Neil Young: Mirror Ball

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  1. Vinyl Socks

    Vinyl Socks Forum Resident

    Niles, Ohio

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  2. JoeF.

    JoeF. Forum Resident

    New Jersey, USA
    This was one of the best songs on the album. I like how it slyly quotes from "Alabama."
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  3. Vinyl Socks

    Vinyl Socks Forum Resident

    Niles, Ohio
    And...recorded during the same sessions but left off of Mirror Ball:

    Mirror Ball confused a lot of 22 year-olds at the time, myself included. But a few listens in, the songs latched on. I like that the album avoids any type of songs written simply to be hit singles...this is a classic rock album and a deep listen.
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    MARTHY Well-Known Member

    Have the Merkinball EP on CD as well as Mirror Ball in both HDCD and 2-LP. Bought it when it first came out; agree with Vinyl Socks above that it's a classic rock album and is owed a deep listen.
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  5. citizensmurf

    citizensmurf Forum Resident

    It's one of his best albums, just the songs themselves are downright infectious, but the sound of PJ and NY is perfection. Anyone who got rid of this album should be kicking themselves. I've played it steadily since it came out.
  6. strummer101

    strummer101 Forum Resident

    Lakewood OH
    I do believe it's chock-full of good guitar jams.
  7. Dr. Funk

    Dr. Funk Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Fort worth tx
    The Grandfather Of Grunge can do his thing. Here's some great guitar work a few years before Mirror Ball.........
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  8. saturnsf

    saturnsf Well-Known Member

    San Francisco, CA
    I love it too. Pearl Jam comes across as underrated and suits Neil to a "t" and it rocks. For what it's worth, great sound quality on the CD.
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  9. Bananas&blow

    Bananas&blow Forum Resident

    Huh? I'm the Ocean is terrific! Lyrically it sums up Neil beautifully.
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  10. SonicBob

    SonicBob Forum Resident

    West Virginia
    My copy went "awol" some time ago, but I had this when it was new and have always liked it. I thought it was a cool pairing with him and PJ together and I'm the Ocean still comes thru my head at the strangest times and is one of the best cuts on the album, for myself of course. I dig Throw Your Hatred Down too.
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  11. davers

    davers Forum Resident

    Neil And Crazy Horse did "I'm The Ocean" at their Portland Oregon stop during the '97 Horde Tour. I've seen Neil and the Horse many times but that was a true highlight.

    (Also unusual for the Horse to tackle a song of that tempo!)
  12. JoeRockhead

    JoeRockhead Forum Resident

    New Jersey
    Fantastic drumming by Jack Irons. I'm the Ocean and Throw Your Hatred Down are among Neil's best. A very good album.
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  13. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Kinda underrated imo, and it rocks as well.
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  14. stef1205

    stef1205 Forum Resident

    I love it and played it to death when it came out 22 years ago. CD is very worn due to the inferior digipak. Lots of mates at university were hooked by that record too. No weak moments in my opinion. Great guitar riffs, like a jackhammer.
    However I even like Mirror Ball a tad more.
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  15. Brian Lux

    Brian Lux One in the Crowd

    Placerville, CA
    Long time fan. I bought it new on vinyl when it came out. Merkin Ball is great two!
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  16. ishmaelk

    ishmaelk Forum Resident

    I love both Mirror ball and Merkin ball. Fantastic and underrated for whatever reasons.
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  17. Greenblues

    Greenblues Forum Resident

    Cologne, Germany
    It's a nice guilty pleasure - typical Neil Young in it's (sometimes half-baked) spontaneity. Great energy, but a bit weak/thin on the songwriting departement. Especially impressive at first listening(s), but paling a bit afterwards.
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2017
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  18. Mr.Sean

    Mr.Sean Forum Resident

    Great album. I've owned it on cd since its release. "Downtown" rocks!
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  19. Vinyl Socks

    Vinyl Socks Forum Resident

    Niles, Ohio
    Caught them in Salt Lake City that summer fgor H.O.R.D.E. Fest...boring show, not because of the bands...but Salt Lake City is a place where you CANNOT have any "fun" - saw several people accosted by security and police for lighting up things you can't light up outdoors in SLC.
    The show was great, though. I'm sure you had a blast in Oregon! ;)
    If you don't like the songs, then get lost in the layers of guitar. With 3 electric legends jamming, not to mention Jeff Ament on bass...the guitars are hypnotic.
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