Crazy Horse (album)

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Crazy Horse
Studio album by Crazy Horse
Released February 1971
Recorded 1970
Genre Country-rock, roots rock, hard rock
Length 38:59
Label Reprise
Producer Jack Nitzsche, Russ Titelman
Crazy Horse chronology
Crazy Horse
(1971)
Loose
(1972)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]

Crazy Horse is the debut album by Crazy Horse, released in 1971 by Reprise Records. It is the only album by the band to feature Danny Whitten, and it peaked at #84 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

History[edit]

Members of this band had already released an album in 1968 as The Rockets, and had appeared on record twice with Neil Young as Crazy Horse. The core trio from the Rockets, Danny Whitten, Billy Talbot, and Ralph Molina, provided instrumental backing for Young's 1969 album Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, and performed on some songs from Young's 1970 album After the Gold Rush. Producer/keyboardist Jack Nitzsche, who had been a member of Phil Spector's Wrecking Crew and played on records by The Rolling Stones, had worked with Young on his debut album and on tracks for Buffalo Springfield. He was drafted into Crazy Horse to back up Young on their short tour in early 1970. During sessions for Gold Rush, they met teenage guitar prodigy Nils Lofgren, who joined the band in time for this album, picking up a contract with Reprise Records after the exposure garnered from their association with Young.

This was Whitten's last album release before his death from a drug overdose in 1972. For the recording of this album in the fall of 1970, they also recruited Ry Cooder, who had worked previously with Nitzsche on sessions for the Stones. Cooder plays on three tracks.

The album contains compositions from four principal writers. Whitten's ballad, "I Don't Want to Talk About It", would be covered by a variety of artists, including Rita Coolidge; Everything but the Girl on their 1988 album Idlewild; and Rod Stewart, who had a hit with the song in the U.K., taken from his 1975 album Atlantic Crossing. Neil Young's "Dance Dance Dance," was covered by The New Seekers in 1972, and Randy Newman had already performed Nitzsche's "Gone Dead Train" on the soundtrack for the 1970 film Performance by Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg. The song was also covered by the Scottish hard rock band Nazareth on their 1977 album Expect No Mercy, as was "Beggar's Day" for the group's 1975 album Hair of the Dog.

A live version of "Downtown" by Whitten and Young would appear on Young's 1975 album Tonight's the Night, entitled "(Come On Baby Let's Go) Downtown." On Neil Young's 2007 vault release Live at the Fillmore East 1970, the song is credited to Whitten alone.

Crazy Horse was released on compact disc on March 22, 1994, as part of the Warner Brothers archive series, produced for compact disc by Lee Herschberg. It appeared in its entirety as part of Rhino Handmade's Scratchy compilation from 2005, which also included outtakes from the sessions for this album. That compilation is no longer in print.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Gone Dead Train"   Russ Titelman, Jack Nitzsche 4:06
2. "Dance, Dance, Dance"   Neil Young 2:10
3. "Look at All the Things"   Danny Whitten 3:13
4. "Beggar's Day"   Nils Lofgren 4:28
5. "I Don't Want to Talk About It"   Danny Whitten 5:18

Side two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Downtown"   Danny Whitten, Neil Young 3:14
2. "Carolay"   Russ Titelman, Jack Nitzsche 2:52
3. "Dirty, Dirty"   Danny Whitten 3:31
4. "Nobody"   Nils Lofgren 2:35
5. "I'll Get By"   Danny Whitten 3:08
6. "Crow Jane Lady"   Jack Nitzsche 4:24

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