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Neil Young - Neil Young Archives Volume I [1963 - 1972]dotdotdotdotdot
artworkThe long awaited comprehensive Neil Young retrospective has finally come to be. Not only are both sides of The Squires super rare 1963 single here, but an additional unreleased instrumental and three vocals, all from the same sessions. That of course just scratches the surface of the list of tracks in this monumental collection. Neil is so much more than a fixture on the rock'n'roll scene. He's an innovator, a superb musician, a very decent guy, and has always made very credible, genuine music. He was the edge in Buffalo Springfield, without whom, they would have been much less significant, as is also the case with the transfomation he brought to CSN when he joined.
Picks: Aurora, The Sultan, Mustang

Track by Track Review

Aurora dotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

Dark vibrato and some chamber reverb brings this pretty close to the surf envelope. Not as interesting as the A-side, but still a solid find. "Aurora" grows on you after a few listenings, with its merger of Jet Harris and Tony Meehan sounds with pre surf.

The Sultan dotdotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

This is a great single. The sound is like a cross between the Shadows and surf, with cheesy gong bashing out middle eastern incense for the ears. The main part of the melody line is similar to the Torquays's "Escondido." Some high note picking completes the track. It's a splendid obscuro, with charm and real pre surf sensibilities.

Mustang dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Mustang" has a very cool melody riff that's sort of bluesy desert mysterious, and hints gently at the Mediterranean via the rhythm pattern. The whammy is where the desert comes from. It's lighter and less dramatic than either "Aurora" or "The Sultan," but no less engaging.