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Old 01-30-2014, 02:45 PM   #1
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Neil Young - Ropey old Hippy or Genius?

So what do you think?
He's written some amazing songs but he's not exactly technical when it comes to playing the guitar. How does someone make a career out of sounding rough? Or is that 'Roughness' an actual style and he is the Genius who perfected it?
Personally I think he's a Genius and I absolutely love the feeling his music gives me.
What do you lot think?
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Old 01-30-2014, 03:05 PM   #2
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I think he's got a handful of great songs, another handful of good songs, and a whole plethora of boring self righteous protest crap.
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Old 01-30-2014, 04:37 PM   #3
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Genius and he's pretty solid on the guitar. One of the best harmonica players around. Remember he is almost 70 years old now. Not quite as spry as he used to be but can still put on a hell of a show
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Old 01-30-2014, 05:48 PM   #4
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umm both? obviously? he's neil young?
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Old 01-30-2014, 06:00 PM   #5
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Do I need to state my opinion or is it transparent enough?
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Old 01-31-2014, 03:27 AM   #6
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Haha, Excellent !

What I love about his guitar playing is how he makes the really simple stuff sound so effective, despite the rough way he plays and the odd mistake, it all still sounds like it was meant to be that way and sounds excellent.
I also love the tone he gets from his guitar. Just the right amount of gain.
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Old 02-05-2014, 07:50 AM   #7
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Old 02-11-2014, 02:30 AM   #8
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Listen to the album Live Rust and then try to tell me Neil Young isn't a genius
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Old 02-12-2014, 01:18 PM   #9
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Yes, he is is both hippie and genius. One of the greatest musicians this world has ever known.
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Old 02-23-2014, 08:33 PM   #10
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I'm going to have to say genius. You don't have to be technical to sound good. For me it sounds good if it sounds good. A musician can be dedicated to theory, but if there is no emotion I think it defeats the purpose.
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Old 02-23-2014, 08:34 PM   #11
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Haha, agreed!
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Old 02-23-2014, 09:24 PM   #12
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He's written some amazing songs but he's not exactly technical when it comes to playing the guitar. How does someone make a career out of sounding rough? Or is that 'Roughness' an actual style and he is the Genius who perfected it?
Personally I think he's a Genius and I absolutely love the feeling his music gives me.


He heavily influenced the grunge genre and Kurt Cobain. In fact, the exact quote above could be about Cobain.
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Old 02-25-2014, 04:55 PM   #13
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Genius back in the day. Anything recent is just ridiculous and sells just because of his name.
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Old 02-25-2014, 04:58 PM   #14
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I don't see him as really a "Hippy" in the 1969 flower power summer of love kind of way... but a more post Haight-Ashbury fighter for social change/equality kind of hippy.
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Old 07-22-2014, 12:12 PM   #15
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His new albums are pretty much the same tone as live rust and his heavy stuff. There actually not bad either, just lots of jamming and 5 minute guitar solos lol. Much better then any other music in the last decade anyways. And I saw him live at the ACC in toronto last year and he blew the roof off, his guitar playing and singing ability surprisingly hasnt diminished at all.
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Old 07-23-2014, 01:15 AM   #16
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I have seen Neil Young on every tour he has had in Australia, I have every piece of vinyl,tape, CD, and book he has out.
He was the stand out in Buffalo Springfield, he made Crosby, Stills and Nash a better band, artists line up to be on stage with him.
The man is a demi god.
The first I heard of him was Harvest and I still listen to that record with the same amount of appreciation now as I did then.

NEIL YOUNG FOR PRESIDENT OR KING OR RULES
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Old 07-23-2014, 10:40 AM   #17
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And he's grossing close to a million bucks every solo show he does now. genius.
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Old 07-24-2014, 09:36 PM   #18
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I love him. I saw him live a couple years ago and thought it was awesome. And honestly, he's probably a bigger influence on my own lead playing than I even realize. To me, the roughness is part of his appeal. He's not a real technical player, but hey, it's rock n' roll. It doesn't need to be all pretty and polished.
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Old 07-27-2014, 07:27 PM   #19
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excellent songwriter and performer.
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Old 08-07-2014, 11:01 AM   #20
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I have followed Neil since the Buffalo Springfield days and I think he has both large moments of "genius" and many more moments of treading water. I read the Neil Youg biography about two years ago "Shakey" and even by some of his own comments you get the impression that he is hot and cold about his own work. Sometimes his albums come from the heart and a strong desire to write and record (the genius side) and other times he just needs to make an album because...well, it's time do one. We all wait for the genius side to kick in because when it does it makes all the waiting and experimentation worthwhile (Trans??)
As for Neil's playing, I think his acoustic playing is excellent, not many better. His lead playing is great. It's not the number of notes he plays in one measure, it's the sound and feel of his playing that makes those leads sound so great. Try playing Neil's leads. You can find the notes pretty easily but can you match the intensity or tone? I don't think anyone can.
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