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1. Gone Dead Train
2. Dance, Dance, Dance
3. Look at All the Things
4. Beggars Day
5. I Don't Want to Talk About It
8. Dirty, Dirty
10. I'll Get By
11. Crow Jane Lady
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 6438
Jack Nitzsche; Spellbound Kelly; Kirby Johnson; Rick Heenan; Bruce Botnick
David Briggs; Leslie Foster; Jackson Schwartz; Rick Heenan; Bob Bullock; Bruce Botnick
Crazy Horse: Danny Whitten (vocals, guitar); Nils Lofgren (guitar, background vocals); Jack Nitzsche (piano, background vocals); Billy Talbot (bass, background vocals); Ralph Molina (drums, background vocals).
Additional personnel: Ry Cooder (slide guitar); Gib Gilbeau (fiddle).
Recorded at Wally Heiders Studio D, San Francisco, California and Sunset Sound Studio #1, Los Angeles, California.
Personnel: Danny Whitten, Nils Lofgren (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Jack Nitzsche (vocals, piano, keyboards, background vocals); Ralph Molina (vocals, drums, background vocals); Ry Cooder (guitar, slide guitar, steel guitar); Gib Guilbeau (violin, fiddle); Billy Talbot (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Henry Lewy.
Recording information: Sunset Sound Studio #1, Los Angeles, CA; Wally Heiders Studio D, San Francisco, CA.
Photographer: Joel Bernstein.
Arranger: Crazy Horse.
Since Crazy Horse first came to public attention as the backing band for Neil Young in concert and on his albums Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere and After the Gold Rush, it makes sense to expect that the band on its own would play something similar to the hard guitar rock and country-rock heard on those albums, albeit without Young's distinctively quirky singing and songwriting, and that is what one hears to a large extent on the debut album Crazy Horse. (Although this is their first recording under that name, core members Danny Whitten, Billy Talbot, and Ralph Molina have appeared previously on record as part of the doo wop group Danny & the Memories and the rock band the Rockets.) But there is more going on than that. Also joining in, as singers and songwriters as well as sidemen, are veteran arranger/producer Jack Nitzsche and guitarist Nils Lofgren, while Ry Cooder adds slide guitar to a number of tracks. The result is a varied group of songs that range in style from rock and country to blues and folk. The overall quality of those songs is quite high, starting with Nitzsche and Russ Titelman's "Gone Dead Train," previously heard being sung by Randy Newman on the soundtrack to Performance. (Nitzsche and Titelman also contribute the pop-ish "Carolay.") The country hoedown "Dance, Dance, Dance" is a good Young cast-off, while the driving "Beggars Day" and "Nobody" were penned by Lofgren. These contributions serve as the supporting material for Whitten's songs, however, as his five numbers are among the album's best, whether he's rocking out on the ominous "Downtown" (which appears to be about scoring dope) or sadly crooning the heartbreaking ballad "I Don't Want to Talk About It." (After being revived by Rod Stewart on Atlantic Crossing in 1975, the song was a chart single for him and went on to become a minor standard with covers by Rita Coolidge, Everything But the Girl, and Ian Matthews, among others.) Crazy Horse made the case for Whitten as a major talent and for the band as a strong act apart from Young. ~ William Ruhlmann
Rolling Stone (4/29/71, p.42) - "...This album, if you've even the tiniest place in your heart for bouncy tunefulness, will make you feel as good as MEET THE BEATLES and THE HOLLIES: HEAR! HERE! Things are looking up..."
Mojo (Publisher) (3/01/04, p.53) - Included in Mojo's The 67 Lost Albums You Must Own! - "[A]n improbably brilliant, multi-faceted gem."
Mojo (Publisher) (6/96, pp.116-7) - "...Sans Neil Young but with auxiliary members Jack Nitzsche and Nils Lofgren, they (Danny Whitten, Billy Talbot and Ralph Molina) recorded this two-fisted collection of exemplary songs..."
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