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neil young: down to the wire #2


down to the wire.

In 1977 Reprise Records released the triple LP \”Decade\” to celebrate Neil Young\’s ten years in the recording business, from 1966 – 1976, charting the uneven road followed between his time as part of Buffalo Springfield through to his commanding role centre stage with Crazy Horse. Compiled by Young himself, complete with hand written notes on the provenance of those thirty-five songs featured, it quickly became a ubiquitous purchase for Young diehards everywhere on account of the inclusion of five previously unreleased numbers.


Two months of relentless negotiation later, Young returned briefly to cement the recording and release of their second album, \”Buffalo Springfield Again\”, having successfully ousted the domineering Charlie Greene and Brian Stone from bitterly contested management duties. The reprise, last time around, was – as we see in hindsight – short lived. A second honeymoon of sorts before a briefly reconciled relationship finally flounders in the shallows.

When there\’s nobody left on the margins to blame, the only reasonable thing to do is bail.

\”All the hurt you thought was gone has now returned, And every thing she\’s laughing at is all you learned. And you let go, let go, let go, \’cause you know you\’re getting tired. Can you feel it getting down to the wire?\”

NEIL YOUNG: DOWN TO THE WIRE from \”Decade\” 3 x LP (Reprise) 1977 (US) BUY BACK A DECADE

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