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View Poll Results: Opinions about "Fred Neil" :
Excellent 1 12.50%
Good 4 50.00%
OK 3 37.50%
Disappointing 0 0%
Awful 0 0%
Voters: 8. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-06-2012, 10:29 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Even if it was an accident Lisnaholic I'm glad you brought her to my attention. Some nice stuff.

This is her version of the Fred Neil track A Little Bit of Rain from her first album.




Here's her cover of the Motown/ Marvin Gaye song How Sweet It Is from her second album In My Own Time.




Search wise yours seems to be the first mention she has had on MB. I'm thinking she might even need her own thread.


^ Wow ! She has an extraordinary voice ! Two very different songs, but I`m glad to see that she`s honouring her early days with a Fred Neil composition.

You could try giving her a thread, or wait and see if the album you nominated for the album club generates a thread in a week or two.

Congrats on your detective work, fazstp; you`ve tracked down a forgotten culprit, suspected of making some good music.
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Old 11-29-2017, 06:04 AM   #12 (permalink)
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My thanks to whoever voted in this Fred Neil poll yesterday

What you'll notice is that just with a vote, the thread is bumped to the top of the forum section, so it'd be great to post a comment at the same time.

I'm a huge fan of thread-bumping, on account of the past is still relevant imo, even on an internet forum. In this specific case, this poll is really hotting up now:-

Is Fred Neil good or is he just ok ? Voters are split right down the middle on this divisive issue....could go either way....results are still coming in....
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Old 11-29-2017, 06:14 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I voted good. I know everybody is talking about 'Everybody's Talkin', but I'm actually partial to Dolphins.
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Old 11-29-2017, 06:55 AM   #14 (permalink)
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^ Yes, that's one of the best tracks imo too, along with "I've got a secret".

One time in an interview, Dylan talked about how this album was a huge influence on him when he made one of the biggest stylistic changes in his career and recorded the John Wesley Harding album. He said that Fred Neil showed him something that had not occurred to him before: that you can take a traditional song, add in your own words and mix things around so that no-one can tell which lyrics are yours and which are traditional. That's true on the best tracks here, as FN shares his thoughts and quotes bits of remembered songs in the laid-back pace that Dylan also copied for JWH.

If we accept what Dylan says, we could make the case that the whole Americana revival made popular by The Band started with Fred Neil's album.
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I'll preface and say that I'm most familiar with Fred Neil through two songs:

Other Side of This Life - covered very often live by Jefferson Airplane (and for sure introduced to the band through Paul Kantner; Fred was practically a hero of his), as well as the Youngbloods, the Lovin' Spoonful, and Peter, Paul and Mary

That's The Bag I'm In - covered wonderfully by the lesser known H.P. Lovecraft

I just got done listening to the album in the OP, and these are my thoughts. Its songs are what I expected lyrically after having been so used to the two I mentioned above, so that pleases me since I love them so much and wanted similar style material. The wordless ending jam is also kickass.

Besides That's The Bag I'm In and the instrumental Cynicrustpetefredjohn Raga, my favorite songs from the album are Everything Happens, Everybody's Talkin' and Sweet Cocaine.
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Old 12-03-2017, 06:55 PM   #16 (permalink)
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^ So you and I arrived at the same place by different routes ; I've never heard those two cover-version songs that you mention.
But, yes, I really like That's the Bag I'm In. At first I treated it as a bit of a joke because of that beatnik-era slang of the title, but it's a nice song, with its small-scale observations about life. It doesn't make any grand statement, and FN is smart enough to keep it short, leaving us wanting more.
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