Classic Track of Day – Neil Young

1969 Reprise

1969 Reprise 6349

Big rock riffs come in all sizes – this one is extra large.  It often puzzles HappyParts to read, or watch VH1 shows about the origins of heavy metal being tracked back to Black Sabbath, Deep Purple or Led Zeppelin- that’s just not the case.  Garage bands dating back to the early 60’s were making serious noise- and several heavy riff looping bands were just gettin’ started in the late 60’s -Hawkind, Mc5 and Stooges to name a few.

HappyParts would like to introduce exhibit “A” to the digital music jury:  When Neil Young recorded with Crazy Horse for the first time-  this was ground zero for the mainstreaming of the  3-chord heavy, rock and roll riff.  I’m not sure a well built rock tune gets any stronger than this.  HappyParts is smitten by Detroit’s rock and roll pedigree however, this baby- was recorded in Hollywood.

Cinnamon Girl – Exhibit “A”

Next Post: How VU’s “Loaded” and Neil Young’s “Zuma” spawned an entire music genre.

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