Hitchhiker (LP)


Neil Young

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Amoeba Review

09/06/2017

Hitchhiker is a long-lost Neil Young album, recorded in Malibu in 1976 during the singer/songwriter’s peak and never before released. Young has said he didn’t release it at the time because he may have been a bit too “altered” during the performances and ended up cherry picking tracks for future albums, such as “Pocahontas,” which ended up on Rust Never Sleeps with Crazy Horse. But hearing these songs in their original form puts them in a new light, such as hearing Rust’s “Powderfinger” without Crazy Horse’s wild bluster. Anyone who’s more of a fan of Neil Young’s folksier side will enjoy hearing some of his best material in its simplest form, and with the unity of a single-take feel. However, these aren’t demos; tracks like the rootsy “Captain Kennedy” are pristine time capsules that are begging to be cherished as equally as the more well-known versions. Touches like the stoned giggle you hear before the previously unreleased “Hawaii” helps give the set a welcome intimacy, as though you’re in Young’s basement with him while he plays you something you’ve never heard. As for those tracks you may not have heard, “Give Me Strength” is a gorgeous travelogue — it’s mindboggling that it was never expanded to a full-album version. As such, Hitchhiker is absolutely essential listening for any Young fan.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Pocahontas
Neil Young 03:27
2.
Powderfinger
Neil Young 03:22
3.
Captain Kennedy
Neil Young 02:51
4.
Hawaii
Neil Young 02:38
5.
Give Me Strength
Neil Young 03:40


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Ride My Llama
Neil Young 01:50
2.
Hitchhiker
Neil Young 04:37
3.
Campaigner
Neil Young 04:19
4.
Human Highway
Neil Young 03:16
5.
The Old Country Waltz
Neil Young 03:38

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