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Ragged Glory

Neil Young, Crazy HorseVinyl
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B007IVOR9Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,607,469 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full Circle With Crazy Horse April 16, 2005
Format:Audio CD
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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lemmie tell ya' how I became a Neil Young fan... September 18, 2008
Format:Audio CD
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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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE original Grunge Artist Returns -- with a vengance 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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4.0 out of 5 stars 90's Neil
I think of all Neil's albums in the 90's and I would have to say this is the one I enjoy the most. Some of the songs feel a little out of place (Farmer John for instance) but... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Neil at his best, this is a classic must own CD!
One of Neil Young's best albums ever. This was the first CD I ever owned. My dad bought it for me. 20+ years later I finally wore the CD out. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rains
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
I love everything about this masterpiece. The production is top notch and you can tell that Neil spent some serious time and effort on creating this. Read more
Published 6 months ago by White Chicken
5.0 out of 5 stars The title sums it up
Ragged Glory is what it says it is. His previous album, Freedom, gave us one of his most enduring songs in "Rockin' in the Free World", but that album doesn't touch Ragged Glory. Read more
Published 7 months ago by John Alapick
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect
Skip Country Home and Farmer John and you have the perfect Neil Young recording. Even more perfect is Freedom. Enjoy!
Published 8 months ago by alan
5.0 out of 5 stars This is perhaps my "only 1 Neil Young Album allowed as a castaway"...
Another one of Neil Young's 4 "must own" Albums alongside "On The Beach, "Tonight's The Night", & "Zuma. Read more
Published 8 months ago by K. Oleff
5.0 out of 5 stars In
Another one of Neil Young's 4 "must own" Albums alongside "Tonight's The Night", "Zuma" & "On The Beach. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Nancy J. Iacianci
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Neil and Crazy Horse
This is one of my favorite car-trip songs. White Line and @#$%&!in' up will push the speedometer dangerously high... so be careful. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Odd Waters
5.0 out of 5 stars Straight Up Rockin' And Very Powerful
I will admit that this Neil Young album has taken considerable time for me to really love. Years later, I've realized what a masterpiece it really is. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Todd7
4.0 out of 5 stars Vastly Overlooked
One of Neil & Crazy Horse's most overlooked albums. Grunge precursor and distortion a' la carte. F*! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Roger Houston
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