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Neil Young and Promise of the Real - Earth (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Neil Young and Promise of the Real - Earth (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Neil Young and Promise of the Real
Title: Earth
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock
Label: © Reprise Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Pono
Duration: 01:37:16
Recorded live on Rebel Content Tour in 2015. Studio vocals recorded at The Village, West Los Angeles, CA. Additional recording 8th Day Sound.

Neil Young used his union with the Promise of the Real -- the gangly crew fronted by Willie Nelson's kids Lukas and Micah -- to tackle weighty social problems on The Monsanto Years, a record supported by a relatively expansive tour. Earth, a double album culled from 2015 performances, goes one further, mining ecologically minded Young tunes and then addressing them to mother earth herself. According to Young, the catch is, "our animal kingdom is well represented in the audience as well, and the animals, insects, birds, and mammals actually take over the performances of the songs at times." This is an understatement. Animal sounds infect Earth, sometimes swallowing the guitars, sometimes chirping along in rhythm, an affect that is precisely the opposite of natural. Earth is aggressively artificial, the nature noises grafted upon performances that are indifferent to their presence. Perhaps this tension could be construed as a commentary -- man plows through the world without care for his animal brethren -- but as executed on Earth, the tension is entirely accidental. Young and the Promise of the Real lumber along in their own world, turning out perfectly respectable versions of songs old and new -- they have some of the unwieldy sprawl of Crazy Horse but none of the charmingly leaden lurch -- and, just when everything seems normal, the chirps, crows, and moos all arrive on a downbeat, sending things into a realm where the psychedelic and the silly coexist. Anybody looking for a straight-up document of Young & the Promise of the Real may very well be disappointed -- all those pesky critters keep getting in the way -- but Earth is better because of its inspired madness: the weirdness isn't merely a reason to listen, but it elevates the album to the status of one of Young's genuinely inspired nutso albums. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine


Tracklist:
1 Mother Earth 5:41
2 Seed Justice 3:58
3 My Country Home 6:03
4 The Monsanto Years 8:21
5 Western Hero 4:04
6 Vampire Blues 5:56
7 Hippie Dream 5:55
8 After The Gold Rush 4:10
9 Human Highway 4:12
10 Big Box 9:21
11 People Want To Hear About Love 5:20
12 Wolf Moon 6:31
13 Love And Only Love 28:04


Personnel:
Neil Young, vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica
Lukas Nelson, vocals, guitar
Micah Nelson, guitar, vocals
Corey McCormick, bass
Anthony LoGerfo, drums
Tato Melgar, percussion


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