|Reprise Records WEA494942C 2005
Neil Young & Ben Keith
Neil Young: vocals, guitars, harmonica,
Ben Keith - Dobro, pedal steel, slide guitar
Spooner Oldham - piano,
Hammond B3 organ, Wurlitzer electric piano
Rick Rosas - bass
Karl Himmel - drums, percussion
Chad Cromwell - drums, percussion
Grant Boatwright - acoustic guitar,
Clinton Gregory - fiddle on "No Wonder"
Wayne Jackson - horns
Thomas McGinley - horns
Anthony Crawford - backing vocals
Gary Pigg - backing vocals
Curtis Wright - backing vocals
Chuck Cochran - string arranger
Neil Young's Prairie Wind is a gentle-sounding, acoustic-based album that packs an emotional wallop. It is being
cast as the third in a trilogy of albums that started with Harvest in 1972 and continued with 1992's Harvest Moon. (Young
The spectre of death hangs over Prairie Wind, influenced no doubt by the diagnosis Young received around the time of its
recording that he had a potentially deadly brain aneurysm.
Luckily for music fans, Young survived and now the album takes on more of a tale of survival than loss.
Really, Young does just about everything right on Prairie Wind.
The lyrics are simple and heartfelt. The music is melodic and emotional. Together, they are classic Young and are likely
to make Prairie Wind one of his most loved albums.
Just as the title suggests, Prairie Wind has an open, airy feel about it. The other musicians -- Spooner
Oldham on organ, Ben Keith on pedal steel guitar and Chad Cromwell on drums -- provide a strong, familiar backbone.
Many of the songs seem like farewell notes -- to loved ones, his father and even his guitar.
It wouldn't be much of a stretch to interpret Here For You as being sung from the perspective of someone
who's already passed on. "Just close your eyes and I'll be there," Young sings. On Far From Home, Young
makes a rollicking request to be buried on the prairie, not far from home, where the buffalo used to roam. The final tune,
When God Made Me, is more a hymn than a rock song. With the Fisk University Jubilee Singers in the background,
and Young at the piano, the song tackles some of the eternal questions that face many even when death is not imminent. It
may be one of the most beautiful things Neil Young has ever written.
All songs written and
composed by Neil Young
and ©2005 Silver Fiddle Music
in Manitoba, Canada
the best "Little Town"
on the Prairie!
checked in the
these are the places
where the musician lived
the years where ideas grow
"trademarks", a sea of grass
wind and fire, saving it.
a page from our
Prairie Dog Guide website
The Cree called it
and warned early settlers
of its hidden capacity for
destruction.The river flooded
in 1826, forcing the complete
evacuation of the 10-year-old
Red River colony But most
settlers refused to give up.
Winnipeg, the city they built
on the Red River’s banks,
has braved disaster again
and again – in 1950, 1966,
1979, and again, dramatically,
in 1997 and once more, to a
lesser degree in 2005.
Neil spent his childhood
in this city. listen to the
song It's A
this album is also available
in 200 gram vinyl 2 record
a special edition CD/DVD