They had been recording together since 2012. Neil Young will remake team with the legendary band Crazy Horse, which accompanied him on several of his greatest hits for the past 40 years. The news was announced on the website of the Neil Young Archives. “At least eleven songs, all written recently, are going to be saved this week”, can we read under a fake news article entitled “the Crazy Horse in the studio!” and was published in response to a letter drive.
last year, Neil Young had returned to Crazy Horse for some concerts in California, and for two new dates in Winnipeg, Canada in February. These concerts marked the first steps of Neil Young and Crazy Horse without Frank Sampedro, the guitarist for the group since 1975. It has since been replaced by Nils Lofgren, who had previously worked with the group in the early 1970s.
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The next album of Neil Young and Crazy Horse will mark the return of one of the collaborations of the most prolific players in the history of rock. Crazy Horse is the base made up of Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina and Danny Whitten. The first is a bassist, a second drummer, the latter takes care of the guitar, and all three share the vocals. Their story begins in 1963, with the formation of Danny & The Memories. After a first album under the name of The Rockets , the three musicians recruited by the lead singer of a canadian folk Neil Young. Crazy Horse was born. Here are five collaborations essential between the “Loner” and his fetish group.
1969: Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
After his departure from the band Buffalo Springfield, Neil Young released a first album of acoustic folk in 1968. It is his will to vary the tones and adapt to the changes of the rock which decides to engage in Crazy Horse as studio musicians on his second album. On Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere , Crazy Horse develops sounds almost rock hard, boosting the ballads of “the Loner” by guitars devastating. The violent Cinammon Girl and songs river Down By The River and Cowgirl In The Sand marking with panache the start of the collaboration between Neil Young and Crazy Horse.
With Harvest in 1972, Neil Young gets his biggest success. The album is a return to folk is a more traditional, more streamlined. The energy of rock and the Crazy Horse was gone, the group is not invited to play on the disc. The Canadian then passes through a dark period. In 1973, he asked Crazy Horse to accompany him on stage, but the guitarist Danny Whitten, drug addict, is unable to ensure its partition. It is referred to by Young, and found dead of a drug overdose a few hours after. The live album Time Fades Away , from the tour then the studio albums with On the Beach and Tonight’s The Night, are, for Neil Young outfalls. It was not until 1975 that he found Crazy Horse in the best conditions. With the album Zuma , Young found a rock less pissed off and desperate, but the harmonies still as sensitive. Cortez the Killer is the culmination of the album, and maybe even the whole career of the “Loner”.
1979: Rust Never Sleeps
New album and new small revolution. After two albums, the failures, the critics believed Neil Young in loss of speed. The punk wave swept over Europe, and has been emulated up in America. So Neil Young is not there at the shelter, and begins to wonder if he can continue to make the music innovative. The answer is clearly yes. In the summer of 1978, he began an acoustic tour, testing new songs, including the famous My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue) . The lyrics proudly proclaim: “The rock ‘n’ roll will never die”. A few months later, he made a new tour, with Crazy Horse, well more electric. The records of both tours will give the album Rust Never Sleeps in 1979. Opening on My My, Hey Hey , it closes by… Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black) version of raging, dirt, and ultrasaturée by Crazy Horse song. Perhaps it is this version that will make the album worship and make Neil Young an artist new to the mode. Better yet, it will greatly influence Kurt Cobain, earning its author the nickname “godfather of grunge”.
1990: Ragged Glory
In the constant quest of renewal, Neil Young continues to surprise to the beginning of the 1990s. If he no longer has the spirit of the 1970s, its sensitivity bore always in his guitars sharp. And for his rhythm section, he again appealed to the Crazy Horse for the album Ragged Glory , 1990. An album consisting of songs that are homogeneous and unusually long, the limit on the garage rock. The energy there is almost a teenager. Neil Young was then 44 years old. It was announced in December 2018 that records non-published sessions for the album had been found. Ragged Glory II is expected-current 2019.
2012: Psychedelic Pill
The year 2012 is a reunion for Neil Young and Crazy Horse, after 9 years without a studio album together. They get out first Americana , a compilation of covers of standard folks. But it is with Psychedelic Pill that the training reverts to its full potential. Neil Young performs at the same time what is often considered his best album since Mirror Ball in 1995 (recorded with Pearl Jam). Psychedelic Pill is the result of sessions, jam sessions, improvised during the sessions of Americana . A time of 1h27, the album is the longest in the Canadian. It consists of ballads, disillusioned and carried by a voice more gravelly than before, placing them permanently behind him the Neil Young furious 1990s. It opens with an epic sound, 27 minutes, Driftin’ Back , alternating laments to lyrical of the “Loner” and sequences instrumental in the wild. The task is great if Neil Young and Crazy Horse want to offer Psychedelic Pill (and all other albums) a worthy successor.