Today I am travelling most of the day – yes, its back – and so, given I did the National Accounts yesterday, when I usually don’t write much for the blog, I am calling today Wednesday and a holiday. I really don’t have time to write much at all today, which is the real reason. So in my travel mode I am listening to Neil Young today from 1974. That is it.
Music – On the Beach
This is what I have been listening to this morning.
I bought this album – On the Beach – when it first came out in 1974 on Warner Brother Records and still go back to it on the odd occasion.
This is my favourite track from the album – very somnolent, which is just a big word for laid-back. That is how things were in 1974.
Rolling Stone magazine called it “One of the most despairing albums of the decade.” Sure but we were becoming introspective then, living down the coast, trying to work out what to do after the Vietnam chaos which had disrupted things.
It was the end of the hippy era and jazz rock was dying from its own gratuitous excesses. Things were giving way to more chilled-out thoughts. Everyone was mellow man!
And living down by the beach and the surf miles from the city, life seemed okay.
But under that haze, Monetarism took over. I was back onto a war footing soon after!
The musicians included people from various stages of Neil Young’s career to that point.
1. Ben Keith – on slide and percussion (from Neil Young’s Harvest days and onward).
2. Graham Nash on piano (from CSNY).
3. Tim Drummond on bass (first association with Neil Young).
4. Ralph Molina on drums (Crazy Horse era)
That is enough for today!
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