Shakey's finest moment
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 14/10/2011 12:52:27
See "Ditch Masterpiece", a brutal, emotionally draining masterpiece. Shakey's best album without a doubt & following from the likes of Harvest, ultimately outrageously brave. Buy it buy it buy it, simply peerless.
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Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 22/03/2011 21:17:33
Finally, I have this superb album on CD. I've got the original vinyl, but no record player. This is Young at his heart-on-the-sleeve best - with razor wire lyrics (Vampire Blues).
Nettled's review is spot on, and I totally agree with the comment on Zuma.
Sound quality is excellent
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Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 15/08/2008 15:14:02
In case you haven't heard the story, following the success of 'Heart of Gold', from the hugely popular 'Harvest' album, Young famously commented "the song took me as close to the miiddle of the road as I wanted to go, so I headed for the ditch".
The three albums that followed 'Harvest' were consequently dubbed the 'ditch trilogy', or 'doom trilogy'. Although this album was the last of the three to be recorded it was the second released, because the record company temporarily shelved 'Tonight's the Night', deeming it too chaotic. Once released though, 'Tonight' did become popular among Neil's hard core fan base.
'On the Beach' however, is quite simply on a different scale of excellence, and has rightfully been lauded a masterpiece. I would also regard it as the very best of all of his thirty odd studio albums, which is saying a lot because some of his other albums are also masterpieces.
Where 'Tonight's the Night' had been despairing, this album is full of barbed cynicism, like the apocolyptic 'Revolution Blues', said to be about Charles Manson and the state of LA, and the deeply intense title track. But the best of the best here is the final track on the album, 'Ambulance Blues', which is just under nine minutes of the most mesmerising music I have ever heard. On this track, among other things, Neil takes a tired, bitter swipe at his music critics, Nixon, and the status of Crosby Stiles Nash and Young.
If you came to the table via the usual Harvest/Goldrush route, buy 'Zuma' and 'Rust Never Sleeps' before listening to 'Beach', because once you've heard this album a few times it may just spoil you for anything else.
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