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Hidden categories: CS1 maint: discouraged parameter Articles with short description Short description is different from Wikidata Articles with hAudio microformats Album articles lacking alt text for covers Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz release group identifiers. Namespaces Article Talk. By Richie Unterberger. Fred Neil's first album for Elektra, 's Tear Down the Walls now reissued on Collectors' Choice Music , had established him as a folk-blues troubadour unmatched in his appetite for eclecticism.
That album had been done as a part of a duo with the more conventional folk singer Vince Martin, their partnership ending before a planned live follow-up LP at the Bitter End in Greenwich Village could be realized. Bleecker and MacDougal , released in May , gave Neil more room to spread his wings. Where half of Tear Down the Walls had been folk covers, now Fred could write virtually all of the material.
He could also take all the vocal leads, which he'd only occasionally been able to do on Tear Down the Walls , where he had often harmonized with Martin who took the occasional lead vocal of his own on that LP. As on the prior record, session men John Sebastian on harmonica and Felix Pappalardi on bass would be vital to fleshing out Neil's songs with arrangements unusually deep and powerfully rhythmic for folk albums of the period.
On top of all that, some of the guitar was electric, though applied with sparse dabs. No one may have realized it, but in the process they were helping to forge an entirely new direction in contemporary music, folk-rock. Whether he was doing it consciously or not, I can't say. But the styles were always just this side of rock'n'roll. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Articles Features Interviews Lists.
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