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Psychedelic Pill

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The first album of original music from Neil Young and Crazy Horse in almost a decade, including over 85 minutes of music. Psychedelic Pill pokes down pathways that have been hinted at before in this teaming, but never fully explored. New textures emerge in the music, new landscapes in the lyrics. In many ways, Psychedelic Pill rounds out an array of probing works with prominent autobiographical threads.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Driftin' Back
  2. Psychedelic Pill
  3. Ramada Inn
  4. Born In Ontario

Disc: 2

  1. Twisted Road
  2. She's Always Dancing
  3. For The Love Of Man
  4. Walk Like A Giant
  5. Psychedelic Pill (Alternate Mix)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 30, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B00979CS50
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (425 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,812 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Jack Tripper VINE VOICE on October 30, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Neil Young--despite being, inarguably, one of the greatest and most influential artists in rock's long history--has been pretty hit or miss over the past couple decades, choosing to follow his every crazy whim while still periodically demonstrating, even after all these years, both his undeniable gift for songwriting and storytelling, and the potential to one day create yet one more timeless classic.

Now that potential has come to full fruition, possibly triggered by the penning of his recent autobiography, 'Waging Heavy Peace,' with memories of the glory days reinvigorating him and, through osmosis, Crazy Horse as well. It's probably a bit too early to say definitively, but I think it could be argued that 'Psychedelic Pill' is Neil's best studio effort since 1990's near-perfect 'Ragged Glory,' also with Crazy Horse. It definitely helps here to be a fan of the band's patented sloppy-yet-sublime noodling jams, as they're in such abundance throughout these two discs I could picture even The Grateful Dead going, "guys, that's a bit much don't you think?" But for anyone who's into their more drawn-out songs (like yours truly), this album proves, in case anyone forgot, just who the world's greatest garage band is. Still.

The perfect evidence comes right out of the gate with "Driftin' Back," a positively epic track that's among the band's best, and at nearly half an hour in length, is perfect for the fan who thought the guitar solo in "Cortez the Killer" was about 20 minutes too short.
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This is a big smouldering,shuddering recording that sees Neil at his best-with Crazy Horse.

A double CD with 9 tracks commencing with the 27 minute Driftin' Back that also contains several other long tracks with great guitar solo's and jams that sees the band provide their best performance since Ragged Glory. Other reviews here are "spot On" and I won't repeat the information contained but I will say that this album and Bob's Tempest are the two stand out album's of the year with Luther Dickinson's The Wandering also worthy of a mention.

If you like Down By The river, Cowgirl In The Sand and Cortez, then this record is for you.
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Crazy Horse, that is.

Here he is talking about drummer Ralph Molina in his autobiography, Waging Heavy Peace, "...Ralphie is extremely subtle and can express emotions beautifully in both a ballad and a laid-back song. He is completely unique, emotional, and driving at the same time. His flourishes with my feedback at the end of a song are always right with me, as if he knows right where I am going. Fact is, we are going there together, feeling our way, and that really applies to all of Crazy Horse. That is what makes the Horse as great as it is, and as cosmic as it is. That is the Force of the Horse. Making the new albums, Americana and Psychedelic Pill, I have found that this cosmic force has increased, not diminished, with time".

This love and respect comes through loud and clear throughout Psychedelic Pill. It's clear that these guys just can't get enough of playing together. As the packaging label notes, the result is "...over 85 minutes of music". One full hour of this is comprised of just three songs: Ramada Inn, Walk Like a Giant, and Driftin' Back, a lilting 27 minute improvisation. Can there be too much of a good thing?

At first I thought maybe so, but as I listened again I thought really no.

We also learn in Waging Heavy Peace that Neil is into long road trips in big 50's Lincolns and Cadillacs, and that's kind of what these songs are like. The beat just keeps beating, and it takes you away, far away. Maybe that's what he means by the cosmic force of Crazy Horse.

My favorite songs are Twisted Road, For the Love of Man, and Walk Like A Giant. Twisted Road is a tribute to Dylan

Like Hank Williams chewing bubble gum,
Asking me, "How does it feel?".
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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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