1966 album. Sundazed.
‘Fred Neil’ is a magnificent moody and influential NYC masterpiece from Greenwich Village circa ‘66, pressed on clear vinyl at RTI! Influential New York folk artist Fred Neil’s eponymous second album may not have been a sales smash, but it inspired countless contemporaries, from Jefferson Airplane to Crosby, Stills and Nash, to Harry Nilsson.
Fred Neil was an important figure in the NY Greenwich Village folk scene and the singer-songwriter was active in the 1960s and early 1970s and if he's known for anything today, it's for his songwriting. It was the latter’s cover of “Everybody’s Talkin”,’ featured in the Midnight Cowboy soundtrack, that garnered Neil his greatest notoriety, but the album is full of shimmering, surreal gems, like “The Dolphins” and the stunning ‘Faretheewell.’ Neil's songs are remarkable, the sort of ponderous, moody, complex music reminiscent of the best of Nick Drake, Richard Thompson and Leonard Cohen. His sound was characterized by nimble 12-string guitar playing; the ability to blend Indian, gospel, rock, and blues into folk music; and an impossibly deep, reverberant baritone voice, sort of like Johnny Cash with a midrange, control, and chops. Neil disappeared into reclusiveness not long after, but his legacy as a thoughtful, complex songwriter lives on.
Track Listing: The Dolphins / I’ve Got A Secret (Didn’t We Shake Sugaree) / That’sThe Bag I’m In / Badi-da / Faretheewell (Fred’s Tune) / Everybody’s Talkin’ / Everything Happens / Sweet Cocaine / Green Rocky Road / Cynicrustpetefredjohn Raga