Neil Young with Crazy Horse – Everybody Knows this is Nowhere (1969)
exemplary artwork by sarca @ caughtmegaming
Made in Canada Artist #1: Neil Young
How do you react when asked about your favourite Neil Young (NY) recordings?
A) Show your Unwavering Devotion…
…like Neil Osborne (of 54-40). In the March 1996 issue of Chart Magazine, he selected 10 NY albums as his Top 10 Canadian Albums of All Time.
B) Show your visible discomfort at the question, wincing…
…like Paul Henderson (1972 Summit Series game winning goal scorer). This video is from Game 6 of the 1994 Leafs vs. Sharks playoff series, *spoiler alert* the Leafs are going to win in OT!
I used to be a card carrying member of group B.
4 years ago, I was almost offended by the number of times Neil Young appeared on the 1001 albums list.
Seriously, something like 10 times? Is that really necessary?
4 years later, I might have to say, yes it is!
Perhaps it’s like training yourself to like broccoli, try it enough times, you begin to enjoy it?
Perhaps I’m now hearing the profound influence he’s had on many of my beloved artists.
Perhaps Neil benefited from my personal listening experience here: I enjoyed multiple listens of Everybody Knows This is Nowhere while driving on country roads to & from Napanee for album shopping & hockey tournaments.
Perhaps it’s fitting that my Neil Young memories from 20 years ago were also about albums & hockey.
Perhaps some things never change.
Though not all things; I’m pleased I’ve changed my tune about Neil in recent years.
While my Top 10 Canadian albums of all time would not be entirely comprised of NY, he might make an appearance or two, something that would have been unfathomable at the beginning of this project.
No more wincing from me!