, but neither lineups had stayed around for long. When they re-united with Neil Young, they found their new guitarist in Frank 'Poncho' Sampedro, who has ended up staying with the band until the present day.
Zuma was a more positive and upbeat album than the ones that preceded it, with a rough, guitar-driven garage rock sound characterstic of the Horse. Young's electric guitar was to the forefront, in particular on the long jam "Cortez The Killer", which has endured as one of his best-loved songs. Most of the other songs were short, concise and catchy, with one notable exception (the gargantuan, lumbering "Danger Bird"). Two of the songs did not come from the Zuma sessions but were dug up from past recording sessions - the acoustic "Pardon My Heart", from the aborted Homegrown album, and "Through My Sails", a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song from their attempted follow-up to Deja Vu which had never really got under way.

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1 comment:

KDNYfm said...

One of the many Neil albums I still have on vinyl, but I still need to upgrade turntable in order to listen to...just seems the money goes elsewhere anymore.
This is a Neil album that should be in any collection.
thanx for sharing.