Young, Neil & Crazy Horse / Americana
Album:Americana Collection:General
Artist:Young, Neil & Crazy Horse Added:Jun 2012
Label:Reprise Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2012-06-23 Pull Date:2012-08-26 
Week Ending:Aug 12Aug 5Jul 29Jul 22Jul 15Jul 8Jul 1

Recent Airplay
1.Jan 19, 2022:The Songsmith Show (rebroadcast from Jul 6, 2012)
God Save The Queen
4.Aug 03, 2012:In Your Ear | Friday Evening Edition
God Save The Queen, Wayfarin' Stranger
2.May 02, 2013:Daydream Disaster
Tom Dula
5.Aug 01, 2012:Summer Session
Oh Susannah
3.Aug 05, 2012:Street Hassle
High Flyin' Bird
6.Jul 30, 2012:Polar Similarities
God Save The Queen

Album Review
Reviewed 2012-06-21 
The godfather of grunge’s first album with his legendary band Crazy Horse in 9 years contains no original songs; instead they crank out some intriguing rock arrangements of traditional tunes you’ve heard a million times before, e.g. “Oh Susannah” “This Land Is Your Land” etc. It seems Neil and the Horse are aiming at a sort of anti-nostalgia record, reinventing the ubiquitous melodies and trying to rediscover their forgotten meanings. Guthrie’s “This Land” is once again a protest song, and “Jesus’ Chariot (She’ll Be Comin’ Round The Mountain)” is a driving, bombastic rocker that pays homage to the tune’s slave spiritual roots. With loud overdriven guitars and (on some tracks) backing vocals from a children’s choir, Americana has a friendly, grungy sound that saves it from being a mere novelty record, and it will probably age better than Living With War did.
No FCCs, even toddlers can dig this.

1. (5:03) Midpaced plodding heavy rock, totally new melody for a familiar kindergarten song
2. (5:43) Slightly upbeat chugging, sentimental warbling vox from Young that begin to show his age; a loud bitter ballad that crescendos with some female ooh-ahhs.
3. (8:13)** An old Civil War murder ballad with Crazy Horse at their loosest, enthusiastic and impassioned solid rocker.
4. (4:15)* Stompin’ fun honky-tonk blues tune with searing guitars and sweet, lovely backing vox in the chorus.
5. (3:02) Strange, schlocky electric doo-wop with 'sha-na-na' hooks, quirky rockabilly shuffle about looking for a job
6. (6:47) Starts with a bit of lazy strumming and mumbling, then picks up into a toe-tappin’ loud country rock anthem
7. (5:30) Midpaced groove, sparse overdriven chords and somewhat forgettable hooks
8. (5:39)** “Comin’ Round the Mountain” with a new melody—rocks hard! Totally anthemic, like the best moments of “Living With War” or “Greendale”
9. (5:27) Guthrie’s “This Land” with some twangy but overdriven guitar leads. Simple, pleasant, familiar… whatever.
10. (3:08) Gentle acoustic folk song, based on the Burl Ives arrangement. Soothing and gorgeous.
11. (4:09) Huge stomping “God Save The Queen” …(I know, right??) with some American changes to the lyrics, loud guitars, big quasi-patriotic chorus, marching snare drum

Track Listing
1.Oh Susannah 6.Travel On
2.Clementine 7.High Flyin' Bird
3.Tom Dula 8.Jesus' Chariot
4.Gallows Pole 9.This Land Is Your Land
5.Get A Job 10.Wayfarin' Stranger
 11.God Save The Queen