Archive | Jun 25, 2018

Certain Songs #1249: Neil Young – “Revolution Blues”

Album: On The Beach
Year: 1974

Recorded at Sunset Sound, Hollywood on April 6, 1974

There’s a reason that “Revolution Blues” sounds different from most other Neil Young songs: rather than the more straightforward rhythm sections he normally worked with he got Rick Danko and Levon Helm from The Band to play on it, as well as David Crosby on rhythm guitar.

The result is a song that is nervous and jumpy and jittery, Helm hitting his snare drum at seemingly random moments throughout, while Danko & Crosby are continually riding along with him. It all sets up a song where Neil is singing in character as one of the most notorious figures in American history: Charles Manson.