Zuma

January 31, 2012 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 10, 1975
  • Release Date: January 31, 2012
  • Label: Rhino
  • Copyright: 1975 Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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  • Total Length: 36:27
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  • ASIN: B001W2D6N8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,365 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Without any possible question, this is one of Neil Young's greatest albums, and given the extraordinary length of his career and the amazing number of albums that he has made, that is saying something. This is also one of his most influential albums, producing a pattern for a host of guitar oriented garage and alternative bands in the 1980s and 1990s. It is impossible to listen to a band like Thin White Rope or Eleventh Dream Day or Nirvana and escape the conclusion that the members of the bands all grew up listening to the cuts on this disc.

Although this is widely known as one of the seminal guitar albums in the history of rock, there are two paradoxes in that claim. First, a couple of the songs are entirely acoustic and feature none of the grungy guitar found throughout the rest of the disc. "Pardon My Heart" is not merely acoustic, but soft and gentle as well. "Through My Sails" is a Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young song. For me, it is the weakest cut on the album, and a potent reminder to me of why I prefer Neil Young on his own. The second paradox is that in many ways Neil Young really isn't a very good guitarist. Technically, there are probably a host of high school guitarists that surpass him. His solos are some of the most elementary in the history of rock. Nonetheless, Young seems to get more musical mileage out of relatively meager chops of any guitarist in history. He might not be a virtuoso, but in this album he virtually reinvents grunge guitar, and paved the way for a host of imitators.

Guitar aside, what drives this amazing album is the great, great songs that line up one after another. "Don't Cry No Tears" gives way for the even more stunning "Danger Bird." A couple of songs later we get one of my favorite Young songs, "Barstool Blues.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Zuma was the first studio album that was credited to Neil Young & Crazy Horse since his second release, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. While various members of the band appeared on albums in between the releases, Zuma contains the power rocking sound that only the complete band could produce. "Barstool Blues" is an underrated gem that has bluesy guitar riff that pops throughout the song. "Drive Back" and "Don't Cry No Tears" have a grungy sound. "Stupid Girl" is great song with a great vocal. "Pardon My Heart" is an acoustic based number as is the closer "Through My Sails" which features Crosby, Stills & Nash and was a leftover from the aborted sessions in 1974 that was supposed to yield the band's followup to Deja Vu. The standout track on the album is "Cortez The Killer" with its droning guitar solo and vivid lyrics, the song is tremendous.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Rubendall HALL OF FAME on April 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Young and Crazy Horse have done so many fine albums that this one sometimes gets overlooked. Most fans know "Cortez the Killer," but check out "Barstool Blues" (wonderfully redone on the live "Year of the Horse"), "Don't Cry No Tears" and "Pardon My Heart." The sound alternates between soft and hard. A strong effort that is among the better Young albums.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is one hell of an album, one of my personal favourites. Neil and the Horse get back on track with beautiful, simple, guitar based rock songs. Barstool Blues is legendary. Rumour has it that the band went on a heavy drinking spree and awoke the next morning to find this song recorded - with Neil singing at an octave higher than normal. I don't know if this is true or not, but it's a cool rumour! There is not one bad song, the meandering lead of Dangerbird, the melodic Pardon my Heart, the upbeat Stupid Girl and the has-to-be-mentioned Cortez the Killer. This is a fantastic song and an absolute classic. The slow dreamy intro lasts over a third of the song and the story goes (again) that Neil got so involved with playing the riff that he forgot to sing. It too may not be true but I could understand it if it were. This album is a signifcant must have for any true Neiler collection. Buy it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Morton on November 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Honestly for once I really dont know what to say about this album, its that good. Its just straight forward rock and roll, and some of the best Neil Young And Crazy Horse or any musicians have ever created. While I cant find the right words to explain to you how good this album is I also feel that you could really never say enough about it, given you can find the words of course. Starting with the musicianship. Neil Youngs guitar playing is amazing as always, 'Cortez The Killer' showcases that. His lyrics and passion were never stronger or more present, 'Barstole Blues' is a prime example. This is the second time Crazy Horse was created as being on the album even though I think they have played on almost all his albums. Here they shine brighter then ever.

As for the music, well it speeks for itself. Zuma opens with 'Dont Cry No Tears' which is labled a nice little grunge song which it kind of is but I would just say its a killer rock song done Neil Young style. 'Danger Bird' is a nice slower song with great vocals from Young, and boy is this a good song, man you really gotta hear to fully grasp how wonderful it is. Much like 'Danger Bird' 'Pardon My Heart' is another slower acoustical song done as only Neil could do. While the last two songs were slower 'Lookin For Love' is an upbeat country flavored rock song that is exactly what people came to know Neil for and songs like this one are what made the man famous.

'Barstole Blues' may very well be the very best song that Neil Young ever wrote and recorded. The guitar is great, and his lyrics are really great as well. But for me its all about the delivery, and Neil is known for playing and singing with intense passion, but not like this, the way he sings this song is nothing short of amazing.
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