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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 12, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1987
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000054OXV
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,306 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Life by Neil Young

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Those Neil Young fans who cherish their hero's aggressive work with Crazy Horse were dealing with an extended drought when Life hit the shelves in 1987. A half-dozen years had passed since Young last emerged from the studio with a Crazy Horse collaboration--the flawed but fascinating Reactor. Unfortunately, they'd have to wait three more years for a great Young/Crazy Horse set, 1990's Ragged Glory. Despite the fact that Life contains what's clearly meant to be the Crazy Horse credo in "Prisoners of Rock 'n' Roll" ("That's why we don't we don't wanna be good"), Young and his three longtime foils feel constrained by dated '80s production touches and some spotty material. Still, its highlights (notably the strange foreign-policy treatise "Mideast Vacation" and the wistful closer "We Never Danced") offer modest rewards for loyalists. --Steven Stolder

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The sound is bogged down by weird effects and overall, most of the sounds are simply bad.
P Magnum
Any open-minded Young fan will find a hell of a lot to enjoy here, and there's plenty of squealing guitar for the meat-and-potatoes Young fan as well.
Rich Latta
WELD, BROKEN ARROW, SLEEPS WITH ANGELS (also not as rockin as Crazy Horse could be but a hell of a lot better than this one) and LIVE RUST.
wally gator

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bluematter on December 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I've had this CD since it was first released in the late eighties. While this is not even close to Neil's best it was a step back in the right direction. Alot of this has to do with Crazy Horse. Neil seems to be energized with them. "Mideast vacation" is a excellent social statement and a good rock & roll number. "Inca Queen" takes "Cortez the Killer" further south and into a more mellow setting. While "Prisoners of Rock & Roll" is a no excuses Crazy Horse number. Lastly,the CD closes with "We never danced", a number that just as easliy could have been on AFTER THE GOLDRUSH some seventeen years earlier. Sure their has been better Neil since this, ie. Ragged Glory, Weld, Unplugged, and Mirror Ball come to mind, but to fans of Neil Young and Crazy Horse this is a step in the right direction. Now if only Reprise would release ON THE BEACH and JOURNEY THROUGH THE PAST, all would be right with the world.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H3@+h on January 8, 2012
Format: Vinyl
I found this at a record store recently and grabbed it because Neil is my fave artist, yet I had never heard of this album. I also knew it was released just two albums before Freedom which I love, and this was five bucks. The cover photo of Neil rockin' also game me some hope.

After many spins I've found it to be pretty good, it only suffers when compared to other Neil albums. This happens to many musicians. They release a good album that gets bumped down to fair because their other albums are great. There are no hits on Life, but it's enjoyable front to back. There is some synth and even horns in some songs, which usually works. Lyrics lean political, but hey, it's Neil.

One fact I read was that Life is his least selling album of all time. Understandable as it was lost in his pre-comeback years. I wouldn't call Life essential, but for the real fan it's a good listen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By custard-pie@nme.com on May 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Ok, I'll admit it. I actually like most of Neil's 80s stuff. Dunno what that says about me! Life isn't like a normal crazy horse record because the loud guitars aren't always present. However, the tunes are good which is what matters. The reason I took a star off was the 80s production where the drums sound totally flat and synthesisers are in most of the tracks. Sometimes this can be good but not always. Mideast Vacation is a good track and Around The World has the kind of savage guitars next seen on 'Don't Cry' off Freedom. Inca Queen is a bit slow but still quite cool. The rest of the tracks go along without really making a fuss. It does sound as though the album is there because one was needed. However, if you ignore the fact that this is Neil Young and put it next to other 80s records, it does come out looking good. It's just that we're used to something a bit more immediate from Neil. As another reviewer said, if you are a fan, you'll get this sooner or later, and I don't think that you'll totally regret it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rich Latta on January 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Neil Young - Life (1987)

Many of the more one-dimensional Neil Young fans dislike LIFE because they can't handle the 80's stylings and the synths. For those willing to give it a chance, though, there's some fantastic music here and not a dud in the bunch. It's a huge improvement over the so-bad-it's-depressing LANDING ON WATER which was completely drenched in synths and totally uninspired.

Anyone who accuses Young's music of sounding too same-y should check this one out. It combines killer guitar rock with 80's modern production and some weird sensibilities which contribute to its personality. Any open-minded Young fan will find a hell of a lot to enjoy here, and there's plenty of squealing guitar for the meat-and-potatoes Young fan as well.

Breakdown:

"Mideast Vacation" - Neil manages to finally pull off a great, powerful song in a pulsing New Wave style. Listen for Neil's metallic guitar attack toward the end. *****

"Long Walk Home" - the opening mouth-harp signals an abrupt shift in style. This one is a placid piano-based beauty even as it's being viciously battered with sounds of war. ****

"Around the World" - a very interesting song - the contrast between light 'n' airy synths with crunching Crazy Horse riffage is striking. At one point, a wild guitar solo bleeps like a dying computer. *****

"Inca Queen" - why is this beauty being overlooked by so many other reviewers? "Inca Queen" is surely one of Neil's more gorgeous acoustic guitar ballads. Presented with luscious orchestra and some tasty sound effects, it could've filled a whole album side without wearing out its welcome, way past its 8 minute length. A classic musical epic from Neil.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CursedShadow on September 29, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I know I am in a minority here, but I have always loved this album. I understand that because it is so heavily politically influenced that many listeners might be turned off, but I am not a "lyric guy" per se so it doesn't bother me. I just think it is a very nice collection of songs, performances and arrangements. As a guy who owns practically every Neil Young album, I would definitely put this one in my top ten.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rich Latta on December 31, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Many of the more one-dimensional Neil Young fans dislike LIFE because they can't handle the 80's stylings and the synths. For those willing to give it a chance, though, there's some fantastic music here and not a dud in the bunch. It's a huge improvement over the so-bad-it's-depressing LANDING ON WATER which was completely drenched in synths and totally uninspired.

Anyone who accuses Young's music of sounding too same-y should check this one out. It combines killer guitar rock with 80's modern production and some weird sensibilities which contribute to its personality. Any open-minded Young fan will find a hell of a lot to enjoy here, and there's plenty of squealing guitar for the meat-and-potatoes Young fan as well.

Breakdown:

"Mideast Vacation" - Neil manages to finally pull off a great, powerful song in a pulsing New Wave style. Listen for Neil's metallic guitar attack toward the end. *****

"Long Walk Home" - the opening mouth-harp signals an abrupt shift in style. This one is a placid piano-based beauty even as it's being viciously battered with sounds of war. ****

"Around the World" - a very interesting song - the contrast between light 'n' airy synths with crunching Crazy Horse riffage is striking. At one point, a wild guitar solo bleeps like a dying computer. *****

"Inca Queen" - why is this beauty being overlooked by so many other reviewers? "Inca Queen" is surely one of Neil's more gorgeous acoustic guitar ballads. Presented with luscious orchestra and some tasty sound effects, it could've filled a whole album side without wearing out its welcome, way past its 8 minute length. A classic musical epic from Neil. *****

"Too Lonely" - coming up for air with some good ole rock 'n' roll, crunchy and nasty.
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