Just about this time a half-century ago, Neil Young was holed up in his tiny basement studio on Skyline Trail in Topanga Canyon, in the midst of recording on After The Gold Rush, which would be released in September 1970. Oddly enough, the album received a somewhat muted response at first – Rolling Stone’s Langdon Winner complained that “this pie is only half-baked.” But Gold Rush soon established itself as a classic Young LP, with several tunes that would form the backbone of the songwriter’s live sets for decades to come.
After The Gold Rush’s downbeat-but-irrepressibly melodic songs would also find their way into the repertoire of many other artists. Hoping For A Replacement re-creates the album using a selection of these covers. There are future superstars, like Bette Midler and Linda Ronstadt. And then there are more obscure names, like Hookfoot, Julie Mairs and the Dutch band Teenmakers, whose “Southern Man” you have to hear to believe. Neil himself pops up at the end for a rare live rendition of “Cripple Creek Ferry,” a song that hasn’t quite reached standard status. Close your eyes and you might just be transported back to those bygone Topanga days …
Tell Me Why – Matthews Southern Comfort / After The Gold Rush – Julie Mairs & Chris Stowell / Only Love Can Break Your Heart – Julie Kirkpatrick / Southern Man – Teenmakers / Til The Morning Comes – Francoise Hardy / Radio Promo / Oh Lonesome Me – Don Gibson / Don’t Let It Bring You Down – Hookfoot / Birds – Bette Midler / When You Dance I Can Really Love – Crazy Horse / I Believe In You – Linda Ronstadt / Cripple Creek Ferry – Neil Young words / t wilcox
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