50 Great Neil Young Covers

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Since it wasn't mentioned on the earlier thread,
Michael Hedges - After the Gold Rush

Enoki Doki (Paul in Santa Cruz), Monday, 18 January 2010 02:31 (ten years ago) link

yow i gotta track down some of these!

tylerw, Monday, 18 January 2010 02:50 (ten years ago) link

Not sure if anyone's made a similar request, but I'm looking for some help in tracking down a copy of Everybody Knows This is Norway. I've tried the internets, Soulseek, Amazon, etc., and haven't made any headway at all. I think it's the only Neil-tribute LP I haven't yet found (once a couple of CDs arrive in the mail shortly, I'll be up to 15). I'd like to obtain an actual copy on CD or vinyl, but would happily settle for a CD-R.

clemenza, Friday, 29 January 2010 02:27 (ten years ago) link

60. rainy day - flying on the ground is wrong

hipster knight (electricsound), Friday, 29 January 2010 02:28 (ten years ago) link

61. ida - everybody knows this is nowhere

hipster knight (electricsound), Friday, 29 January 2010 02:29 (ten years ago) link

62. The Church "Cortez The Killer"

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 29 January 2010 03:26 (ten years ago) link

Two threads and no Undisputed Truth.

Guess I'm staying gone.

The Love Song of J Alfred Pluot (Oilyrags), Friday, 29 January 2010 03:28 (ten years ago) link

17. low and dirty three - down by the river

― A™ machine (sic) (omar little), Saturday, 16 January 2010 08:53 (1 week ago) Bookmark


Lord Byron Bay of Pigs (SeekAltRoute), Friday, 29 January 2010 03:50 (ten years ago) link

63. Mercury Rev - Vampire Blues

ron paul revulvalution (Pillbox), Friday, 29 January 2010 04:24 (ten years ago) link

Jeez, that Gaga video upthread is painful. Classic for the fat guy hanging out at the edge of the frame chewing gum, checking his mobile and generally looking crushed by boredom, though.

mister_thoth, Friday, 29 January 2010 08:39 (ten years ago) link

didn't giant Sand do a cover of Revolution Blues as well? is it any good? i haven't heard it (haven't heard any Giant Sand actually)

I'M part of that magic? really???? (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 29 January 2010 11:21 (ten years ago) link

almost forgot:

64.) Annie Lennox - Don't Let it Bring You Down (hi there Mena Suvari)

I'M part of that magic? really???? (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 29 January 2010 11:27 (ten years ago) link

nine months pass...

And here's a great cover of "Whip My Hair" by Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen

Kevin John Bozelka, Friday, 19 November 2010 21:37 (nine years ago) link

six months pass...

just posted a second comp of neil young covers here: http://doomandgloomfromthetomb.tumblr.com/post/5867821093/hello-mr-soul-vol-ii-so-heres-the-hotly

tylerw, Thursday, 26 May 2011 18:53 (nine years ago) link

Nice work!

The germ of Entwistle's "Cinnamon Girl" can be found near the end of "My Generation" here.

shake it, shake it, sugary pee (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:14 (nine years ago) link

Fifteen months later, I'm still looking for a copy of this:


The website sums it up well: "Salvation Circus går helt opp til en signaturlåt, men versjonen av Cinnamoon Girl får ikke nytt liv denne gangen heller. Bedre versjoner er dessuten hørt tidligere, blant annet av The Dream Syndicate og Loop."

Four years ago, I did a piece on Neil covers for Stylus that they've been good (or negligent) enough to leave up. I've probably collected another five CDs and 60 or 70 covers since then, but I just can't seem to get my hands on the Norway album.

clemenza, Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:18 (nine years ago) link

well, i know who should compile the next volume of my neil young covers series!

tylerw, Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:23 (nine years ago) link

entwistle cover is kind of impressive in its rigid faithfulness to the original. i think they just slowed it down slightly. otherwise, an exact copy!

tylerw, Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:25 (nine years ago) link

If you ever want, Tyler, everything I've got fits onto a 2GB USB. I'd be glad to send one out to you--I really enjoy all the Neil commentary you do on these threads.

clemenza, Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:27 (nine years ago) link

even got the Type-O & Rheostatics covers in that article, clemenza; colour me f--king impressed!

pax raggetta (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:28 (nine years ago) link

i would not say no to a 2gb USB of neil young covers, that'd be awesome!
and yeah, some serious obscurities in that article!

tylerw, Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:30 (nine years ago) link

entwistle cover is kind of impressive in its rigid faithfulness to the original. i think they just slowed it down slightly. otherwise, an exact copy!

I think it's in a different key; Neil used drop-D tuning for that, and it sounds like Entwistle's band (Cy Langston on guitar, and Humble Pie's Jerry Shirley on drums) does it in E. I kind of wish Entwistle had taken more liberties with it, though.

shake it, shake it, sugary pee (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:35 (nine years ago) link

yeah, they even do the same handclaps during the solo.

tylerw, Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:37 (nine years ago) link

The Rheostatics are a Toronto band, where I'm from, and I used to contribute to a local publication back in the '80s with one of the members. I was never a fan of their music--it was always kind of arty for my tastes--so I was surprised by how great their "Everybody Knows" is. (If you click on my username and follow the link, Tyler, you'll get my e-mail address and we can go from there.)

clemenza, Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:43 (nine years ago) link

when my folks first got the Internet, I was a p big fan of Sloan (read a RIP magazine article on them, then picked up a couple of their albums on a HS band trip to Toronto) & was searching for stuff about them, and came across the Chart magazine top 100 Canadian albums list; Sloan's Twice Removed was #1, After the Gold Rush #2, and I think Rheostatics' Whale Music was #3 (actually #5)..later on in life I was able to pick up both Whale Music and Introducing Happiness at a used CD store close to where I lived...

mostly meh, though Whale Music is half-good; heard of but never heard the "Everybody Knows" cover, though intrigued by the fact that an orchestra got co-performer credit...

pax raggetta (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:56 (nine years ago) link

xxp Supposedly the adherence to Neil's version was why it was left off the album (Smash Your Head Against The Wall), so he wrote the not-dissimilar "My Size" to replace it.

shake it, shake it, sugary pee (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:59 (nine years ago) link

did y'all see this? http://bigozine2.com/roio/?p=436
looks a little better on paper than it does in real life. alasdair roberts' number is my fave thing.

tylerw, Thursday, 26 May 2011 22:07 (nine years ago) link

60. rainy day - flying on the ground is wrong
― hipster knight (electricsound), Friday, January 29, 2010


Green on Red has a great "Down By The River" on a live bootleg.

Roy Buchanan's "Down By The River" is great, too:

more horses after the main event (Eazy), Thursday, 26 May 2011 22:28 (nine years ago) link

ooh that was awesome. thanks!

tylerw, Thursday, 26 May 2011 22:39 (nine years ago) link

Just seen this thread for the first time, and it's a miracle that ctrl+f didn't come up with Hayden's Tell me why cover, from the 'Live at Convocation Hall' album, because it's fantastic.

...wow! (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 27 May 2011 00:13 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

Had no idea Sylvester covered "Southern Man":


clemenza, Tuesday, 19 February 2013 02:04 (seven years ago) link

two years pass...

Stumbled over this tonight when I was checking to see if I had something else. From 1979: quite bizarre.


clemenza, Sunday, 8 March 2015 03:43 (five years ago) link

That Sylvester cover of Skynyrd is bad ass.

earlnash, Monday, 9 March 2015 00:35 (five years ago) link

I really like this one from a few years back:


That shit right there is precedented. (cryptosicko), Monday, 9 March 2015 01:47 (five years ago) link

Lee Ann Womack did a great version of "Out on the Weekend" last year on The Way I'm Livin'/ Govt Mule did a suitably epic (which doesn't just mean "long") version of "Cortez the Killer" on Live...With A Little Help From Our Friends in '99.

dow, Monday, 9 March 2015 02:15 (five years ago) link

Merry Clayton - Southern Man - righteous and mighty where the original is just pissy

― Dorian (Dorianlynskey), Friday, January 15, 2010 7:34 PM (5 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

So, thanks to discovering this thread I've spent much of the evening listening to Neil Young covers, and this comment is as OTM as it gets. I never liked "Southern Man" for the very reason stated above, but Clayton's version feels earned. She can talk about this because she's lived it. For anyone else who missed it the first time, and doesn't feel like scrolling upthread, here it is again:

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That shit right there is precedented. (cryptosicko), Monday, 9 March 2015 03:31 (five years ago) link


just sayin, Thursday, 12 March 2015 22:28 (five years ago) link

two years pass...

ILM user ___________________ (I know his actual name, but his display name's all weird characters....) sent me a link for this:


A few things in there I've never come across.

clemenza, Sunday, 4 February 2018 14:05 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Another excellent roundup, passed on to me by cryptosicko:


I'm closing in on 700 Neil covers on my hard drive. Anyone know how to get in touch with, um, Neil Young? I think he should spend the next year securing all legal clearances and add a covers section to his archival website.

clemenza, Friday, 16 March 2018 17:16 (two years ago) link

hmmm I find that collection surprisingly underwhelming, maybe it's the aesthetics, maybe Neil's hard to cover

I like the Built to Spill Cortez

niels, Saturday, 17 March 2018 12:15 (two years ago) link

I'm just hoarding at this point--I don't even listen to them anymore. I'd worked up an excellent mix-CD a few years ago.

clemenza, Saturday, 17 March 2018 15:54 (two years ago) link

haha, cool

can I see your mix cd tracklist?

niels, Saturday, 17 March 2018 18:06 (two years ago) link

Found it and put it on Google Docs:


That goes back 10 years, when I probably had half of what I have now. So there'd be some changes, I'm sure. You can probably figure out what the Chris Farley excerpt is if you give it some thought.

clemenza, Saturday, 17 March 2018 18:22 (two years ago) link

nice, that's an interesting mix!

niels, Saturday, 17 March 2018 18:44 (two years ago) link

51. Killdozer -" Cinnamon Girl"

Don't miss that one ^^

... (Eazy), Saturday, 17 March 2018 23:23 (two years ago) link

While tagging songs from these last two links, discovered a couple of full-length albums I didn't know about: Blitzen Trapper's Live Harvest, a Record Store Day thing, and J. Tillman covering the whole Tonight's the Night LP.

http://phildellio.tripod.com/trapper.jpg http://phildellio.tripod.com/tillman.jpg

clemenza, Sunday, 18 March 2018 15:29 (two years ago) link

has this one been mentioned yet? i dig it.

tylerw, Sunday, 18 March 2018 15:44 (two years ago) link

Nobody's mentioned The Chromatics, Into The Black

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 18 March 2018 16:03 (two years ago) link

Once you start down the rabbit hole..."Even Richard Cheney has got soul."


(If anybody can turn this into an mp3 for me, I'd be very appreciative.)

clemenza, Sunday, 18 March 2018 20:34 (two years ago) link

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