Fred Neil was a huge influence on the first generation of Greenwich Village singers, songwriters and guitar players. He only recorded five albums under his own name in a sporadic career that lasted little more than two decades. Neil's entire reputation rests on three of these albums: Tear Down the Walls, credited to Martin & Neil (1964 Elektra), Bleeker & MacDougal (1965 Elektra) and Fred Neil (1967 Capitol). Still, they’re all perfect in different ways, featuring Neil’s unique fusion of blues, folk, Gospel and pop. With a baritone that could rumble the nails out of the floorboards, a bluesy understated guitar style, and a way of saying much with few words, his albums still sound fresh today.