Neil Young: On the Beach
Part three of the doom trilogy was actually the second to be released, as Young began to dig himself out
of the depression of the previous year, noting that "Sooner or later, it all gets real" but also fearing that
he's "just pissing in the wind."
Young chose to include an old
song, "See the Sky About to Rain." Some reviewers have suggested that it is
an attempt at irony on Young's part to include a prime example of his "downer"
songs here, after the sentiments expressed in "Walk On," but it's just a great
song with a magical chord progression change at the last verse and superb
drumming from Levon Helm. It is followed by "Revolution Blues," a song
inspired by Young's meetings with Manson. One can almost hear the 10,000,000
dune buggies coming down the mountain as the song rolls along with the Band's
Levon Helm and Rick Danko in the engine room, and David Crosby supplying manic
On the Beach was finally released on CD in June 2003 by Reprise Records, digitally remastered but without any bonus tracks.
Sidemen(only members of the Band listed)
Neil Young - On the Beach - 1974 - Reprise R 2180
AMG Rating: 8 (out of 9)