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is the 1971 debut album by Crazy Horse Crazy Horse, released by Reprise Records. It peaked at number 84 on the album chart. Billboard
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 , and performed on some songs from Young's 1970 album Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere . Producer/keyboardist After the Gold Rush 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 ; and Idlewild Rod Stewart, who had a hit with the song in the U.K., taken from his 1975 album . Neil Young's "Dance Dance Dance," was covered by Atlantic Crossing The New Seekers in 1972, and Randy Newman had already performed Nitzsche's " Gone Dead Train" on the soundtrack for the 1970 film by Performance Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg. The song was also covered by the Scottish hard rock band Nazareth on their 1977 album . The Lofgren-penned " Expect No Mercy Beggar's Day" was previously covered by the same band (Nazareth) on their 1975 album . Hair of the Dog
A live version of "
Downtown," by Whitten and Young, would appear on Young's 1975 album . On Neil Young's 2007 vault release Tonight's the Night , the song is credited to Whitten alone. Live at the Fillmore East 1970
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 compilation from 2005, which also included outtakes from the sessions for this album. That compilation is no longer in print. Scratchy
Track listing [ edit ]
Side one [ edit ]
Side two [ edit ]
Downtown" Danny Whitten, Neil Young
Russ Titelman, Jack Nitzsche
"I'll Get By"
"Crow Jane Lady"
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