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Neil Young
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All Artists: Neil Young
Title: Freedom
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 1
Label: Reprise Records
Original Release Date: 10/3/1989
Re-Release Date: 9/20/1989
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Styles: Singer-Songwriters, Folk Rock, Singer-Songwriters, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 075992589925, 075992589918, 081227974862


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Genre: Popular Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 30-MAR-1989

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John T. from LACONIA, NH
Reviewed on 1/1/2011...
One of Neil's best. Great songs, a varied approach. Shows his "passionate" side.
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Neil's 10 year itch
running_man | Chesterfield Twp., MI | 04/27/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Every 9 or 10 years its seems Neil Young reinvents himself. In 1969 Young released his first great album, `Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere', his first with Crazy Horse and delivering timeless tunes such as `Cinnamon Girl', `Down By the River', and `Cowgirl In the Sand'. It was, in retrospect, a monster album. Nine years down the road, with every aging 60's rocker's future perilized/paralyzed by disco fever, Young infused rock and roll with new life via `Rust Never Sleeps' and its `Hey Hey My My' anthem.Fast forward ten more years through the sleepy 1980's, and here is Young announcing his return once again with the album `Freedom'. His newfound relevance would differ from the continued relevance of other 1960's superstars such as Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton: Young would not only be revitalized among his long-standing cadre of followers, but would find a new body of listeners among the youth coming of age in the early 1990's. It was a remarkable resurgence.Interestingly, `Freedom' borrows a bit from the success of `My My Hey Hey'/'Hey Hey My My' by taking the albums centerpiece, `Rockin' In the Free World', and using a live acoustic version to open the disc, and closing with a rousing electric studio version of the same song. The electric version is clearly superior as the acoustic version is marred by audience noise, and lacks the final verse, as well as the sheer power the lyrics demand. The same is true of the second song on the disc `Crime In the City', which is presented in an acoustic version. The live electric version from the `Weld' disc blows this one away.I always thought it would be great fun to be able to generate a setlist for an artist like Young prior to a concert. While most people expect to be hearing `Rockin' In the Free World' from this disc, I would love to hear a live rendition of Neil's cover of The Drifter's 1963 number 9 hit, `On Broadway'. As on `Rust Never Sleeps', Neil is doing things with Old Black on this song, and others such as `Don't Cry', that are literally unheard of... and that's a good thing.Other excellent offerings include `Someday', with lyrics and background recordings sure to make you tune into the great mystery of life, its meaning and purpose. There are two beautiful love duets with Linda Ronstadt, `Hangin' On a Limb' and `The Ways Of Love', and `No More' is a solid rocker, with a sound reminiscent of Dire Straits. Coincidentally Neil's band features Joe Walsh bandmates Rick Rosas on bass and Chad Cromwell on drums. Cromwell would go on in the `90's to play with Dire Straits founder Mark Knopfler. Some more familiar faces are flanking Neil on this production as well. From Crazy Horse, Frank Sampedro contributes guitars, keyboards, mandolin, vocals and even serves as "computer scribe" (hmmmm....). Another familiar Youngian, Ben Keith, contributes his familiar steel guitar, as well as alto sax, keyboards and vocals. On three songs recorded at The Hit Factory in New York, we have a stripped down version of the band, offering killer guitar/bass/drum jams ala The Jimi Hendrix Experience.While `Freedom' isn't the groundbreaking work `Everybody Knows...' or `Rust Never Sleeps' proved to be, it did serve the purpose of positioning Neil square in the mainstream of popular music for another decade. He would maintain that rejuvenated status through releases such as `Harvest Moon', `Weld', and `Ragged Glory' in the years to follow. But it all began, all over again, with `Freedom'."
Sweet Freedom
Thomas Magnum | NJ, USA | 05/07/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"After spending most of the 80's changing musical styles from album to album, Neil Young closed out the decade with his best album in ten years and a truly inspired released. Just as he did on Rust Never Sleeps, Freedom opens and closes with acoustic and electric versions of the same song. That song is "Rockin' In The Free World", which is one of the most powerful and thought-provoking songs of his career. In the acoustic version, the song takes on a stark and harrowing feeling that conveys a pleading tone. In its electric version, the song becomes a full frontal assault in which Mr. Young spews out the lyrics in a venomous tone. "Crime In The City" is a lengthy tale that contains some vivid writing. "Eldorado" is a powerful song that has some fine backup vocal from old friend Linda Ronstadt. "Wrecking Ball" is a fiery number and his cover of "On Broadway" is drenched in fuzz toned guitars. Freedom is a ringing declaration, a call to arms and a classic."