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Tue May 14, 2019, 08:54 PM

50 years ago: When Crazy Horse debuted on 'Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere'

Neil Young decided to get real on his second solo album, eschewing typically endless studio overdubs for a gritty, live-in-the-studio approach. All he needed was a band that shared his vision. So, Young stole one.

Guitarist Danny Whitten, bassist Billy Talbot and drummer Ralph Molina were playing clubs on the Sunset Strip in a group called the Rockets when Young first encountered them. Young initially sat in with the Rockets during an August 1968 gig at the Whisky a Go-Go, before inviting the trio back to the studio.

By the time Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere arrived on May 14, 1969, they had been renamed Crazy Horse and a life-long association with Young was underway.

"The truth is, I probably did steal them away from the other band which was a good band," Young said in Long May You Run: The Illustrated History. "But only because what we did, we went somewhere."

They fit his new mindset almost telepathically, adding a tough garage-band aesthetic that deftly offset Young's always-mournful vocals. They played fast and loose, leaving the accidents in. They tried new things, pulled out old ideas, let things unspool. "We don't know the songs; we don't have charts," Molina told Rolling Stone in 2011. "We just start playing. The magic just seems to happen."

Cont'd at Ultimate Classic Rock.

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Reply 50 years ago: When Crazy Horse debuted on 'Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere' (Original post)
BootinUp May 2019 OP
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Hoyt May 2019 #2
JudyM May 2019 #3
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Tue May 14, 2019, 09:00 PM

1. One of my top fifty.

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Tue May 14, 2019, 09:10 PM

2. Wore out several copies of that album.

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Tue May 14, 2019, 09:58 PM

3. Cinnamon Girl is exceptional.

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Tue May 14, 2019, 11:32 PM

4. We took a 66 panel truck, painted a giant omega (for Resistance) on the back, & traveled the country

"Everybody Knows This is Nowhere" was one of 5 or 6 cassettes we played over and over on our travels. The album never got old, and our frequently-expanded consciousness helped drive the music deep into our DNA.

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Tue Jul 16, 2019, 06:15 PM

5. What is frustrating and amazing to me

is that there isn't one single Neil Young and Crazy Horse video anywhere with Danny Whitten in the band. Not one, nowhere. One of my favorite albums is Crazy Horse' 1st solo album. With Danny Whitten leading the band Nils Lofgren, Ry Cooder, and Jack Nitzsche all contributing on it.

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