Monday, June 21, 2010

The Beatles' "A Day in the Life" Performed by Neil Young

Something to accompany the news that "John Lennon's hand-scrawled lyrics to the elusive, mesmerizing 'A Day In the Life' sold for $1.2 million at auction, well above the price expected" — I Read the News Today, Oh Boy. Probably my favorite of their songs. Aficionados might enjoy this earlier post of mine with footage from thirty-seven years earlier — Neil Young in Concert, 1971.

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Anonymous walt said...

Speaking of classic rockers, Jeff Beck does an instrumental version of this Beatles masterpiece and he does it justice as well IMHO.

I get the impression that some of the older rock,pop and country performers like Neil Young, Jeff Beck, and say Willie Nelson or even Tony Bennet are still playing because they enjoy it. At least that's what comes out in their music to me. Someone like Madonna,however, will go down swingin' against old age and not very gracefully either. As if grace could ever be associated with Madonna in the first place.A total contrast to Emmylou Harris who remains a class act.

3:22 AM  
Blogger El Cid said...

As for me and Mr. Young...this "Southern Man don't need him around anyway"

4:59 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Walt, I was first going to post a video that Jeff Beck rendition. Excellent observation about old timers and about the difference between Emmylou Harris and Madonna, which is like the difference between the Old Republic and the Empire that usurped it.

Cid, Copperhead that I am, I agree with you and Lynyrd Skynyrd that "Alabama" was, lyrically not musically, the low-point of Neil Young's career, especially the line "you've got the rest of the Union to help you along."

9:28 AM  

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