Rust Never Sleeps

Layers and layers of paint, the baking California sun, and humidity over years created a rusty abstract. This could be a NASA image of some remote part of our planet, lake at the top left, mountain ranges to the bottom right…

Of course, “Rust Never Sleeps” is an album by Neil Young and Crazy Horse released in 1979. The bulk of the album was recorded live at San Francisco’s Cow Palace, with overdubs added. Audience noise is removed as much as possible, although it is clearly audible at certain points, most noticeably on the opening and closing songs. The album is half acoustic and half electric, opening and closing with different versions of the same song; “Hey Hey, My My”.

The album won the 1979 Rolling Stone Critics Poll for Album of the Year. In 2003, the album was ranked number 350 on the same magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time! (Not bad for a fellow Canadian, eh?)


One response

  1. I am a Neil Young fan for sure, but I am a bigger fan of your “otherworldly” image today Erik!

    March 22, 2011 at 10:05 am

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