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Beautiful Bluebird is a very close rewrite of "Sail Away" from Rust Never Sleeps, itself a rewrite (though not as obviously) of Comes a Time's "Human Highway." Sail Away is so far the superior song that Bluebird feels a little wrong, though it's a sweet, sad little lyric anyway. It dates back to the early 80s, from the original (still unreleased) Old Ways album.
Boxcar is a rerecording of a song from Times Square (an unreleased album from '89). This one improves on the original version - it works better coming from a grizzled old Shakey than the still-young man of 40. The band is great.
Let's get it out of the way: Ordinary People is a priceless contribution to the Neil Young discography.Read more ›
And that's the caveat emptor for this Combo Pack: the DVD is only a higher-audio-quality version of the CD. Content on some Neil CD/DVD combos feature live rehearsal/performance footage. Not this one. Perhaps it's the fact that some of the songs on this album were recorded back in the eighties, when he was being sued by Geffen for not recording "Neil Young albums," but the DVD simply has a montage of photographs of broken-down cars accompanying the songs. "It would be better," she told me, as she walked out of the room, "if they included the 'brown acid' with it. That would make it more watchable." Wow! Harsh criticism from a long-time Neil fan.
If you're just going to listen to this in the car, on your mp3 player, or on a boombox, save the bucks and buy the CD only version. The DVD is only for serious-180-gram-vinyl-audiophiles.
Oh, yeah. Neil Young rocks. 78 stars.
Owning all his CDs, rarities and even Chrome Dreams I (hard to get) I was ecstatic to hear that this was in release.
I've heard Ordinary People many times before and Boxcar on Times Square so these aren't new to me. First of all, I think Ordinary People is a fantastic song and the 18 minutes moves along at a steady pace that sews together a fabric of different people and lifestyles in our society. Amazing.
Other great songs on this CD are "No Hidden Path" , "Beautiful Bluebird" "Spirit Road" and "Dirty Old Man". "The Way" is a beautiful (albeit different) song and reminds me of "Lost In Space" from Hawks and Doves with the children chorus.
I do hear alot of Stars and Bars in this album, too, which is way underrated.
Seeing Neil in concert November 21st in Toronto at Massey Hall (another great great album!!) and cannot wait. I can't wait to see his hometown Canadians response to him.
Keep going, Neil. You've got a lot to still contribute. Bring on the boxset!
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Who other than Neil Young could record one of his best albums, shelve it before release, and then... Read more
I enjoy the hell out of this one. Solid right from the start. Boxcar and Beautiful Bluebird are great songs. Read morePublished 14 months ago by White Chicken
I'm a huge Neil Young fan and will buy anything he puts out. Call me a sucker, but he has MANY more hits than misses, and even some of his "weird" departures are very interesting... Read morePublished on December 30, 2012 by Donald E. Gilliland
Love Neil Young. This album is awesome. It takes me on a trip. What else can say? A joy ride for sure.Published on December 9, 2012 by Steven E. Huggard
I read some of the other reviews before getting this one and I can say that sort of in the middle. Unlike several others though, I'm not impressed much with" Ordinary People" or... Read morePublished on May 15, 2012 by Michael A. Shook