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Bleecker & Macdougal [Import]

Fred NeilAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 25, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Wea International
  • ASIN: B0000088FE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #810,906 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bleecker & MacDougal
2. Blues On The Ceiling
3. Sweet Mama
4. Little Bit Of Rain
5. Country Boy
6. The Water Is Wide
7. Yonder Comes The Blues
8. Candy Man
9. Handful Of Gimme
10. Gone Again
11. Other Side To This Life
12. Mississippi Train
13. Travelin' Shoes

Editorial Reviews

Japanese Release of the Long Out-Of-Print Release.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderfully resonant Voice of a forgotten music idol November 22, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Fred Neil was the King of the East Village coffee shop, pass-the-hat folksingers in the very early sixties and this cd shows why. Much of his origins and late life are shrouded in rumour and mystery.

Sinatra, Johnny Cash, even Jim Morrison had great baritone voices, but Fred Neil's Sound was really something else. Neil had the most spectacularly deep resonant baritone voice, a voice that would sound wonderful reading the phone book! Everyone idolized him, everyone imitated him, everyone covered his songs: Roy Orbison, The Jefferson Airplane, the Youngbloods, Harry Nilsson, Tim Buckley, Tim Hardin, Judy Henske, John Sebastian, Gram Parsons, Linda Ronstadt, Tom Rush, Roger McGuinn. An unknown, awestruck, social climbing Bob Dylan used to play backup harmonica for Fred Neil and his ringing 12 string in the Village years before these albums. (Dylan mentions this in bio pic "No Direction Home") Fred was one of the main influences on David Crosby, Steven Stills (Crosby, Stills and Nash were going to call themselves "Sons of Neil" before Neil talked them out of it!).
Neil was a Brill Building song writer, like Carol King, for years before venturing out on his own.

The album bursts with early sixtes (there were TWO sixties!) folkie optimism and energy. There is much more energy and precision here than "The Many Side of Fred Neil" which is also worth having.

A line from Neil's song "Toy Balloon" (not on this CD)so impressed Jefferson Airplane's Paul Kantner & Grace Slick that it found it's way into "The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil", in fact "PoohNeil" is a combination of Winnie the Pooh and the gentle Fred Neil. See also "House at Pooneil Corner".
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic experience July 26, 2004
Format:Audio CD
here is a review that i encountered surfing the web:

...There was always an air of quiet tragedy to Fred Neil, a great singer-songwriter who, despite penning monster hits like Everybody's Talkin' and The Dolphins, remained on the fringes of the Greenwich Village folk-scene before quitting music altogether. These days he refuses interviews, preferring to concentrate his energies on dolphin research. He never had a hit in his own right; it was Harry Nilsson who made Everybody's Talkin' famous after its inclusion on the Midnight Cowboy soundtrack and The Dolphins had its biggest success in the hands of Tim Buckley. Yet, Buckley apart, no-one could harness the stormy elemental power at the heart of his dark ballads quite as convincingly as he could himself. Nineteen sixty-five's Bleecker & Macdougal, named after a crossroads in the heart of Greenwich Village, was Neil's second album - his first as a solo artist - and there isn't a dud track on it.

There are great rollicking jug band blues like Travelin' Shoes and the bopping title track but it's in the slower ballads that Neil really proves his emotional dexterity. A Little Bit Of Rain sounds forlorn one minute, as Neil prepares to let go of his lover and yet, with a slight vocal twist, he turns it right around and suddenly it feels like a celebration, like the transience of love is an inevitable and essential part of its fragile beauty. It's a magical performance...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel sorry for you if you don't own this one! November 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Too many Amazon reviewers give a five-star rating too easily, I feel. That said, this one is worth every one of the five I give it. Also, I'm a hard core jazz fan who doesn't like most folk music. But I love this album! It's got everything: Neil's rich, deep voice (with overtones of Hank Snow), excellent tunes (lyrically AND harmonically first rate), top notch back-up musicians, as noted by other reviewers (catch John Sebastion's wonderful harp work on 'Sweet Mama' and 'Travelin' Shoes'). There's a great 'folk rock' feel to several of the tunes, and Neil's affinty for the blues is present throughout. This CD disappeared from my life for about 25 years, and now I'm to have it on CD at last! I have to confess a personal interest: this one takes me back to the those pre-hippy days of wheat jeans, desert boots, 'chicks' and smoking 'pot.' But that's not the main reason I own it. This one is a musical gem. Get it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great folk cds of the sixties January 11, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
After years of squirrelling away every copy I could find of this album from used record store, finally the Japanese have graced us with this album on cd. Truly one of the profound folk albums of the sixties, Fred Neil was THE songwriter's songwriter in the New York folk scene, sort of a ramblin', gamblin' existential Bogart-type, with a guitar. Dylan, Joan Baez, Ramblin' Jack, everybody trooped out to his shows when he hit the New York City clubs. I think this cd is the best document of why. His world weary songs were covered by everyone over the years (Nilsson, Lovin' Spoonful, Tim Buckley, Beth Orton) but the one thing these performers can't touch is the set of pipes Fred Neil possessed. That tangible sadness and wisdom, along with the deepest baritone this side of Brook Benton. If you are so attuned, it will scrape something deep down inside of you. And the instrumentation on this is simple and timeless; just bass, guitar and harmonica. If you loved Neil's "Everybody's Talkin'" (used as the theme from MIDNIGHT COWBOY), this cd is chock-filled with tunes just as striking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great old Fred Neil
Fred Neil was a great songwriter from the folk singer days. He walked aay from all the craziness to talk to Dolphins in Florida. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Pedersen
1.0 out of 5 stars wrong item
I ordered Bleecker & MacDougal becuase i have a restaurant on the corner of Bleecker & MacDougal and what I got had nothing to do with Bleecker & MacDougal either the corner or... Read more
Published 8 months ago by PETER COHEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Ray Finegan Where Are You?
In 1966 Ray Finegan introduced me to this extraordinary musician's music. I tried to find the album, no luck, but, because of the wonders of the internet & technology, Fred Neil... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Rickee
5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Originality
Every bit as good as I remember the mono album I bought as an undergraduate student and folkie in the early 60's. Read more
Published on May 2, 2011 by Victor A. Bary
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Fred
This is one of the first recordings by a true genius. I first heard him singing in a club in the mid-sixties and I was sold. His haunting tunes stand the test of time. Read more
Published on July 11, 2010 by Donald H. Hessenflow
5.0 out of 5 stars Miss him terribly
Fred was a ghost in Coconut Grove during the late 60's and early 70's, when his music was still being played on local radio. Anyone remember WFUN? Read more
Published on February 17, 2010 by Dianne L. Morgado
5.0 out of 5 stars Ladies and Gentlemen - Fred Neil
this is a pass the tourch album and I'd buy it for double the price, OK?
Published on January 3, 2007 by Ted C. Shatz
5.0 out of 5 stars TO MATTHIAS FUTERMAN
Sorry to say it's true, Mr. Fred Neil passed on July 7, 2001. Heart attack. He didn't leave us a huge musical legacy, but this album is one of the finest of the Sixties folk boom. Read more
Published on October 11, 2004 by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars TO MUSIC FAN,
Published on September 6, 2004 by Matthias Futerman
4.0 out of 5 stars fred neil
Fred Neil could have had it all, and this album proves its. He was rich in talent, and its too bad that he had to die so young.
Published on December 26, 2001
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