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Ragged Glory CD

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After a long period of unfocused weirdness, Young spotted grunge around the corner and declared unity with the loud, scruffy sounds coming from Seattle. The countryish ballads, such as the opening "Farmer John," get roaring Crazy Horse treatment, and the headbanging "F*!#in' Up" is the most self-effacing rock anthem since the Who recorded "I'm a Boy." Amid the clatter, though, there is beauty: Crazy Horse's sympathetic backup vocals turn "Mansion on the Hill" into a pretty pop song despite the electric guitars, and even the white noise that closes the 1990 album is soothing in a scream-therapy kind of way. --Steve Knopper
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  • Audio CD (August 31, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Reprise Records
  • ASIN: B000002LMK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,213 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Brown on September 18, 2008
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I was only 20 years old when this record came out. At the time, I was trying to be the best alternative rocker I could be. Comming out of my Cure phase and into the early years of 90's sludge, I was wholly caught up in bands like Primus, Rollins Band, and the Pixies. One of my buddies scored some tickets to the Ragged Glory Tour show at the Capital Center in DC. Also on the ticket were Social Distortion and Sonic Youth...two of my favorite bands at the time, so I gladdly tagged along. Sure, I was somewhat familiar with Neil Young, heard some of his songs, etc. But at that time, he was nothing more than a legendary figure of classic rock in my mind.

I watched gleefully while Social D belted out a quick set of punkabilly and Sonic Youth reduced the place to pure baffled silence. My expectations for Neil Young were low, and I can remember talking to my buddy about leaving early. Suddenly dozens of giant dummy speakers were lowered down to the stage and the lights brightened. The band emerged with Neil front and center. His appearance looked like something out of a Tim Burton movie - Levi's barely hanging on to his skinny legs, a tattered oversized flannel shirt, shoulders slumped forward, and hair that looked like a giant silver cobweb. He picked up his guitar, gave a quick wave to the crowd, then ripped the place to shreds. There's really no better way to describe it.

I can still remember standing there in the middle of a giant steaming pile of rubble that was once the stadium, my jaw on the floor, feeling like I'd just witnessed the second coming of the Messiah, or who knows what else...and that I needed to pick myself up off the floor and learn how to walk all over again.

I've been hooked ever since.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Matthew J. Bross on April 16, 2005
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With Neil Young's 1989 solo effort Freedom, I like many others was warming up to his music again, after the numerous and sometimes alienating stylistic changes he was making in the 1980's. On Freedom, I tended to favor the harder cuts on the album such as "Don't Cry" "Rocking In The Free World" his driving cover of "On Broadway". At the same time I was heavily listening to some of his work with Crazy Horse; Live Rust and Rust Never Sleeps. All though this I was thinking, "Why doesn't he just make another kick-a**, all electric album from beginning to end?" "And at the same time why not just get back together With Crazy Horse?"

Well less than a year later in 1990, both prayers were answered. Neil Young finally reunited With Crazy horse for Ragged Glory. And the music matched my expectations and anticipation. I was totally blown away with their resulting effort. Raw, honest, intense and most importantly, excellent songs. Truckloads of guitars and solos. Short, terse rockers are mixed with their trademark eight to ten minute jams and loads of feedback in the right places. Most importantly this album matches all of his 70's work, with and without Crazy Horse.

Ragged Glory is also the essential album to listen to on a long country drive, disturbing the cattle and the small towns on the way! The leadoff track on the CD "Country Home" is obviously well-suited for the aforementioned type of drive. "White Line" has an excellent driving riff and is a very concise song, almost ending prematurely, kind of like Stone Temple Pilots "Interstate Love Song" four years later.

"F*!#in' UP" is my favorite track on Ragged Glory. It is the most aggressive song on the album lyrically and musically. It's an understatement, but this song kicks serious a**.
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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful By 1. on February 15, 2000
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Neil Young stands as one of the great "anti-heroes" of rock. For over 3 decades, he's played pretty much what he wanted, with very little regard for whether or not it was "commerical". Despite their attitude, Neil Young and Crazy Horse managed to rack up a huge string of hits, and a large fan following anyhow. While Neil and his band are grateful for the support (and the 'counrty homes' and all that comes with success in rock and roll), they still refuse to "sell out" and do comfortable pop tunes. Instead, from time to time, they unleash a thunderbolt. This CD is one such thunderbolt.
This one captures Neil Young and Crazy Horse at what they do best-- grunge. Released almost a year before Nirvana's (equally stellar) major label debut CD, this CD makes the recent material from so called heavy rock bands like Aerosmith and Van Halen sound almost wimpy by comparison.*
Perhaps the reason Neil Young and Crazy horse don't do "battles of the bands" is that their firepower is so overwhelming, it would simply destroy most of the competition after they played the first few bars.
Suffice to say, this is an awesome piece of hard rock, done by one of that genre's true masters of the art. While Neil & Crazy Horse have done grungy metal for decades (on Everyone Knows This is Nowhere, Rust Never Sleeps, and several other CD's), they've never quite captured their live energy and intensity as well as they did here.
After you hear the new grunge guys (Alice in Chains, The Cult, and possibly Soundgarden), listen to the old man, and he'll teach you how this music should really be played. Except for Nirvana (who are tragically, gone) none of the newer grunge artists have equalled this CD for sheer songwriting, musicianship, intensity, and edginess.
* Just for the record, I like a lot of Aerosmith & Van Halen's works.
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I consider myself a pretty big Neil Young fan. Sure he has made some clunkers along the way. But his good material far outweighs his bad work. I admire his songwriting more than anything. But I also like his courage to take chances, succede or fail. I think Neils artistic apex was the Rust Never... Read More
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