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Crazy Horse: The Complete Reprise Recordings 1971-'73 2xCD - Doppel-CD, herausgegeben 2005 in Großbritannien von Warner Bros. Records (8122-70144-2), Barcode: 081227014421 // double CD, digipak // Genre: Rock
"Complete Recordings" klingt dicke, ist im Fall der ewigen Neil-Young-Begleitband aber eher schmal. Gerade mal zwei Alben bekamen sie hin in drei Jahren bei Reprise. Das namenlose Debüt von 1971 zeigt vor allem das überragende Talent des Gitarristen Danny Whitten, der mit "I don't want to talk about it" sogar einen waschechten Klassiker hinlegte. Dennoch ist das fiebernde "Downtown" zweifellos der Höhepunkt des Albums und in Whittens Schaffen. Ein Jahr später war er tot (das Übliche: Überdosis), Nils Lofgren und Jack Nitzsche verließen die Band; übrig blieb eine gut geölte Rhythmusmaschine ohne richtiges kreatives Zentrum. "Loose", zusammen mit dem Debüt auf CD 1, bietet gut abgehangenen, bisweilen akustischen, aber sehr durchschnittlichen Countryrock, der seine besten Momente einer Anlehnung an den Byrds-Stil verdankt. CD 2 wartet dann mit schönen Preziosen auf: etwa einer schön ausufernden Fassung von "Downtown" oder Neil Youngs "When you dance ..." in einer ebenfalls unveröffentlichten Version. Schöne Jewelcase-Edition, hervorragend remastert. (mw)
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It seems that the consensus is that the first album, entitled Crazy Horse, is better than Loose, their second album. But I say there's equal merit to both of them. The first album might have the more memorable songs ("Gone Dead Train", "I Don't Want To Talk About It", and Neil Young's own "Dance, Dance, Dance"), but their follow-up has some sweet songs as well: "Try", "All Alone Now," and "Going Home" are just a few. The rest of these songs are equally impressive and enjoyable. Strongly recommended.
Disc 1 (79:52 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 11 are their debut album "Crazy Horse" issued on Reprise Records RS 6438 in the USA in February 1971 and Reprise RSLP 6438 in the UK in early 1972. Six album tracks were issued as 7" singles:
1. "Downtown" b/w "Crow Jane Lady" on Reprise 1007 in the USA in March 1971
2. "Dance, Dance, Dance" b/w "Look At All The Things" on Reprise RS 23503 in the UK and Reprise 1025 in the USA in July 1971
3. "Dirty, Dirty" b/w " "Beggars Day" on Reprise 1046 in the USA in October 1971
The BAND for "Crazy Horse" was:
DANNY WHITTEN - Guitar, Lead & Backing Vocals
NILS LOFGREN - Lead Guitar, Background Vocals, Lead on "Beggars Day"
JACK NITZSCHE - Piano, Backing Vocals, Lead on "Crow Jane Lady"
BILLY TALBOT - Bass, Backing Vocals
RALPH MOLINA - Drums, Backing Vocals, Lead on "Dance, Dance, Dance"
RY COODER plays slide guitar on "Dirty, Dirty", "Crow Jane Lady" and "I Don't Want To Talk About It"
GIL GILBEAU plays Fiddle on "Dance, Dance, Dance"
Tracks 12 to 24 are their 2nd album "Loose" issued on Reprise MS 2059 in the USA in January 1972 and Reprise K 44171 in the UK. "All Alone Now" b/w "One Thing I Love" was issued as a lone 7" single on Warner Brothers K 14159 in the UK and 1075 in the USA in February 1972.
The Band for "Loose" was:
GEORGE WHITSELL - Vocals, Guitars & Conga
GREG LEROY - Vocals, Guitars
JOHN BLANTON - Vocals, Keyboards, Cello, Harmonica
BILLY TALBOT - Bass & Vocals
RALPH MOLINA - Drums & Percussion, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Disc 2 (40:15 minutes):
Seven tracks which include 5 outtakes from the 1st album, a previously unreleased 1973 version of Neil Young's "When You Dance You Can Really Love" (off his 1970 "After The Gold Rush" album) and a 1971 Promo-Only Radio Spot advertising their debut LP.
The reason I've listed both band line-ups is because it goes a long way to explaining why the first album was so good and the follow up so mediocre. On their debut Crazy Horse had three mercurial song-writing talents in Whitten, Nitzsche and Lofgren and even gleaned exclusive song contributions from Neil Young on "Dance, Dance, Dance" and a co-write on "Downtown". The album was rock one minute, folk the next, soulful also in places - in fact you felt that anything could happen with the different styles and talent - a little like the first 2 CSNY albums - mixed up styles yet somehow all slotting together as one cohesive whole. Rod Stewart famously covered the beautiful "I Don't Want To Talk About It" in 1977 and made it a Number 1 (lyrics above), while Dan McCafferty's raspy vocals delivered a stunning rocking cover of Jack Nitzsche's "Gone Dead Train" for Nazareth in 1978. But with the departure of the three powerhouse players and writers, the 2nd LP had seven of its 14 songs written by newcomer Whitsell and came across as very ordinary country rock LP with little or none of its predecessor's flourish.
The compilation was produced by ANDY SAX, the 28-page booklet has great band photos by JOEL BERNSTEIN, a superlative essay by BARRY ALFONSO which features contributions from co-producer BRUCE BOTNICK and band members for both albums, Molina and Talbot. The remastering has been handled by long-time Rhino tape engineer DAN HERSCH and is typically great - warm and clear - better than the Warner Archives CD of the first album put out in 1994.
But the big surprise is the quality of the outtakes - "Dirty, Dirty" is an excellent alternate version, while "Scratchy" features Takes 1 to 3 and lasts nearly 12 minutes - and although the vocals are lost in the mix for a couple of takes, it's still a great listen. "Dear Song Singer" features Whitten on Lead vocals at first with Nils following - it's very pretty. But the big one is the near eleven-minute unedited long version of "Downtown" which feels like a Neil Yong guitar workout - fabulous stuff. "Susie's Song" is Nils Lofgren at the piano unaccompanied and it's a peach too - like eavesdropping on the formation of a lovely melody. You could probably live without the one minute Radio Spot though...
So there you have it - a rather excellent reissue really and even if it is a bit pricey, it's highly recommended.
They are "Can't Help Loving That Girl" and "Don't Go" which are both tracks by DANNY AND THE MEMORIES (which is AWESOME!!!). I'm not sure why those gems wouldn't be included in the UK edition, but it is possible to purchase those two tracks INDIVIDUALLY on iTunes (for the usual 99 cents each). Anyways I just wanted to point that out if anyone cares, but this way if you have already got the UK version (which I personally like better due to the cover art) there is a way to get the missing two tracks.
**If anyone knows if the booklet, etc that comes with the CD is different between the two releases, that would be something interesting to know as well**
The real treat here is the second disc bonus material, notably "Scratchy" "When You Dance..." and the extended "Downtown". "Downtown" is the real prize here, has a slightly different mix than the album version but the extended Dany Whitten guitar solo is quite phenomenal. I advise you to buy this now before it is out of print. The remastering job on the first cd is exceptional miles ahead of the Warner/Archive or Wounded Bird versions. Get this!!! If you don't enjoy the first Crazy Horse album, then check your pulse!!!
I am told even Ry Cooder plays on this(not sure though ) and the lineup is great , I haven't really listened to the Second Album so I'm not sure there was the Bass Player and Drummer still left . Now the other album lets say third with beautiful jams and playing is worth this package to me and I am very poor .THERE ARE FAR TOO FEW MASTERPIECES LIKE CRAZY HORSE (album same name ) you will be glad you got it. rsdno