Neil Young’s lengthy recording career contains several landmark albums of which Rust Never Sleeps is one of the most vital. Half-acoustic, half-electric, it is bookended by contrasting versions of the same song which pays homage to Sex Pistols vocalist, Johnny Rotten. Long-time associates Crazy Horse support Young on the electric selections which exude white-noise power, marrying savage guitarwork with emphatic lyrics. The remaining selections offer a pastoral atmosphere. Part country, part folk, their gentle qualities invoke the atmosphere of Young’s bestseller, Harvest. This was the record that placed Young on a hip pedestal by new wave the critics, a position ol’ shakey has retained.
Tracks: My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue); Thrasher; Ride My Llama; Pocahontas; Sail Away; Powder Finger; Welfare Mothers; Sedan Delivery; Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)....