Greendale (album)

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Greendale
Studio album by Neil Young with Crazy Horse
Released August 19, 2003
Recorded July 11-September 19, 2002
Genre Rock
Length 78:18
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Neil Young, L.A. Johnson
Neil Young with Crazy Horse chronology
Are You Passionate?
(2002)
Greendale
(2003)
Prairie Wind
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[2]

Greendale is the name of an album, movie and graphic novel by Neil Young. As the twenty-sixth album by Neil Young, Young and Crazy Horse's Greendale, a 10-song rock opera, is set in a fictional California seaside town. Based on the saga of the Green family, the "audio novel" has been compared to the literary classics of Thornton Wilder's Our Town[3] and Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio for its complexity and emotional depth in exploring a small town in America.

Greendale combines numerous themes on corruption, environmentalism and mass media consolidation. The album, concert, film and DVDs have produced a vast divergence of critical opinion ranging from being called "amateur" to being voted as one of the best albums of 2003 by Rolling Stone magazine music critics.

The CD was originally released with a DVD of live "Neil-only" acoustic performance of the Greendale material from Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland. In 2004, the CD was released with a new DVD containing a live performance of Neil Young and Crazy Horse. A DVD-Audio version was also released, with both Advanced Resolution Stereo and 5.1 Surround sound mixes, and a video of "Devil's Sidewalk" from the film. In late 2004, the feature length DVD with actors lip-synching the material was released.

Greendale was the last Neil Young album to feature Crazy Horse until 2012's Americana, and his ninth with that band.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Neil Young.

  1. "Falling From Above" – 7:27
  2. "Double E" – 5:18
  3. "Devil's Sidewalk" – 5:18
  4. "Leave the Driving" – 7:14
  5. "Carmichael" – 10:20
  6. "Bandit" – 5:13
  7. "Grandpa's Interview" – 12:57
  8. "Bringin' Down Dinner" – 3:16
  9. "Sun Green" – 12:03
  10. "Be the Rain" – 9:13

Personnel[edit]

NOTE: Though an active member of Crazy Horse, Frank Sampedro agreed to sit out the sessions for this album as Neil Young felt that the material called for one guitar only. Sampedro did, however, join the band for the ensuing concert tours.

Comics adaptation[edit]

Cover of the graphic novel

In 2007, Vertigo Comics announced the production of the comic book adaptation of the album with the same title.[4] According to writer Joshua Dysart, Neil Young is directly involved in the project.[5] Greendale graphic novel (ISBN 1-4012-2698-1) was released in June 2010,[6] with Cliff Chiang providing the art.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ Durchholz, Daniel; Graff, Gary (2012). "1997-Present". Neil Young: Long May You Run: The Illustrated History (Updated Edition ed.). Voyageur Press. p. 177. ISBN 0760344116. Retrieved March 2014. 
  4. ^ Reid, Calvin (July 28, 2007). "Vertigo Plans Neil Young Graphic Novel; New Minx Titles". Publishers Weekly. Archived from the original on February 19, 2008. 
  5. ^ Ekstrom, Steve. "Joshua Dysart on Neil Young's Greendale at Vertigo". Newsarama. Archived from the original on August 27, 2007. 
  6. ^ Lorah, Michael (June 8, 2010). "Touring NEIL YOUNG'S GREENDALE With Writer Josh Dysart". Newsarama. Retrieved June 13, 2010. 
  7. ^ Arrant, Chris (June 9, 2010). "Artist Cliff Chiang Welcomes You to Vertigo's GREENDALE". Newsarama. Retrieved June 13, 2010. 
  8. ^ Gustines, George Gene (June 15, 2010). "Neil Young’s Greendale, Illustrated". New York Times. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 

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