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2 very beautiful songs that may surprise you by Neil Young

Only Love Can Break Your Heart--if you can find a live version that's even better, especially from the 1993 tour he did with Booker T and MGs as his backing band. One of the few artists who can go from blistering raunchy guitar rock on one song to plaintive love ballad the next and pull it off

My Heart (from the Sleeps With Angels album)--if you can get a hold of the video he did for this song called The Complex Sessions I believe, directed by Jonathan Demme, its a study in honest intensity, just Neil and a piano, and the voice that sounds the same in 1995 as it did in 1969. This song will surprise you.
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He's actually got tons of great, beautiful, pretty, lovely or "nice" songs. Those songs are probably his best. For as detached, distant or aloof as he can appear at times in interviews, he's a pretty downright emotionally deep guy. I've always truly believed that Neil Young will go down in history as one of the greatest songwriters of our generation. He's easily up there with guys like Dylan , Lennon, etc. Maybe even better in terms of longevity.
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He's actually got tons of great, beautiful, pretty, lovely or "nice" songs. Those songs are probably his best. For as detached, distant or aloof as he can appear at times in interviews, he's a pretty downright emotionally deep guy. I've always truly believed that Neil Young will go down in history as one of the greatest songwriters of our generation. He's easily up there with guys like Dylan , Lennon, etc. Maybe even better in terms of longevity.

I wholeheartedly agree. When you start looking at the songs he's written from the Buffalo Springfield days to the present, its mind boggling. And it seems like I rarely go to a concert these days without someone covering a Neil Young song--just in the last year or two I've seen the Jayhawks do Expecting to Fly, Cowboy Junkies do Helpless and Powderfinger, the Bottle Rockets do Hey Hey My My and on and on. He is a very emotionally intense guy which makes his concerts so engrossing and involving. That emotionalism has helped him write classics like Ohio in reaction to world events very quickly; I'll never forget an interview I saw with David Crosby recounting Neil bringing that song in to CSN and them playing it just days after Kent State, and Crosby said he was literally weeping as they were singing the "4 dead in Ohio" chorus. Young later ressurrected Ohio in concerts at the time China was cracking down on the students there in the late 80's and would lead into the song by chastising the Chinese government for suppressing freedom just as ours did in the 60's.
Anyway, a great collection of the gentler side of Neil is on that Unplugged CD/video, and he reworks some songs like Like a Hurricane completely by playing it on the pump organ. An amazing artist, great article about him in a recent Rolling Stone. Not many people know he has 2 autistic children and started the Bridge school with his wife to educate people on communicating with autistic children.
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Yeah, I read that interview with Crosby, too. I always much preferred C,S,N & Y's style of anti-establishment and anti-war songs over some of the cornier bands, especially from S. California like the Airplane. The musicianship was certainly a hell of a lot better, too. The Airplane weren't really bad, but they were kind of like The Monkees of their genre. It was hard to take them as seriously. I have a hard time taking any of those S. Cal. bands too seriously, except for the rare ones like Santana.
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Gotta love a guy who loves Lionel.

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Gotta love a guy who loves Lionel.

http://www.thrasherswheat.org/tfa/tr...young-1993.htm

Loves them so much I think he bought Lionel, or a good chunk of it.
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Pretty much anything by mogwai

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Overcome - Live
Iguazu - Gustavo Santaolalla (Insider soundtrack)
Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
Angel - Sarah McLachlan
Amergin's Invocation - Lisa Gerrard, Patrick Cassidy
Save The Best For Last - Vanessa Williams
Colorblind - Counting Crows
Everlong - Foo Fighters (acoustic version)
Collide - Howie Day


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Gortoz A Ran & J'Attends - Danez Prigent & Lisa Gerrard (Blackhawk down soundtrack)


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Forever Autumn by Justin hayward(Moody blues)

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Enya - the Memory of Trees.
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Have to admit, James Blunt's CD has been getting a lot of playtime on my iPod lately. Some beautiful songs on that one, my favorites being:

High
Goodbye My Lover (caution: if you've been through a breakup recently, this one WILL get you choked up)
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Enya - the Memory of Trees.

Good choice - but I think some of her earlier ones are even better (as far as the whole album goes).
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Most of ENYA's work is beautiful...

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I agree..

I also like the tune hymn to the sea from Titanic..I thought Enya could do better.
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Her version of "Silent Night" is pretty nice.
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So what's the end result of this thread? It looks like at last tally, "I Honestly Love You" by Olivia Newton John was winning.
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Some..

from the late 70s

You light up my life - Debby Boone
Its a matter of time - Elvis
Andy Gibb..I forget the song's name

and later

Unchained melody - righteous brothers

all of Enya but Shepherd Moons is special to me..while watching the ocean waves at Ocean Beach in San Francisco.

Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley however, leads them all.
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R Kelley's stuck in the closet

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getme, this is funny all the way around.

From the selection of the song, to the misspelling f the artist's name to the wrong name of the song,which is called "Trapped in the Closet" and while it is amusing, not my vote as beautiful. From R. Kelly's vast catalog the most fitting song would be "I Believe I Can Fly"

How the hell am I supposed to learn anything with all this yackin' going on.
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Pretty much anything by Dead Can Dance.

Amen to that
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Humm Lisa Gerrard is a good choice. However I'd say....

Bel Canto - "Die Geschichte Einer Mutter"
Cocteau Twins - "Frou-Frou Foxes in Midsummer Fires"
Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan - "Silence"

As it has been said beautiful is in the eye of every beholder.


What's Bel Canto?

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The most beautiful song ever?

In Heaven Everything Is Fine by The Girl In The Radiator.

Don't taze me, bro!!
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What's Bel Canto?

*me chekx*

Bel canto means, most literally, "beautiful singing." It is a term used to describe all Italian singing, but in particular the light, bright quality that Italian opera singers use to charm audiences.
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Bel canto means, most literally, "beautiful singing." It is a term used to describe all Italian singing, but in particular the light, bright quality that Italian opera singers use to charm audiences.

Oh, thanks.
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If u have a daughter:

`Butterfly Kisses' by Bob Carlisle
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This is kinda old but the soundtrack to the movie "The Crow" has very beautiful moments.
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All by Marc Cohn -

Silver Thunderbird
Strangers in a Car
Perfect Love
True Companion


Among others on his first self-titled album (Grammy winner for best new artist).

A few from his other albums -

The Things We've Handed Down
Girl of Mysterious Sorrow
Healing Hands
Ellis Island
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You forgot the all-time, absolute best - "Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro. (now if the U.S. REALLY wanted to torture some detainees......)

How about Theme from Ice Castles? You Light up my Life? It's All Coming Back to Me Now?

Oh wait, this was about the Most Beautiful Music...

Some that come to mind...

Movie themes:

Summer of '42
Lara's Theme
Godfather

Songs from Movies/Shows:

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Judy Garland - Meet Me in St. Louis)
Climb Every Mountain (Sound of Music)

Songs that tell a story:

Taxi
Cats In the Cradle
The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald
Artificial Flowers (tells a beautiful story anyway)

Classical
chorale from Beethovens Ninth

So MANY more I can't even single any more out, especially that haven't already been mentioned!

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I'd have to say James Talyor's cover of Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock" that he performed on The Howard Stern Show back around '97 is easily one of the most beautiful songs ever. Absolutely haunting.
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Hey, you guys are forgetting "Muskrat Love!!!

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p.s. Is this a serious thread or are you guys joking?
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