Neil Young - Re-ac-tor (or is it 'Reactor'?) - Any Love for this album?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Doctor Jimmy, Mar 2, 2018.

  1. Doctor Jimmy

    Doctor Jimmy Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I ignored this album for long time, only hearing 'Opera Star' and 'Shots'.
    I heard this album for the first time in a while, and surprised that this album is actually quite good!
    Probably the rawest NY & Crazy Horse album, sounding a lot like post punk at that time.
    Every track is decent, I really love 'Southern Pacific' and 'Rapid Transit'.
    Any body loving this album?
     
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  2. ohnothimagen

    ohnothimagen I don't suffer fools or trolls gladly...

    Reactor's not bad IMO, it has it's moments ("Shots", "Southern Pacific", "Surfer Joe") but unfortunately the album's lows -"T Bone"- are what most people really remember about it.
     
  3. Wild Frank

    Wild Frank Forum Resident

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    Shots is a great song. Would love to hear more live versions. Has Neil played it much historically?
     
  4. Vangro

    Vangro Forum Resident

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    I love "T-Bone"!
     
  5. I love 'R-r-rapid Transit' and 'Southern Pacific', I like 'Shots', don't care much for the rest of it.
     
  6. Vangro

    Vangro Forum Resident

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    "Opera Star" is also great.
     
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  7. Olompali

    Olompali Forum Resident

    More Garfong!

    "Every wave is new until it breaks."
     
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  8. grbl

    grbl Just Lurking

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    I've always liked this album a lot. Clearly not up there with his best, but I love the aggressive, sloppy feel of it, and it has some great rockers. Rapid Transit, Southern Pacific, and Shots are my favorites on the album, but I even like T-Bone and Opera Star. To me it easily beats anything he's done in the last 15 years except Psychedelic Pill.
     
  9. RomanZ

    RomanZ Forum Resident

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    Agree with this.
    Anyone else hears a bit of Devo influence on this album? That Human Highway version of Hey Hey My My would fit right in there, IMO.
     
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  10. Shriner

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    This is one of those albums that divides Neil fans. I fall on the "love it" side. I loved Rust Never Sleeps, wasn't crazy about Hawks & Doves, but this Re-ac-tor blew me away (including all 9 minutes of T-Bone). "Get Back On It" is the only dud, IMO. Who would have guessed "Trans" would follow this up?
     
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  11. Rfreeman

    Rfreeman Forum Resident

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    It's fun. When I want rocking Crazy Horse I put on Ragged Glory. Then when I want more rocking CH I put on Arc/Weld.
    Then when I want even more rocking CH I put this on.
     
  12. stewedandkeefed

    stewedandkeefed Came Ashore In The Dead Of The Night

    I definitely hear it and apparently Neil's participation in therapy with his non-communicative new son, Ben, which involved excessive repetition had an impact on the music as well.
     
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  13. Rne

    Rne Sufferin' succotash!

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    Not among his best, but pretty good anyway. "Shots" is one of my favorite NY numbers.
     
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  14. LC4O

    LC4O Well-Known Member

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    great album
     
  15. Alert

    Alert Forum Resident

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    I used to play "Southern Pacific" from this album quite a bit at that time.

    I liked the way the growling guitars propelled it.

    "It was Mr. Jones,
    We've got to let you go
    It's company policy
    You've got a pension, though."

    I haven't played this album in years, thanks for reminding me!
     
  16. uzn007

    uzn007 Pack Rat

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    I love it. My local FM station played "Southern Pacific" a lot when it came out and it's always stuck by me. Also love "Opera Star", "Surfer Joe", "Shots". This was actually one of the first Neil Young albums I ever bought.
     
  17. maui jim

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    Disliked upon its release
    Then Trans came
    Then Rockin
    Then Old Ways
    Ok it’s not so bad
    Never reach for it today
     
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  18. The Panda

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    For some reason, I love Rapid Transit. What a groove.

    I still don't listen to T Bone, but there's some goodies here--Southern Pacific, Shots, even Surfer Joe.
     
  19. TS582

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    "Southern Pacific" is one of my favorite Neil songs. I had to buy the album just for that because that triangular single is too crazy to play. Didn't get into the album back then but I'll take a listen tonight.
     
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  20. Purple Jim

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    I like it! Got it on vinyl in the early 90s or something (I've probably only played it about twice).
     
  21. ohnothimagen

    ohnothimagen I don't suffer fools or trolls gladly...

    In honour of my two favourite songs on the album, the only known live version of "T Bone":

    As far as I'm concerned I don't see how someone who's a fan of Neil and Crazy Horse could not like Reactor. It is one Neil's more challenging albums, though.
    Reactor and Trans are connected in a lot of ways- Neil's Synclavier experiments on Reactor led to their full blown use on Trans; both albums were affected/inspired by Ben and the program Neil and Pegi were in as parents of a nonoral child (the section describing all of this in Shakey is kind of tough to read; as a parent myself I can't imagine what that must have been like.) And, of course, Reprise's poor promotion of Reactor -in Neil and Elliot Roberts' view- is what compelled them to go to David Geffen. That combination gave us Trans.
     
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  22. qtrules

    qtrules Forum Resident

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    got mashed potato?
     
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  23. bartels76

    bartels76 Forum Hall Of Fame

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    Compared to Neil's output since Storytone I think this album is a classic. I would love for Neil to put something out to the caliber of just this.
     
  24. The very first Neil Young "album" I ever owned (and the only Neil Young I had for a good 2-3 years), was actually a concert I taped off the radio in 1986 (my junior year in high school), which included "Opera Star" from Re·ac·tor. So consequently, over 30 years later, I *still* think of ALL those tracks -- including the killer Crazy Horse versions of "Computer Age" and "Sample and Hold" -- among my ultimate favorite Neil Young tunes.

    But while I love "Opera Star" - I have to confess I haven't listened to Re·ac·tor in ages (though another confession, I only listen to a whole lot of Neil about once every 5 years or so, when I get the urge).

    I seem to remember "Southern Pacific" and "Shots" pretty fondly, and overall a lot of this album is really pretty good. I'll have to dig it out this month, and revisit.

    Side Note: As a result of that 1986 cassette-off-the-radio (being my main introduction to Neil, other what I heard on the radio at the time)-- to this day live versions of "Computer Age" and "Sample and Hold" are almost LITERALLY my favorite Neil Young songs. Like if I was headed to that fabled desert island, those are the two (2) Neil Young tunes I'd probably take with me (as long as they were live versions). Not kidding either.
     
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  25. Kahunasunset

    Kahunasunset Forum Resident

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    Love the album. Very raw. T-Bone, Surfer Joe, Rapid Transit, Opera Star and Shots all classics. Southern Pacific and Motor City are great as well but imo have been surpassed by the versions on A Treasure. As someone said above Get Back On It Is a bit of a dud.
     

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