Neil Young and the Bluenotes This Note's For You on Vinyl LP
1988's This Note's For You found Neil Young raging against commercialism while being backed by a horn-laden new band called The Bluenotes. Recorded at Studio Instrument Rentals in Hollywood, CA and co-produced by Young and Niko Bolas, it was his first album to appear on the recently re-activated Reprise Records since 1981's Re-ac-tor. The album is famous for its classic title track video which delivers a spot-on parody of rock star beer and soda commercials of the ‘80s. Grammy nominated, it was instantly banned by MTV when Michael Jackson's attorneys threatened legal action because of the lookalike whose hair catches fire, but the network eventually reconsidered, and it ended up winning Video of the Year in 1989. While the title cut certainly steals the show here opener "Ten Men Workin'" and "Life in the City" are both solid numbers in their own right.