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Episode 17: Trans by Neil Young

Baffling or brilliant?

After signing a highly lucrative deal with Geffen Records, Neil Young delivered his most puzzling album to date: the electronic infused Trans.

Armed with a Sennheiser vocoder VSM201 and a desire to respond to current musical trends, Young assembled a collection of tunes that were inspired by his inability to communicate with his disabled son, alienating many long term fans in the process while gaining few new ones.

In this episode, we discuss the album’s recording history and its critical reception while evaluating its songs and their place within Young’s varied discography.

Originally released November 9, 1982.

(Listen to the songs we talk about on this episode’s Spotify playlist HERE)

LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD THE EPISODE HERE

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