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Lucky Thirteen [Neil Young]
1. Sample and Hold
2. Transformer Man
3. Depression Blues
4. Get Gone - (live)
5. Don't Take Your Love Away from Me - (live)
6. Once an Angel
7. Where Is the Highway Tonight?
8. Hippie Dream
10. Around the World
11. Mideast Vacation
12. Ain't It the Truth - (live, '93)
13. This Note's for You - (live)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 24452
Personnel includes: Neil Young (vocals, acoustic & electric guitar, Synclavier, keyboards, bass, harmonica); Waylon Jennings (vocals); David Kirby (acoustic guitar); Ben Keith (guitar, saxophone); Danny Kortchmar (guitar, synthesizer, vocals), Ralph Mooney (pedal steel guitar); Rufus Thibodeaux, Gordon Terry (fiddle); Craig Hayes as "Vito Toledo," (baritone saxophone); John Fumo (trumpet); Claude Cailliet (trombone); Hargus "Pig" Robbins (piano); Larry Byrom (piano, vocals, trumpet); Rick Palombi (piano, tambourine, vocals); Spooner Oldham (organ); Rick Rosas (bass); Karl Himmel, Chad Cromwell (drums); Steve Jordan (drums, vocals); Pam Rose, Janis Oliver-Gill, Mary Ann Kennedy, Gail Davies (background vocals).
Crazy Horse: Frank "Pancho" Sampedro (guitar, keyboards); Billy Talbot (bass); Ralph Molina (drums).
Producers: David Briggs, Elliot Mazer, Tim Mulligan, Ben Keith, Danny Kortchmar, Niko Bolas, Neil Young.
Engineers: Elliot Mazer, Niko Bolas, Tim Mulligan, Dave Hewitt, Gary Long, Gene Eichelberger.
Personnel: Neil Young (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, Synclavier); Danny Kortchmar (vocals, guitar, synthesizer); Larry Byrom (vocals, trumpet, piano, background vocals); Rick Palombi (vocals, piano, tambourine, background vocals); Anthony Crawford (vocals, maracas, tambourine, background vocals); Waylon Jennings (vocals); Dave Kirby (guitar, acoustic guitar); Ben Keith (guitar, steel guitar, saxophone); Gordon Terry (guitar, fiddle); Frank "Poncho" Sampedro (guitar, keyboards); James Burton (guitar); Ralph Mooney (steel guitar); Rufus Thibodeaux (fiddle); Steve Lawrence (tenor saxophone); Larry Cragg, Craig Hayes (baritone saxophone); Tom Brey, John Fumo (trumpet); Hargus "Pig" Robbins (piano); Spooner Oldham (organ); Steve Jordan , Ralph Molina, Karl Himmel, Chad Cromwell (drums); Doana Cooper, Gail Davies, Kristine Arnold, Janis Oliver-Gill, Leona Williams, Mary Ann Kennedy, Pamela Rose, Betsy Hammer (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Niko Bolas.
Audio Remixers: David Briggs ; Richard Kaplan.
Recording information: Agoura, Cleveland, OH; Castle Recording Studio, Franklin, TN; Hara Arena, Dayton, OH; House Of David Studios, Nashville, TN; Modern Recorders, Redwood City, CA; Palace, Hollywood, CA; Record One Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Sunset Sound Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Universal Amphitheater.
Director: Elliot Roberts.
Editors: Neil Young; Tim Mulligan.
Photographer: Mike Lawson.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Kristine Arnold; Phil Gitomer; Paul Prestopino.
Subtitled EXCURSIONS INTO ALIEN TERRITORY, LUCKY THIRTEEN is a compilation of material Young recorded during the '80s, a time when he was roaming all over the musical map in search of inspiration. Some of the more unusual byways traveled by Young included Gary Numan-flavored electro-pop ("Pressure,") traditional country ("Once An Angel") and rockabilly ("Get Gone.") The furthest out Young's adventurousness took him was on TRANS, an album in which use of the term avant-garde is an understatement. Strapping himself into a vocoder and diving headfirst into a bank of Synclaviers, Young came up with songs such as "Sample And Hold" and "Transformer Man," which are about as far away as you can get from the crunching guitar and gritty playing most identifiable with his '70s work.
Despite the constant changing of musical gears that went on during the '80s, Neil Young's songwriting still maintained a cantankerous air. Whether he was deriding the selling out of musical ideals for commercial gain ("This Note's For You") or pointing out the failings of the late '60s counter-culture ("Hippie Dream,") Neil Young continued down his own path on all levels.
Rolling Stone (4/29/93, pp.62-63) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Young tries to show how the emotional impulses behind his songwriting, performing and recording methods remain constant as his styles vary....lays out the crucial reasons why Neil Young perseveres and triumphs..." Village Voice (3/9/93, p.80) - "...just about every one of these 13 selections is a good song..." - Rating: A-
Entertainment Weekly (1/15/93, p.52) - "...This sampling from Neil Young's mid-'80s Geffen stint reminds us how many of his experiments actually worked....Young ricochets from style to style like a crazed cue ball, but more often than not he finds his pocket..." - Rating: B+
Q (2/93, p.94) - 3 Stars - Good
Down Beat (4/93, p.52) - 3.5 Stars - Good Plus - "...[an] ambitious project..."
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