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Crazy Horse

Crazy HorseAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Gone Dead TrainCrazy Horse 4:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Dance, Dance, DanceCrazy Horse 2:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Look At All The ThingsCrazy Horse 3:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beggars DayCrazy Horse 4:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. I Don't Want To Talk About ItCrazy Horse 5:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. DowntownCrazy Horse 3:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. CarolayCrazy Horse 2:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Dirty, DirtyCrazy Horse 3:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. NobodyCrazy Horse 2:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. I'll Get ByCrazy Horse 3:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Crow Jane LadyCrazy Horse 4:25$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 22, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: 1971
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise Records
  • ASIN: B000002KOY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,795 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Dylan had the Band; Neil had Crazy Horse. And while they never attained the commercial success of the Band, Crazy Horse was a force to be reckoned with, as this long-out-of-print debut album reveals. Nils Lofgren, Jack Nitzsche and Ry Cooder join the late Danny Whitten (heard performing the original version of Downtown from Tonight's the Night ) for this early-'70s classic.

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Degrees of separation May 21, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This hard-rocking little gem features a supergroup of sidemen working at a high level of skill and passion. Crazy Horse is Neil Young's backup group--the original group, which was comprised of Danny Whitten on guitar, Billy Talbot on bass, and Ralph Molina on drums. For this album, however, they added three significant ringers: Nils Lofgren, who had played on Neil's "After the Goldrush" album, and would eventually have a solo career before joining Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band; Ry Cooder, the famed slide guitarist who played with the Rolling Stones, John Hiatt, Randy Newman, Ravi Shanker and the Buena Vista Social Club; and Jack Nitzche, who (among other things) was an arranger for Phil Spector, had his own hit in the early 60s with the lushly orchestrated "Lonely Surfer," and helped Neil Young assemble two of his greatest Buffalo Springfield tunes, "Broken Arrow" and "Expecting to Fly."
Shortly after this album came out, Danny Whitten died of a drug/alcohol reaction--one of the two premature deaths documented on Young's "Tonight's the Night." The degrees of separation, ranging from the early 60s girl groups to "The Rising," span much of U.S. rock and roll history--which all seems to come together in one place, on this unassuming little album full of deceptively simple, great tunes.
It opens with a churning version of an obscure Randy Newman song, "Gone Dead Train," that sturdily rocks you toward the one Neil Young cover, "Dance Dance Dance," a countrified song that features the fiddler Byron Berline. The first of several Whitten originals, "Look at All the Things," establishes his primary mode--simple tales of heartache. I can't figure out why I like his songwriting so much. It's simple stuff, but it holds up, and works well in a rock band context.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Danny Whitten's swan song, fabulous rock'n'roll May 26, 2000
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Danny Whitten overdosed in 1972, shortly after failing to be sober enough to tour with Neil Young. The loss of Whitten almost certainly put Young in the darkness for several years. What a loss! This album boasts four outstanding Whitten compositions and several more strong vocals. The effect of the record is somewhere between late sixties Rolling Stones and the most disturbed sixties Neil Young. This may be due in part to the presence of Stones session man and Buffalo Springfield producer Jack Nitzsche on piano (and production). In addition to the Horse and Nitzsche there are two fabulous young guitar players, Nils Lofgren and Ry Cooder. Not to be missed and very comparable to Neil Young's contemporary offering 'After the Goldrush'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A forgotten classic January 11, 2005
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It's a shame more people don't know about this album, a nearly forgotten treasure recorded in late 1970. Other reviewers on this site describe it well, so I won't add much detail, except to say that Carolay is a fantastic track with almost a Phil Specter-like sound and a very catchy melody. Had it been released as a single, it would have had top-10 potential. You never hear this song, or any of the songs here, on the radio today, which is too bad because they're better than most of the garbage that passes for classic rock on so many stations.

Many of the album's other songs are also memorable and enjoyable, and the guitars sound wonderful. I give the album four stars rather than five because a couple tracks aren't quite as good as the rest, but these don't detract much from the overall package.

It's a shame that lead singer and guitarist Danny Whitten destroyed himself with heroin (he died at age 29 about a year after the album was released). Whitten, a former singing and guitar partner of Neil Young's (listen to Young's Everybody Knows This is Nowhere album from 1969 to hear how well the two sang and played together), had a fine voice, played a fantastic guitar and most significantly, possessed tremendous song-writing ability (I Don't Want To Talk About It, Downtown, Look At All the Things, etc.) that's really on display here. Had he lived, he might have become a big name in music. Young's Tonight's The Night album, released in 1975, was inspired by the life and tragic death of Whitten.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh! What Possibilities Might Have Been! February 16, 2000
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Really about 4 1/2 stars, but I would rather risk over-rating than under-rating this by even a bit. Great little album by Neil Young's backing group. Really essential too, not only for Neil fans but early 70's fans. Nils Lofgren, Neil's piano man on "Southern Man" is here in the mix too as the fifth member, but not always properly credited as so. Lofgren's version of "Beggar's Day" is superior here to remake on solo years later, so you Nils fans also should have a look into this. People who love Robbie Robertson & The Band, some Grateful Dead fans who fell in love with them first and foremostly for a pair of albums in the year 1970 likely also find this Crazy Horse album of country/folk/rock appealing. Yes, indeedy, a tasty, tasty offering eschewing the goody-goodiness of the likes of Poco or CSN. Closer to hippy life in the country than any of them; dark shadows as well as good times; deeper without being weighted down. Good times and hard times, "A drunkard's dream" if ever to be believed, get your hog heaven right here, those of you who know what I'm getting at. Moments of exhilarating fun, moments to give pause. "I Don't Want To Talk About It", a Danny Whitten song here later covered by Rod The Mod, intrigingly worth a listen in its authoritative version as well, especially in the retrospective light of the subsequent tragedy of his short life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good..
very good...see where a lot of Neil's influences came from...or something like that...just good, better than with Neil...hey what are Canada"s 3 major exports???? Read more
Published 3 months ago by john s. eaton II
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the Basics Rock
This album is a milestone in rock history. Neil Young's back-up group makes an incredible debut on its own with the same ragged sound that can be found on Young's records, but... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Arlee Bird
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect rock album
I always considered myself a hard core Neil Young fan; collecting everything he does and waiting for the next release with baited breath. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy Horse Album
Amazing Album!!! Danny Whitten is one of the most influential singer/songwriters with the group. Smell the Horse on this one!!
Published 24 months ago by Horse82
5.0 out of 5 stars another treasure
As so many others have already proclaimed this album is indeed a "lost treasure," a passionate and stirring stew of rock & roll. Read more
Published on August 14, 2012 by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars Back cover photo says it all
Take a look at the back cover photo - it says it all about the music and musicians on this record. This is an absolutely fantastic record. Read more
Published on May 10, 2012 by Mark Devon
4.0 out of 5 stars better than most of the garbage that passes for classic rock on so...
Got this cd after seeing it listed in mojo magazine's 100 best 'lost' albums. alot of great tracks here : gone dead train is a track with a stones-sy swag, look at all the things... Read more
Published on April 9, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Debut
Sadly, Danny Whitten, whom was the main focus of Crazy Horse(previously The Rockets) died a couple of years after this stunning debut album and it serves as a testament as to why... Read more
Published on February 1, 2012 by Thirty-Ought Six
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy horse!
Crazy horse! Too crazy horse for me. I have hamster in cage. When berserk I put towel over. No more crazy.
Published on January 13, 2012 by Django
5.0 out of 5 stars An undiscovered classic
Crazy Horse is best known as Neil Young's backing group on such seminal records as "Everybody Know This is Nowhere," "Zuma," and "Ragged Glory. Read more
Published on August 18, 2009 by Mark Blevins
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