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Re-ac-tor

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 19, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1981
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise Records
  • ASIN: B00009P1O5
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,692 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Neil's back with Crazy Horse for this 1981 rocker, and the results are loud and loose!

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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars man.y de.ci.bels May 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
There is a certain segment of Neil Young's fan base that is in it primarily for the decibels. They want to hear "Hey Hey My My", not "My My Hey Hey". They want Crazy Horse, and it better not be `Greendale'. While I share their passion, I do have a corresponding affinity for much of Young's kinder and gentler fare, such as `Comes a Time'. There does come a time, however, when the mood strikes for something striking, and nothing can strike that chord like Neil's `re.ac.tor'. In that sense, this may well be Neil's most underrated effort. Indeed, it is not difficult to find people who would place this disc in an inferno, creating a disc.oh! in.fer.no!
`re.ac.tor' is an explosive chain reaction (since there is no song called `re.ac.tor' on the disc, one must speculate on the significance of the title, including it's syllabled graphic style, and absence of capital letters, which may symbolize being broken down to essential elements; the song titles receive the same curious treatment). The cover is odd and striking, a bold red sideways pyramid flanked top and bottom by black panels. I suppose it conveys contained, yet invasive heat, another good analogy for the aural content within. The 1981 release of `re.ac.tor' followed the 1980 release of Young's `Hawks and Doves' almost one year to the day, another album with a similarly simple yet symbolic cover, a large white star surrounded by blue background.
While `Hawks and Doves' embraced a patriotic theme, `re.ac.tor' embraces everything hedonistic. Drugs and rock open things up in `op.er.a star'; "women", "booze" and "a pleasure cruise" are the tangible elements in `surf.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly underrated August 25, 2003
By owlberg
Format:Audio CD
This one never really got the respect it deserved, but in 1981, it was all about the synth (which makes a couple of appearances here, mostly as atmospheric filler amongst the familiar chaos of guitars, drums and bass).
It's a big, sludgy mess, of course, which is why it's so delicious. "Opera Star" is hysterically funny, because it's just so damn STOOPID. "Surfer Joe and Moe the Sleaze" carries a serious wallop, a killer riff, and not much more. "T-bone" gets even more granular: one huge riff pounded into oblivion for nine-plus minutes, while Neil laments the fact that he's "got mashed potatoes, ain't got no T-bone" over and over and over.
"Get Back On It" isn't gonna make things any harder for you: over one of the most basic of 'oldies rock' structures, Neil and Horse muse on the virtues and pitfalls of getting back on the road. Do they miss some of the simplest chord changes in rock history, more than once? Do they sound like a bunch of drunks trying to remember a Little Richard song on barely-adequate equipment? Oh yes they do, and it's a joy. NOBODY makes looseness sound quite this... uh... loose. It just goes from there. Neil sounds like he's having a total blast on this one.
Is it essential Neil Young? Probably not. Neil has written some tremendously insightful, thoughtful songs. He's written some fierce, timeless rock anthems. He's experimented with electronics and bluegrass and old-school country. Don't look for anything like that here.
This is the Neil Young you know from side two of RUST NEVER SLEEPS. This is the Neil Young of SLEEPS WITH ANGELS' 'Trans Am'. This is the 'whoo' thrown off before the solo in 'Cinnamon Girl'. It's just good ol' fashioned blast-in-the-car riffage. Take as needed.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy January 12, 2005
By rastro
Format:Audio CD
HeavyHeavyHeavyHeavyHeavy.
Yikes. This is Neil's heaviest record ever, and that says a bit, considering Rust Never Sleeps, and Live Rust, Ragged Glory, and Weld, and a *lot* of other stuff. Critics hated it, my Omnibus Complete Guide says it's Young "with his emotional shutters locked tight." Even Neil himself says he wasn't paying attention and he ain't sure how good it is. But they're all wrong; this is the indispensable spuzz.
"Shots," "T-Bone" and "Opera Star" would be classics in a better universe, but every song is great; every song except "Get Back On It" features buzzsaw, slicing, dicing guitars.
And like the music, the lyrics are seriously under-rated. If you're considering that emotional shutters statement, check out the lyrics to "Shots." And if you think that the lyrics to "surfer joe" or "t-bone" or "opera star" are bad, consider AC/DC, heavy metal masters of the ironic look at their own silliness. I mean, this isn't gonna save the world, folks, and you might as well admit it. "t-bone" is hilarious, and so are the lines
"You were born to rock/You'll never be an opera star"
And is it just me, or did Neil make up the word "garfong?"
This is Neil in his idiot savant mode, firmly in the tradition initiated by AC/DC's "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution." Anything this funny can't be bad.
Anyway, you need to tread carefully with Young's '80's output; I wouldn't say it was overall as bad as some might say, but you do need to leave your preconceptions at the door AND forgive a clunker here and there. No such caveats need apply to this, the second album Young released in the 1980's. You like rock and roll, you like heavy guitar, no questions asked, buy it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Neil Young/Crazy Horse Album
I've always loved this album...going back to my college days. It's not all "grunge" (though lots of it) with cool tunes like Motor City and Southern Pacific. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sammy O
5.0 out of 5 stars tunes
great music, with great beats. n. y. and crazy horse is really on their game in this collection. should had more hits than just southern pacific. Read more
Published 4 months ago by kevin j spear
5.0 out of 5 stars Ain't got no t-bone
This record doesn't seem 33 years old. T-bone belongs in the 90s log of grunge songs. Very rocking Neil Young album.
Published 7 months ago by Michelle Moore
2.0 out of 5 stars The First Sign of a Very Troubled Decade for Neil.
After hitting one of the greatest peaks of his career with "Rust Never Sleeps" in 1979, Neil Young reunited with Crazy Horse for 1980's "re-ac-tor," a punk inspired... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Anthony Nasti
4.0 out of 5 stars Psychotic Re*Ac*tor
Not Neil Young's best but even his worst is better than a lot of albums out there. This is the brash aggressive Neil. A lot of energy in this album. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Arlee Bird
5.0 out of 5 stars T-Bone
This is an unusual album, but if you like Neil Young with Crazy Horse it has some really great jams on it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ian
5.0 out of 5 stars The Emperor Of The Overtone
Neil!
No one has ever matched Neil for breadth of experimentation, and no one has ever matched Neil for finesse of technique in the application of the hollow-body electric... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Clifford Teapes
5.0 out of 5 stars Crunchy Neil.
Neil Young entered the 80's with a country-rock album "Hawks And Doves", quite a departure from 1979's "Rust never Sleeps", but Neil again would surprise his fans with a rockin'... Read more
Published 15 months ago by ScottE
4.0 out of 5 stars good CD
this CD is a great CD. I have had the LP for some time, and I liked that, so Decided to get into the 21st century and get the CD of this. Read more
Published 21 months ago by William T. Gilbert III
5.0 out of 5 stars Some things never change...they stay the way they are...
I remember purchasing this on vinyl when it was released back in '81. Already a confirmed Neil fanatic, I knew to expect the unexpected. Read more
Published on December 16, 2011 by imafunker2
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