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Prairie Wind [CD]

Neil YoungAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 27, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Reprise Records
  • ASIN: B000AXSN5G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,840 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Painter
2. No Wonder
3. Falling Off the Face of the Earth
4. Far From Home
5. It's A Dream
6. Prairie Wind
7. Here For You
8. This Old Guitar
9. He Was the King
10. When God Made Me

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An artist for all musical seasons, Neil Young returns to autumnal harvest mode on Prairie Wind, with homespun material and sing-song melodies that renew the spirit of some of his most popular releases. Yet the mood here is darker in its maturity than on Harvest and Harvest Moon--the previous releases in what now sounds like a trilogy--and the arrangements have greater range and aural depth, with Wayne Jackson of the soulful Memphis Horns, the Fisk University Jubilee Singers gospel choir, and a string section employed to striking effect. This is a song cycle of dreams, memories, family ties, and the passage of time--what is lost and what endures. The elliptical, epic 'No Wonder', with its evocation of 9/11, ranks with the most ambitious songs of Young's career, while 'Falling Off the Face of the Earth', 'It's a Dream', and the bluesy title cut combine childlike innocence with unsettling experience. Spooner Oldham's church keyboards and co-producer Ben Keith's steel guitar reinforce the sound's sturdy simplicity. Young has released a lot of albums in different musical styles, but Prairie Wind feels like a homecoming, and ranks with his very best. Reprise. 2005.

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An artist for all musical seasons, Neil Young returns to autumnal harvest mode on Prairie Wind, with homespun material and sing-song melodies that renew the spirit of some of his most popular releases. Yet the mood here is darker in its maturity than on Harvest and Harvest Moon--the previous releases in what now sounds like a trilogy--and the arrangements have greater range and aural depth, with Wayne Jackson of the soulful Memphis Horns, the Fisk University Jubilee Singers gospel choir, and a string section employed to striking effect. This is a song cycle of dreams, memories, family ties, and the passage of time--what is lost and what endures. The elliptical, epic "No Wonder," with its evocation of 9/11, ranks with the most ambitious songs of Young's career, while "Falling Off the Face of the Earth," "It's a Dream," and the bluesy title cut combine childlike innocence with unsettling experience. Spooner Oldham's church keyboards and coproducer Ben Keith's steel guitar reinforce the sound's sturdy simplicity. Young has released a lot of albums in different musical styles, but Prairie Wind feels like a homecoming, and ranks with his very best. --Don McLeese

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193 of 204 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blowin' In The Wind September 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Neil Young has always been a musical chameleon. Shifting from hard rock to rockabilly to grunge to futuristic synth music, he's tried every music genre. But the style he keeps returning to is country-rock. Prairie Wind is yet another superb album in this vein. The past few years haven't been kind to Mr. Young with the death of his father and the mother of his first child or finding out that he has a brain aneurysm. With the sense of loss and mortality, Prairie Wind reflects on life and family. "The Painter" brilliantly sets the tone for the album as it a brooding, moody piece that shows music gives eternal life to its artists. "Far From Home" is a lovely ode to his parents and "Here For You" is a sweet song for his kids that has a great harmonica solo. "Falling From The Face Of The Earth" is a gentle lament and "He Was The King" is a goofy salute to Elvis Presley, but one done with spirit. "When God Made Me" has a full gospel chorus and "This Old Guitar" is the best track on the album with its simple story and laid-back charm. Country-rock is the skin Mr. Young feels most comfortable in and Prairie Wind is his best album in a decade.
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193 of 205 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here For You October 3, 2005
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Everytime Neil Young releases a mellow country rock album, it's immediately hailed as another HARVEST. Well, this is no HARVEST nor another rather overated HARVEST MOON. COMES A TIME might be more applicable, but as far as I'm concerned, any such comparisons are a waste of breath.

This is quite simply the most satisfying Neil Young album I've heard in years. Warm, organic & damn haunting. Death & loss are the major themes & you'd have to be deaf not to notice it comes from the gut. All 9/11 & Chris Rock references aside, "No Wonder" sounds amazingly like vintage 70's Young. His singular warble has never sounded so faltering as it does on, "Falling Off The Face Of The Earth". The horns on "Far From Home" lend a sense of humor to what is by and large an introspective album. The goofy Elvis ode, "He Was The King" seems to be another one tossed in to keep things from getting too serious. For songs like "Painter" & the title track, the tone is certainly nostalgic but a thick coat of regret keeps things from flying away. In the hands of anyone else the sentiments of "This Old Guitar" would come off as a Hallmark greeting, but Young's whispered delivery lends it undeniable gravity.

I saw Young & choir sing "God Made Me" on the Katrina Relief concert & it stopped in my tracks. It still does here. Further proof, that if lent an unprejudiced ear, herein lies a moving & poignant album full of subtle melodies that will stick in your head if given a proper listen. Let audiophiles & die hard fans whine & gripe till they're blue in the face.

I'm a discerning fan, not everything he's touched turns to gold but Young's albums are always heartfelt. Some just find themselves in your cd player more often than others. PRAIRIE WIND is destined to be one of those.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Album October 1, 2005
By Norm
Format:Audio CD
Its been a while since a new album has caused as many immediate repeated listenings for me as Prairie Wind. I guess its inevitable to compare this recording with Neil Young's very best songs and albums because it stands up well in that context. Many songs have touching, reflective lyrics, and maybe a philosophical maturity that is beyond anything he has written before. Several songs are standouts, and the melody that I find running through my mind later seems to vary among those. "Its a Dream" is so touching and absolutely beautiful; I think anyone who has experienced significant personal loss will be moved by such an accepting interpetation of our own mortality.

I'm delighted with the accompanying dvd in this package. What a great concept, being able to see the entire album being recorded exactly as you hear it on the cd. It causes me to ponder 'what if' scenerios of similar documentation of any of my all-time-favorite recordings. The upgrade to this duo-disk set is well worth the few dollars more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Like a Letter from an Old Friend November 18, 2005
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There are a precious few artist/musicians who can claim to have remained valid for forty years. Bob Dylan is one, Van Morrison another. Perhaps the same can be said for Paul McCartney, but of this list, it is arguable that Neil Young did the best job of remaining relevant for most of that time. His music has accompanied me throughout my life, and with "Prairie Wind," it appears as though that journey is bound to continue.

"Prairie Wind" is about reflecting on old times, and acknowledging the importance of good friends, family, and time well spent. Listening to this album is like getting a letter from an old friend who you haven't heard from in a few years. The reminiscent tone is immediately familiar and deeply touching, especially as he discusses old memories from the perspective of a person who wants to communicate thoughts that may have gone unspoken, as in "Falling Off the Face of the Earth"; "It's such a precious thing, the time we share together. I must apologize for all the troubled times." Philosophically speaking, it is pretty much true that most of us do not get to really know many people - In a lifetime, we might claim a few family members and a handful of friends as truly close. Young suggests this himself in the song "The Painter," when he sings "I have my friends eternally, we left our tracks in the sound. Some of them are with me now, some of them can't be found."

Over the course of his career, Neil has often confounded the public by constantly changing directions, including a few chameleonic shifts in style. However far he wanders, though, he eventually returns to his roots as a reflective country-folk artist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
nice neil young album
Published 9 hours ago by larry wilkinson CTP
5.0 out of 5 stars Neil Young at His Best
I bought this album when it was released in 2005. I listened through several times and thought it was a great album. Read more
Published 11 days ago by beckmank
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Neil's Best CDs!!!
Oh my, I think this is Neil's best CD yet--but then all of them are good!! I especially like the song when God made me, which he sings from his heart! Read more
Published 16 days ago by Pamela Sanders
4.0 out of 5 stars "Neil Acts His Age, Some Reviewers Should Follow His Example (Oh, And...
As of this review (2014) Neil Young is 69. I can't understand how some reviewers think he could release another HARVEST or AFTER THE GOLD RUSH if he wanted to. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John H. McCarthy
3.0 out of 5 stars Rhinestone Cowboy without the rhinestones
I believe this album had the serious potential to rival "Harvest Moon" and "Comes a Time", 2 of my favorite non Crazy Horse Neil Young albums. Read more
Published 2 months ago by mitchell a.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this cd
Love Neil Young and this is one of the best cds I have enjoyed of his. After watching a special on tv of him and his music, these songs were on his special.
Published 4 months ago by Anita Meyer
3.0 out of 5 stars Some great songs but poor quality vinyl
I love this record and but I was disappointed in the vinyl copy I received. The first disc was out of center, which essentially ruined all of the songs on side two. Read more
Published 5 months ago by R. Montilio
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome music for any Neil fan.
Awesome music for any Neil fan. Some of the best he's done IMO. If you love Neil young get this cd. Great songs great artists.
Published 6 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album.
If you are a Neil Young fan, this is classic Neil. Do yourself a favor and buy the DVD Heart of Gold. He plays this album in it.
Published 9 months ago by Joshua Richardson
2.0 out of 5 stars Less than Stellar
I'm a huge, long-time Neil fan but there's nothing on this album worth listening to. What a bummer. But, I'm still a fan of the man.
Published 10 months ago by Dwight Kuhlman
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