“Back in the old folky days”

Neil Young – “Ambulance Blues” from On the Beach (1974)

Bert Jansch – “Needle of Death” from Dazzling Stranger (compilation, 2002), originally from Bert Jansch (1965)

Never one to shirk his influences, Neil Young has admitted that he outright, if subconsciously, ripped-off Jansch’s “Needle of Death” when writing “Ambulance Blues.” I think it works brilliantly.

For the record: 1) “Needle of Death” is the best song ever written about heroin use (Lou Reed can take a hike) and 2) On the Beach is my favorite NY record and contains his best songs.

Buy Bert Jansch

or On the Beach (if you haven’t already…geez)

Posted by Jordy


1 Comment

Filed under 1960s, 1970s, Acoustic, Folk

One response to ““Back in the old folky days”

  1. glennlester

    I’m with you on On the Beach. That’s the best, though Rust Never Sleeps is pretty goddamn great.

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