Playlist: 11 hidden gems from Neil Young


Playlist: 11 hidden gems from Neil Young

What is a “buried treasure”, “a hidden gem” or “an underrated gem” ? Well, to me, it’s a great song that seldom (or never) is on the “best-of” lists of the artist, and it could have/should have been.

I am talking about great songs that are often overlooked. We are talking about personal favorites that you wouldn’t rate among the artists top 20 (maybe), but deserve some more praise and recognition than they get.

Neil Young has a lot of those, here are my 11 chosen ones (the Spotify playlist is at the end of the post):

Words – Between the lines of age, Glastonbury 2009 (Harvest):

Bandit (you need to manually go to 54 minutes in, the song lasts for about 6 minutes ,Greendale):

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20 songs released in 1974 you must hear

bob dylan forever young

The Year 1974 summary

  • OPEC ends the oil embargo begun in 1973 during the Yom Kippur War (Mar. 18).
  • Nixon and Brezhnev meet in Moscow to discuss arms limitation agreements. Background: nuclear disarmament
  • Leftist revolution ends almost 50 years of dictatorial rule in Portugal (launched Apr. 25).
  • India successfully tests an atomic device, becoming the world’s sixth nuclear power (May 18).
  • Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia is deposed. A collective military dictatorship assumes power (Sept. 12).
  • House Judiciary Committee adopts three articles of impeachment charging President Nixon with obstruction of justice, failure to uphold laws, and refusal to produce material subpoenaed by the committee (July 30).
  • Richard M. Nixon announces he will resign the next day, the first President to do so (Aug. 8).
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  • Movies: Chinatown, The Godfather Part II, Day for Night, Blazing Saddles, The Towering Inferno
  • Deaths: Bud Abbott, Dizzy Dean, Duke Ellington, Charles Lindbergh, Ed Sullivan

My rules:

  • Only one song per artist/group
  • The song must be released that specific year
  • Songs from live albums not allowed
  • Restricted to only 20 songs

A lot of wonderful music was released in 1974, very hard to pick only 20.

  • Forever Young – Bob Dylan

    Written in Arizona in 1972 and recorded in California in November 1973. The song first appeared (in two different versions, a slow and a fast) on Dylan’s 1974 album Planet Waves.
    A demo version of the song, recorded in New York City in June 1973, was included on Dylan’s 1985 compilation Biograph.

    May God bless and keep you always
    May your wishes all come true
    May you always do for others
    And let others do for you
    May you build a ladder to the stars
    And climb on every rung
    May you stay forever young
    Forever young, forever young
    May you stay forever young.

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Bob Dylan & Eric Clapton performing together (5 videos)

bob dylan eric clapton

Just another post connecting Bob Dylan & Eric Clapton. We are still celebrating Clapton’s 70th Birthday – salute!

Shangri-La Studios
Malibu, California
March – April 1976

  • Eric Clapton (guitar & vocal)
  • Bob Dylan (guitar & shared vocal)
  • Robbie Robertson (guitar)

You speak to me
In sign language
As I’m eating a sandwich
In a small café
At a quarter to three
But I can’t respond
To your sign language
You’re taking advantage
Bringing me down
Can’t you make any sound?

’Twas there by the bakery
Surrounded by fakery
Tell her my story
Still I’m still there
Does she know I still care?

Sign Language

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Documentary: Get Folked – The Great Folk Revival (2013)

get folked

Documentary: Get Folked – The Great Folk Revival

Terrible title but entertaining documentary.

Exploring the recent resurgence of folk music. Throughout the evening, celebrity fans Stephen Mangan, Bob Geldof, Cerys Matthews and Seth Lakeman reveal exactly what it is about the folk sound that finds its way into their hearts. Richard Thompson, Frank Turner, Donovan, Billy Bragg and many more also discuss the enduring appeal of this age-old musical form.

“Folk – a musical tradition with roots in the pre-electric world – is now becoming the new 21st-century pop phenomenon… Is it the antidote to manufactured music, the new punk, or simply evidence of the enduring appeal of this age-old musical form?”

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Playlist: 20 Overlooked gems from Kris Kristofferson

Kris Kristofferson beer breakfast

“…beer for breakfast”


20 Overlooked gems from Kris Kristofferson

KristofferKrisKristofferson (born June 22, 1936)  songwriter, musician, actor, and former soldier. He is best known for writing and recording such hits as “Me and Bobby McGee”, “For the Good Times”, “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” and “Help Me Make It Through the Night”. Kristofferson is the sole writer of most of his songs, and he has collaborated with various other figures of the Nashville scene such as Shel Silverstein. In 1985, Kristofferson joined fellow country artists Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash in forming the country music supergroup, The Highwaymen. In 2004, Kristofferson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He is also known for his acting work, including starring roles in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore and A Star Is Born, the latter for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.

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