Ragged Glory

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Ragged Glory
Studio album by Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Released September 10, 1990 (1990-09-10)
Recorded April 1990 at Plywood Digital, Woodside, CA (except "Mother Earth": The Hoosier Dome)
Genre Rock, hard rock
Length 62:43
Label Reprise
Producer Neil Young and David Briggs
Neil Young chronology
Freedom
(1989)
Ragged Glory
(1990)
Weld
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]
Rolling Stone (very positive)[3]
Rolling Stone Album Guide 5/5 stars[4]

Ragged Glory is the nineteenth studio album by Canadian musician Neil Young, his sixth with Crazy Horse, released in 1990. It was voted album of the year in the annual Pazz & Jop critics' poll[5] and in 2010 was selected by Rolling Stone as the 77th best album of the 1990s.[6]

The album revisits the hard-rock style previously explored on Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere and Zuma. The first two tracks are songs Young and Crazy Horse originally wrote and performed live in the 1970s with "Country Home" notably being performed on their 1976 tour. "Farmer John" is a cover of a 60s song, written and performed by R&B duo Don and Dewey and also performed by garage band The Premiers.[3] Young revealed that the song "Days that Used to Be" is inspired by Bob Dylan's "My Back Pages".[7] The album features many extended guitar jams, with two songs stretching out to ten minutes and more.

The album was very well received by critics with Kurt Loder in Rolling Stone raving that it was "a monument to the spirit of the garage - to the pursuit of passion over precision" and calling it "a great one".[3]

The CD single culled from the album, "Mansion on the Hill", included the otherwise unreleased song "Don't Spook the Horse" (7:36).

"F*!#in' Up" (pronounced "Fuckin' Up") is frequently covered by Pearl Jam live (see Category:Pearl Jam Official Bootlegs for recordings), and was performed by Bush in their headlining set at Woodstock 1999. Toronto-based band Constantines recorded a version of "F*!#in' Up" in Winnipeg,[8] which surfaced as the b-side to their "Our Age" 7"[9] in November 2008. Scottish heavy metal band The Almighty recorded the song and included it as a B-side (with an uncensored title) to their "Out of Season" single in 1992.

An outtake from the sessions for the album, "Interstate," was released on the vinyl version of the 1996 album Broken Arrow and on the CD single for the track "Big Time."

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Neil Young except as noted.[10]

  1. "Country Home" – 7:05
  2. "White Line" – 2:57
  3. "F*!#in' Up" [11] – 5:54
  4. "Over and Over" – 8:28
  5. "Love to Burn" – 10:00
  6. "Farmer John" (Don Harris, Dewey Terry) – 4:14
  7. "Mansion on the Hill" – 4:48
  8. "Days That Used to Be" – 3:42
  9. "Love and Only Love" – 10:18
  10. "Mother Earth (Natural Anthem)" – 5:11

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Peak Position
1990 The Billboard U.S. 200 31 [12]

Single

Year Single Chart Peak Position
1990 "Mansion on the Hill" Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 3 [13]
"Over and Over" Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 33 [13]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Ragged Glory at AllMusic. Retrieved 7 January 2006.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Neil Young & Crazy Horse > Consumer Guide Reviews". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Loder, Kurt (September 20, 1990). "Neil Young's Guitar Ecstasy". Rolling Stone (587). p. 99. 
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). "Neil Young". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. London: Fireside. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.  Portions posted at "Neil Young > Album Guide". rollingstone.com. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "The 1990 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll". The Village Voice. March 5, 1991. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/100-best-albums-of-the-nineties-20110427/neil-young-and-crazy-horse-ragged-glory-19691231
  7. ^ (Toronto Star interview, 2003)[citation needed]
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ [2]
  10. ^ Neil Young and Crazy Horse. Ragged Glory (Reprise Records, 1991).
  11. ^ The "official" (printed, CDDB, MusicBrainz) title of the song. On the recording itself, it is pronounced "Fuckin' Up."
  12. ^ Ragged Glory - Neil Young & Crazy Horse > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums at AllMusic. Retrieved 2008-05-15.
  13. ^ a b Ragged Glory - Neil Young & Crazy Horse > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles at AllMusic. Retrieved 2008-05-15.