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Easy Ed's Broadside

Exploring music without a map.

Since 2009, Ed has shared his thoughts on ND about music that touches him, and rambled hither and yon about what else is on his mind.

Easy Ed's Broadside

Exploring music without a map.

Since 2009, Ed has shared his thoughts on ND about music that touches him, and rambled hither and yon about what else is on his mind.

Neil Young and the Damage Done

It's all gone astray now Pegi and others have gone. His last 3-4 records are dreadful. His self promotion of PONO is odd most of his fans can't hear properly now what does it really matter, it used to be about the songs those days are over. And let's not mention his new lady Ms Hannah. 

It's all gone astray now Pegi and others have gone. His last 3-4 records are dreadful. His self promotion of PONO is odd most of his fans can't hear properly now what does it really matter, it used to be about the songs those days are over. And let's not mention his new lady Ms Hannah. 

@L A: Pretty cool that you left both an analog and digital comment. 

Very funny! Neil Young in Portofino promise of the real man, I've seen love make a fool of a man. 

I have to agree with Neil on this one. I bought a (his) Pono player, spliced an aux in to my vintage stock AM mono radio in my '67 Buick Special (aka The Roach Coach-see profile pic) and my tunes never sounded so good!  

I got the AM
(Radio On!)
Got the car, got the AM
(Radio On!)
Got the AM sound, got the
(Radio On!)
Got the rockin' modern neon sound
(Radio On!)

Nice post Ed...I was also there, and 8-tracks and Cassettes did not kick streamings' ass...having said that, LA and you are correct...I can't hear well anymore, so the medium doesn't matter that much to me...I don't want to harp on the business part too much either, but it is well known that Neil and Elliot Roberts were on the vanguard of changing the dynamic between promoters and artists (re: Bill Graham's rant about Neil's piece of the take being 85% and the promotor 15%, when in the past the opposite had been true...and good for Neil on that end)...Neil always had an eye on the business side too...so it may be about the money too...I don't know, and don't really care, but I get the one commenters point that he'd rather he'd say that if it is...

"A tall refreshing dring of snake oil"...good line...

Good column, Ed. It's really an old man's controversy, isn't it?  What person under 30 is going to understand, 'AM radio kicked ass?'   I'm not an audio phile, as I assume Neil is....so, I leave it to him to judge the quality of the end-product he releases and how he wants it presented. For someone who first heard music on transistor radios and clunky beat-up record players with build in spindles and 78 rpm on them, I'm happy to get a full range of high,mid and low range frequencies over single dimension sound. So, yeah....just give the music to enjoy, however you want to send it, I'll be listening. I'm not a huge Neil fan, though I do love much of his work. That Buffalo Springfield tease put me off, from 2011. But, the man is a great writer and rock artist. So  carry on in whatever form. I'll be listening.....BTW, you can drink plenty of snake oil with the Dali Wylie Hubbard at his Snake Farm!

Good discussion. Neil has always protected his music and his sound. Amazingly if you listen to the mess that is Fork In The Road it could be on mono vinyl or Blu ray it will still sound a mess. Compared to the remaster After The Gold Rush where you can hear Nils Lofgren, Stephen Stills & Danny Whitten on backing vocals. I've been thrown off the Thrasher web site several times for having the temerity to question some of his recent excursions. 

"AM radio kicked streaming's ass."

Especially when you want to really focus on frequencies between 40 Hz and 5 kHz, which is what the typical AM Top 40 radio station put out in the 1950s and '60s. Some late '60s stations managed to stretch the high end to 11 kHz, but that's still not up to par with even the compressed signals of streaming and MP3. Of course, there's also the warmth of AM's electrical signal interference.