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Arc by Neil Young
Released: Oct 1991
Label: Reprise
Possibly feeling inspired by Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. calling him a primary influence, Neil Young constructed Arc, a 35-minute composition assembled from live recordings made throughout his 1991 tour with Crazy Horse (see Weld). It was probably the loudest and most cacophonous music Neil has ever made, qualities that are only more pronounced on this sprawling slab of feedback, caveman drums and the occasional vocal. Its freeform structure and aggressive droning share far more with '80s noise-rock than they do with anything in the classic rock canon -- ok, maybe Pink Floyd live in '68.
Justin Farrar

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