Zuma (album)

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Zuma
Studio album by Neil Young with Crazy Horse
Released November 10, 1975
Recorded June 16, 1974 – August 29, 1975 at Broken Arrow Ranch, Redwood City, CA and Pt. Dume, CA
Genre Pop rock[1]
Length 36:34
Label Reprise
Producer Neil Young, David Briggs
Neil Young, Tim Mulligan "Pardon My Heart," "Lookin' for a Love," and "Through My Sails"
Neil Young chronology
Tonight's the Night
(1975)
Zuma
(1975)
Long May You Run
(1977)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]

Zuma is the seventh studio album by Canadian musician Neil Young, released on Reprise Records in 1975. Co-credited to Crazy Horse, it includes "Cortez the Killer," one of Young's best-known songs. It peaked at #25 on the Billboard 200, and has been certified a gold record by the RIAA.[3]

Background[edit]

The death of Danny Whitten affected Young greatly, and left the Crazy Horse band without its leader and songwriter. He went out on tour in late 1973 with a band dubbed the Santa Monica Flyers, composed of the Crazy Horse rhythm section of Billy Talbot and Ralph Molina along with Nils Lofgren, who had played on Crazy Horse's debut album, and Ben Keith, this group recording most of the tracks for what would be his Tonight's the Night album. After the 1974 stadium tour with Crosby, Stills & Nash and another abandoned attempt at the second CSNY studio album, Young formed a new version of Crazy Horse in 1975 with guitarist Frank Sampedro slotted in alongside Talbot and Molina. This line-up first appeared on this album, and has remained stable to the present day.

Content[edit]

Zuma was the first album released after the famed Ditch Trilogy, comprising the albums Time Fades Away, and On the Beach, and Tonight's the Night. Young wrote songs in Zuma during his time living on Sea Level Drive in Malibu, California.[citation needed] "Through My Sails," originally entitled "Sailboat Song," derives from the aborted late 1974 sessions with CSNY, featuring the quartet on vocals.

The melody and lyrics of "Don't Cry No Tears" are partially derived from "I Wonder", a song Young wrote in high school which appeared in his Archives in 2009. Young has claimed during a show in 1996 that he'd also written "Cortez the Killer" in high school while suffering "Montezuma's Revenge."[4] The song ends with a fade out because the original cut stopped abruptly due to recording tape running out before the band had finished playing, and a final verse Young had written was not recorded. Young's reaction to hearing of this was, "I never liked that verse anyway", and it has never been performed live.[5]

"Danger Bird" interpolates sections of an unreleased song relating to Young's breakup with Carrie Snodgress called "L.A. Girls and Ocean Boys", specifically the line "'Cause you've been with another man / there you are and here I am."[6] Lou Reed once told an interviewer that he felt Young had become a "great guitarist" during this period, specifically citing "Danger Bird" as an example.[7] "Pardon My Heart" was originally intended to be released as part of Homegrown.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Don't Cry No Tears"   Neil Young 2:34
2. "Danger Bird"   Neil Young 6:54
3. "Pardon My Heart"   Neil Young 3:49
4. "Lookin' for a Love"   Neil Young 3:17
5. "Barstool Blues"   Neil Young 3:02

Side two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Stupid Girl"   Neil Young 3:13
2. "Drive Back"   Neil Young 3:32
3. "Cortez the Killer"   Neil Young 7:29
4. "Through My Sails"   Neil Young 2:41

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ruhlman, William. Neil Young: Zuma > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 30 November 2005.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Neil Young: Zuma > Review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 10 March 2006. 
  3. ^ RIAA database retrieved 23 August 2014
  4. ^ Rolling Stone song facts check retrieved 23 August 2014.
  5. ^ Songfacts website retrieved 23 August 2014
  6. ^ Jimmy McDonough. Shakey: Neil Young's Biography. New York: Random House, 2002, pp. 488-506. ISBN 0-679-42772-4
  7. ^ ThrashersWheat.org page: "Jammin' with Neil Young: Influences and Musical Collaborations; Other Artists."

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