- Zuma (album)
Zuma Studio album by Neil Young with Crazy Horse Released November 10, 1975 Recorded June 16, 1974 – August 29, 1975 at Broken Arrow Ranch, Redwood City, CA and Pt. Dume, CA Genre Rock Length 36:34 Label Reprise Producer Neil Young, David Briggs, Tim Mulligan Neil Young chronology Tonight's the Night
American Stars 'n Bars
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Zuma is the seventh studio album by Canadian musician Neil Young, his second with Crazy Horse, released in 1975. Some believe the album was named after Zuma Beach in Malibu; however, it seems more logical that the title comes from Montezuma, as he is featured prominently in the song Cortez The Killer.
Zuma was the first album released after the famed Ditch Trilogy, comprising the albums Time Fades Away, Tonight's the Night, and On the Beach. It has an overall more upbeat atmosphere, with a combination of country-tinged rock acoustics and lumbering hard-rock pieces similar in style to songs on Young's second album, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. As on the latter album, Young is backed up by Crazy Horse with the late Danny Whitten being replaced by Frank Sampedro.
"Don't Cry No Tears" is a dusting off of a song Young had written in high school, "I Wonder", which appeared in his Archives in 2009. "Danger Bird" interpolates sections of an unreleased song relating to Young's breakup with Carrie Snodgress called "L.A. Girls and Ocean Boys", specifically the line "'Cause you've been with another man / there you are and here I am". Lou Reed once told an interviewer that he felt Young had become a "great guitarist" during this period, specifically citing "Danger Bird" as an example. "Pardon My Heart" was originally intended to be released as part of Homegrown.
Young has claimed several different origins for "Cortez the Killer", most notoriously saying during a show on August 13, 1996 that he'd written it in high school while suffering "Montezuma's Revenge". The song ends with a fade out because the original cut stopped abruptly due to recording tape running out before the band had finished playing. "Through My Sails", (originally titled "Sailboat Song") the final track, is the only track ever released from an aborted Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young recording session in Hawaii in late 1974 for the as yet unreleased Human Highway album. This would be the last CSNY music released until 1988's American Dream.
Neil Young wrote songs in Zuma during his time living on Sea Level Dr. in Malibu, California.
The song "Stupid Girl" was covered by the indie rock band The Shoe (band) on their EP "At Lem Jay's Garage."
All songs written by Neil Young.
- "Don't Cry No Tears" – 2:34
- "Danger Bird" – 6:54
- "Pardon My Heart" – 3:49
- "Lookin' for a Love" – 3:17
- "Barstool Blues" – 3:02
- "Stupid Girl" – 3:13
- "Drive Back" – 3:32
- "Cortez the Killer" – 7:29
- "Through My Sails" – 2:41
Neil Young with Crazy Horse:
- Neil Young: guitar & vocals
- Frank Sampedro: rhythm guitar
- Billy Talbot: bass & vocals
- Ralph Molina: drums & vocals
- "Pardon My Heart":
- Neil Young: vocals and all instruments except bass
- Tim Drummond: bass
- Billy Talbot: vocals
- Ralph Molina: vocals
- "Through My Sails":
- ^ Ruhlman, William. Neil Young: Zuma > Review at Allmusic. Retrieved 30 Nov 2005.
- ^ Christgau, Robert. "Neil Young: Zuma > Review". Robert Christgau. http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_album.php?id=2517. Retrieved 10 Mar 2006.
- ^ ThrashersWheat.org page: "Jammin' with Neil Young: Influences and Musical Collaborations; Other Artists."
- McDonough, J. Shakey: Neil Young's Biography, Random House, 2002. ISBN 0-679-42772-4
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