1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

936. Fred Neil – Fred Neil

Original album is tracks 1-10.

Brief Background: This self-titled album was the second released by Neil and came out in 1966. It stayed under the mainstream radar until Harry Nilsson covered Neil’s song “Everybody’s Talkin'” for the ’69 film Midnight Cowboy, at which time the album was re-released under that song title.

What I think:It’s really fun putting on a album from an artist that you know absolutely nothing about and hearing it for the first time. That was the case with Neil, I had never heard of him, but I’m glad I had the chance to learn who he is.

The songs here are a great mix of country and folk with a strong sense of that singer/songwriter genre that would come along later. We all know that “Everbodies Talkin” is a great track, but everything here is of that quality. Well there is one exception, the last track “Cynicrustpetefredjohn Raga” is an eight minute Indian raga that was almost mandatory for an album released at the end of 1966. It’s crap though and best left unheard.

Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I really enjoyed this album and really agree this should be here, it was a really nice surprise.

Rating (Out of 5): 4

Amazon Review (Out of 5):5

Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (48/66)

Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 73%


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