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Fred Neil

Fred Neil

1966

Fred Neil

Album Summary

Fred Neil is the second album from Fred Neil, a pioneer folk rock musician, recorded and released in 1966. The album has a more laid-back sound than his debut, and contains his best-known songs; "Everybody's Talkin' " and "The Dolphins". It was re-released in 1969 under the title Everybody's Talkin' in response to the international success of the soundtrack of the movie Midnight Cowboy, which made a hit of the new title track for Harry Nilsson. Music journalist Richie Unterberger characterizes the album as Neil's "best", and it was listed in the first (2005) edition of the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, edited by Robert Dimery.

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Rating

2.98

Votes

4723

Genres

  • Folk
  • Rock
  • Singer Songwriter
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Sat Aug 14 2021
3

Comme vous le savez probablement, l'existence de ce générateur a pour unique finalité l'organisation de l'émission "Le Grand Quiz du Générateur" présentée conjointement en direct de Kiev par Nikos et Arthur. La préparation des candidats a déjà commencé avec la création de la playlist officielle sur Spotify. Sachez qu'à chacune de mes séries d'entraînement, le nouveau venu Fred Neil a été trouvé à chacune de ses apparitions. Et sans forcer.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

Nice voice, but his stylings are studiously lazy. Grating on the ears. Never heard “Fred Neil” by Fred Neil before, but I did know that Harry Nilsson was disappointed that Neil’s “Everybody’s Talkin’” was chosen for Nilsson to sing as the title song of “Midnight Cowboy”, rather than his own composition, “I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City”. Nilsson’s version of “Everybody’s Talkin’” is much better. Lyrics utterly unpoetic. I remember seeing Fred Neil in the background of some old Bob Dylan footage, never knowing that Dylan actually got started in New York playing backup harmonica for Neil. Interesting reversal. The album “Fred Neil” doesn’t wow me now. I doubt it would have wowed me in 1966. 2/5

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Thu Oct 21 2021
1

“Fred Neil is the second album from Fred Neil, a pioneer folk rock musician.” In this one he captures an unwilling child for the photo shoot.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

Chill classic country vibes, cool.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

I thought this was a very good softer, quieter rock album, primarily with Western and folk themes but with some more exotic sounds towards the end of the album. A 4 star rating might not do this one justice, but I don't think it quite rises to the "absolute classic" level of a 5.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

I don't think I ever would have listened to this on my own, and I'm glad I did. There's a little country in there, and also hear Chris Isaak, which makes complete sense. And a couple of tracks that we know because of more famous singers recording them.

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Sat Aug 14 2021
3

Alors que je rencontrais Fred Neil en 1966 peu avant la sortie de son album, voici quelques extraits de nos échanges: ---- Moi: "Eh Fred, comment ça va depuis que tu t'es fait larguer? T'es toujours aussi nul?" Fred Neil: "J'essaye de remonter la pente, et de m'améliorer autant que possible jour après jour" --- Moi: "Eh Fred, j'ai vraiment pas apprécié comment tu m'as parlé l'autre jour, viens un peu tâter de ma salade de coup de poings" Fred: "Je suis désolé je n'avais pas pour intention de te vexer, j'accepte ma punition" ---- Moi: "Eh Fred, t'es vraiment qu'un pauvre type, en plus regarde un peu ce bide, t'as avalé un trombone ou quoi?" Fred: "C'est vrai que je me suis un peu laissé aller recemment, il faut que je me me reprenne en main" ---- Vous l'aurez compris, cet album n'avait aucun caractère.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

I LOVE THIS!

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

Took me by surprise, a really great subdued and acoustically wonderful endeavor

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Mon Apr 05 2021
5

Nick Cave meets Neil Young, with hints of David Gray, Johnny Cash, Eels, and St Paul & the Broken Bones, which (let's face it) is a pretty spectacular review. I didn't expect much from this seemingly little known 1960s folk album, but it turns out to be brilliant. A deep, soulful voice singing mournful querying lyrics with engaging, natural melody over evocative music is great. Does what it does perfectly. A massively unexpected 5/5.

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Tue May 18 2021
5

Suena a ponerle CBD al primer café de la mañana. 13 estrellas pachecas.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
5

Excellent - Fred Neil's voice in combination with his fine guitar is mesmerising at times and always deeply soulful.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
5

this is the bag i'm in. best album i've never heard of that's come up on this list. Anton newcombe has listened to this album a lot of times.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
5

Oh yeah, I loved this - one of my favorite discoveries from this project so far. Mellow and smooth enough to blend into the background if you're not focusing on it, but rewards attention if you do. Strong opener with "The Dolphins". I'm a sucker for Elizabeth Cotton covers, so loved track 2, and then the quality holds up as the album keeps going, finishing with a psychedelic raga - great stuff! Fave track - "That's the Bag I'm In" for the relatable pessimism...

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

So good

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Thu Nov 19 2020
4

1966. Key Songs: The Dolphins, Everybody's Talkin', Sweet Cocaine

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

Something about the way this is recorded makes it sound extra nice. Folky in a good way, not like the mics used were bad or the instruments especially noisy, but that there was real warmth in the space it was being recorded. There is a great spectrum of songs, and a few of them are shining gems: The opener, Faretheewell, and the closing Raga. The other tracks are best when they utilize Neil's low register. There's something that doesn't quite cohere, though that might disappear after further listening.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

Pretty into this. Not a lot of Folk folks sounded like this in the 60s, and I can appreciate the psychedelic touches.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
4

Quiet but worth to listen

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Buen álbum la verdad me gusto mucho que su nombre sea el nombre del álbum jajaja esta como para escucharlo con un escoses como los grandes capos de la mafia.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

Old, classic folk. Acoustic sound, can hear as a source of influence for later eras of the genre

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Tue May 18 2021
4

No mentiré, estaba cansado y trabajano y como que me empezó a dar sueño la mayor parte del disco. El mood no me favoreció esta vez para apreciar bien el disco digamos. De todas maneras, me gustaron mucho Ba-di-da, Sweet Cocaine y esa última pieza en la que folk gringo meets india y cuyo nombre larguísimo no pienso replicar aquí. Mood: Hickory sticks

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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

its good

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Sí me dio el blues, en buen sentido.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

Трек Everybody's Talkin' встречается в Борате, так что 5 из 5. Хотя... там другая версия, так что лишь 3 из 5. В прочем, подлинный оригинал то как раз тут, так что 4 из 5.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

Мне норм. Замечаю за собой, что мне все больше нравится такой вот блюзовый соул, или как это там называется. Ну, в основном из-за вокалиста. The Dolphins, Faretheewell, Sweet Cocaine — вообще балдеж, можно полежать позалипать. Да и в целом, тут даже какое-то какие-то эффекты на гитарах есть, панорама треков очень гармонично построена, что как будто реально окруженным музыкантами себя чувствуешь. Хорошо, хорошо, мне нравится, 8/10

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Fri Jul 02 2021
4

good solid folk rock sounds!

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Tue May 04 2021
4

Really cool blues rock/folk record. Neil’s baritone voice reminds me of Johnny Cash. Somewhat staggering that this was released in 1966. It has that timeless quality that makes it sound like it could’ve been recorded yesterday. The Dolphins and Everybody’s Talkin’ are the two standout moments here, but really the whole record is strong overall.

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Tue May 25 2021
4

Good👍🏼

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

Cool album, really enjoyed it

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

I never heard of this album, or of Neil. This record is fantastic, it straddles multiple genres. His voice reminds me of Glen Campbell, Leonard Cohen or Tom Waits.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

Chill

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Tue Jul 27 2021
4

Lots of interesting styles going on here. Hard to pin down to just “folk”. Country and blues in there and eastern vibes on the last track. And of course Everybody’s Talkin’ is a great tune.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
4

"They'll probably drop the atom bomb the day my ship comes in" - badass line in "That's The Bag I'm In" I know "Ba-Di-Da" from the excellent Mark Lanegan cover. Really enjoyed this record. A bit Cash-like in some ways. Definitely see the Mark Lanegan connection. Great record.

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Sun Aug 15 2021
4

Soft 4 stars. Great collection of folk rock songs. I had no idea that Fred Neil existed let alone wrote everybody’s talkin’. Reminds me of futurama.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

Never heard of him and thought neilson wrote everybody's talkin. Everyday is a school day. Really liked this

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

Never heard of him before - not consciously anyway - but I think Harry Nilsson made "Everybody's talking" his own. Great song on an album with few standouts.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
4

Cool folk album. Went pretty hard.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

4, awesome album, but not much happens really. And I mean that must be one of the sexiest albumcovers yet.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

Хорошая музыка, ноты дикого Запада

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

First impression: what the hell? Creepy album cover with songs about dolphins and cocaine? Listening to album: Wow, this is surprisingly good.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
4

surpreendeu

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Thu May 12 2022
4

What a nice surprise

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Sun Jun 19 2022
4

Never heard him prior to this. Interesting listen.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

Wild story about the guy. Dolphins? Still, pretty good album.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

4.25

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

Hard to put my finger on why but I really enjoyed this.

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Mon Aug 01 2022
4

Not normally what I listen to but I really liked this album. His voice is great.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
4

Relaxing album, even if I was eaten by flies while listening.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

I found Fred’s vocal style a bit distancing - is theatrical the word? But there are lovely melodies here. Some put me in mind of the eponymous Velvet Underground album, in terms of the musical approach rather than the lyrics. Some were more of the Andy Williams kind of vibe, or maybe more Neil Diamond.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

A completely fine piece of ‘60s folk rock. When it works it’s exceptional and it does that more often then not. Why hasn’t Wes Anderson used this on a soundtrack yet? It’d be perfect.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

Fred Fneiltstone

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

Tranquil country songs with tasteful accompaniment helping to broaden the soundscape. Something of a forgotten classic

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

Fred shmeil

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

i enjoy the songs and the unassuming nature of the record

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Sun Oct 09 2022
4

Two deeply beautiful songs in 'The Dolphins' and 'Everybody's Talking' and a very good folk record throughout.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

A very pleasant slice of seemingly forgotten American folk.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
4

Good stuff.

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Mon Nov 09 2020
3

Alright

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

This is a hard one to guess by the cover, doesn't really scream "trope!" or anything. I'm almost thinking it'll be something unexpected, like religious songs or strings/piano/flamenco guitar instrumentals. I don't think this list goes that far away from rock/pop but who knows. Ok it's... country, but with a hippie twist? It sounds like Johnny Cash or Roy Orbison, but then there's sitar all through it etc. Guess I read wiki now lol. Ok, wiki says it's folk rock, but ehhh, that just feels like a catch term for anything with hippie influence at the time, like an ideological line was drawn so they could say it wasn't country. And apparently he wrote songs for the big O, so there's that connection. tbh I like it. Might listen to this again even. 3/5.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
3

I know he's one of the pioneers of folk, but it just didn't really stand out to me. Nevertheless, it was pleasant to listen to and I liked the blues influence at times.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Dolphins!

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Fri Feb 19 2021
3

Smooth listen

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Fri Feb 19 2021
3

Not bad Fred Neil Young

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

3

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Sun Feb 14 2021
3

Another good roadtrip album that needs listening to again. I hope that's his boy, boy.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Old vibes!

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Mon May 10 2021
3

Interesting but the last song ruins it. 2.5 rounded up.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

Better than I thought it would be.

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Sat Jun 26 2021
3

A nice, chill album. I enjoy the folky soft rock mix. Kind of forgettable maybe.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Folk rock and a little bit of progressives, did not knew I would ever pair those genres together but it kind of worked

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Tue May 18 2021
3

No conocía a Fred Neil y ciertamente no me dieron ganas de escuchar más de él con este disco. No suena mal, pero entre que no es mi género y entre que hemos escuchado creo del tipo otros discos que me han parecido mejores, meh. No me esperaba la canción final, eso sí, con su toque de música de la India, muy interesante pero muy estraño. 6.5/10

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

Clásico. Un gran virtuoso.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

Nearly a four

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Thu Apr 15 2021
3

Liked it, not typical folk

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Sun May 30 2021
3

Aangenaam. Mooie stem.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Easy listening, pretty chilled. Surprised to hear a song about Cocaine in there!

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Very Woodstock. Really liked the last track but enjoyed the whole album ***

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

Good variety. 1RS

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Fri Feb 12 2021
3

cocaine cocaine cocaine

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Sun May 30 2021
3

dit vond ik wel lekker om even naar te luisteren.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
3

Fine, albeit boring. Hard to recall anything that left an impression, good or bad. Perhaps that is the worst sin in music, then. The lone exception to this is the final track Cynicrustpetefredjohn Raga, which takes a turn from the folksy stuff to demonstrate some incredible instrumental raga rock. Felt like they took a risk on the closure and it paid off imo. Bumped from a 2 to a 3 for this alone.

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Sun May 30 2021
3

Never heard of him, an interesting life story. Listened twice - it's decent, if unmemorable. Background music in a cafe.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
3

Finally one I've never even heard of! I'm not a huge fan of the 1960s American folk scene. This is pretty engaging though. He's got a deep, brooding voice and the musicianship is strong. There's a kind of melancholy mood through the album even when the songs are ostensibly happy. First time I heard the original version of "Everybody's Talkin'" ("everybody's talkin' at me, I don't hear a word they say") - didn't previously know whose song that was, to be honest. Towards the end of the album, you get some psychedelic touches, including an 8-minute raga (or the American folk equivalent to a raga). I can see how this might be a treasured album for some. Its not a style or period that majorly does it for me, although I will keep this and listen again sometime.

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Mon May 24 2021
3

Ah the 60’s. Where you could write sweet, innocent songs about your unabashed love for cocaine.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
3

A brilliant songwriter who laid a foundation for Folk and Americana standards, which would go on to receive greater acclaim when performed by others. Musically, and stylistically it is easier to see why that happened.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
3

Kinda good but nothing rly stands out. Found out about this guy through tim buckley (one of my favourite artists)'s cover of the dolphins, so i was excited to see what he had to offer, and while i can see how buckley would have been inspired by fred neil, and imo went on to kinda perfect his formula, this album sorta doesnt stand on it's own for me. I've been listening to this album since it popped up here, and it's currently the 2nd of july, so i think ive given it enough time to make my mind up that it's all fine, certainly not offensive, but often falls just short of being remarkable. Everybody's Talkin' is probably the highlight i'd say

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Sat Jul 10 2021
3

This album is pretty neat to be honest. Its got so many different sounds. Blues, Jazz, Folk, and a dash of country. Some smooth vocals added in. I don't think the lyrics were the best in the world. But it's a solid good time.

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Tue May 11 2021
3

didn't mind listening to it, but not something I'll play again for myself

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

Relaxing, kinda cowboy rock if that’s a genre. No individual songs stood out, but I’d put the album on for background music.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
3

Enjoyed this marginally more than I thought I would. I wouldn't buy it though - Not sure it would make my top 1001. A solid 2.7

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Thu Jul 29 2021
3

Never heard of Fred Neil (although I was familiar with Everybody's Talkin'), and I'm not a big "folk" fan, but this is a solid album and I enjoyed listening to it. It's simple, not over-produced (or produced at all, really) - just good song writing and solid execution. That's the Bag I'm In - great lyrics, sweet tune Everything Happens and Sweet Cocaine are also great songs.

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Thu Jul 29 2021
3

Husky voice singing about dolphins. Interesting. Seriously, though. I'm already realizing that this 1001 list has such great records that even if they're from a genre I'm not interested in, they're a real delight to hear. I want to listen to this again. Highlights: All the songs are great, and I appreciate the non-traditional folk instruments (electric guitars, etc.)

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Fri Jul 30 2021
3

very easy to listen to gets a bit daft at end

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Mon Aug 09 2021
3

You can definitely hear the influence this guy had on the folk scene here

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Mon Aug 09 2021
3

Leans more country than folk which I don’t really like. His voice is kind of boring outside of the performances on Green Rocky Road and That’s the bag I’m in. The last song is an interesting departure from the rest of the album at least. Favorite songs: Green Rocky Road, That’s the bag I’m in

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Mon Aug 09 2021
3

Tarantino-core but like nothing wrong with that, it's fine

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Mon Aug 09 2021
3

Fine for what it is. The last instrumental track tries its hardest to be good or skilled music, without success. It almost tanked the rating.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
3

Resonating deep voice… good songs especially the hit everybody’s talkin

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Thu Aug 19 2021
3

Folk pop, it seems frankly pretty lightweight. My perspective in the value of this kind of thing has become jaundiced as I watch this bad old world age.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
3

It was decent. Will listen to again but probably need a bit of context with this album.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
3

No fue música mala, simplemente muy olvidable. Creo que lo escuché tres veces y no sé decir gran cosa del disco. Por ahí la rola de "Sweet Cocaine" resalta como curiosidad por el descaro completo de hablar de eso sin tapujos, pero incluso la que se supone que es famosa, "Everybody's Talking" no me parece tan interesante. Ya anecdótico es que leí un poco de Fred Neil y resulta que prácticamente abandonó su carrera musical por dedicarse a salvar delfines.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
3

3.3 Was awesome to hear Everyone's Talkn and I enjoyed the other tracks on the album.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
3

Probably worth 2.5 stars but felt like it was too good to deserve just 2

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

I had mixed feelings about this one. I liked parts of it and found other parts of it to be a bit repetitive and annoying.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
3

Just like the Grateful Dead album I had before this, it was easy listening. No standout amazing songs but no songs that I hated. I have nothing else to say about this album except that it got very weird in the last song compared to the rest of the album. Fav song: everybody’s talkin

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Wed Oct 20 2021
3

Second listen. Still enjoying it. 3/5

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Thu Oct 21 2021
3

3.6

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

I find myself wanking about Fred Neil most afternoons. His voice just lights up my world and I can't help myself. I've wanked on a school bus, I've wanked in a library, a courtroom, a bouncy castle, a phone box, on a ferris wheel, in Nando's, in a primary school, in my gran's bathtub, in a tree, during a hurricane, in a desert, on a jet ski and during a jewellery heist.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
3

Enjoyed this one a lot sounds a bit like Dylan and a good album for the time. As the album went on it got a little more annoying.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

This old world ain't never change the way it's been And all the ways of war can't change it back again I've been a-searchin' for the album that's folksy And sometimes I sing, "Everybody's talkin' at me"

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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

Spare, melodic, surprisingly contemporary in places. The raga at the end dates it, though.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

Wasn't really in the mood for it. but not bad

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Wed Nov 24 2021
3

Kinda cool country folk songs

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Thu Nov 25 2021
3

Un bon album folk rock qui secoutait bien en bavkground. 3.5

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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

Wow. Did not know that Dolphins was a cover by Billy Bragg. Great voice. Bit psychedelic at the end.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

Never heard of this dude but liked his style, nice laid back vibe and nice tunes

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Mon Dec 13 2021
3

Never heard of this artist, but recognised the song Everybody's Talkin'. Laid-back folk/country/blues you can play in the background, but it did not exactly make a lasting impression.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
3

This album seems like it should be my style but something isn't really clicking for me. Sweet Cocaine and Cynicrustpetefredjohn Raga are top picks.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
3

Pleasant listen, it didn't really standout much or grab my attention, but it was easy to listen to. Really enjoyed the chord changes and progressions of some of the songs like Ba-Di-Da. Favourite Tracks: Ba-Di-Da, Everything Happens

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Wed Dec 29 2021
3

Solid easy listening. Respectable man-with-a-guitar old school country music.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
3

Pleasant throughout. Bluesy at time, folksy at others. Some sweetness here too. Very nice album. Cute cover art. Last track was actually my favorite, felt psychedelic and full of ominous energy. If I were escaping the country while hiding on a train, this song is what I'd play.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

A low end ***. I could listen to that album again, but that last song. Whew, it ambled sideways. Seems like Fred had it tough in love. He was married several times, each ending in divorce after not very long. Then later on he accidentally ran over his girlfriend and killed her. Yikes!

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

Not my thing specifically but I left it on repeat so can't complain

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

Meh on the album, but it generated a good station.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
3

proper country, rich but not hitting the spot for me

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Fri Feb 18 2022
3

Great voice, he sounds like the Righteous Brothers and he was hugely influential amongst the Greenwich Village cognoscenti - but although the songs are OK and obviously Everybody's talkin' is a fantastic song, but it isn't a great or even particularly good album.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
3

Rating: 6/10 Best songs: The dolphins

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Fri Feb 25 2022
3

When it started I almost don't like it, but after the first songs, I kind of liked this folk album with a strong voice. I'll probably not be a fan of it, but it was good to know a new folk artist beside the clichês around.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
3

Mediocre, I want to like it. Solid 3

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Mon Mar 14 2022
3

legalzinho, tipo um elvis sem grife do folk

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Mon Mar 14 2022
3

Love the old folk music. He has a nice voice and the songs are pretty good. I will come back to this album some time. Favourite songs: - Sweet cocaine

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Wed Mar 16 2022
3

An very enjoyable listen. A masterpiece? Not sure about that.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
3

No Van Ronk, but the harmonica is to die for.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
3

Bom.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
3

I liked George Jones better

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

Definitely an artist to know, but how influential he has been I can’t say. I hear lots of subtly layered playing, two great songs I’m glad to know the provenance of (I’ve always loved Billy Bragg’s version of “Dolphins” and think I prefer Neil’s original “Everybody’s Talking at Me” to the bigger hit), a wonderful jammy raga to close, and distinctive (if heavy, blocky) voice. This feels like a period piece, though, again, a good one to know. 3.2 for 3.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
3

Interesting, not super catchy or exciting, but pretty pleasant and enjoyable. The Dolphins and Everybody's Talking were my favourite tracks

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Sun May 01 2022
3

I found the first song, Dolphin, unlistenable but the rest of the album was an a-ok listen and I'm glad I didn't turn it off. I hadn't realized that Everybody's Talkin' was by Fred Neil and not Harry Nilsson

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Fri May 06 2022
3

It's nice to be reminded now and again that there were more folk-rock singer-songwriters in the mid 1960s than Bob Dylan and Paul Simon. Fred Neil is one such artist, whom I'd never heard of until now. His self-titled album isn't necessarily the pinnacle of its genre, but it flourishes under a consistently mellow mood, as well as enough twists and turns to keep things interesting. The most famous track here (and possibly the sole reason the album made the 1001 list) is the original "Everybody's Talkin'", later made famous by Harry Nilsson. It's interesting to hear Neil's version, but what's perhaps more interesting is that it's by no means the standout track. It's perfectly good in a way most of the rest are: no more, no less. Neil excels at melancholia. His smooth and rich baritone voice has much more character than, say, James Taylor (whose album I had just after this one). His lyrics are introspective and often wryly dark: "You know they'll probably drop the atom bomb the day my ship comes in" is a wildly doomed line and I'm all for it. The strongest tracks for me have a lovely yearning, stripped-back quality, like "The Dolphins" and "I've Got a Secret" (originally by Elizabeth Cotten, who I'd now like to check out). But the best by atmosphere alone is the beautiful rendition of old standard "Faretheewell", a gorgeous exercise in restraint punctuated by some bouzouki of all things. There are some nice instrumental touches to keep things going: the tremolo effect on the guitar in "The Dolphins". The whistling at the end of "I've Got A Secret". The harmonica which crops up throughout many of the tracks. But it's all topped off by the closer, an 8-minute instrumental raga (titled "Cynicrustpetefredjohn Raga"). It is glaringly out of place and almost derails the whole set. In some ways, I'm not sure Neil was the man to attempt this kind of feat- what was he thinking? Still, credit to him for shaking things up in the home stretch. Overall then, I'm a fan of this album: a hidden gem (to me at least) of mid 60's folk. Not an essential listen, but a good one.

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Wed May 25 2022
3

Never knew he was the originator of "Everybody's Talkin'". I'd only heard "Dolphins" before, which was quirky but a good listen. Overall I enjoyed!

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Thu Jun 09 2022
3

Genre: Folk Rock 3/5 Fred Neil, someone who I thought would be a total Bert Jansch, is a folk artist who never quite hit the big times until after some of his songs had big time artists cover them. He left the music scene, hating the grind of the road, and never returned to the biz, even after some renewed popularity. This album, aptly named Fred Neil, is pretty darn good for what it's worth. It's none too exciting musically throughout, except for a few interesting sonic choices, but the crown jewel that is Fred Neil's beautiful, chocolatey baritone voice outshines any of the obscene blandness. There are some real folk gems on here: melancholic, sparse, but passionately performed and expertly executed. That's the Bag I'm In and Sweet Cocaine, two song titles that are so obvious as to what they point to that there's no real point getting into it, are wonderfully led by Neil's powerful lead vocals and mellow blues feel. The real wild time here though is the outro, Cynicrustpetefredjohn Raga, a 7+ minute Rock Raga (an ode to Eastern classical music) that is a real sonic detour with no purpose being here, but certainly gives this its own unique stamp amongst the wider folk landscape. There are some other decent tracks here, enough to keep listening to the album as it plays out, but they don't separate themselves from any other tunes you may hear in the genre, even with Neil's unique vocal stamp. A decent album overall, though! Will certainly revisit my favs from this.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
3

la dernière track j’ai soufflé fort

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Fri Jun 17 2022
3

J'aime bien la reprise de "The Dolphins" par Tim Buckley

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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

Johnny Cash+Pink Floyd+Spanish and Middle Eastern guitar for a focused Frankenstein monster of an album Would rate higher if it wasn’t the new standard for a 3

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Wed Jun 29 2022
3

I was expecting something a bit dated given the time period but the songwriting feels pretty fresh and I loved the final song it ended off with. It's interesting to see the musical branches coming from this artist and where this fits in the music canon, too. I feel like this will grow on me but for now, I think it's decent.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
3

It sits on the margins of folk and country/western. The instrumentation drives the music forward, and the vocal delivery seems to take cues from country singers rather than the contemporary folk scene. Neil's voice is the focal point, and is well controlled and powerful when it needs to be.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
3

Interesting album, didn’t really grab me

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Thu Jul 14 2022
3

Listened Before? N I have never heard of Mr. Neil before. This was an interesting listen. Started out soulful and somewhat innocent in the beginning. Imagine my surprise when, by the end of the album, we had a song about cocaine and an 8-minute jam session including sitars. Who knew? Added to Library? N Songs added to Playlist - That's the Bag I'm In

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

This was better than expected, folksy but not too folksy and thankfully not very country either. Everybody's talking is of course the stand-out track here, a really simple but lovely song. He goes against the folk stereotype and gets a bit experimental with Cynicrustpetefredjohn Raga.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

He has a rich voice and wrote a famous song that got used in a famous movie but other than that, I don't hear anything that makes this a standout album.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

When this started I was thinking it would be a hard listen. At least I had "Everybody's Talking" to look forward to. It ended up being a decent listen especially the second time through. His voice has a velvety tone that beautifully moves up and down the scales and he has a way about him that makes him an excellent storyteller

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

Very my Dad music, good but pretty simplistic, not something I'd listen to too much of my own volition

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Sun Sep 11 2022
3

Enjoyable. Nothing here blew me away, but I’ll probably listen to it again. 3/5

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

A slightly trippier off brand version of Bob Dylan. I didn't hear anything that I thought was revolutionary here. Decent album, but I don't need to revisit it anytime soon. Best Songs: Everybody's Talkin, Everything Happens, Sweet Cocaine Worst Songs: The Dolphins, Cynicrustpetefredjohn Raga

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

The dolphins-👍 I've got a secret - good vibes That's the bag I'm in - bluesy vibe 👍 Ba-di-da - another good vibe,, especially at end👍 Fare thee well - quite dull Everybody's talkin' - good melody, solid song👍 Everything happens- quite standard song Sweet cocaine - don't do cocaine kids😡 Green rocky road - meh Cynicrust Pete Fred john Raga- weird Indian inspired instrumental Definitely a pleasant album to listen to with smooth singing. Just a bit pedestrian for me now. 3/5

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

Have never heard of Fred Neil, didn't know he wrote "everybody's talking" but I really enjoy that song. Unfortunately the rest of the album didn't really connect for me

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Sun Oct 09 2022
3

3.8 - Blues-tinged singer-songwriter folk rock with a baritone croon, most notable for "Everybody's Talkin'", the theme from the film "Midnight Cowboy." Other highlights include "Cocaine Blues", "The Dolphin" and the exceptional raga that's the last track and approximates traditional Indian instruments with harmonica and guitar.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

Folk - rock; nice discovery

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

solid in it's field i'm sure. appreciated.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
3

It was OK, not much to dislike.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

Slow folksy acoustic with a bit of an old school country fee to some of it. As far as slower background music goes, I kinda dig it. I feel like it might be one that I like better on another listen.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
3

Fred Neil is another artist I’ve never heard of. I’m barely into the 1001 Albums book and have already discovered so many new musicians already! This is proving to be such a fun project. Songs I already knew: Everybody’s Talkin’ (although it was a different version to what I was familiar with) Favourites: Everybody’s Talkin’, Sweet Cocaine This is a prime example of music that I enjoyed, and yet doubt I’ll ever return to. It was fun to hear it for the first time, I liked his voice, the instrumentation kept me interested - but not interested enough to have me hooked. I can’t quite hone in on why that is either, other than maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood, or maybe it’s just not my kind of music. Regardless, I am happy to have discovered this album even if it’s not likely to stay on rotation.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
3

Pas mauvais, bon compagnon de route. Je ne savais pas que c'était lui qui avait fait Everybody's Talkin'!

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Wed Nov 30 2022
3

A real snoozer with a bit of country twang. 5/10

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Wed Nov 30 2022
3

6/10. This was nice, but not very memorable.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
3

5/10 pretty uninspired, it starts out fine but ends up a bit grating bc it is so monotonous throughout.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
2

Enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would, very relaxing and melancholy at times, it was nice reading about this guy and seeing the impact he made on the music scene. The last song, the "Raga" was super interesting. "I've Got a Secret" and "That's the Bag I'm In" were my favorites.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
2

Inoffensive, bluesy rock. Didn’t realize “Everybody's Talkin” was written by Fred Neil and not Harry Nilsson.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
2

Not for me, but everybody's talking babyyyy

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Sun Feb 14 2021
2

Kinda cool. Kinda boring. Didn’t really keep my attention and that’s it’s fault.

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Sun Feb 14 2021
2

I can appreciate this because it really feels like it’s trying to do something different sadly none of the tunes stood out to me. Sweet album cover tho

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Wed Mar 17 2021
2

Nice blend of country-esque and folk rock that works well together. At first I didn't understand about "the dolphins" but then I got just past the midway point of the album and "sweet cocaine" came on and I think I get it now. He's got a great voice and it's not overshadowed by the instrumentals. I didn't care to much for the instrumentals as it seems there were just there to provide some backround music to the lyrics. Overall an ok album.

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Wed May 19 2021
2

I wanted to like it... i get the not exactly one genre thing going on... rock/folk/country. But the dolphins certainly didn't speak to me, and i'm not sure if anything else is interesting enough to listen to multiple times.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
2

not my favorite

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

Didn't like it. Drony.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

Kinda boring

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Thu Feb 04 2021
2

It was fine, I don't really have any interest in listening to it again.

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Sun May 30 2021
2

Deed me beetje denken aan Johnny Cash. Heb het geluisterd, maar kon me niet zo bekoren.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
2

60's folk music. not my cup of tea

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Fri Mar 26 2021
2

Its good and all, blues/folk rock, but it didnt really stand out to me. Im getting tired of using the word "generic" for 90s alternative and 60-70s folk rock, but honestly that music all starts to blend together without anything special.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
2

dull

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Wed Apr 21 2021
2

not very exciting

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Fri May 07 2021
2

Wow. Not even sure what to say to this album. It started feeling Johnny Cash and ended up tripping on some good hookah. Very melodic and well composed songs, decent production as well.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
2

Not a fan of this country hippie. His voice is ok but he doesn't express the words in his songs too well, nor do the instruments very well, and you can he tries by his choice of instruments. His songwriting varies from song to song. "The Dolphins" just seems like typical hippie talk. But I like the introspection of "Everybody's Talking" which made an impactful cover by Nilsson.

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Wed May 26 2021
2

Didn't do much for me

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Mon Jul 26 2021
2

Bluesy folk rock is not really my jam. However I can appreciate the deep Baritone of Fred Neil's voice. Best: Everyobdy's Talkin' Worst: Cynicrustpetefredjohn Raga

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Wed Jul 28 2021
2

Sorta like Neil Diamond with a better voice and better guitar. Sometimes there's just too much going on however and things sound confused, could have used better production and some more sparse arrangements.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
2

Everybody’s talkin was the single for Midnigjt Cowboy but the rest of the album fell flat

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Mon Aug 09 2021
2

my guy Fred here went and recorded the most boring song about cocaine ever, but I have to admit I was real into whatever acid fueled nightmare the last track was

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Mon Aug 09 2021
2

Fred Neil should be thankful we got Lenny Kravitz so early, otherwise this would be the least interesting album we've listened to so far. The Dolphins straight up sounds like a song they'd have Mr. Van Driessen sing on Beavis & Butt-Head, and the following track wasn't much better. I almost tapped out then and there, but thankfully, things pick up a little bit after that. I'm not exactly sure what this book wants me to hear from this album, though, because outside of being the origin story of a better version of Everybody's Talkin'—your song got *someone else* a Grammy, congrats—this is some real white bread shit. Key Tracks: That's the Bag I'm In, Everybody's Talkin'

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Mon Aug 09 2021
2

Made me think of horses. I don't like horses.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
2

I saw the tracklist, saw the word "raga" and got really excited for something psychedelic and Indian-influenced. Unfortunately, that was just the one track. There were a couple others on here that I enjoyed too, but overall a bit of a dud. Favorite tracks: Cynicrustpetefredjohn Raga, Faretheewell, Green Rocky Road. Album art: Very unassuming. I like the framing, but boring black and white picture. Is that Fred Savage? 2.5/5

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Tue Aug 17 2021
2

Wasn’t a fan, I know I listened to the album a few days ago but can’t remember any of it

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Tue Aug 17 2021
2

Kind of Leonard Cohen-esque. But nothing really jumped out to me. Perhaps that's why I've never heard of the guy before.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
2

2.5 | Que disco tan... neutro. Su voz barítona bien afinada suena muy correcta, casi como me la imagino que sonaría mejor cantando country que folk. Las canciones bien, la música agradable, a ratitos medio blueseada , las letras correctas (excepto por Sweet Cocaine... suena a adolescente que te quiere convencer de que hace cosas malas, de verdad que casi me da risa, que le crean los delfines que a esos si se siente que les canta con sinceridad). Mi problema es el tenerlo aquí... es un disco agradable... y punto... de verdad demasiado neutro, no tiene nada realmente malo pero nada que llame la atención. ¿Está aquí por eso de que una de sus canciones salió en Midnight Cowboy? Se me haría una razón muy ridícula pero en realidad a pesar de no tener nada malo que decir de él tampoco veo nada interesante o que le distinga de manera particular. Disco bastante agradable pero que jamás volveré a escuchar ni extrañaré ni recordaré quizá en un mes.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
2

didn't get on with it

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Fri Sep 24 2021
2

Felix reklam type beat. Inge vidare

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Mon Oct 11 2021
2

27. Fred Neil - Fred Neil 10 tracks too many. The music in this album is as imaginative as the title. It's bang average old-style droning Crooner meets Country with some really basic guitar strumming & the occasional mouth organ. It's really not good. 2/5.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
2

Folky rock, not really my bag but a pleasant enough listen. Didn't realise this was the original recording of "Everybody's Talkin'"

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