Neil Young: Harvest Moon Rises Again as Shakey Releases 'Dreamin' Man' Live Album

Posted: 9th November 2009

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Neil Young ('Shakey') has announced plans to release another CD in the series of Archive Performances on December 7th in the UK, 8th in the US. The album will be called "Dreamin' Man" and covers his lyrically and musically-rich 'Harvest Moon' period drawn from solo-acoustic live concert-hall appearances. The CD features 11 tracks including all of "Harvest Moon" in a different order plus an extra track called "Old Man Rap".

Young has possibly been one of the most perplexing recording artists of his generation. He released truly great albums for the Reprise label in the early 70s ("After The Goldrush", "Harvest" and "On The Beach") before moving to Geffen and the 'dark' years that brought us "Trans", "Everybody's Rockin'" and the half-reasonable 1985-set, "Old Ways" (mind you even that one was a straight country album). He moved back to Reprise and found his rocking mojo again with "Freedom" and "Ragged Glory", employing his Crazy Horse band to full-on feedback-squalling effect. He still had an experimental tic however and this came to the fore with the release of "Arc", a 35 minute feedback piece adopted by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore.

So what did Young do next? Yep, back to the folk-country barnyard and the resultant epic, "Harvest Moon" in 1992. From the opening bars of "Unknown Legend", you kind of know that old 'Shakey' had found form again. The title track is possibly one of his greatest songs ever and who can resist the languid atmosphere of "Dreamin' Man", a track that now kicks off the same-titled revisit due out in December.

Paul Pledger