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Neil's 1966 debut contains some of his best known (and most covered) songs including Dolphins, That's The Bag I'm In, and the future theme song to the 1969 blockbuster film Midnight Cowboy (and Harry Nilsson hit), Everybody's Talkin'. Absolutely stunning folk-blues from a Greenwich Village master. Reissued on 180 gram vinyl with a deluxe tip-on jacket.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Dolphins
  2. I've Got a Secret (Didn't We Shake Sugaree)
  3. That's The Bag I'm In
  4. Badi-da
  5. Faretheewell (Fred's Tune)
  6. Everybody's Talkin'
  7. Everything Happens
  8. Sweet Cocaine
  9. Green Rocky Road
  10. Cynicrustpetefredjohn Raga


Product Details

  • Vinyl (July 2, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4 Men With Beards
  • ASIN: B00AP0K2X0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,162 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By B. Bowman on July 31, 2006
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I'm stunned that after years of listening to Fred Neil's contemporaries (Bob Dylan, Tim Buckley, Hoyt Axton, etc.) that I never once heard his name or music mentioned with the other players of the folk era of the mid sixties in Greenwich Village. I guess that stands as a testament to just how obscure Fred Neil is; the term "fringe artist" really doesn't apply. The liner notes to this remastered edition of his third album confirm that Neil made music for himself and didn't care for the business side of music. Like many others, I was introduced to the music of Fred Neil through the Sopranos show which used "Dolphins" to great effect during a scene where Christopher relapsed and used heroin. My ears perked up and I said out loud "Who IS that?" I ran straight to my Hoyt Axton discs and started fumbling around thinking it was him, but not finding the song in question. (I was later to read that Axton was largely influenced by Neil; the two certainly have similar vocal styles.) I tracked this disc down and purchased it primarily for "Dolphins", which is an incredible song. The lyrics and music combine to capture such a wistful sentiment, and it has become one of my favorite songs. I was surprised at the quality of the rest of the music on this CD. Fred Neil had such a great voice, with an obvious appreciation of the blues. I hadn't realized that he was the songwriter who wrote "Everybody's Talkin'", later a huge hit for Harry Nilsson on the "Midnight Cowboy" soundtrack. The liner notes explain that Neil refused to cut the song for the movie soundtrack, and Nilsson did instead, further proof of Neil's disregard for fame or exposure. Neil's version is plaintive and direct and I think I prefer it to the Nilsson version I've been hearing all these years.Read more ›
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Discovered Fred Neil on the college coffee house radio, DOLPHINS was the song and I thought, how strange of a song and then briefly dismissed it. Dolphins. Then the next day it was like, everywhere I looked I kept on seeing the dolphins. Like they were sending me the sonar signals *eek eeek eeeek* (translation: Fred Neil...self titled second album...1966)

I decided to check it out post haste and I was not dissapointed in the least. The whole album is a groovy, singer songwriter affair... folk rock style, on the strange side. Fred Neil has a unique singing style, somewhere from outer space but down to earth at the same time... and the whole album will have you in a mellow trance,,,, but not too sleepy or dull.. a bit of sadness drapes its way over the vibe...but its all in a refreshing way... you may recognize the track EVERYBODYS TALKIN AT ME, as it has been covered a few times... Freds is the original and stands out as quite good and has its own vibe that is unlike any of the more popular covers I've heard.
What I dig the most here is how addictive the sound becomes. This is an album that unfolds the more you listen, and gets better....
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Track by track are all equally impressive. Dolphins being the most unique. And a tune that all I play it for appreciate. Also the better rendered Everybody's Talkin . This album has dark but warm and mellow vibe to its entirety. If you like Lee Hazlewood, Nick Drake, Leonard Cohen or the sparse artsy feel of Syd Barrett I wouldn't hesitate to give this a sample listen on iTunes. Note two versions exist of this LP rerelease same cover different title but same track list.
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Who had a better voice than Fred Neil? No one. Who was as timeless and perfect? No one I can think of. A wonderful CD that makes it clear why he was so important in the Greenwich Village scene in the early 60s. Who was influenced by him? Nearly everyone.
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Reminded me of when I saw him in the Florida Keys in the late 60's. His voice and his twelve string are unmistakable. This album should be owned by any musician that wants to do his or her own thing, as inspiration.
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This is a pretty amazing album. It's a little bit folk, a little bit blues and a little bit rock and roll.

I first heard the music of Fred Neil via Mark Lanegan's amazing cover of Badi Da off of I'll Take Care Of You.

Like Lanegan, Fred Neil has a very gritty, masculine sounding voice that adds a layer of depth to the material.

My understanding is that he emerged from the same 60's folk scene that produced Bob Dylan and a few others.

That's The Bag I'm In is my favorite song on this album. The most famous song is probably Everybody's Talkin', which was covered by Harry Nilsson. The closing song on side B, Cynicrustpetefredjohn Raga is also pretty great. It's sort of a blues-folk jam session, and wouldn't sound out of place on a Velvet Underground record.
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It's hard for me to be objective when reviewing a recording by Fred. He was my friend. We met many more than 40 years ago in Greenwich Village. Fred was an icon during the folk music period in the 1960's, though he had done a great deal of work in country prior to his coming to New York. Almost every folk musician and many of the folk rock stars of the period played and sang with Fred. His amazing baritone voice blended with people like David Crosby, Lou Gossett, Bob Dylan (who got his first gig playing harmonica for Fred) and so many others. The songs on this album are some of his best, and, thankfully, have not been remixed, rearranged or tampered with to make them "better." Now that his (sadly few) other albums have become available The Many Sides of Fred Neil Bleecker & MacDougalthe scope of his talent and the craftsmanship and beauty of his work can be appreciated by a new generation of music lovers.
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