Bluenote Café

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Bluenote Café
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Live album by Neil Young
Released November 13, 2015 (2015-11-13)
Recorded November 1987 – August 1988
Genre Rock
Length 145:09
Label Reprise
Neil Young chronology
The Monsanto Years
(2015)
Bluenote Café
(2015)
Earth
(2016)

Bluenote Café is a live album by Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young, released on November 13, 2015 on Reprise. The album is volume eleven in Young's Archives Performance Series, and features performances from Young's 1987-1988 American tour in support of his seventeenth studio album, This Note's for You (1988), with his then-backing band, The Bluenotes.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic75/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
Exclaim!4/10[2]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[3]
The Independent3/5 stars[4]
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[5]
American Songwriter4.5/5 stars[6]
PopMatters9/10 stars[7]
Classic Rock Magazine2.5/5 stars[8]
The Irish Times4/5 stars[9]

The album received positive reviews, and holds a score of 75 out of 100 on Metacritic, indicating "generally favourable reviews".[1] Chris Gerard of PopMatters gave the album nine stars out of ten, stating "Bluenote Café is essential Neil Young, further evidence that Young's 80s work has more value than many would expect or admit."[7] Conversely, in a brief negative review, Daniel Sylvester of Exclaim! wrote that "even die-hard fans will find this as nothing more than a masochistic curiosity."[2] In a three-star review, Will Hermes of Rolling Stone said "[these] live recordings from the late Eighties illuminate and (partly) redeem one of Neil Young's stranger eras".[3] In a highly positive four-and-a-half-star review, Hal Horowitz of American Songwriter wrote that "even diehard Neil Young fans may not fully appreciate this offshoot in his bulging catalog. But this remarkably vibrant and immediate live compilation shows that Young took this side road very seriously and it was more than just a forgettable, momentary quirk in his diverse and winding career."[6]

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1
  1. "Welcome to the Big Room" (Recorded on location at Mountain View Theater, Mountain View, California - 11/7/87) - 7:31
  2. "Don't Take Your Love Away From Me" (The Fillmore, San Francisco, California - 11/12/87) - 9:30
  3. "This Note's for You" (The Palace, Hollywood, CA - 4/13/88) - 5:24
  4. "Ten Men Workin'" (The World, New York City, New York - 4/18/88) - 8:27
  5. "Life in the City" (The World, New York City, New York - 4/18/88) - 3:55
  6. "Hello Lonely Woman" (The World, New York City, New York - 4/18/88) - 4:46
  7. "Soul of a Woman" (The World, New York City, New York - 4/18/88) - 5:57
  8. "Married Man" (The World, New York City, New York - 4/21/88) - 3:07
  9. "Bad News Comes to Town" (Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, Ohio - 4/23/88) - 8:00
  10. "Ain't It the Truth" (Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, Ohio - 4/23/88) - 7:30
  11. "One Thing" (Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, Ohio - 4/23/88) - 6:41
  12. "Twilight" (Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, Ohio - 4/23/88) - 8:03
Disc 2
  1. "I'm Goin'" (CNE, Toronto, Ontario, Canada - 8/18/88) - 5:35
  2. "Ordinary People" (Lake Compounce, Bristol, Connecticut - 8/23/88) - 12:50
  3. "Crime in the City" (Jones Beach, Wantagh, New York - 8/27/88) - 7:22
  4. "Crime of the Heart" (Pier 84, New York City, New York - 8/30/88) - 5:36
  5. "Welcome Rap" (Pier 84, New York City, New York - 8/30/88) - 0:36
  6. "Doghouse" (Pier 84, New York City, New York - 8/30/88) - 4:08
  7. "Fool for Your Love" (Pier 84, New York City, New York - 8/30/88) - 4:20
  8. "Encore Rap" (Pier 84, New York City, New York - 8/30/88) - 0:25
  9. "On the Way Home" (Poplar Creek Music Theatre, Hoffman Estates, Illinois - 8/16/88) - 3:01
  10. "Sunny Inside" (Pier 84, New York City, New York - 8/30/88) - 3:44
  11. "Tonight's the Night" (Pier 84, New York City, New York - 8/30/88) - 19:26

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[10] 23
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[10] 17
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[10] 54
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[10] 21
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[11] 35
French Albums (SNEP)[10] 84
Irish Albums (IRMA)[12] 39
Italian Albums (FIMI)[10] 55
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[10] 24
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[10] 86
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[10] 55
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[10] 52
UK Albums (OCC)[13] 39
US Billboard 200[14] 89

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Reviews for Bluenote Café by Neil Young". Metacritic. Retrieved 2016-04-13. 
  2. ^ a b Sylvester, Daniel (November 13, 2015). "Neil Young - Bluenote Café". Exclaim!. Retrieved January 4, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Hermes, Will. "Bluenote Café". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  4. ^ Gil, Andy. "Neil Young, Bluenote Cafe - album review". The Independent. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  5. ^ Deming, Mark. "Neil Young Bluenote Café". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Horowitz, Hal. "Neil Young and Bluenote Cafe: Bluenote Cafe". American Songwriter. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Gerard, Chris. "Neil Young: Bluenote Café". PopMatters. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  8. ^ Marszalek, Julian. "Neil Young: Bluenote Café – Review". TeamRock. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  9. ^ Breen, Joe. "Neil Young: Bluenote Cafe – Album Review". The Irish Times. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "ultratop.be - Neil Young and Bluenote Café - Bluenote Café". Ultratop and Hung Medien. Retrieved November 21, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Musiikkituottajat - Tilastot - Suomen virallinen lista - Albumit". Ifpi.fi. Retrieved 8 August 2018. 
  12. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 47, 2015". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  13. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  14. ^ "Neil Young Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved November 24, 2015.

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