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5.0 out of 5 stars Ragged Mastery, Primal Glory, November 7, 2012
This review is from: Psychedelic Pill (Audio CD)
I would assume that most NY&CH fans already possess this 2 CD set. Occasional fans may be holding off, wondering if this release fits in the bin of essential Neil Young recordings.
Yes, it does.
Before Neil sings the lyrics in "Driftin' Back" that make it plain, Psychedelic Pill had me thinking of the similarities between this artist and Pablo Picasso. Both are masters of an art form of which they are the central figure, each primitive in their approach. Both have had an extraordinary impact on scores of artists who followed. And both have created many influential works that much of the population doesn't necessarily embrace. If Neil had not already used the title Ragged Glory on a previous release, it would perfectly fit this work.
I have found Psychedelic Pill alternately indulgent, inspired and irresistible, many times within the same verse or section of improvisation. Both the lyrics and the musicianship could occasionally be mistaken as the efforts of a beginner; for an artist in his sixth decade of recorded output to accomplish this effect is remarkable. Some of the music skates right on the edge between childish and childlike, but out of this effort springs some transcendent music. We are listening to a master, alternately channeling the sensibilities of a savant and a shaman. The repetitive aspects, the raw primalism, the intractability of vision is entrancing but may not sit well with everyone.
Then one hears "For the Love of Man"; a heartbreaking, beautiful song, one that exposes the very depths of love, sadness and acceptance. By itself, reason enough for any Neil Young fan to add Psychedelic Pill to one's collection.
Great Crazy Horse music. Monumental Neil Young.
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Initial post: Nov 9, 2012 8:58:07 AM PST
swansong says:
What a beautiful and insightful review. Thank you for your ability to use the english language with such quality. This is indeed a rarity here. I agree with you; Neil Young has released a potent collection of art for the soul. I wish he had quit drinking and smoking pot sooner.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2012 11:47:57 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 10, 2012 7:23:01 AM PST
Tom says:
Thank you - and thank goodness for Amazon. It's a home for all of us frustrated writers.
Most of all, thanks to Neil and his CH cohorts.
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