Today: Neil Young released “Rust Never Sleeps” in 1979 – 33 years ago

One of Neil’s 2-3 best albums for sure.

My my, hey hey
Rock and roll is here to stay
It’s better to burn out
Than to fade away
My my, hey hey.

From Wikipedia:

Rust Never Sleeps is an album by Neil Young and Crazy Horse released in 1979. The bulk of the album was recorded live at San Francisco’s Cow Palace, with overdubs added. Audience noise is removed as much as possible, although it is clearly audible at certain points, most noticeably on the opening and closing songs. The album is half acoustic and half electric, opening and closing with different versions of the same song; “Hey Hey, My My“.

Released July 2, 1979
Recorded August 1976 – 1978 at Indigo Recording Studio, Malibu, CA; Triad Recording, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Broken Arrow Studio, Redwood City; the Boarding House, San Francisco, CA; Cow Palace, San Francisco, CA; and Woodland Sound Studios, Nashville
Genre Rock, folk rock, hard rock
Length 38:16
Label Reprise
Producer Neil Young, David BriggsTim Mulligan

Two songs from the album were not recorded live: “Sail Away” was recorded without Crazy Horse during or after the Comes a Time recording sessions, and “Pocahontas” had been recorded solo around 1975.

Young also released a film version of the album under the same title. Later on in 1979, Young and Crazy Horse released the album Live Rust, a compilation of older classics interweaving within the Rust Never Sleeps track list. The title is borrowed from the slogan for Rust-Oleum paint, and was suggested by Mark Mothersbaugh of the New Wave band Devo. It is also an aphorism describing Young’s musical self-renewal to overcome his growing irrelevance.

The album won the 1979 Rolling Stone Critics Poll for Album of the Year. In 2003, the album was ranked number 350 on the same magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

The king is gone but he’s not forgotten

Hey hey, my my
Rock and roll can never die
There’s more to the picture
Than meets the eye.
Hey hey, my my.


“Thrasher” from Live Rust:

Album of the day:

Other July-2:

  • B-side Hound Dog
    Released July 13, 1956
    Format 45 rpm, 78 rpm single
    Recorded July 2, 1956, New York
    Genre Rock and roll
    Length 2:04
    Label RCA Records
    Writer(s) Otis Blackwell, Elvis Presley
    Producer Steve Sholes, Elvis Presley
    Certification Gold

    Don’t Be Cruel” is a song recorded by Elvis Presley and written by Otis Blackwell in 1956. It was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2004, it was listed #197 in Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song is currently ranked as the 92nd greatest song of all time, as well as the fifth best song of 1956, by Acclaimed Music.

    Hound Dog” is a twelve-bar blues written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and originally recorded by Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thorntonin 1952. Other early versions illustrate the differences among blues, country, and rock and roll in the mid-1950s. The 1956 remake by Elvis Presley is the best-known version; it is his version that is No. 19 on Rolling Stone‘s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. 

  • Roy J. Bittan (born July 2, 1949) is an American keyboardist, best known as a member of Bruce Springsteen‘s E Street Band, which he joined on August 23, 1974. Bittan, nicknamed The Professor, plays the piano, organ, accordion and synthesizers.
  • Paul Williams (July 2, 1939 – August 17, 1973) was an American baritone singer and choreographer. Williams is noted for being one of the founding members and original lead singer of the Motown group The Temptations. Along with David RuffinOtis Williams (no relation), and fellow Alabamians Eddie Kendricks and Melvin Franklin, Williams was a member of The Temptations during the “Classic Five” period. Personal problems and failing health forced Williams to retire in 1971. He committed suicide two years later.


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