Prairie Wind review
Neil Young's Prairie Wind
is the third album of a trilogy, the others being Harvest
(1972) and Harvest
Moon (1992). There are two purchase
options, a regular CD or a DVD / CD combo package. The
DVD shows the band recording each of the songs. Both the sound and
video are top notch.
The music flows
exceptionally well with a nice gentle feel. It doesn't include much in the
way of electric guitar and relies on acoustic and steel guitars. The solos are usually short and to the point,
frequently riffs, and usually courtesy
of Ben Keith, whose tenure with Young dates back to 1972's Harvest.
If you're looking for a
"Down By The River" reprise, this is not the album for
There is a core of
musicians that Neil utilizes. He primarily sings and plays acoustic
guitar and harmonica. Additionally, he's the pianist on "It's a Dream."
Throughout the album, the
bass lines are straightforward and effective. Young also implements
the use of horns on a few songs, back-up vocals on most
songs, and even some orchestration. Certainly effective, even if a
succeeds quite well on "Here For You" and " This Old Guitar,"
both in the Nashville mold. A few of the songs have
short-term hit potential. The disc opener, "The Painter,"
offers a nice Harvest feel and appeal. The upbeat track about Elvis Presley, "He Was King,"
is a candidate as well. The title track is catchy but is a
little too repetitious with the chorus.
Overall, this is an
excellent Neil Young album. I'm certain that after the initial
excitement of a new Neil Young release wears off that Prairie
stand the test of time as a strong recording.
by Barry Small ©
of Gold Movie - A live performance of Prairie Wind and a
second set of classics.