TC – 5/6 – Neil Young – Decades

Tape Chronicles:

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Yeah, another Neil Young tape which now makes three of the first five having something to do with Neil Young.

Decades was released in 1977 as a triple album. Thus I have used two ninety minute tapes to record the complete package. This package includes all the work that Neil had done up to 1977, so it has his work with Buffalo Springfield, CSNY, Neil and Crazy Horse, and Solo Neil.

It also includes “Like a Hurrican” and “Long may you run” which were both previously unreleased.

This is a great compilation and the tape quality still holds up.  “Down by the River” is given nine minutes. Hard to pick favorites from this massive compilation but here goes:

  • Burned
  • Mr. Soul
  • Expecting to Fly
  • Sugar Mountain
  • Cinnamon Girl
  • Cowgirl in the Sand
  • Southern Man
  • Ohio
  • Old Man
  • Harvest
  • The Needle and the Damage Done
  • Tonight’s the Night
  • Like A Hurricane
  • Love is a Rose
  • Long may you run

Seeing Sugar Mountain reminds of a show I saw at the Fabulous Forum. It was a different opening for Neil as he put some theatrics into the show, opening the act by coming out of a coffin or box singing Sugar Mountain. At least that is how I remember it.

I’ll leave with the live version of Like a Hurricane. Don’t you love it when you hear the first chord and you know that song?

Like a Hurricane
Once I thought I saw you in a crowded hazy bar,
Dancing on the light from star to star.
Far across the moonbeam I know that’s who you are,
I saw your brown eyes turning once to fire.
You are like a hurricane
There’s calm in your eye.
And I’m gettin’ blown away
To somewhere safer where the feeling stays.
I want to love you but I’m getting blown away.
I am just a dreamer, but you are just a dream,
You could have been anyone to me.
Before that moment you touched my lips
That perfect feeling when time just slips
Away between us on our foggy trip.
You are like a hurricane
There’s calm in your eye.
And I’m gettin’ blown away
To somewhere safer where the feeling stays.
I want to love you but I’m getting blown away.
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