My guitar teacher in the 70s asked me "is there a style you'd like to emulate". I said "Neil Young". He said "why would you want to play like that?" I replied with one word "crunchy". He didn't get it.
It's seldom a matter of "getting" something or not.I didn't "get" Neil Young until I saw a couple of things:
1) I saw him play "No More" on SNL. His solo during that song sounded like his singing. It was a bit ragged, but somehow right.
2) I heard a live recording of "Old Man." I had thought he was a weak singer until that. He sounded like he always does, but with power.
I should also mention that I think "Harvest Moon" is a wonderful song.
I weighed in on a debate over the solo in "Cinnamon Girl" at another guitar site. Someone said it was a lousy solo, and I said that it was perfect for the song, and asked what they would play in it's place. I submit that there isn't anything else you could play there that would work better.
your timing for posting this particular song is spot on, close at least. just saw that it was 51 years ago todayA lot of people can’t stand his solos. They are little different. He goes his own way. You can’t say he lacks skills. This is a virtuoso performance, just him and a big hollowbody guitar. If I was able to emulate any tone and style this would be it. The first couple of minutes are him talking. If you’re not into that skip over it to the song.
Wow. Amazing performance. And of course everyone is entitled to their opinion, but i have a difficult time understanding what could be problematic for anyone about that electric guitar playing. Killer riff, mean as hell tone, amazing song....what more could you want?