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Living With War [Special Edition]

Neil YoungAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (December 19, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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1. After The Garden
2. Living With War
3. The Restless Consumer
4. Shock And Awe
5. Families
6. Flags Of Freedom
7. Let's Impeach The President
8. Lookin' For A Leader
9. Roger And Out
10. America The Beautiful

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For this raw limited-edition CD+DVD version of Living With War, the critically acclaimed original album, Neil Young strips away the choir, ratchets up the guitars and blasts away with all the passion and volume worth of one of rock's greatest singer-songwriters. In addition, packaged with the new audio CD is a DVD featuring video clips documenting the recording sessions for each of the 10 songs on the album (which is also presented with new artwork). With this Living With War, Neil Young is once again rockin' the free world

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Social Commentary and Innovative Videos December 19, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This set isn't merely a re-issue of the ground breaking and controversial Living With War release. It serves as a deeper look into the sessions that produced the original album and gives a visual dimension to a song set that already leaves the listener with a broad series of mental images. The CD content is stripped down version of the original...4 musicians in a room creating music and captured on tape, using the first mixes out of the control room. These songs are heard once again on the DVD, but in much greater fidelity, which to this reviewer is far superior to the CD. The DVD is packed with a series of videos Neil created in a news channel style to illustrate the songs as well as a group of documentary videos from the recording sessions. The artist explains his work in clips taken from a TV news interview and an appearance on the Colbert Report. Fans interested in the much discussed Neil Young Archives get a treat here with the special preview of two videos from the Crazy Horse Rusted Out Garage Tour in 1986. Biographies, album reviews, and even a somewhat somber, but thoughtful listing of US fatalities in the Iraq War complete the DVD to help cement this release as a historical document of a World in a troubled time.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Less Is More With Raw War December 22, 2006
Format:Audio CD
During the spring of 2006, NPR created a buzz that soon turned into a comsumer roar surrounding Neil Young's initial release of "Living With War". Interviews on NPR's "Fresh Air" with Young uncovered his heated spur-of-the-moment mindset to rifle off a collection of anti-war/administration songs and the station even sound-clipped several of the tracks to give it's listeners an audible sample platter of the issues Young was taking on.

Despite Young's sincere anger and commentary (that I already happened to agree with) the songs came off as over-the-top and too polished. Naturally I was biased to approve of Young releasing some point-and-blame musical numbers, but much of the lyrics were too cliche and the 100 voice choir on several of the songs didn't help either for sounding celeberatory, neverminding the lyrical content's morose tone. After a good once-over, I decided that the initial release of "Living With War" was 3 star material. I'm glad Neil Young was taking a stand, but the music didn't communicate well with the message.

Upon hearing about "Living With War - Raw", I immediately thought of The Beatles "Let It Be... Naked" which is also compiled from the rough cuts of that classic album (classic in its own right, for I am not a huge Beatles fan). Time will tell if "Living With War" will be considered a classic, one thing it does have going for itself is that it's turned out to be one of Young's best all-time selling albums.

"Raw" takes only from the first mixes of each song. Absent are the choir and other overdubs which seemingly made the initial "Living With War" nearly gaudy.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Neil Young is More Relevant Than Most People Alive December 19, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I thought I liked the album before, I absolutely love it like this. Mr. Young, his guitar, his arrow-shot lyrics and passionate delivery: simply love it. Thank you, Neil Young.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much More Powerful January 22, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I haven't even seen the DVD yet and don't particularly care about it. I'm talkin' 'bout this RAW version of Living With's much more powerful than the "choir" version. Don't let the "stripped down" description fool you. I prefer to call it revved up. The bass guitar, particularly, is FAR more powerful and rumbles the walls and bothers the neighbors. Somehow Neil's vocals come across more powerfully as well, and his guitar sounds more Crazy Horse-ish. The only thing missing, in my opinion, is an extended guitar solo...and it may sound a little silly when Neil says "flip...flop...flip...flop" without the George Bush quotes inserted...but that didn't work so well anyway. So...if you haven't bought RAW because you have the "choir" version, my advice is to give that CD away to a friend or relative and get this much more powerful CD. Once you've bought and love it, you'll probably forget the inflated price.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the original February 15, 2007
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This version of Living With War is a lot more raw than the originally released album. On here, it's only Neil singing, leaving out the choir, which I thought had weakened the first effort just a little bit, but not much. This is taken from the first mix at the time of the recording, and it comes across as more urgent than the first release. The guitar has more feedback, and it sounds a lot like a Crazy Horse collaboration, although it's not.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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First up, to correct some other comments here, this is NOT a Crazy Horse album.

That said, it sure sounds like one.

Considering the mountain of musical protest during our Vietnam debacle, the relative silence during the last 6 years of folly has been sad.

Neil himself said that he was waiting for the younger voices to take up the task, and finally realized that he needed to do it himself.

In Crosby's fun new book, the Croz has a bit about questioning Neil on the simplicity of his song structure for LWW. Neil responds that he didn't want to waste his better chord patterns on W - funny and very in character.

Living With War is fascinating on all sorts of levels, and will stand the test of time in Neil's catalog. It's a supremely rare piece of musical stream of consciousness. This is a great artist at his most unprotected, un-selfedited best. Emotionally compelling stuff. The power of these songs as CSNY presented them on last summer's tour was overwhelming - (that's another album/video worth releasing...)

While I understand the thinking behind the everyman choir, and enjoy the original album, stripping these songs to the 'power trio w/ trumpet' core recordings is a very different listen, and arguably more powerful.

It's unfortunate that the original release didn't utilize a 5.1 approach, as the choral mix might have been stunning.

Neil is not only a great songwriter/guitarist, but he's got his own way of looking at issues of recording fidelity and especially CD technology.

After bemoaning the fidelity of CD's for years, he's recently been fully embracing DVD-A upsampling and enhanced fidelity - with some amazing results.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "A Terrific Package, The DVD Is Clever & Entertaining! Here's The...
'LIVING WITH WAR: In The Beginning' contains a CD of the "RAW" mix of Neil's previously released 'LIVING WITH WAR' and a loaded DVD. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John H. McCarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cd for the real Neil Young fan
This cd is the downtuned version of the living with war.

So it's a lot simpler, and sounds awsome !!
Published 6 months ago by eric
5.0 out of 5 stars His most underrated
Huge NY fan. I have all his stuff. I'm also objective. I like his 00s work, but don't feel he's put out a classic in the 2000s other than "Living With War. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Rick D. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Neil
Great outspoken Neil.

Never one to shy away from telling it like it is.

Other, automatically classic, Neil in here.
Published 19 months ago by Jeffrey Osborn
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated
Neil Young pumps out music like an insane man, and it seems like a lot of his albums go under the radar. This one was a very time-specific release but has good tracks. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Reviewer
3.0 out of 5 stars This is a controversial album, not my favorite
This album is an special release as it comes with a DVD as well as the audio CD. (Hard to find)
Published 20 months ago by Robert Wesley Bender
If you like Neil Young for his spontaneous hard rock, the music on the CD is better than the original release of 'Living With War'. Read more
Published on March 12, 2008 by David P. Weber
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my choice of Neil!!!
This is solely a CD to make a statement for the politically advanced. I love everything about Neils music, except this CD! It is not my thing. Read more
Published on February 23, 2008 by Kevin M. Skiba
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrgh...
The original version of "Living with War," with its choir, has its charms, and some songs on it just don't work as well without the extra voices (e.g. Read more
Published on June 18, 2007 by CQC
5.0 out of 5 stars Living with War
Neil Young-Living With War *****

Released in 2006 and Living With War was the return of Neil Young. Read more
Published on April 28, 2007 by Morton
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