“She’s a victim of her senses”

Neil Young – “I’ve Loved Her So Long” from Neil Young (1969)

Neil Young’s eponymous first album receives and deserves much criticism for being a bit bloated and overwrought.  Young himself has said that he and producer/genius/madman Jack Nitzsche got a bit carried away in the studio.

Nevertheless, there are many shining moments on this album, “I’ve Loved Her so Long” being the most charming among them.  The Bacharachian orchestration and background singers add to the beauty of the song rather than distract from it.  Listen for Merry Clayton who also kicked ass on the Stones’ “Gimme Shelter.”

I’m glad NY signed up Crazy Horse and moved in a more rocking direction, but this fascinating album shows a curious solo artist trying to find his voice.

Buy it here

Posted by Jordy

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3 responses to ““She’s a victim of her senses”

  1. Phil

    Jordy-

    Have you ever thought that the reason you like Neil Young so much is that you two could be brothers? I mean look at that picture and then look in the mirror. Honestly.

    I also watched Jarmusch’s “Dead Man” a couple weeks ago. Young’s soundtrack is phenomenal, no?

  2. Jordy

    Perhaps – but I also think he was the greatest songwriter of the 1970s, hands down.

    As for “Dead Man,” it is a terrific soundtrack. It’s like a spacious museum of cool guitar tones.

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