Living with War: "In the Beginning"

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Living with War: "In the Beginning"
Studio album by Neil Young
Released November 7, 2006 (Audio Only iTunes)
December 19, 2006 (CD/DVD Retail and Internet Stores)
Recorded March 2006
Redwood Digital
Genre Rock
Length 38:58
Label Reprise
Producer Neil Young, Niko Bolas and L.A. Johnson
Neil Young chronology
Live at the Fillmore East
Living with War: "In the Beginning"
Live at Massey Hall 1971
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Living with War: "In the Beginning" is a studio album by Neil Young, released in 2006. It is a stripped-down version of Young's 2006 album Living with War. The original title of this particular CD/DVD release, according to a press release, was called Living with War - Raw. However, the title changed when the album was finally released.

The album includes first mixes of the live trio recordings, made the day of recording, and was made available via digital download on iTunes on Election Day, November 7, 2006. Also available on iTunes that day were four videos directed by Neil Young of songs from the album: "After The Garden," "Families," "Lookin' for a Leader" and "America the Beautiful."

In a special CD/DVD limited-edition package, available on Reprise Records in stores on December 19, 2006 the set included videos directed by Young of every song on the album. Using a wide range of visual sources, both from the Iraq War as well as demonstrations in the United States, and Al Gore's film An Inconvenient Truth the videos are a statement of not only what has happened during the past three years of war, but also how it has affected the entire world.

Living with War, which originally came out in early May 2006, immediately set off a firestorm of reaction from both sides of the political fence. With songs like "The Restless Consumer," "Shock and Awe," "Flags of Freedom" and "Let's Impeach the President," Living with War was quickly seen as a unique musical statement. On the "Raw" version of the album, the sound is straight-from-the-source, captured live in the studio exactly the way it was recorded, without the backing instrumentation and choral accompaniment found on the original release.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Neil Young, and © 2006, Silver Fiddle Music.

  1. "After the Garden" - 3:25
  2. "Living with War" - 5:08
  3. "The Restless Consumer" - 5:51
  4. "Shock and Awe" - 4:56
  5. "Families" - 2:33
  6. "Flags of Freedom" - 3:45
  7. "Let's Impeach the President" - 4:34
  8. "Lookin' for a Leader" - 4:08
  9. "Roger and Out" - 4:23

Known participants[edit]

  • Neil Young: guitars, vocal
  • Rick Rosas: bass
  • Chad Cromwell: drums
  • Tom Bray: trumpet
  • Neil Young & Niko Bolas: producer
  • L.A. Johnson assistant producer


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Reprise Records, Neil Young's Living with War - Raw Scheduled for Release via Digital Download on November 7th; 4 Videos Available on iTunes ," 18 October 2006, at [1], last accessed 27 November 2006.