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Bleecker & Macdougal Import

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


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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 25, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Wea International
  • ASIN: B0000088FE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,119,356 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By rash67 VINE VOICE on 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 By J. APARICIO on 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 By Scott in Vermont on 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 By A Customer on January 11, 1999
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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