Neil Young Landing on Water [Import]
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- Released: March 19, 1996
- Originally Released: 2006
- Label: Imports
- $1.29 on iTunes1.Weight Of The World
- $1.29 on iTunes2.Violent Side
- $1.29 on iTunes3.Hippie Dream
- $1.29 on iTunes4.Bad News Beat
- $1.29 on iTunes5.Touch The Night
- $1.29 on iTunes6.People On The Street
- $1.29 on iTunes7.Hard Luck Stories
- $1.29 on iTunes8.I Got A Problem
- $1.29 on iTunes9.Pressure
- $1.29 on iTunes10.Drifter
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Personnel: Neil Young, Danny Kortchmar (vocals, guitar, synthesizer); Steve Jordan (vocals, synthesizer, drums); San Fransisco Boys Chorus (background vocals).
Recorded at Record One, Los Angeles, California.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Neil Young (vocals, guitar, harmonica, synthesizer); Danny Kortchmar (vocals, guitar, synthesizer); Steve Jordan (vocals, synthesizer, drums); San Francisco Boys Chorus (vocals).
Audio Mixer: Niko Bolas.
Recording information: Record One Studios, Los Angeles, CA (08/1983-03/1986); Record One, Los Angeles, CA (08/1983-03/1986).
Director: Louis Magor.
Unknown Contributor Role: San Francisco Boys Chorus.
A big, bombastic synth-rock album by Neil Young? Linn drums? Synth bass? Coming, as it did, immediately after Young settled out of court with a record company that had sued him for making non-commercial records, LANDING ON WATER could easily be seen as not only the oddest of Young's mid-'80s streak of oddball records, but also as a big joke, the punch line being, "Here's your commercial album, Mr. Geffen. Have fun selling it."
Or maybe he actually means it: "Hippie Dream," whose chorus goes, "The wooden ships/Were just a hippie dream," puts a bullet through the memory of his old folkie buddies Crosby, Stills & Nash. And while "Pressure" does a pretty good imitation of Billy Joel's synth-rock hit "Pressure," it's followed by "Drifter," which manages to put a bullet through the much more recent memory of David Geffen ("Don't try to tell me what I gotta do to fit") while effectively updating an ON THE BEACH-ish blues structure for the electronic age. In short it is, despite all appearances, a Neil Young album, and it foreshadows the giant rebirth that was about to come.